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korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2014 3:45 a.m. PST

I used to have all the old SSG games back in the late 80's and 90's, plus Pz General, Steel Panthers and a few others. Then I switched to PBEM games, technology advanced and the old games went west….

Now I'm interested in getting a strategic game I can play at my leisure and solo. I've thought about the Field Commander board game series which look like cracking games, but I'm leaning more toward a PC game. After a lot of looking at various periods I like the sound of War in the East (I remember his War in Russia which I used to enjoy). All the reviews I could find sound promising, but I didn't find any recent ones. From what I've read the mechanics, complexity and so on are perfect but as it's a bit of coin to outlay I'm wondering if any one here has played it?

LVLAURN Inactive Member29 Sep 2014 6:35 a.m. PST

I bought it a long while ago and spent many many hours trying to tame Russia. Once I understood the supply system I found planning my offensives a great deal of fun. I loved creating pockets and destroying them. The start of every turn is allot of fun as you try to plan the creation of these pockets.

One gripe is how long it takes the computer to go though the enemy turn.

So far my favorite WW2 eastern front game.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2014 7:03 a.m. PST

Thanks mate. I want a game that requires planning so it sounds like it meets that. The slow turn may be an issue but sounds like a decent trade off,


doc mcb29 Sep 2014 7:33 a.m. PST

Never played it but may have owned it. But I actually like a turn-based game where the computer takes a while, as I can do things like grade papers while I wait.

tuscaloosa Inactive Member05 Nov 2014 4:33 p.m. PST

I have the game, I like it, but figuring out the supply and command/control rules hasn't quite clicked yet. It is a bit overwhelming, in that you get down to detailed and specific (squad and individual equipment) level for the entire Eastern Front. Even OKH didn't attempt to keep track of the Eastern Front at that level!

Just like Gary Grigsby's Pacific War, it seems daunting at first, until suddenly you realise how to do stuff and it "clicks". I haven't quite gotten there yet. I have friends who really like it, who are engaged in ongoing pbem games, though.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2014 5:59 a.m. PST

Thanks for that, its sounding like what I'm after although perhaps a little detailed. I want something I can play here and there when I get a moment so would have the time to ponder…….

tuscaloosa Inactive Member30 Dec 2014 8:53 p.m. PST

LVLAURN, would you mind posting a hint or two about figuring out the supply system? I don't find the tutorial very helpful.

oldnorthstate07 Jan 2015 8:09 a.m. PST

Not exactly a "computer moderated" tabletop system but rather a full blown computer simulation. That said, I have been following some the discussion on the Matrix forum and my take is that it is very detailed and there are some serious shortcomings related to supply, etc.

Grigsby and Matrix has just released War in the West, which appears to be an upgraded version of War in the East, incorporating some fixes to the issues found in the War in the East.


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