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Rod Humble's Eastern Front Game

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 10:09 PM by S.R. Krol
Hey, it's June 22nd! Break out the bratwurst or the black bread and vodka, it's Barbarossa Day!

Rod Humble just released a free game on the conflict, STAVKA-OKH. You can grab it here.

When the game begins the side in which you will be playing is chosen for you by the game. From there you're given three strategic plans to choose from, along with the choice to go along with the Nazi or Communist party. Each plan has a chance of being overruled by Uncle Joe or...
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The Bloodiest Game Ever: John Hill's Battle for Stalingrad (SPI)

Posted April 10th, 2011 at 10:40 PM by S.R. Krol
This weekend SPI's Battle for Stalingrad hit the gaming table. It was the first time I've played this particular title, and though thirty-one years old, I found the design had some clever innovations.

The neatest aspect, and the heart of the game, is the flow of the turn. A turn begins with air strikes followed by artillery bombardments (so far fairly standard wargaming fare) but then deviates into a turn structure in which the Germans keep pushing until the Soviets react. ...
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Michigan Toy Soldier Company: Of Crime And Punishment

Posted February 14th, 2011 at 09:13 PM by S.R. Krol
Ever buy anything from Michigan Toy Soldier Company? Over the years I've bought a few things but found their online shopping experience rather backwards. But hey, at least they didn't rip me off. Unlike Peter Jackson.

Yep, that Peter Jackson. He orders some stuff online from them and pretty soon he finds about $190,000 worth of unknown charges on his credit card. Russian mafia hacker? Chinese military? Pimply-faced emo-teenager?

Nope, turns out the owner of...
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Hail Of Bullets: Perfect Music When Playing War Plan Pacific

Posted February 13th, 2011 at 08:22 PM by S.R. Krol
Tons of high explosives
Plastering the reefs
Amtracs approaching
Offloading LST's
Establishing the beachheads
Perimeter secured
Distant laying battleships
Roaring while harbored

Barbed wire and minefields
Concrete obstacles
Cautiously proceeding
Behind armored vehicles
Say farewell to their comrades
Left in blood red waves
A sudden hail of metal
From camouflaged caves


--"On...
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The Slippery Slope Of Game Pricing

Posted January 9th, 2011 at 06:07 PM by S.R. Krol
A recent trend in computer gaming has been the extreme slashing of price points for a limited time. Steam particularly has led the way, with some limited time price reductions being as much as 90% off their normal cost. Here at Shrapnel we've even experimented by offering a bundle of four games for the price of one.

While a goldmine for consumers it is a potentially troublesome issue for developers. Imagine being an indie developer, sinking thousands of your own dollars into project...
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