The Cost Of Combat in Strategy Games

Thanks to my patrons for supporting this article! Strategy games, in some ways, are all about limitations. You have limited resources to spend on units and structures at any given time, limited time to react to enemy attacks and tactics, limited attention and reaction speed to manage as you try to eke the most out of…

Some Inspired Designs in Relic’s RTS Titles

I’m not going to mince words here. Relic’s games are a breath of fresh air in the real-time strategy space. They always have been. Their inaugural title, Homeworld, was a breathtaking testament to what strategy games could be, and remains one of the iconic and noteworthy pillars of the real-time strategy space. In terms of both storytelling…

In the Dunes, the Carriers: Deserts of Kharak Non-Review

Not too long ago, I took a quick look at freshly-minted RTS Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, the mobile-base, ground based Homeworld prequel. The content of that article was derived solely from my experiences in the tutorial and the first several missions of the campaign: hopefully valuable information to some of you, but by necessity incomplete in…

News: Grey Goo Gets Expansion, Price Reduction

January 2016 has been a huge month for RTS. We’ve seen the launch of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak and an expansion to classic Age of Empires title Age of Mythology; we’ve seen Stardock’s Ashes of the Singularity enter beta in preparation for a launch later this year. And now, one of 2015’s most underrated RTS…

RTS Retrospective: The Brotherhood of Nod

This article has been reposted from RTSGuru.com, which has been decommissioned. I’ll be periodically reposting some of my best writing from that site, in an effort to preserve it. Thanks for your patience if you’ve already read this! Ah, the Brotherhood of Nod. Easily one of the most famous, or notorious, organizations in RTS history. What RTS…

Wayward’s Watchlist – Upcoming Strategy Games I’m Keeping Tabs On

The games industry moves at a frenetic pace. Even keeping abreast of the AAA shooter and MMO market can be hectic at times, to say nothing of the hordes of B list and indie titles that bombard gamers constantly. Sadly, this means that it’s quite easy for games to slip between the cracks. Even more frustrating to me…

An argument against the turtle

OK, this post is really not about the animal the turtle. I have nothing against those, and in fact think that turtles are kind of interesting. No, this is about the phenomenon of ‘turtling’ in strategy games.