AGSI ceases development of computer Harpoon

November 7, 2013 · Posted in Harpoon 1 (Classic), Harpoon 2, Harpoon 3 · Comment 

According to AGSI’s president Don Gilman, the company has stopped any development on any of its Harpoon titles:

Advanced Gaming Systems Inc (AGSI) has suspended further enhancement of the commercial version of the Harpoon software products after more than two decades.  The commercial licensing rights have been returned to Mr. Bond and Mr. Carlson.

Mr. Gilman has provided more details on his personal blog:

We made the decision over 25 years ago to focus on simulation accuracy, precision, and utility as our graphics were state of the art at that time. Today, the market’s taste has changed and we were not successful in building a business case to develop The Next Generation Harpoon.

When most of us started on this journey we were young, single, childless, and the Internet didn’t bring trolls into our faces.  The market wasn’t filled with competing “I don’t want to think” products, phones only had buttons, music came on cassettes.  Facebook, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and those pesky Birds didn’t exist either to compete for the time and minds of the world.

The WarfareSims site will continue to host Harpoon scenarios & databases until further notice, while devoting our development resources to Command.

New DB3000 image pack available

November 3, 2013 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Steven Lohr (CV60) has provided a big new update to the DB image pack for the DB3000 database in Command. The new pack weighs in at a whopping 755MB!

From the release notes:

This pack adds a number of Soviet and Chinese weapons, as well as the Japanese Self-Defense Force and Taiwanese aircraft.  For users that prefer line drawings, Papa_Hausser’s US Aircraft Line Drawings package is included in this download as a separate file.  Simply extract the images and place them in the DB 3000 folder.  They will overwrite any existing images.

Get the full DB images packs from our Command Downloads page.

Command review at GamersHall

November 1, 2013 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Command was reviewed at the German gaming site GamersHall:

CMANO is a true gem for die-hard fans of hardcore Naval Warfare Simulations. Especially the issuing of orders and coordination of the units are at the heart of CMANO. The player virtually sits in the operations center and from there controls all actions. Interest in, and some basic understanding of naval warfare after 1945 are prerequisites to enjoy this item for a long time. Due to the intuitive controls and access to the tutorials, the game is easy to learn – but the complexity makes it difficult to quickly master CMANO. The improved AI and the modern graphics application make CMANO a must for Harpoon veterans.

Read the full review HERE.

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