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Sat, 07 Dec 2013 17:39:00 +0000
HPS just released the direct download version of The French and Indian War and The War of 1812.
The DD versions of FIW and 1812 can be found here:
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 04:59:00 +0000Some of my own photos from Pearl Harbor ( Oahu ) Hawaii.
Some day down the track I will add some additional historical material on 7th December 1941.
In other news, I will have an announcement about the funding drive which, technically I hadn't actually had a chance to organise yet.
That, though, didn't stop some generous donations that came in during this past week. Basically it means that the drive is nearly completed before I even had a chance to address it.
I say, 'nearly' due to a technicality of something that changed between last year and this year that I didn't address.
In years past I had been using a US Paypal account, and the goal as posted on the site was in US dollars; during the course of this year I have switched to an Australian account (naturally -because I am in Australia....) - so while the goal I set was in US dollars - the donations arrive in Australian dollars.
In short- it is very close. I will write up something on that shortly and post it to the site; either on the blog, or on the site's FB page (or a combination of all three - which is more likely the way that I will go.).
That being said, I will send out acknowledgements of the donations received so far - but I want to, publicly, say a big thank you. I look to work on this site for quite a long time to come. :)
I have more material from Paul Bruffell to format and post. Paul has, I think I have this correct, exhausted his supply of play articles -but he has now transitioned to after action reports (AARs); I will be posting these on a regular to semi-regular basis.
Sat, 30 Nov 2013 01:18:00 +0000Greek City Wars
Paul's series continues... and there is more still to come.
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:42:00 +0000
One of my 'struggles' has been trying to work out a format for how to show JTS's new touch aps -I am getting closer... it is seemingly like this will end up being its own page, although when it will actually hit the web is up in the air. I don't actually have time to pull it all together just yet.
However I am compiling the material as I go and it might end up being a process of stages.
At this point, I don't own any hardware to play these on, so I am not in a position to comment on the play, or other aspects of the products. I am hoping that I will be in the not too distant future -but it isn't going to be for awhile.
The images on the home page though - those are links to the Amazon Kindle store - and if you do purchase these through the links on the site (naturally this does not count the free aps- which I listed for continuity's sake).. SDC will earn a bit of a commission - ok -it amounts to probably 12 -21 cents per sale ... but what the hey, it all counts ... however, I do have to create a bit more interesting material for these products -which is my own standards and goal -no one else's :).
Paul has continued sending SDC articles, and I am getting them formatted and uploaded per our agreement; about every 2 days or so. At this point I still have 2 more articles, and an AAR. Paul has told me that he is working on several other AARs, so look for those to appear in the not too distant future.
Lucius on Tactics: Part II
Naturally there is a Part I posted to the site as well; check the navigation bar to the left.
In other news, in December the site will be opening its annual donation drive to raise hosting funding for 2014.
$125.00 again will fully fund SDC's hosting costs in 2014. I do my best to provide a cost-efficient hosting for what is a fairly big site; especially when you consider that it is largely just me doing the site work, although I have had some assistance every so often - for example, George Bisset ran the AI coding contest this past year. Also, SDC provides a home for Jison's Mapmod site. Anyway, please consider making a donation when the funding drive opens up; everything helps out. :)
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:44:00 +0000
HPS just released update 104b for Waterloo.
The update can be located here:
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:43:00 +0000
HPS just released update 104 for the French and Indian War.
This update includes the no CD-check feature.
The update can be located here:
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:12:00 +0000Combat in Ancient Warfare
And there are still more of these in the queue - so stay tuned.
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:26:00 +0000The Use of Light Infantry
Paul has submitted another in his series of play tips for his Ancient Warfare series- plus there are more articles on the way.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:21:00 +0000
HPS just released update 108 for War of 1812.
This update includes the no CD-check feature.
The update can be located here:
Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:59:00 +0000The Testudo
Also, you might note that there is also another article about morale in Ancient Warfare on the navigation bar.
Sat, 02 Nov 2013 22:32:00 +0000Defeating the AI (part II)
Just added, part 2 of Paul's article on defeating the AI. I have several other articles as well.
Eventually I want to tie all of these to Paul's interview page, and have a little more adjusting to do with the pages -things like adjust the menu base colour to something specific for its section. I had been doing that before, so eventually I want to get back to that.
At any rate, the point being -there is still more work to do on the page -but it may take awhile to get to this sort of thing.
Wed, 30 Oct 2013 22:37:00 +0000Defeating the (Ancient Warfare series) AI -part I
This is a 2 part article/After Action Report. The Ancient Warfare series plays differently than other titles that had been published by HPS Simulations.
The AI is, also, structured a little differently as well.
Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:58:00 +0000Roman Battle Tactics
The third installment from Paul. There are more on the way.
Sun, 27 Oct 2013 01:16:00 +0000The Roman Double Aces
Paul revisits Ancient Rome in this article, with showing with one way to deal with the Gauls.
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:54:00 +0000The Classic Cavalry Charge
Plus the Chronicles of Lucius will make a return to the site shortly.
Sat, 19 Oct 2013 23:26:00 +0000This one is a bit more current - from February 2013. I had a few more guys that I had asked to interview, although I am not certain when I might get to them.
In other news, JTS has begun releasing app versions of games; these ones are the full versions. The first title came out yesterday and is Tunisia '43 .
At the moment this is only available on Android, however it should be released on other platforms shortly, just as in their demo's from earlier in the year.
I continue to work on "project" work, so the updates will continue to be more slow in coming that previously. Mind you this project will also create a significant amount of material for the site, despite not being directly related to the site. This is something though that won't be available until "the project", is completed.
In fact I think from this point on I will just refer to it as: "the project" (tm) ;)
Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000http://hist-sdc.com/interviews/p_bruffell.php
I am gradually working through a backlog of material; I have one other interview that I still need to format and add, however since I had completed this one around March 2012, I had not had the chance to format this until now.
At some point I would like to see if I could get Paul to speak some about his latest release as well.
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 01:41:00 +0000http://www.navy.gov.au/ifr/
This is commemorating the Royal Australian Navy's first fleet review 100 years ago. There are a fair amount of international navies represented, and of course Prince Harry is here as the representative of the Royal Family.
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 02:09:00 +0000In the past few months I have gotten access to a better ISP than I had had. Previously mass uploads were crapping out and not getting posted, so I resorted to using the site's FB page as an alternative gallery.
SDC will continue using FB to post images, but will also resume using the Gallery (see the button to the left on the SDC page -as I am in upload mode now and can't be bothered interrupting things).
Gallery can host larger images than FB, so there is a big advantage there.
At the moment, the upload I had mentioned, happens to be Campaign Bautzen. More will be added shortly as well, as this is basically catch-up mode for me.
Sat, 10 Aug 2013 12:57:00 +0000In SDC's first contest, 'The AI Strikes Back' an AI scripting contest administered by George Bisset of http://gbisset.bravesites.com/tiller-programmed-ai-project
The winner was Peter Bennett who's number was drawn on 1 August. Peter submitted 12 scripts during the course of the contest, which was a huge effort in a short space of time. His work can be found on the SDC Download site http://download.hist-sdc.com/
Thanks also go to George Bennett who not only ably administered the contest, but also developed the guidelines, and basically did the vast majority of the work in this one. AI scripting is a big interest for George - be sure to check out his site for other great information.
And finally to Rich Hamilton at JTS and HPS who provided the prize -which was any download from either the John Tiller Software of HPS Simulations site. Rich not only started SDC, but also continues to support the site. His assistance has been greatly appreciated as he has had about as many life transitions as I have had in the past 5 years.
Look for the next SDC contest to start in about January. We will be running an AAR contest. Why January? Well, I figured it might be a good idea to allow folks to write about anything that comes out new near the end of the year. It will be open to any HPS or JTS title. More information a little later -as I have yet to develop the set up for this contest; the prize(s) will be awarded per the same set up as this contest. Submissions will be assigned a number and a random selection will be made. Probably using the Dow Jones number on a set day after the close of the contest.
So congratulations to Peter, and a big thanks to all who sent in contributions. :)
Sat, 03 Aug 2013 01:35:00 +0000
I have a page set up for the title here, although at the moment it is basically the press kit information from HPS Simulations.
I just got hold of the title, so I will be posting additional material going forward, including doing maps as I have for the other titles, and a big battle deployment screenshot, plus I will post the current versions of the documentation to the site and any historical notes included in the game.
I have an interview I did with Paul when his last title came out that I will format and add to the site (plus I have one with Bill Peters to publish as well.).
I almost forgot to add - I double checked the spelling of the title with Paul - you might find other press releases using a different spelling than here, however the correct spelling is the one that was used on their cover graphic -see above.
Site Status going forwardI probably posted this earlier, but just in case it got lost in the shuffle - I have a number of real life responsibilities this year that I did not have last year, including some hobby work. The upshot to this, is that the site development cycle here at SDC will take on a different tempo. In the hobby realm, what I am doing now will probably result in a great deal of topic specific material for the site. It is one of those situations where material will be stored up and then released all at once. I don't want to pretend like this will be tomorrow, it will possibly be at least 12 - 24 months away, possibly longer.This, though only applies to one specific thing that I am doing in the hobby world, other updates will likely be tied to new releases as they come, but the material that gets added to the pages I have here will probably be at a lot slower pace than previously. I still plan on doing this, it will just take longer to do.I suppose the best news is that I have a more stable internet connection which makes the uploads a lot faster.
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:51:00 +0000From the official Press Release:
The death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC saw his empire torn by wars where armies marched under the command of great generals called Diadochoi (Successors). These included Ptolemy, Craterus, Seleucus, Antigonus and many more. Fighting raged from Greece and Egypt to the far flung frontiers of Bactria and the Indus. Armies were composed of every type of troop from veteran phalangites to barbarian mercenaries. When the fighting ended, the Diadochoi had carved out kingdoms which lasted until the rise of the Roman Empire.
Diadochoi Wars puts you in command of these armies. The game includes many historical battles, as well as a campaign allowing you to link them together. There is also a scenario editor where you choose your army, your troop types, weapons and armor, then play them against the computer AI or a human opponent. Pike phalanxes, fully armored cataphract cavalry, peltasts, and elephants are all at your disposal. Special tactics include skirmishing and wedges. Elephants can rout and create havoc for both sides. The game combines history with playability to deliver an exciting tactical level simulation of Hellenistic warfare.
This title will be available at all of the usual HPS outlets later on in the day.
SDC intends to put together the usual set of planning maps, as well as other relevant documentation included with the title (such as if there is a detailed 'what's new' list.). I also have to update the manual links since the series' last wave of updates that happened in the past month or so.
As I don't have the same amount of time available to create and publish content, this process may take longer than in the past. Also, I know that I can do better with the banner, please just consider that to be a placeholder. :)
In other news, I recently realised that it would be of benefit to add the rulebooks / user manuals for the Modern Air Power, and Naval Campaign series. I don't really know how to post a summary of those game series using snippets from the rulebooks, however site users should be able to check out this material despite my writer's block on these two series' pages.
Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:29:00 +0000
JTS just released Campaign 1814 Update V1.03
The update can be located here: http://johntillersoftware.com/Updates.htmlChanges for Campaign 1814 V1.03
- Scenario updates.
- Correct movement costs for Path.
- Added new Ship unit type.
Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:22:00 +0000
JTS just released Bautzen Update V1.01.
The update can be found here: http://johntillersoftware.com/Updates.html
Changes for Campaign Bautzen V1.01
- Scenario updates.
- Correct movement costs for Path
Sat, 13 Jul 2013 23:52:00 +0000I checked in with George Bisset this weekend, and wanted to share a progress report on the Scripting Contest.
There have been a number of submissions, however there is still time to get in an entry, and there are not so many entries out there where there might not be a decent chance at snagging a prize from John Tiller Software or HPS Simulations.
Submissions close on 31 July 2013.
Stay tuned for more upcoming events at SDC. ;)Loading
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