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by Syt
Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:53 am
Forum: General discussions
Topic: blood bowl
Replies: 7
Views: 2843

Dunno if it helps, but the DVD version seems to be international - my copy bought here in Vienna came in English, German, French, and one or two other languages (Spanish? Italian?) and I can switch languages within the game.

Having a really good time with the game, btw. :)
by Syt
Wed May 20, 2009 7:08 pm
Forum: Pride of Nations
Topic: VGN Military leaders: Who is who?
Replies: 42
Views: 17677

The beard culture of the age was impeccable. :p apy: http://sechtl-vosecek.ucw.cz/en/images/vousaci/maxmilian/deska7827-hotovo2.jpg http://www.wildwestweb.net/cwleaders/Ambrose%20E.%20Burnside.jpg http://is.muni.cz/do/1499/el/estud/praf/ps08/d_recht/no_av/img/05/10big.jpg http://yhsworldhistory.wiki...
by Syt
Thu May 14, 2009 6:37 am
Forum: Pride of Nations
Topic: Reading List
Replies: 14
Views: 5455

Argh, forgot to include the classic:
Barbara Tuchman: The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
Some have claimed that it's biased and not very critical of some aspects, but it gives an interesting overview and pointers for in depth reading on some subjects.
by Syt
Wed May 13, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: Pride of Nations
Topic: Reading List
Replies: 14
Views: 5455

C.A. Bayly: The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons Product Description This thematic history of the world from 1780 to the onset of the First World War reveals that the world was far more ‘globalised’ at this time than is commonly thought. * Explore...
by Syt
Mon May 11, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: Rise of Prussia
Topic: Commanders in RoP
Replies: 73
Views: 18850

WOW! Did you see how many names popped up that would earn renown again almost 200 years later? These names are later revisited in the forms of Third Reich army and army group commanders!! Not unusual, I think. During my military service (1995/6) one of my platoon leaders was a certain Kesselring wh...
by Syt
Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: General discussions
Topic: Laptops vs. desktops as gaming computers
Replies: 34
Views: 6614

I couldn't afford the power my new tower has in laptop format:
- 2.86GHz QuadCore
- 8 GB RAM
- 2x 1 TB Hard disks
- nVidia GTX285 w/1GB RAM
- large Thermaltake Armor case for air condition

Besides, a laptop with a 24" screen would be too large to carry, anyways.
by Syt
Wed Apr 15, 2009 7:12 am
Forum: General discussions
Topic: 4-4! (AKA "The football thread")
Replies: 292
Views: 59100

For a moment I thought this was a post about the Tigers, Yankees or Rays, all of which have a W-L record of 4-4 at the moment.

Oddly I don't follow soccer much anymore, but instead check on MLB.
by Syt
Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:39 am
Forum: Pride of Nations
Topic: So, what do we have here? (#1)
Replies: 64
Views: 26258

I am drooling with anticipation.
by Syt
Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:53 am
Forum: General discussions
Topic: Your thoughts on AGEOD, the games, and our evolution?
Replies: 35
Views: 8315

HPS has a dedicated small group of admirers. They have too a large group who never buy one of their game, because of the UI glaciation since 20 years, the micromagement of hundereds of units, the lack of innovation, and so on. I suspect a large part of buyers never really playing HPS games, just bu...
by Syt
Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: WW1 : La Grande Guerre 14-18
Topic: Havely learns Le Grande Guerre
Replies: 26
Views: 7238

Aphrodite Mae wrote:My apologies, Syt, for borrowing your thread title idea, but I thought it was a good one!


Didn't notice till now. Don't worry, plagiarize all you like. :)
by Syt
Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:24 pm
Forum: WW1 History club / Discussions historiques sur la Grande Guerre
Topic: Was World War One Inevitable?
Replies: 65
Views: 40183

Interesting. I had of course heard the idea that WWII was an inevitable consequence of the unfair Versailles Treaty before. That seems to be a widespread and largely uncontested idea? There's also a different school of thought that says that the Allies' leniency in enforcing the treaty and Germany'...
by Syt
Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: WW1 History club / Discussions historiques sur la Grande Guerre
Topic: Book suggestions on WW1
Replies: 44
Views: 17842

Mark Thompson: The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front, 1915-1919 Half way through and thoroughly enjoying it. He uses eye witness accounts and anecdotes a lot. The author looks mostly at the Italian side of the Alpine front, and he has little good to say about the reasons Italy went to ...
by Syt
Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: WW1 : La Grande Guerre 14-18
Topic: The USA underpowered?
Replies: 20
Views: 4452

Between the U.S. entry into the war and actually showing up in strength on the battlefields lie almost a year historically (and then there was still squabbling about their command status, who should train them etc.). It took them so long to simply get into gear for this huge undertaking. They were m...
by Syt
Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:44 pm
Forum: General discussions
Topic: Empire Total War is coming... and an expansion too?
Replies: 120
Views: 28697

Btw, one of my favorite collector's editions was that of Neverwinter Nights 2. For 15 extra Euro I got the full version of NWN with both expansions, a nice mountain troll figure, a cheesy metal ring (chaotic evil) and some extras (soundtrack CD, artbooklet). Doesn't quite beat the reprint of Manfred...
by Syt
Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: General discussions
Topic: Empire Total War is coming... and an expansion too?
Replies: 120
Views: 28697

I pre-ordered the Special Forces edition from Amazon.co.uk (comes additionally with Dahomey Amazons - get it?). Considering how shitty the British Pound is doing ordering there, plus shipping, is still slightly cheaper than buying the regular version here off the shelf for RRP. And with an English v...
by Syt
Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:59 pm
Forum: WW1 History club / Discussions historiques sur la Grande Guerre
Topic: Book suggestions on WW1
Replies: 44
Views: 17842

Also http://www.amazon.com/Cataclysm-First-World-Political-Tragedy/dp/0465081843 Thanks. :) While I enjoy the military histories about the war, Stevenson has sparked quite some interest for me in the social, political and economic side of the conflict and it's definitely something I want to continu...
by Syt
Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: WW1 : La Grande Guerre 14-18
Topic: Goeben event
Replies: 10
Views: 2803

What's the condition of the alternate event? England deciding to deliver the ships that the Turks have ordered?
by Syt
Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:11 pm
Forum: Help improve WW1!
Topic: Event Card requests
Replies: 3
Views: 1426

Thanks! I know there are more pressing issues than this, so "taking note" is much appreciated. :)
by Syt
Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:18 pm
Forum: Help improve WW1!
Topic: Event Card requests
Replies: 3
Views: 1426

Event Card requests

I started a new game with the 1.05e patch yesterday. I have two interface suggestions for the event cards: when you are to pick cards from the pile, the event text is shown in the middle. Which is good. :) What's not so good is that the text scales to fit that window. Which is ok for event cards wit...
by Syt
Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:43 pm
Forum: Help improve WW1!
Topic: Patch 1.05e on Beta Trial
Replies: 30
Views: 7761

Thanks for the continued hard work, calvinus! :) One comment, though: - Introduced a rule for Great Britain: max 2 corps buildable within one Interphase and the following one - The above limitation for Great Britain is improved to 5 corps as soon the political action "Conscription" is successfully a...
by Syt
Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:01 pm
Forum: WW1 History club / Discussions historiques sur la Grande Guerre
Topic: Book suggestions on WW1
Replies: 44
Views: 17842

I am currently reading 1914 - 1918 by David Stevenson. It's a rather complete book, first giving a general overview, and then tearing into specific topics (economy, motivation/manpower, tactics/technology etc.). It's more exhaustive than Keegan (ca. 600 pages without appendix, 40 lines/page). Finis...
by Syt
Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:09 pm
Forum: WW1 : La Grande Guerre 14-18
Topic: Where oh where are the combat rolls?
Replies: 38
Views: 8702

Besides, knowing how the dice fell helps you little, because you can't influence it beforehand. You may still attack/defend somewhere and win/lose despite all odds without being able to do something against it. I regard seeing how the dice fell (i.e. in hindsight) as an AAR as the OHL or GHQ might g...
by Syt
Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:01 pm
Forum: WW1 : La Grande Guerre 14-18
Topic: Manual Sections
Replies: 130
Views: 40074

Looks great. *drool*

I noticed, though: no appendix for the event cards? A summary of requirements/effects would be nice (the original board game rules you posted help some, but it'd still be nicer in the manual). :)
by Syt
Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:17 pm
Forum: General discussions
Topic: The merits of Paradox, EU3 and other things that can be related and compared to them
Replies: 102
Views: 23094

Holy Civil War Hijack! :D
by Syt
Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: General discussions
Topic: The merits of Paradox, EU3 and other things that can be related and compared to them
Replies: 102
Views: 23094

Chiming in about the historical straightjacket vs. the freeform sandbox: the key for immersion is for me plausibility. Given how the dice roll in my game - is the result within the realm of possibility? I don't mind huge aberration if there's some explanation behind it that is believable. After all,...
by Syt
Fri Dec 26, 2008 8:54 am
Forum: WW1 : La Grande Guerre 14-18
Topic: Endless Repeating Events??
Replies: 18
Views: 4385

Additionally, it would be nice to have a button or soemthing that displays currently active events (esp. those that last longer than one turn).
by Syt
Fri Dec 26, 2008 8:51 am
Forum: WW1 : La Grande Guerre 14-18
Topic: Endless Repeating Events??
Replies: 18
Views: 4385

In the boardgame, there are conditions on the events, usually a date window they can be played in, or another event that triggers when they can be used. If those are coded in the computer game, they could explain them in the yet-to-be published manual. Doug Better yet, they could show up in the too...
by Syt
Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:37 pm
Forum: WW1 : La Grande Guerre 14-18
Topic: National Will question
Replies: 7
Views: 2103

Would a major defeat for Russia really effect France and Britain that badly, and vice versa? It would and did. It was no coincidence that the Entente saw their biggest post-1914 crisis (mutinies, setbacks) between 1917 and summer 1918 when Russia was knocked out for good and the Americans were not ...
by Syt
Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:32 pm
Forum: WW1 : La Grande Guerre 14-18
Topic: Xmas vacations: Calvinus needs rest
Replies: 32
Views: 9147

Thanks for your dedication and hard work, calvinus. Take a bit of rest and enjoy some quiet tiome with friends and family for the holidays. :)
by Syt
Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: Help improve WW1!
Topic: 1.05b - cannot pick warplans (entente)
Replies: 5
Views: 1557

Glad this got resolved for you. :)

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