Hard to believe it’s been a year since I last posted. What can I say? It was a low gaming year. Memoir ’44 and Tide of Iron have both been collecting dust on the shelves. The gaming table has been occupied by Star Wars X-Wing (still working on not colliding with asteroids!) and to tickle my fantasies, Descent: Journey’s in the Dark.
Of course, I’m still a wargamer at heart.
Battle Academy 2 has been filling that niche rather nicely. At first, it was really all about playing through all of the single player campaigns. I love the improvements that Slitherine has made over the original Battle Academy. Things I was really wanting in the original have now been added. Trenches (where were these when I wanted to do a Great War version!), wire, mines and more! Most importantly however is my recent experiences with the new Scenario Editor.
I was familiar with the original Battle Academy editor, but was frustrated with the scripting required once everything was set. BA2 has automated almost all of that now. The Editor is so much easier to use but still has it’s quirks. For example, I kept getting ‘Overtime’ in my testplays no matter if the objectives were achieved or not. I soon figured out that the wording on the editor (or perhaps how it’s laid out) is a little deceptive. Word to the wise, check both boxes for allowing the victory plugin to grant Side 0 and Side 1 victory.
While tinkering in the Editor, I found myself at a loss for a battle to set up. I’m familiar mostly with the Western Front and found the prospects of learning specific East Front battles a little daunting. This is where my wargamer experience kicked in. Down in the game vault I pulled out my original copy of PanzerBlitz (from 1980!). I was delighted with the idea of converting the PanzerBlitz situations into BA2 battles! So I immediately set about making the first 4 as multiplayer games.
It wasn’t long that I found the powers of the new Scenario Editor and decided to also make some Single Player campaigns. The default being the Soviets as Side 0. The Editor even offers a decent built in ‘Achievements’ plugin. So here was a game that I could make for myself and share with others. After a little figuring out, I was able to convert the same scenarios with the Germans as Side 0 and was able to play from that perspective as well! The fun is just beginning!
If you are a wargame fan and haven’t played Battle Academy, I highly recommend it! If you do play BA2, then I hope you enjoy the Single Player campaigns – Note; you need to copy the links below and open your BA2 game -> Campaigns -> Download Community Scenarios (folder icon) -> Download a Campaign Package from the Internet (toolbox icon, top right) -> paste the URL in using the + icon.
BA2 meets PanzerBlitz: Situations 1-4, the Russian Experience
BA2 meets PanzerBlitz: Situations 1-4, the German Experience
You can find all of the links in raw as well as the Multiplayer version on the Slitherine site. I’ll be working toward improving the MP scenarios and am already underway on Situations 5-8.
Hope to see you on the field!