I'm going to give this game a recommendation for people to own. But with reservations. This is not going to be a straight hex wargame like many of you are used to. If you cannot get your mind around that, then you will hate this game. If you can be open-minded and strive to understand this game, try and understand that the army cards/icons have men truly modeled inside that army,, then you will enjoy this game.
I did an AAR of this game over on the Ageod forums. http://www.ageod-forum.com/showthread.php?36936-To-End-All-Wars-AAR-Western-Entente-against-the-AI-of-Central-Powers!
I am almost an amateur with these games, but I understood it well enough to write an AAR. My AAR is tailored for someone new to Ageod games.
If you like perusing over generals and trying to decide who would be the best person to command an army, who would be the best to promote, who would be the best to spearhead an attack for your offensive, this game is for you. If you like a game where you can recruit/purchase an actual, historical unit to be represented on the field of battle, this game is for you. It brings a lot of the pageantry that hex wargames sometimes kind of lose.
Do you think you know something about WW1? And have suggestions? The producers of this game, Ageod are open to that. Be prepared to back your suggestion up with facts and figures, because there will be a lively debate over whether your opinion holds weight or not. So, if you like a game where the producers are open to your ideas and suggestions, then this game is for you.
If you like having a static line with a bunch of hexes facing off and do not like any other type wargame, then this will not be for you.
It is an ambitious look at WW1 and really all of their titles are ambitious looks at the conflict they try to model.
1. Captures the pageantry (if you can call a brutal slog that killed millions a "pageant") of WW1.
2. It lets you drill down deep into your armies and look at individual regiments and what type of soldier makes up the regiment.
3. It can be a very fun, medium type wargame with lots of options to make the game easier as you learn the game. For example. I played my AAR on easy supply, because I like playing it where I tell the people in charge of supply to get it done. I feel that part is better automated.
1. Well, the cons I have with this game is that it really does have a steep learning curve and people get turned off by that. It happened to me on some of their games. This one was the easiest for me to "get into"
2. The manual is hard to follow and many times does not tell you everything you need to know. You have to go to their forums and ask. Sometimes people don't like to do that. They expect the manual to cover everything.
3. The interface is somewhat older and not intutive. Once you have used it for awhile, though, that is all old hat.