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Life of the Party said:
If you're into Ancient Rome, the guys who did Hannibal: Rome and Carthage in the Second Punic War are doing a new game. It's called The Fall of Rome and you can see Aurelian on some of the screenshots, don't know about the others.

http://www.forcedmarchgames.com/

http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3002416

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Wyatt_Derp

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Played the first Hannibal game a bit. AI was brutal. Good game, but the strategic elements were pretty limited. Looks like they're expanding their focus a bit with this one. Nice.
 

tsiforb

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This game is a grand strategy enthusiast's attempt to find a purified core loop of decision-making. All needless repetitive tasks are unceremoniously discarded. Instead, you get 10 actions that consume or convert 9 primary resources. Each turn, you (and each AI-controlled faction) get to take one action. The complexity comes from a dynamic world with many interactive systems.

The actions you can take:
  • Respond to foreign invasions and natural calamities.
  • Trade one resource for another.
  • Recruit soldiers or labourers from your population.
  • Nurture a city to boost its production.
  • Steal resources from your neighbours.
  • Infiltrate cities in preparation for an attack.
  • Capture foreign cities by force.
  • Negotiate to induce cities to join you peacefully.
  • Build or restore unique landmarks.
  • Excavate in search of resources and unique relics.

Some example considerations that you'll need to juggle:
  • Each of the 32 playable factions has asymmetric starting conditions and unique goals.
  • Cities are populated by various combinations of different cultures, which produce and require different resources.
  • Actions affect relations with AI-controlled factions, which modify how they act toward you.
  • There are no formal truces or alliances, and any faction can attack any other faction at any time (with a few story-related exceptions).
  • Some cities are subaquatic, and require a different resource to capture or raid.
  • Cities can be affected by random or circumstance-driven events.
  • 67 unique landmarks can be built or restored to give a powerful bonus.
  • A faction's capital cannot be relocated, and losing it destroys the faction entirely.
  • Capturing another faction's capital lets you seize any relics they own, which are otherwise random finds.

Seems like the boardgamey abstractedness might fit for a lighter seeming game like this.
 
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Life of the Party said:
If you're into Ancient Rome, the guys who did Hannibal: Rome and Carthage in the Second Punic War are doing a new game. It's called The Fall of Rome and you can see Aurelian on some of the screenshots, don't know about the others.

http://www.forcedmarchgames.com/

http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3002416

Some screenshots.

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Hello! Yes I can post a few screenshots and provide an update. I am finalizing the Notifications dialog and polishing the dialogs for initiating combat and making choices in the aftermath. I will also be revising the "automatic" combat resolution which 'Hannibal' doesn't have, but the new game really needs.

Here is a shot of the revised notifications. Unread notifications have their title in red. Not very original, I'll admit!

I have changed the purple color to off-white to avoid confusion with the colors of a particular Roman faction:

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One notification can be expanded at a time. I am still working on the fonts and the typesetting.

This also shows how you can choose to select the event's location on the map. The "look closer" cursor will appear automatically when you hover the cursor over the location. Of course it takes a little experience to know that 'Venetia & Histria' is a location on the map.

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When attacking a city or a fortress, you will now have three options, not two. This dialog shows the layout:

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I apologize if the embedded graphics are as blurry on your end as they appear on my machine.

The three choices are:

1. Storm the city or fortress immediately.

2. Start a siege but prepare to make further attempts to advance the siege level. You make one such attempt at a cost of 4 movement points from the active leader.

3. Start a siege by gathering the maximum supplies to feed the army while starving out the garrison. This completes your leader's turn, just like in 'Hannibal'.

When a city or fortress is captured or starved out, you'll have 3 options: spare the city, plunder it, or burn it to the ground. The first is merciful, the second puts money in your treasury and makes your troops happy. The 3rd adds more money to your treasury and your soldiers' purses. But it establishes a reputation for cruelty that might be counter-productive. And it will hurt the province's tax base.

Of course captured enemy fortresses that you don't intend to garrison should be destroyed. Here is a screenshot of the dialog when a fortress surrenders after a siege:

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Cauldrons of War: Barbarossa. A different kind of look at WW2 strategy, eastern front. Cheap, too. Still in early access.



 

Taka-Haradin puolipeikko

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Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Make the Codex Great Again! Grab the Codex by the pussy Bubbles In Memoria


https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/10/09/the-flare-path-demo-charge/
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Remember the name ‘Valentin Lievre‘. If this relatively young (21), inexperienced* French coder can produce a WW2 TBS as compendious and competent as Operation Citadel in under a year then heaven knows what wonders he’ll produce in the decades to come.

* Valentin says he embarked on OC “after playing my first wargame for a couple of hours”!

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Available now, OC is a multi-front Panzer General-like boasting 750+ unit types, numerous campaigns, huge maps, a complete suite of editors, supply lines, FoW, and – judging by my brief taste – pretty decent AI. The demo seems to impose no play restrictions besides “no saving”.

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The Western Front, Eastern Front, North Africa, Italy, the Pacific… all theatres and campaigns are accessible. And if the hex- and unit counts intimidate there’s often the option to play a scenario as one of the smaller powers such as Belgium, Slovakia or Finland.

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Valentin’s brother is also something of a talent. Zoom-in the camera as far as it goes to admire his high-fidelity handiwork.

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CyberModuled

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Eh, even with the arcade like sections (and even then it seems like an attempt of being more simulation like than pure arcade), close enough.

 

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Ok, so this just popped up on my radar:


Despite the shovelware mobile graphics, it might be actually good.

Why, you ask?
Well, if you're into board games you might have heard about Mage Knight - the board game that supposed to give you feel of playing HoMM llike game in a non-digital world.
And this title utilizes Mage Knight's ruleset (with some name changes and crappy visuals).
Which might actually turn out to be the games downfall, if Wizkids' lawyers decide to issue c&d.
 

Taka-Haradin puolipeikko

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Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Make the Codex Great Again! Grab the Codex by the pussy Bubbles In Memoria

Cantata is a character-driven tactical strategy game that puts you in the middle of a spiritual, pragmatic war for survival. Play as a commanding officer from one of three factions - Machines, Humans or Aliens - and leverage your faction’s unique powers and abilities to slowly expand your hold on this alien world.
 

Lagi

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it was on my wishlist Cantata

but the gameplay looks slow. You move units one by one? I dont know. The artwork is interesting. and it feels like Alpha Centauri and Xcom have a baby.
 

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