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I think a lot about what makes, to me, a good WW2 carrier-centric wargame. 

I keep coming back to the belief that most of the important decisions are made before the strike is launched.  It's the maneuvering and planning, usually taking place the night before, that leads to putting your force in position to land the first effective strike.

In order to do this, the player really needs access to time and sea room.  Intelligence regarding enemy intentions and force construct is important, too, if only to help the player find ambush points, search arcs, and strike composition.

I don't know how you make that initial part exciting.  For as sterile as the combat in WitP:AE is, I feel like it accomplishes the important pieces leading up to the CV vs. CV strikes very well.  To me, the perfect TF:A game is going to give me enough scope pre-battle to move forces hundreds of miles a day, move and counter-move, but on strike day allow me to zoom in and make a few tactical decisions.

Frankly I'm not even sure I could write this game; to some extent I'll know it when I see it.
Glitch. Yeah. Right. They don't have the balls to admit that they cannot get flight plan approval from Mars Air Control for an unlicensed, rickety foreign drone.
Computer Gaming / Re: winSPMBT and winSPWW2 upgraded...once again
« Last post by acctingman on Yesterday at 07:39:44 PM »
LOVED this game to death. Cannot wait for the next incarnation (when ever that is)
Computer Gaming / Re: Alliance of the Sacred Suns
« Last post by Jarhead0331 on Yesterday at 06:25:43 PM »
Reviewing details has me much more excited for this than Star Dynasties. Although it still has that macro leadership vibe, it looks like there is more depth to exploration, colonization, economy and combat.

I'm trying to set up a Q&A with the devs.
Computer Gaming / Re: Age of Empires 4 Gameplay trailer!
« Last post by Destraex on Yesterday at 05:13:43 PM »
(blah blah blah about AOE4)   Ancestors Legacy on the other hand is brutal and incorporates moral, flanking, friendly fire etc. (more about AOE4)
Sorry to derail the thread (not really) but Ancestor's Legacy is on sale at Humble for ~$11.50 right now (base+expansion).  Is that a good deal/worth it? (Like I haven't bought enough good deals that are sitting uninstalled)

If you just want to play skirmish. The peasants edition of ancestors legacy is free.
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