Humble Bundle this week is Slitherine!
This has been the source of much amusement in the grognard world. Slitherine (and their partners - Matrix Games) for years and years absolutely refused to lower their prices for any of their games to a more reasonable level. Even the most outdated, unintuitive, ugly old wargame would stubbornly remain at $70 even though the only 15 people in the world who would ever consider buying it for that price had already bought it. There were many, many flamewars on grognard forums between the ‘cheap game = more sales’ crowd vs the ‘cheap games cheapens the experience’ crowd. A lot of the latter argument was made up of the ‘people aren’t smart enough to enjoy wargames’ dipshits, but despite all the evidence to the contrary, the prices stayed up.
Eventually Matrix began putting some of its games on sale as ‘an experiment’. Then they started going on Steam. And now here we are - pay what you want. There is no sweeter feeling than the feeling of winning an internet argument about an obscure niche several years after the argument was actually held. Now, onto the games.
Conquest: Medieval Realms: Forgettable.
Frontline: Road to Moscow: Decent Panzer General clone.
Battle Academy: Very good ‘newbie’ wargame.
Rise of Prussia: One of the better AGEOD games. Especially if you like the period.
Qvadriga: Haven’t played it. But is meant to be quite good.
Close Combat: Gateway to Caen. The inimitable Close Combat. This is actually the most recent version of the game and wrings the last drops of functionality out of the old engine. There should be a new ‘unity’ version of CC coming out soon, but for now, this is the best one out there. Easily worth the $10 alone.