Archive for July, 2009

D-Day Campaign Map

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Recently, ‘thejughead’ posted a D-day Campaign map on the Days of Wonder forum (it is very good!).  This of coruse reminded me that I had made up a prototype campaign map for the Memoir ‘44 Campaign Book.  I decided to post it for those who are interested on

Brass Hats – Video Game Review

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

World War One - WWIBrass Hats is a light turn based strategy game that is quick and fun to play.

Loosely based on WWI there are a number of battles you can get into by downloading the Brass Hats demo.  I came across this game a couple of weeks back while looking for a time filler.  It hit the spot perfectly.

Starting with the tutorials, the demo guides you through 9 levels to get familiar with the variety of ground, air and sea units.  Showing you how to move, transport and fight these move along fairly quickly.

From there, it’s on to the Versus mode.  You can play 10 matches against the computer, a hot seat friend or even online (never did go online myself).  The computer AI was fun but fairly predictable at the normal level (will have to play again on a more challenging setting to get a good feel for the AI).

This is a shareware game and if you purchase it, you can play the campaign.  You get the campaign map (pictured above) that gives you the option of where to fight next.  As you progress, you collect ‘cards’ that can be played during battles with different effects.  From Gas to Mud to Medics and the Blitz, there are a variety of cards that will help you in the battle.  As you gain experience, your card hand increases.

There was no continuity of forces from battle to battle unfortunately and I did experience occasional screen flickers but all in all this was a fun game that was worth the download for the demo alone.  The Campaign was good and challenging especially when there were fog of war battles.  I look forward to trying it again on a more difficult level of AI.

Download the Brass Hats demo from here.  Available for both Mac and the PC. If you get the full version, tell ‘em Brummbär sent ya! Cheers!