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War in the West - From Historicon

Post by IainMcNeil » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:05 pm

Hi guys

here are the details that Joel Billing's & Gary Grigsby released at our annual press conference at Historicon on War in the West.

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Gary Grigsby's War in the West 1943-1945

Main Features

* The game covers July 1943 to July 1945.
* Each turn lasts one week.
* Each hex covers 10 miles.
* The map is an enormous 36,000 hexes!
* It is an enhanced War in the East system with more comprehensive air and naval operations and supply systems.
* Scale is Division/Brigade/Regiment with supporting Battalions, but modeled down to the last man, tank and gun.
* There are 14 Allied and 5 Axis nationalities in the game.
* It includes a fully featured scenario editor
* There are optional rules to allow you to control the allocation of forces to the east front, or let it stay historical. If you manage it by hand, allocating troops slows the Soviet advance and removing them hastens it, all shown on a global strategy map.
* The game includes 3 main campaigns and 7-9 smaller scenarios.

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Major Changes from War in the East

Here is a summary of the main changes since War in the East and they'll be explored in more detail below.
I. Map
II. Air War
III. Logistics
IV. Weather
V. Axis Garrisons
VI. East Front Control Option
VII. Amphibious and Airborne Landing Rules
VIII. Multi-role Support Units
IX. Victory Conditions

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I. Map

 Huge size (36k hexes versus 25k for WitE).
 New terrain types for bocage, tundra, desert, sand, escarpment/impassable, ferries.
 Road Quality by Country
 Improved weather graphics showing all effects; ground, air and water (ice).
 Improved map projection that minimizes map distortion effects caused by using a flat map for a round world.
 The map is built as a part of an enormous War in Europe map which is 378x355 hexes, so is a building block to a future "mega on an unprecedented scale" game (134k hexes)
 New tile generated map will make it easier for us to complete the full map, and/or revise map data as needed.


II. Air War
Detailed Strategic Bombing and improvements to non-ground support missions

 Different system/ execution phase for air based on air directives to air force HQs
 Fixed airfields on map withadditional construction possible
 More types of missions
– Ground Support
– Ground Attack (interdiction of units/supply/rail, airfield attack, ground unit attack)
– Strategic Bombing
– Reconnaissance
– Air Superiority
– Naval Patrol
 Improved resolution of interdiction, less gaminess in airfield bombing and fighter sweeps

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III. Logistics
More realism plus supply issues of invasions


IV. Weather
More realism and granularity in weather generation and effects

 8 Weather Zones
 6 Ground Conditions
 6 Air Conditions
 Ice Conditions in Rivers
 Weather determined by combination of weather zones and 5 possible weather fronts that move across the map

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V. Axis Garrisons

 Garrison Regions - requires minimum garrisons in combat value of troops – changes over time and with major events.
 Garrison Cities - requires security units and a large garrison – also changes over time.
 Not fulfilling garrison requirements will increase partisan attacks on rail in the area as well as costing victory points.


VI. East Front Control Option
(For Long Campaigns)
a. East Front Screen provides info on German forces, front line and Soviet offensive potential.
b. Units may be moved between fronts. Player chooses which if any German units on the East Front are pulled back to refit.
c. Soviet controlled hexes are shown on the map.
d. When using EFC Option, game ends when Berlin falls or can last until the end of July 1945. When not using the EFC Option the game ends in early May 1945 (or earlier if Allies capture Berlin) and movement of units between fronts is based on historical movements.

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VII. Amphibious and Airborne Landing Rules

 Amphibious and Airborne Prep Points and Target Hexes
 Airpower Impact on Naval Movement
 Amphibious HQs with Naval Support and Temporary Ports
 Commando and Ranger supporting landings
 Separate Amphibious and supporting airborne landing phase at start of other player’s turn
 Coordinated airborne landings with non-amphibious forces during own turn

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VIII. Multi-role Support Units

 Support units that can switch between off-map support and on map unit status
 Large Multi-role units divide into 3 parts when made support units (break regiment into 3 battalions)
 Support ranger and commando units have special amphibious abilities


IX. Victory Conditions

 Factors Considered in Campaign Victory Conditions
- Cities Controlled Each Turn
- Damage From Allied Strategic Bombing
- Partisan Activity (failure of Axis to garrison)
- Allied Casualties
- Failure To Achieve Italian and French Beachheads
- Political Targets (U-boat and V-weapon factories and V-weapon launch sites)
- Timing of Fall of Berlin

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The Future: War in the … and beyond
• War in the East 2.0 - a remake of War in the East using the War in the West engine and new map system (another building block foe the mega game).
• War in the West 1940 (France/Norway/Med)
• War in the West 1941-43 (Mediterranean)
• War in Europe - the largest game ever conceived!
• World at War: A World Divided – iPad
• Tactical WWII game ala Steel Panthers - Gary mentioned Steel Panthers was the game he most enjoyed creating in his career.

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Re: War in the West - From Historicon

Post by voskarp » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:14 pm

Can one hope for this to be released for Mac?

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Re: War in the West - From Historicon

Post by IainMcNeil » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:27 pm

We don't have any plans to port right now but it should work in bootcamp, though I don't know if other users have tried War in the East on a Mac.

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Re: War in the West - From Historicon

Post by Old_Warrior » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:30 pm

Way to go, Gary! Nice looking game and always glad to see more Western Front ...

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Re: War in the West - From Historicon

Post by Benpark » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:55 pm

Bootcamp works perfectly for WIE.

Excellent stuff all around. The reference to Steel Panthers is also great to hear.

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Re: War in the West - From Historicon

Post by voskarp » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:41 am

IainMcNeil wrote:We don't have any plans to port right now but it should work in bootcamp, though I don't know if other users have tried War in the East on a Mac.
Maybe for the iPad then?

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Re: War in the West - From Historicon

Post by voskarp » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:43 am

Benpark wrote:Bootcamp works perfectly for WIE.

Excellent stuff all around. The reference to Steel Panthers is also great to hear.
Great news, but I'd still have to buy and install Windows... :(

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