PocketTactics: Battle of the Bulge announced

Bulge by SPI in 1979Battle of the Bulge is one of these legendary titles that have founded modern wargaming and changed the life of the young boardgamer I was in the 80’s.

Initially published by Avalon Hill in 1965, it has been then replicated, duplicated, and reissued countless times by the most prestigious publishers, both on cardboard and on PC screens.

There were certainly some serious opus along the way, and any serious wargamer should have in his library Bulge released by SPI in 1979.

Battle of the Bulge for iPadAnd when you hear that one of the grognards from SPI, Eric Lee Smith, decides to start a new venture named Shenandoah Studio to port the game on tablets, starting with iPad, you can start believing again in Santa!

The game should be available on the appstore this September 2012, so keep an eye on the developer’s diary. We’ve been able to grasp some screens and game arts here and there on the web, and it just looks awesome, nothing clumsy or clunky anywhere, this is all beautiful and polished and we just need now to assess the gameplay!

Battle of the Bulge - Game interfaceBattle of the Bulge - Game interface

This is great news for all grown up pocket gamers. Add on top of it that the next battle using the system is already planned for 2013-Q1: Get ready to fly to North Africa, to meet Rommel at El Alamein. That will be Volume 2 of this new game series titled “Crisis in Command”. It’s a wonderful world.

El Alamein announced!

Eric Lee SmithProject’s video inspirational pitch by Eric himself: http://kck.st/I5cHzt

Eric Lee Smith is a game designer and software development specialist. He worked for both Avalon Hill and SPI (Simulations Publications, Inc.). Most of his games were published by Victory Games (I), a subsidiary of Avalon Hill formed around ex-SPI employees. In 2005, he became Vice President of Product Direction for Investor Force Incorporated.

Battle of the Bulge – Very early interface preview


European Indies: AGEOD is back!

AGEODAGEOD stands for AGE Online Distribution, and it is a French venture formed in 2005 by 2 good friends but also remarkable characters of the gaming industry. Philippe THIBAUT was the brain behind blockbusters like Europa Universalis and Pax Romana. And Philippe MALACHER is the creator of a 3D engine called AGE, now probably outdated and obsolete, compared to products like Unity3D.

Anyway, this looks like a fertile union if to consider the vast catalogue these gentlemen have produced, out of their office in the French Alps, near Grenoble! To be fully honest, we haven’t tried out any of them yet, as we are just discovering the studio, but there are certainly appealing titles, such as Pride of Nations (Colonial Era in 19th century) or Revolution Under Siege (Russian Civil War 1917-23).

The company has been a joint venture with Paradox for some time, maybe a couple of years, trading as Paradox France, but it seems  they have just bought back their independence this August 2012, or have been kicked out from the mammoth organisation.

Alea Jacta EstThe next big release is “Alea Jacta Est“, an ambitious simulation covering various conflicts of the Roman Era. Serious competition to Rome Total War 2 (2013) ? You never know, wait and see! The game is available for preorder, and if you’re looking for your 15 minutes of glory, you can select the Praetor or Proconsul editions, in which you can have so extra goodies and your name included in the product and in credits, nice trick guys! We’ll keep a caring eye on you from now on.

Alea Jacta Est - Interface Preview

VP to drive the future of Mac gaming with Unreal Engine 3

Unreal has recently announced the port of the Unreal Engine 3 on Mac OS X! => http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/MacPlatformHome.html

And Virtual Programming is supporting this initiative behind the scenes, if to believe their recent blog post. They have undertaken the actual port for Epic: Congratulations guys! We just can’t wait to see which new RTS, FPS, MMOGs and simply wargames are going to be created on our preferred platform and OS 🙂