Starting a Wee War in My Browser is a Sign of Things to Come!
I’ve always been a huge fan of strategy games of all types. Board games, tabletop miniature war games and of course, war gaming on the computer. Some of my favourites have been the Panzer/Fantasy/Pacific General Series, Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire Emblem Series and the great pocket favourite Advance Wars.
One thing I always loved about these computer strategy games was that its game mechanics are based around a very simple Rock/Paper/Scissors method of determining fighting abilities and combat resolution. However the key is when you have the added element of terrain influence. What you then get is a very simple concept that has a whole new depth of complexity.
Therefore it was an immense pleasure for me to discover WeeWar.
WeeWar, takes all the classic elements of these computer strategy games, and reinvents it by combining the game mechanics with the latest Web 2.0 networking, blogging, forum, Ruby on Rails technology etc. What was once an AI controlled game is now turned into a multi player game with real time updates. This pushes the complexity element up to the next level by allowing online play against human players.
However unlike the likes of Half-Life or World of WarCraft (WoW), the game focuses on a winning formula and simple graphics that appeals to retro gamers like myself. It also has no downloads required and runs directly from your web browser window. Best of all, it’s free (for the basic troop load out). In my humble opinion it is a worthy update of this classic genera.
Design Entrepreneurs, forget Facebook, the next portfolio/CV/social/sharing network applications. They have all become a dime a dozen. Casual gaming in a Web 2.0 style is the next big thing. If anyone is looking for a partner to develop such browser based games please do not hesitate to contact me!
Finally If you already are a member and want to have a game with me, you can add me from my WeeWar page here. Or if you like more information check out the WeeWar Blog here. Now I need to find time to actually play the game!