Of Piercing Discharge

by on 19th May 2014

You shall be in the thick of it. Taking command in multiple instances throughout that great conflict that became known as The Thirty Years War, which is to be the central subject of Slitherine's upcoming Pike & Shot.

In the age of Pike and Shot, mighty struggles erupted across Europe for causes religious, political or dynastic. The Thirty Years War raged across Germany and beyond, leaving devastation in its wake, but saw the rise of great commanders such as Count Tilly, Wallenstein and King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, and rapid developments in battlefield tactics.

You can take command in the greatest historical battles of the war, fight stand-alone "what-if" scenarios, or design your own scenarios using the easy to use editor.

Advancing to some key features:

• Accurate simulation of battle in the 16th and 17th century Age of Pike and Shot.
• Classic Turn-based, tile based gameplay.
• 20 troop-types, 25 "capabilities" and numerous different unit organisations allow full representation of tactical differences and developments throughout the period.
• Effective AI makes sound tactical decisions. Historical battle AI customised to the historical tactical situation.
• Battalion-sized units.
• Single player and multiplayer modes.
• Stand-alone battle system allows unlimited "what-if" scenarios using historically realistic armies from carefully researched army lists, on realistic computer generated terrain maps.
• Stand-alone scenarios are randomly generated and include open battle, attack on a defensive position, defence of a defensive position, awaiting reinforcements, enemy awaiting reinforcements, flank march.
• Unique graphic style based on 17th century styles and battle paintings.

Ranks are staying tight for now as no word has yet escaped regarding a release date, but morale is high enough that a pair of additional expansions are already planned, which will reportedly allow us to explore the English Civil War and 16th century Italian Wars as well.

 

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The Wargamer's Bill Gray takes a look at a selection of Pike & Shot Campaigns mods here.
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Pike and Shot has now been updated to version 1.1.2 as detailed here.
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This new version is dedicated to the great military modernization of the French Army - with which the Roi Soleil desired to sustain his absolutism – the matching military advances of the other European powers, as well as several other great improvements!

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Pike and Shot: Campaigns has now been graced with a 'Le Roi Soleil' update, as announced here.
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Pike and Shot: Campaigns has now been relased as announced here.
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Pike and Shot: Campaigns is a brand new all-in-one package. It includes the Pike and Shot base game and the Tercio to Salvo expansion, plus 21 new skirmish army lists for the rest of Europe during the period of the Italian Wars (1494-1559) covering the armies of England, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, German States, Austria, Hungary, Transylvania, the Ottoman Empire, Poland-Lithuania and Russia!

But the main new feature is the strategic map system, implemented to allow you to lead your armies to victory over an entire theatre of operations, taking into account strategic considerations such as terrain, available manpower, supply, attrition, sieges and economic damage.

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Pike & Shot Campaigns has now been announced. Release set for the 13th of August.
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Over at The Wargamer, COL Bill Gray reviews Pike & Shot's Tercio to Salvo expansion.
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Pike & Shot's first expansion, Tercio to Salvo, has now been released and the base game updated to version 1.0.4 as detailed here.
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Matrix Games has now announced Pike & Shot - Tercio to Salvo, an upcoming expansion currently in beta and they're accepting tester sign-ups here.

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(...) it covers the years between 1560 and 1628, putting the players at the head of one of the numerous nations involved in the wars of religion that spread out all over Europe at that time.

It adds two new playable factions, Russia and the Dutch Republic, 49 new army lists with new unit graphics and 10 historical battles.
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The Wargamer's Nik Gaukroger reviews the iPad version of Pike & Shot.
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Matrix Games has announced that Pike & Shot is now available for iPad.
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Armchair General's Patrick Baker reviews Pike & Shot.

 

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