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Title: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: bayonetbrant on May 01, 2017, 07:32:46 AM
Welcome to Dr Ezra Sidran!

We're opening up a specific subforum for his General Staff series of digital games   :bd:

More info about the games can be found here
http://general-staff.com


Feel free to jump in here with whatever questions or comments you've got for him.  O0
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: Dr D Ezra Sidran on May 01, 2017, 02:29:50 PM
Thank you so much for giving this forum to answer questions about General Staff. I'm hoping that Grogheads will contribute their suggestions to the final game, the scenarios that will ship with it, and ideas for new suggestions.
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: mirth on May 01, 2017, 02:52:55 PM
Welcome, Dr Sidran. Look forward to checking out your game. What I saw from your website looked very nice.
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: bbmike on May 01, 2017, 03:09:24 PM
+1, Welcome to Grogheads, Dr. Sidran!  O0
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: bob48 on May 01, 2017, 03:30:51 PM
Welcome.
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: Staggerwing on May 01, 2017, 05:27:06 PM
Welcome aboard Good Sir!
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: panzerde on May 01, 2017, 06:03:52 PM
Excellent! Glad you're here!
 :bd:
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: MetalDog on May 01, 2017, 06:44:46 PM
Welcome, Dr. Sidran!  Read through the info on the home page for General Staff.  I like what you've done.  Giving options for a simple game or complex.  I haven't delved into the videos yet, but, it looks like you've got a really good thing here.  O0
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: Dr D Ezra Sidran on May 02, 2017, 04:02:19 PM
Thank you so much for making me feel at home.

As you may have read(and here's the link if you haven't): http://general-staff.com/a-wargame-55-years-in-the-making/ I've been out of 'commercial wargaming' for quite a few years and, instead, have been consulting for DARPA, DoD, the US Army, Office of Naval Research, etc.

I'm very appreciative of Grogheads and the entire wargaming community for making me welcome and not laughing at me as I get back up to speed with the commercial computer wargame market.

Your feedback is also vitally important to me. I want to produce the game that you grognards want.
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: bayonetbrant on July 11, 2017, 08:00:07 AM
there's been some new videos sneaking out around the web; let's hope we get some more discussion of them here as they start to get shared around
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: Iconoclast on September 12, 2017, 07:47:49 PM
Let me start by saying I am intrigued by what I see, anything that reminds me of Kriegsspiel is guaranteed to get my attention.

I find it peculiar though, that all videos there are and most of the information shared seem to be about editor-features. Those are certainly great to have, and they seem well done from what I saw, but I would have guessed that Dev-Diaries about the editor is something for the last Entries. Instead, wouldn't it be great to have a more specific outlook on the game itself?

Is there, for example, a feature list around? I remember that there will be a courier system. But what about the FoW mechanic? Orders from superiors during scenarios like in SoW? Uncontrolled neighbors that can collapse and influence your operation? Sieges mechanics? War Bridges? Multiplayer? PBEM? (Just found the answer in an interview.)

Just throwing a few key words into the ring, that I find relevant.

Good luck with the further development,

A
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: Dr D Ezra Sidran on December 19, 2017, 12:05:56 PM
First, let me apologize for not responding sooner. I hadn't ticked the 'notify' button and didn't know there was a question waiting for me.

There's a very logical reason why you are seeing videos about the various editors (Army Editor, Map Editor & Scenario Editor) and that's because when creating a wargame construction suite of programs these are the first programs that have to be written (so you have armies, maps and scenarios to load into your game engine).

We've now had a successful Kickstarter launch for the actual game (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1366362068/general-staff-game-of-military-tactics-and-wargami (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1366362068/general-staff-game-of-military-tactics-and-wargami)) and you will soon start seeing videos of the actual game which hope to be able to start beta testing around February.
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: Adraeth on December 20, 2017, 02:09:32 AM
Hello folks, Adraeth is here.

I had the pleasure to test the OOB editor and someone of you might remember me as "Adraeth" on Slitherine/Matrix and as "Montecuccoli" on HistWar games  :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: bayonetbrant on December 20, 2017, 03:57:32 AM
Hello folks, Adraeth is here.

I had the pleasure to test the OOB editor and someone of you might remember me as "Adraeth" on Slitherine/Matrix and as "Montecuccoli" on HistWar games  :)

welcome :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: Dr D Ezra Sidran on December 20, 2017, 08:13:34 AM
The new version of the Army Editor should be going out soon. We haven't made any decisions about how we're distributing all the programs. We're looking at Steam, GOG and others.

Does anybody have any comments or suggestions?
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: Adraeth on December 20, 2017, 09:30:10 AM
Steam is excellent in terms of allowing customers to have the engine always up to date, but even GOG is  excellent  for it has a wide customer base.

Regarding others , considering the game i can only think about Slitherine/Matrix and maybe battlefront.com (but they are more focused on their own engine Combat mission i suppose)
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: Dr D Ezra Sidran on December 20, 2017, 09:38:18 AM
A Kickstarter backer recommended:

Obviously, we want to make the customers happy. Do you have any thoughts on these? I need to start finding out about these services.
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: Adraeth on December 20, 2017, 09:43:15 AM
Almost forgot Humble, yes Humble is a good one; alas i have any experience on itch.io
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: Lancier on December 21, 2017, 11:07:23 AM
So glad GS reached the PBeM stretch goal, waiting the game excitedly... Seems great work Dr. Ezra.

By the way i realised that on the site:
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System Requirements
The General Staff Wargame and Wargaming System run on Windows 7, 8 and 10 operating systems with a minimum of 1 GB of memory. Minimum screen resolution is 1440 x 900.
Mine is 1366x768 so i think i will have to change my laptop?  ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: Dr D Ezra Sidran on December 21, 2017, 01:37:31 PM
We're making adjustments to the programs (there are four) to work in lower screen resolutions. I too have an old Dell laptop that has lower resolution. We're working on it!
Title: Re: Welcome to the General Staff crew
Post by: Lancier on December 24, 2017, 07:43:59 AM
Thanks.

By the way about spreading the word  as far as the play-by-email gaming is concerned "Slitherine-Matrix-Ageod" are the homeland of the turn-based (IGOUGO-WEGO) PBeM gamers' community i think...