Fatal Years schedule

Posted: September 18, 2013 in Rus Mod

I’m more or less on the tracks, slightly late. What remains to do :

– achieve the rail network adaptation ( don’t worry, Orel, I haven’t forgotten you 🙂 )

– achieve the supply model

– clean the unit pools

– adapt the AI.

The last point is especially important of course. AI in FY will not become this:

http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/fb.asp?m=3411237

(At least, I’ve got the feeling AI in ACW2 is essentially the same than in RUS and AJE, that should ease the thing).

So FY 1.09 should reach the playable stage around the 15th of October. Playable but in a very alpha stage, as beyond bugs I guess many tweaks will be needed.

I’ve not yet fully decided about but I’m more and more inclined to keep private the first reelease of FY 1.09, available only for those volunteering to playtest it.

Vladivostok and supply

Posted: September 18, 2013 in Rus Mod

An image is worth thousand words :

 

vladivostok supply

Fatal Years : progress of the day

Posted: September 17, 2013 in Rus Mod

Mostly string edition tonight.

Here one of the results:

tula

 

The 150 ammo is very provisional and should vary when the work on balance will start. Now Tula will remain one of the main ammo production site in the game.

Another Android wargames series

Posted: September 17, 2013 in Rus Mod, Wargaming

These are done by Joni Nuuntinen. At first, I was a bit skeptical about them, but the few I tried are really really good and the series is improving constantly. Playable on my GN2 without trouble, they are worth a look.

BTW, I promise to not buy GTA V until I’ve achieved FY 1.09 and a little gift for you my friends 🙂

The new face of Zinoviev

Posted: September 16, 2013 in Rus Mod

new zinoviev

 

Not the state of the art. At least I’m not an official artist  😉

 

Sufficient for my need.

Zinoviev

Posted: September 16, 2013 in Rus Mod

For long I’ve searched a photo of Zinoviev, the General, as the first RUS version portrayed him as Zinoviev, the Bolshevik leader.

Thanks to my last purchase ( This 1987 Soviet encyclopedia of Civil War), I’ve got this photo.

I’m happy.

And there are yet lot to extract from this encyclopedia ( of course, a very biased source, but full of details, map and shots).

As I was decided to buy the Parthian expansion, I took a plunge into the AJE forum. Apart it confirmed me there’s something fundamentally wrong in the combat system, indirectly at the source of some threads, I’ve learnt the map will be the same.

My God. The same scale. Any simulation would need scale to be downsized.

So I cancel my project to do some mod about. A bit disappointing.

BTW, if you Wonder if the coming game on the Spanish Civil War is Worth buying, I’m myself on the verge because one main question has not yet be raised: will the AI be able to form Fronts? AFter the first months of war waged by columns, the SPW mutated to a frontline fighting between large forces. Until now, the AGE AI has been unable to form front. I don’t doubt the AI has been updated for SPW, because the contrary would just limit the game to PBEM. However, as no precision has been provided on this key point, I prefer for now watch what is planned for.

Tiller Panzer Campiagn on Android (2)

Posted: September 15, 2013 in Rus Mod

Ok, it’s the PC game purely ported on Android. The same iconic interface, the same game…

So forget any hope to play this without at last a 7” tablet. Even on my GN2, the GUI is too much cramped to really play this.

However, and whatever the takes on the qualities and weaknesses of PZC, this unexpected release is demonstrating for the best and the worst a serious wargame may be developed for Android and Ipad. With PZC, we are offered a wargame which isn’t a clone of Panzer General, or even a very streamlined representation of an historical battle. If so, the wargaming PC market is shifting much faster I’ve envisioned to tablets.

Transbaikal front at start

Posted: September 15, 2013 in Rus Mod

transbaikal

Of course, the setup is yet under work.

2 purchases

Posted: September 15, 2013 in Rus Mod, Wargaming

The first should come in my hands this week:

Grazhdanskaya Voina i Voennaya Interventsiya v SSSR, Entsiklopediya (Encyclopedia: The Civil War and Foreign Armed Intervention in the USSR). Moscow: Izdatel’stvo Sovetskaya Entsiklopediya, 1987.

Large quarto, 720 pp. Hardcover. Second (Revised) Edition. Massive encyclopedia of the Russian Civil War published during the last days of the USSR, from the February Revolution to the consolidation of Soviet power. Numerous full-color fold-out maps and illustrations showing troop movements along the various fronts, Revolutionary posters, war scenes, and images from the period. Detailed entries on military commanders and operations as well as political figures. Text is in Russian.

I know it’s late Soviet military stuff, and so will present a very biased view of the RCW. Now, there are in maps and certainly many interesting détails. I don’t read Russian, but the combined use of my Galaxy Note camera, Omnipage and Bing Translation should allow me to extract many useful data.

My second purchase will be the Parthian DLC for AJE. I’m a convinced admiror of Miranda’s Trajan game, published years ago in S&T, and I would try with pleasure to get a satisfying version of Ancient war on the AGE engine. If I’m successful, I will share then this ( and the AI script), with all those who have supported me these late years.