Wargamer Weekly – Hearts & Minds, Grim & Dark, Alpha & Omega

Another week another round-up of news and updates for you. You know this is really cutting into the time I’ve been spending trying to win over the Hearts & Minds of the people of Afghanistan circa 2011. Here are the highlights of the week:

Matrix Games/Slitherine

It’s been a good week for the friendly neighbourhood spider-wargame company, with two key announcements dropping that should make you guys pleased:

Afghanistan ’11 was released yesterday on PC. If you’ve been living under a rock recently, perhaps actually in Afghanistan, this is a “light” wargame that focuses on the Counter-Insurgency (COIN) military theory that was used during the war. Instead of trying to kill everything (although that does help), your mission is to build infrastructure and good relationships with the locals.

It’s a pretty good game, and you can read more about it in our review.

Also releasing this week, Strategic Command WW2: War in Europe has finally received the update enabling PBEM multiplayer. The 1.02 patch also includes a bunch of other improvements, the majority of which are fixes. You can read the full changelog here. Don’t forget to check out our recent Axis strategy guides!

For the history buffs among you, it might be interesting to note that Matrix have teamed up with a premier re-enactment society here in the UK to help promote AGEOD’s upcoming English Civil War game. Called the Sealed Knot Society, they are the largest ECW re-enactment group in Europe. You can find out more here.

Finally, Matrix has posted some screens from their Close Combat: The Bloody First game, which takes the classic series into the 21st century with a brand new engine. There are only two screens from the Alpha build, but here’s one of them:

Games Workshop

The eternal miniatures company had a quite a few announcements to share this week.

The big news was that they finally teased some of the changes that will be coming to the new edition of 40K. They seem to be trying to bring the game more in line with the successful Age of Sigmar line by incorporating some of the concepts from there to the grimdark. Key points of focus from the recent Adepticon seminar were:

  • Three Ways to Play
  • Army Selection – favouring themed lists
  • Movement & Charging revamp
  • Redesigned Armour saves

Along with a few other things. There’s an official blog post you can read about it here.

In addition to this, Warhammer Underworld: Shadespire was given some official details and an official trailer, which you can check out below:


Matrix weren’t the only ones to release a game this week:

  • Day of Infamy officially left Early Access yesterday. You can read some thoughts on the game from Martynas here, and we will be bringing you the full review on Monday.
  • HexWar’s Command & Colours: The Great War digital adaptation has made the move from PC onto iOS. You can read our review of the PC version here.
  • Flying Pig Games have announced a new big-box product called Platoon Commander Deluxe: Kursk, which you can read more about here. It will be coming to Kickstarter “soon”.

That’s all for this week’s regular news digest. Seen anything we’ve missed? Share your news with us in the comments below!

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