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We had planned on showing you a couple of shots of what we've been working on alongside of CM Black Sea.  Some last minute glitches made that not really possible with the amount of time we had left.  So you're going to have to deal with a slightly-better-than-coal-in-your-stocking bone for this year.

 

Here it 'tis!

 

Development on the Ardennes (name not determined yet) Family is well along.  In fact, we intend to start early testing of the game in a few weeks.  What will the game include?  I'm so glad you asked!

 

The Base Game includes US Army, German Heer, and German Waffen SS forces covering the timeframe of October through January.  This includes Fall and Winter weather, terrain, vehicle textures, and uniforms.  It also includes new vehicles and TO&E, as well as more subtle things which set the tone for the latest war period we've yet covered with CMx2. 

 

Some new vehicles to play with:

 

M24 Chaffee

M36 Jackson

Jagdtiger

Flammpanzer 38(t)

 

There's others too, but off the top of my head that's what I have for you right now.  Though for sure there are some other fun ones (cough --- Sturmtiger --- cough) that will make their debut this time around.

 

We are planning two Modules for the Ardennes game:

 

Module 1 = Commonwealth + Luftwaffe Forces

Module 2 = extending the timeframe to the end of the war

 

So, with that, Merry Christmas and what not to you all!

 

Steve

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You mentioned Jagdtiger twice, did you perhaps mean Sturmtiger the second time? '

 

P.S. you called the M36 the Jackson. Someone will be along shortly to address that.

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Amazing news !! Re: naming... Well looking online on Google search I found - Germans referred to it as Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein ("Operation Watch on the Rhine"), while French named it the Bataille des Ardennes ("Battle of the Ardennes"). The Allies (US/UK) called it the Ardennes Counteroffensive. The phrase "Battle of the Bulge" came around later pioneered by the press at that time and became the MOST popular.

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Best gift of the holidays - just finished reading a book on the Ardennes. So looking forward to this (as with all your stuff  :) ) and a nice surprise that it has come long in development.

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You mentioned Jagdtiger twice, did you perhaps mean Sturmtiger the second time? '

 

No. He meant that there will be exactly two Jagdtigers in the game. Once they are destroyed they will no longer be available in future scenarios and QBs, so treat them well.

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When Steve mentiones Luftwaffe Forces... Are these ground infantry units. ? I vaguely associate Luft With 'air'

Fallschirmjager for sure.  I think the LW line units other than those were pretty much disbanded by now.

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Winter battles!,,,Snow!..Jagdtigers!...what a nice Christmas bone. Looking forward to it.

Plus 1 from me!

Even though it is yet more evidence that I should get out more, this counts as a very exciting Christmas bone for me ... :)

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I  want our good old M4A3E2 & Thunderbolts VII(Abram's reinforced armor version of M4A3E8) back !Oh,105mm & 155mm VT shells just as well.....

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You mentioned Jagdtiger twice, did you perhaps mean Sturmtiger the second time? '

 

P.S. you called the M36 the Jackson. Someone will be along shortly to address that.

 

Fixed half of it :)  I'm insistent upon calling the M36 the "Jackson", and I don't care who knows it!  But I do refuse to call the M36B1 the "Slugger".  That's just stupid.

 

Steve

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Is the new game going to be version 3 or version 4 of the game engine?

 

I predict that BFC is sticking with x2 for the foreseeable future (i.e., the next year at least). x3 might make its debut in a couple of years. Or not. x4 strikes me as so far over the horizon as to be outside the realm of reasonable speculation.

 

Of course, the intrusion of the unexpected could knock all of that into a cocked hat, but it's my best guess.

 

Michael

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