Set during the early events of World War 2, Fall Weiss is a new successor to the Panzer General
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Release Date: May 30, 2014
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"Very slow paced game, be aware. No tutorial, but very similar to the panzer general series. Turns can take up to 30 minutes of waiting. Try for a sale."

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October 6, 2014

17 September scenario added

A new scenario - dedicated especially for Soviet Union players has been added into the game. Now you can just jump into the middle of the conflict and rip apart what's left of Poland.

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About This Game

Fall Weiss is all about:

  • Strategy
  • Turns
  • Hexes
  • Counters
  • Panzers
  • Commies, Nazis, Poles



For the first time player has a possibility to recreate the events of the first campaign of World War 2. What is more important - the course of history can be changed, and the Germans and Soviets can be defeated. It's all up to you.


Three sides of conflict:
Third Reich - a regime looking for more and more Lebensraum, willing to roll over everything with Panzers and to bomb all that is left with Stukas.
Soviet Union - a regime, killing people for the Great Socialism. In 1920 the Polish Army stopped them, but this time Soviets are better prepared.
Poland - a regime, trying to survive between two of the greatest powers of Europe. They say the most handsome and brave cavalryman are in the Polish Army.


Facts:
Scale adapted for the size of the conflict
Detailed historical units
Huge modding possibilities
Replayability factor with a lot "what if" options
Difficulty level customizable for each country
History within a hand's reach
Only computer adaptation of the campaign
Runs well on every hardware




Main Features

  • Realistic presentation of the campaign's events,
  • Supply Depots which are crucial to execute successful offensives,
  • HQ units and Chain of Command boosting the efficiency of units,
  • Historical types of units, like Ulhans, Panzers, Stukas, etc.,
  • Major rivers which can really slow down the offensive,
  • Over 700 of historical units, with a unique photos,
  • 20000 hexes map of Poland and surroundings.


When there are no guns, no tanks, no hope, honor is the only thing that's left

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.8 Dual Core
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB available space
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
The Campaign Series: Fall Weiss is the first game from what can hopefully become a series of detailed wargames spanning all the important campaigns of WW2. Fall Weiss depicts German invasion of Poland in 1939, it is not the first game to do so, but it does stand out from the others in a few respects. Generally this conflict is seen as having two sides – Germany and Poland. Most games do not depict Soviet Union's involvement in it.Fall Weiss includes Soviet Union as one of the major players. This is a bit ahistorical, but offers very interesting possibilities. But you can even go beyond that, Fall Weiss uses the same engine as other Wasteland Interactive WW2 games, and here too you can go into advanced options. For example any country found on the map is playable.The game itself is played out on a very detailed map, while most of the action takes place on the territory of Poland it does span enough area in all the other directions to give place for unexpected developments.At first glance the game may seem similar to Panzer General and its descendants, and if you are thinking of the ease of play – yes it does. But contrary to Panzer General, units can work together and this makes a huge difference. By clicking on the target and then clicking on units around you select which units will take part in combat.The game does one original and both brilliant and terrible thing. Instead of displaying the strength of a unit as a number that shows the number of people/equipment, it displays its effective strength. So you do not have to take into account the technology, command bonuses etc. What you see is the final number, the effective strength. That's brilliant, but at the same time it can be confusing at times. So this system has both its pros and cons. The scale of the game means you have under your control hundreds of units conducting few separate smaller operations, so it is a true wargame that requires some thinking. Still, playing as Germany you really can't lose. Personally I find this game the best of all WI games so far.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
46.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
The Campaign Series: Fall Weiss is the first game from what can hopefully become a series of detailed wargames spanning all the important campaigns of WW2. Fall Weiss depicts German invasion of Poland in 1939, it is not the first game to do so, but it does stand out from the others in a few respects. Generally this conflict is seen as having two sides – Germany and Poland. Most games do not depict Soviet Union's involvement in it.Fall Weiss includes Soviet Union as one of the major players. This is a bit ahistorical, but offers very interesting possibilities. But you can even go beyond that, Fall Weiss uses the same engine as other Wasteland Interactive WW2 games, and here too you can go into advanced options. For example any country found on the map is playable.The game itself is played out on a very detailed map, while most of the action takes place on the territory of Poland it does span enough area in all the other directions to give place for unexpected developments.At first glance the game may seem similar to Panzer General and its descendants, and if you are thinking of the ease of play – yes it does. But contrary to Panzer General, units can work together and this makes a huge difference. By clicking on the target and then clicking on units around you select which units will take part in combat.The game does one original and both brilliant and terrible thing. Instead of displaying the strength of a unit as a number that shows the number of people/equipment, it displays its effective strength. So you do not have to take into account the technology, command bonuses etc. What you see is the final number, the effective strength. That's brilliant, but at the same time it can be confusing at times. So this system has both its pros and cons. The scale of the game means you have under your control hundreds of units conducting few separate smaller operations, so it is a true wargame that requires some thinking. Still, playing as Germany you really can't lose. Personally I find this game the best of all WI games so far.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
This is an incredible wargame. It feels like a boardgame from the 70's without all the rolling of dice and math. It looks complicated, but you are really just moving troops around trying to surround, cut off supply, and all the good to do military tactical stuff. I cannot wait for the other 2 planned releases that are to follow this game. Because of it I now have a new love of wargames, its a little pricey, but worth the money. Be weary of lots of clicking.
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67 of 77 people (87%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2014
Fall Weiss covers the German invasion of Poland. Starting September 1 1939 the game allows players to control the Germans, Polish or the Russian forces. Players have 122 turns (each representing one day) to either conquer Poland or hold against the invaders. Each of the three factions has its own victory conditions:
German: Defeat Poland and Peace with/or defeat Russia
Poland: Hold against the Germans
Russia Defeat of Poland and Peace with Russia

(NOTE the following has been fixed by the developers and custom games are now working)
There also appears to be the option of playing a custom game. Which gives the player the ability to decide which of the 10 countries they control and to set difficulty levels for each. NOTE I have not gotten this option to work, getting a scenario is not compatible error. But it makes no real difference since most of the other countries play little role in the game

While I like the game it is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. The biggest concern is lack of manual or tutorial; (NOTE THERE IS A MANUAL IN THE GAMES INSTALL FOLDER) why the developers did not include even a short description of some of the mechanics for the game is beyond me. Luckily for those who (like myself) have played other Wasteland games the basics are easy to get. of course I still have no idea the effects of HQs and supply depots

Game play
The game takes place on a huge (141 x 133) hex map. Players are also greeted with a large number of units; one example can be seen in the German army starting with 178 infantry regiments. With such a huge map and so many units it is a bit over whelming. And this is where I think the game is turning a lot of people off.

I personally like the game but it clearly is not for everyone. You go into this game with the knowledge that you got to have a plan. Now that can be said for any game of this type but Fall Weiss takes it to a whole new level. A good part of the game is about encircling your enemies and to do this you got to know what troops you are planning to head in each direction. Without the ability to buy new units (only re-enforce losses from starting units) planning becomes all that more important.

You got to plan your breakthroughs, decide which units will go through the gaps and where they will hook up with others units (from other gaps) to encircle and cut off the enemy supplies. I am not going to lie and say it is all fun and easy but it can be rewarding to see your plans come together

CONS
No tutorial or manual
UPDATE: ANother player pointed out there is a manual in the games folding. It gives a little information on the use of HQs and suooly

If you play as Russia you spend the first 17 turns watching the Germans and the Polish fight while you wait to be allowed to cross the border

Pros
get to play all three sides. Of course there is probably little possibility of the Poles winning
developer talking about mod support

Is it worth it
That depends, if you do not want to try your luck at planning the battles of an entire theater of operations I say walk away now. I believe the German campaign will take around 6 hours, let's assume the Poles and Russians take four hours each; that is 14 hours of game play. Not mentioning the changing some settings like French attacking in the west. In the terms of game play time it is worth the $20 dollars

For those who may already own Panzer Corps and its DLC, feel this games a little too deep or looking for a bit more, I would suggest waiting till it goes on sale.
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45 of 73 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
No tutorial so you need read the Fall Weiss.pdf in the game folder
There is no beginning you get thrown into the game and It feels like it take 20 min for the Computer AI to make hes first move, before you can do anything!
and then I get the feeling:
I am going to lose but it's going to take a week before that actually happen

People that buy this game probably already like Panzer General
This is not the game for beginner to Start with
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24 of 42 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2014
I was like you, innocently purchasing this game and opening up and saying YOLOSWAGBROYOLO and choosing Poland as your first game because you're so cool. Then you get wrecked from every direction and then you rage quit back to your little kiddy call of duty.

This game isn't a joke, this game isn't a fast paced game. It's a hardcore armchair general turn-based slow-paced strategy game. You take control of either Poland, Germany(Then called the Nazis, or, in aircraft terms, Jerries), or Russia (Then called the Soviet Union). You can take control of many other nations in custom gamdemode, but they're near useless unless you mod the game, and believe me.. modding this game is unbelievably easy, finally something easy about this game. >:D. If you like really hard games, or relaxing games that make your brain think, then get it. But beware, it's a major armchair-general styled game for you to complete a campaign it's 122 days, with one turn a day. Each turn you'll be spending some 10-15 minutes. (sometimes 30 or more even) So for $25 you're going to get a lottttt of hours played. And if you mod it... even longer. Beware, playing Poland your goal isn't to beat the Axis, that'd be like Britain taking on Russia, your goal is to hold the germans off for longer than historically, say, two weeks or so longer. Germany is a more relaxing gameplay, but it's still very challenging (The AI is hella good), if you play Russia, you have to wait 17 turns (verrryyy longgg) before you can even attack poland, though, I've heard you can declare war on Lithuania and fight them in the meantime.Wasteland Interactive has been out for a couple years roaming Desura and finally each of their tactical turn-based games got greenlit. So go check out: Time of Wrath, Strategic War in Europe, and of course this game. They have a couple more on steam but they're pacific theatre so I don't have them. They're all amazingly good, especially if you like this one.

NOTE: As of 8/9/2014/ you can buy the game on Groupees for $1 (though you have to choose two games so it's $1.50)
Get it here: https://groupees.com/babmb/

Now,
Pros:
Amazing challenges
Steam achievements
Emotes (?)
Trading Cards
Steam achievements are hard as hell
The graphical/art style is really catchy, fits the mood perfectly
Historically accurate units with historical pictures
Custom games, french invasion, change history, etc.
Amazing AI
Indie developer (more community based)
There has been talk that workshop support is coming, which all other Wasteland games have!
Just an overall great game

Cons:
Large frame drops around 40 minutes to and hour long. You can restart it or just wait (they usually end in 1-2 minutes)
Developers get pretty political on the forums (though they are really nice guys, I've spoke to them before)
If you play the Soviet Union you have to wait 17 long turns before getting any action
You can't choose to automatically fast forward the enemies turns, you have to wait and watch for aprox. 5 minutes, which gets devistatingly boring, which is another downside to playing the soviet union, or the other neutral nations.
The code is mostly in Polish (devs are polish) so it's a pain in the ♥♥♥ for me to edit code because I'm Lithuanian.


If you like this type of game, then welcome to the new Panzer General. I've been suggesting Forest Brothers for the next "campaign series" game. (check their forums to read the suggestion)

Get the game, $25 is 100% worth it if you're into this kind of games.



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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
45.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
Great game for players interested in World War II and supporters of turn-based games. Reveals in the September campaign of unprecedented scale in the game. With a bit of patience is also a good history lesson for younger players.

Świetna gra dla graczy interesujących się drugą wojną światową i zwolenników gier turowych. Ukazuje kampanię wrześniową w niespotykanej dotąd skali w grze. Przy odrobinie cierpliwości jest także dobrą lekcją historii dla młodszych graczy.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
Would recommend this game for WWII Strategy fans. Has a hard learning curve, but worth checking out.
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16 of 31 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2014
Don't play if watching AI move for 15 min after every turn is going to be boring to you.
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19 of 37 people (51%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
Why is this game bad.... when it's problems seem so obvious and easy to fix?


Menu: checkboxes with black ink checks on black background, nearly impossible to see.

Font size for entire game is too small to see, and this game requires constant use of text. Think size 6 font for typical fonts in typical word docs.

German units (ostensibly, as name suggests, and also bc it is a Panzer General ripoff, most of the game is designed around playing as the germans) are nearly invisible on the map. They are tiny black swastikas in black and green forest backgrounds. They couldn't use color to mark the units?
You never get that sense of, "there's how we're deployed on the front lines" because, you can't see how you are deployed without non-stop zooming in and out. And the zoom is really slow btw.


Gameplay: mostly unknown, because it's not worth it to fight through the text and visibility issues. I doubt they could screw up Panzer General style numbers based attacks, so, whatever. However since a big part of the gameplay is operating the map, then in that sense I can safely say it's crap.

What a shame. How could such easily fixed issues get through. Makes you really wonder about the developers... do they even care? Why bother?
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Lacks polish, perpetual "early access" developer.

Developer constantly spews that he does this on his off time so he owes his customers nothing and we should expect nothing.
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Slow paced very hard but a rewarding experience when you succeed.
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3 of 52 people (6%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
1/10
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