One could argue that the history of Modern Europe is the chronicle of the rise of the common people. From the Renaissance to the Protestant Reformation to the French Revolution, old systems of hierarchy and order were shaken to their very foundations. It is this high drama that is the focus of Paradox Interactive's “Common Sense” which is the most recent DLC for its critically acclaimed grand strategy title Europa Universalis IV. Following in Paradox's savvy strategy of releasing incremental - though sometimes monumental - updates to their game, “Common Sense” seeks to enhance many of the gameplay mechanics of the present game with a battery of new features.
Sales are like busses – they all come along at once. We’ve just had a whole raft of summer sales from the likes of Steam and Paradox and now it’s time for the Independence Day sales. Matrix Games are kicking these off and it lasts the whole weekend so if you miss out on July 4th itself due to celebrating you’ll still have a chance to take advantage of it.
This War of Mine, a game which unusually looks at war from the civilian survivor’s point of view, is going mobile, and pre-orders are now open for the Android edition. The mobile edition is launching later in July and 15% of pre-order proceeds will go to the War Child charity
Amazingly, one of the defining moments in the twentieth century has gone virtually unnoticed by the gaming industry. The Russian Revolution and Civil War has, in the main, only been touched on in scenarios for games like The Operational Art of War, however, Revolution Under Siege covers the whole shooting match.
As the remains of King Richard III were reburied in Leicester earlier this year, HexWar’s release of their latest title, Wars of the Roses, may well be apposite.
As well know last week’s decision by Apple to remove some games from the iStore on the basis they included the, or rather a, Confederate flag (the Confederacy having more than one flag for various uses in its short history) caused a lot of electronic ink to be spilled about the subject. This piece we carried, written by James Tanaleon being one. Of course, Apple have now reversed their decision, subject to some conditions about the flag’s depiction, and the affected games are now back available. However, before we leave the subject I’d like to bring you this view from one of our readers which was sent to me just before Apple’s change of mind. It strikes me as too well written to just languish in my inbox, and also raises the view that perhaps the publicity generated is actually a good thing. Please read on.
Last week we reported in the snippets we’d extracted from the Slitherine Group’s annual get together that they had signed a contract with BAE Systems for collaboration and development – although what of was, unsurprisingly, not mentioned.
Long term readers may remember that back in September 2013 we carried an interview with Studio Nyx a French development team who were looking to crowdfund development of a digital version of one of their favourite miniatures games, Legions of Steel. However, they did not manage to get the financial backing through crowdfunding, but instead teamed up with the Slitherine Group to bring the game to fruition.
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