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Alchenar

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    Alchenar got a reaction from derbius in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Obligatory question for when this happens:  have you decided whether to issue Steam keys to current customers to let them transition over to that platform?  
    In case anyone hasn't used Steam and is wondering why - the quality of life improvement from never having to worry about installer .exes and getting automatic patching is something you'll never want to come back from.  
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    Alchenar got a reaction from mbarbaric in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    The quite backfill colour is a bad idea, it makes it difficult to read the text.
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    Alchenar got a reaction from Commanderski in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    The quite backfill colour is a bad idea, it makes it difficult to read the text.
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    Alchenar got a reaction from mbarbaric in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Obligatory question for when this happens:  have you decided whether to issue Steam keys to current customers to let them transition over to that platform?  
    In case anyone hasn't used Steam and is wondering why - the quality of life improvement from never having to worry about installer .exes and getting automatic patching is something you'll never want to come back from.  
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    Alchenar got a reaction from Vergeltungswaffe in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    The quite backfill colour is a bad idea, it makes it difficult to read the text.
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    Alchenar got a reaction from _greg in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Obligatory question for when this happens:  have you decided whether to issue Steam keys to current customers to let them transition over to that platform?  
    In case anyone hasn't used Steam and is wondering why - the quality of life improvement from never having to worry about installer .exes and getting automatic patching is something you'll never want to come back from.  
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    Alchenar got a reaction from Bulletpoint in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Oh Battlefront aren't remotely on the same level.  Just take a look at the DLC list:  https://store.steampowered.com/app/312980/Graviteam_Tactics_MiusFront/
    Professional customers pay for the game engine but customers pay for quality content, and Battlefront hasn't yet tried to cash in on that front.  The silly thing is once you've got your game engine up and running that's the hard and costly bit, you can churn out campaign packs for comparative peanuts left, right and centre (see Command Ops, CMANO, Panzer Corps, etc etc).  
    Meanwhile in the last year we've had one module for Fortress Rome, and in the last two years Shock Force 2 (which is a rebuild of old pre-existing content).  Sure, Battlefront have chosen to spend their time on professional contracts (and I don't blame them, that's good money) but technically releasing something once a year isn't the same thing as what Graviteam or the other major players are doing and I don't think Battlefront would ever claim they were. 
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    Alchenar got a reaction from Scrat in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Oh Battlefront aren't remotely on the same level.  Just take a look at the DLC list:  https://store.steampowered.com/app/312980/Graviteam_Tactics_MiusFront/
    Professional customers pay for the game engine but customers pay for quality content, and Battlefront hasn't yet tried to cash in on that front.  The silly thing is once you've got your game engine up and running that's the hard and costly bit, you can churn out campaign packs for comparative peanuts left, right and centre (see Command Ops, CMANO, Panzer Corps, etc etc).  
    Meanwhile in the last year we've had one module for Fortress Rome, and in the last two years Shock Force 2 (which is a rebuild of old pre-existing content).  Sure, Battlefront have chosen to spend their time on professional contracts (and I don't blame them, that's good money) but technically releasing something once a year isn't the same thing as what Graviteam or the other major players are doing and I don't think Battlefront would ever claim they were. 
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    Alchenar got a reaction from Aragorn2002 in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    It's pretty trivial to have a Steam Workshop that just downloads files to a particular part of the install folder, which is all that Combat Mission needs.  
     
    I would bet the game will eat a few negative reviews (not the majority) for entirely legitimate reasons.  In 2020 it's been unacceptable to require players to read a manual to understand how the game works for about 20 years.  Before you 'yes but' me on this consider that there will be people with jobs buying games on steam who were not yet born when the mainstream games industry abandoned this approach.  That's how out of pace the grognard niche is.  I think the other big one will be performance.  CM just doesn't run well, particularly when lined up against it's closest comparator Graviteam Tactics.  
    e: I think the graphics themselves actually stand up pretty well and it's hard to reasonably ask for more (except maybe weather effects etc).   Framerates will raise eyebrows though.
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    Alchenar got a reaction from Bulletpoint in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    It's pretty trivial to have a Steam Workshop that just downloads files to a particular part of the install folder, which is all that Combat Mission needs.  
     
    I would bet the game will eat a few negative reviews (not the majority) for entirely legitimate reasons.  In 2020 it's been unacceptable to require players to read a manual to understand how the game works for about 20 years.  Before you 'yes but' me on this consider that there will be people with jobs buying games on steam who were not yet born when the mainstream games industry abandoned this approach.  That's how out of pace the grognard niche is.  I think the other big one will be performance.  CM just doesn't run well, particularly when lined up against it's closest comparator Graviteam Tactics.  
    e: I think the graphics themselves actually stand up pretty well and it's hard to reasonably ask for more (except maybe weather effects etc).   Framerates will raise eyebrows though.
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    Alchenar got a reaction from Rinaldi in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Obligatory question for when this happens:  have you decided whether to issue Steam keys to current customers to let them transition over to that platform?  
    In case anyone hasn't used Steam and is wondering why - the quality of life improvement from never having to worry about installer .exes and getting automatic patching is something you'll never want to come back from.  
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    Alchenar got a reaction from BletchleyGeek in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Obligatory question for when this happens:  have you decided whether to issue Steam keys to current customers to let them transition over to that platform?  
    In case anyone hasn't used Steam and is wondering why - the quality of life improvement from never having to worry about installer .exes and getting automatic patching is something you'll never want to come back from.  
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    Alchenar got a reaction from JSj in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Obligatory question for when this happens:  have you decided whether to issue Steam keys to current customers to let them transition over to that platform?  
    In case anyone hasn't used Steam and is wondering why - the quality of life improvement from never having to worry about installer .exes and getting automatic patching is something you'll never want to come back from.  
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    Alchenar got a reaction from Hister in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Obligatory question for when this happens:  have you decided whether to issue Steam keys to current customers to let them transition over to that platform?  
    In case anyone hasn't used Steam and is wondering why - the quality of life improvement from never having to worry about installer .exes and getting automatic patching is something you'll never want to come back from.  
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    Alchenar got a reaction from General Jack Ripper in Minefield Mayhem....   
    Okay so to be absolutely clear: the manual is self-contradictory on what is hidden and what is not.  A command described to 'detect and mark hidden minefields' is not obvious that it can only be used to target non hidden minefields.
    This is also literally the only move command that works like a target command.  It's inconsistent with how all other controls work, if it worked like other move commands then you'd expect it to be a special form of 'hunt', which is clearly what so many new players expect.
     
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    Alchenar got a reaction from Vergeltungswaffe in KICKSTARTER FOR NEW OPERATIONAL LAYER GAME!!!   
    There's isn't a viable option on the table though, that's what he's saying.  And he's right.  
     
    42 people pledging for this kickstarter isn't 42 people having an interest in an operational game, it's 42 people having poor judgement with their money.  As it happens I think there probably isn't a viable market for a operational plug-in game to Combat Mission.  It's niche of a niche market.  But as far as operational wargames go I have Decisive Campaigns, Flashpoint Campaigns, Command Ops, a whole range of options open to me.
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    Alchenar got a reaction from kohlenklau in KICKSTARTER FOR NEW OPERATIONAL LAYER GAME!!!   
    There's isn't a viable option on the table though, that's what he's saying.  And he's right.  
     
    42 people pledging for this kickstarter isn't 42 people having an interest in an operational game, it's 42 people having poor judgement with their money.  As it happens I think there probably isn't a viable market for a operational plug-in game to Combat Mission.  It's niche of a niche market.  But as far as operational wargames go I have Decisive Campaigns, Flashpoint Campaigns, Command Ops, a whole range of options open to me.
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