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Naval War HQ created the topic: How to move forward with the game

1 month 2 weeks ago

With the advent of 2021 Naval War has been in development for over 6 years. I think that the game has matured and can stand on its own in relation to the other comparable games.

A returning question has been if the game will stay free. As long as the game was being developed I had no intentions of marketing it. Now with the game becoming more stable I am considering how to move forward. I have noticed that the game being free poses its own challenges in being taken seriously by gamers.

  • A free game does not require any investment for a player, this also has the downside that people are less committed to the game system as they have not invested in it. A lot of players come and go.
  • It is pretty hard to get the game reviewed, as it seems that free sets are given less attention than any expensive paid-for sets from more well-known companies or authors.

It has always been my hope to have the game evolve by player contributions to scenario design, etc. As a one-man operation, developing the game to span the whole of WW2 is a daunting task. As there have not been many contributions apart from some very helpful individuals it might be prudent to see if any larger party is interested.

If no third party is interested in joining to further develop the game, and with my own private situation having changed over the years, I might consider putting the game up on wargamevault for a modest price. That way I can reinvest any profits into expanding the game.

Just my thoughts and a heads up for everyone frequenting the site and forum.


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ccm2361 replied the topic: How to move forward with the game

1 month 2 days ago

That is a tough question. As a player of modest means, I usually look to free sets first. But I can also see how getting professional reviews would be more difficult.
Frankly I don't know how you have built this rule set all by yourself. Especially the vast number of ship cards. That is amazing!
I am not one that flits from game to game. When I find a set I like, I stick with it. I am still using rule sets I purchased 15-20 years ago.
I can see advantages & disadvantages to both sides.
I remain committed to this set & will support whatever decision you make.

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ccm2361 replied the topic: How to move forward with the game

1 month 2 days ago

As an aside, how would we go about financially supporting the game?

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Naval War HQ replied the topic: How to move forward with the game

1 week 4 days ago

Well, there is a sticky post on how to support the game. But I'd be interested in what would be an acceptable price to you for this rule set on Wargamesvault?


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