I like Turn-Based Strategy games. Like em a lot. I think this is reflected in the way I play Real Time Strategy games. I tend to play RTS’ like I have all the time in the world to pick my actions, weigh the pro’s and con’s.
Sadly, they’re not one of the more popular game Genres out there… you can’t really just go to the local EB or Gamestop to pick of a TBS. In fact, most TBS’ are fairly old (Fantasy General, Master of Monsters, Panzer General, etc). I guess this sort of plays into my Retro-gaming love, too.
So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this gem! Wesnoth is an open source TBS. Cross platform, too! And not just “Works on Win9x *and* Win2k” cross platform, oh no. And not just Windows *and* Mac. Hell, not even just Windows, Mac, and Linux. No my friend, this game runs on: “Windows, MacOSX, Linux, FreeBSD and even lowly little BeOS”. Thats hardcore.
Anyway. It’s not completed yet, but its crash/bug-free (I haven’t noticed any in the past month on my 3 test platforms). Essentially all thats left is ending the storyline of the main campaign, minor tweaks to the game for balance, and adjustments to multiplayer. It’s easily worth downloading and playing.
But hell, in my opinion, if it runs on windows without crashing, and it doesn’t install spyware, its worth trying. Especially since you can keep it in a window and still be on aim/irc/mozilla/whatever.