29 November 2009

Digital Temptation

I'd like to do more non-WFB gaming. I've come to an understanding, and can tolerate the game at this point. But it remains a matter of being the default option, because it's easy to find opponents.

I believe I've written my opinions on Field of Glory. I own the rules and several supplements, and have played a few games but it never managed to really grab me. A lot of that had to do with some of the minutia of the mechanics.

I recently saw the announcement for the release of this:

http://www.slitherine.com/games/fog_pc

I haven't played computer games in a long time. The last one was Diablo 2, which isn't even a wargame. But it was enough of to time-waster for me to give up computer games for a long time, now. A lot of that also has to do with the lack of turn based games.

(I think my favorite game of all time was Age of Rifles, which I still own but unfortunately haven't been able to run on newer Windows machines. So it's been collecting dust for a while -- if anyone can advise me on how to get it to work, feel free!)

I'm tempted to give the FoG game a go. From what I've read, the association between the tabletop game and the computer game are in name only. Even if it was the same results, but with the mechanics hidden behind a computer moderated interface, I think I'd be willing to give it a try.

I'd be interested to hear any opinions. Especially from anyone who has played it. (Or any other turn based games -- 19th century and earlier only.)

2 comments:

  1. Hi, I actually did some beta testing. I really enjoyed the digital version of Fog...much more than the tabletop version...still wondering about purchasing.I,like you enjoy turn based strategy, and would get this only because there are so few choices for the genre.I love ancients and will probably get this. it is a fun game...with not too pretty graphics, but the AI seems good enough. a bit pricey though. I feel your pain about not being able to run old games like XCOM..I'm sure there are some ways to run old games that are beyond my tech scope. good luck

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  2. About running old games, you can try this :

    Put a shortcut on your desktop.
    Right-click on it --> Properties.
    Then go to the Compatibility tab.
    Check "run this program in compatibility mode for", and choose the OS for which the game was designed.

    Good luck.

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