Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition Reviews!
2009 SEPTEMBER 1

The Napoleon Series
CoG:EE is not an example of the real-time strategy graphics-fest games posing as strategy war games which have become more and more common on the gaming market. CoG:EE is a balanced, intriguing, subtle, artistically-satisfying, historically-accurate-enough, challenging, easy-to-learn/hard-to-master game: in short, a work of art. In contrast to some larger game companies which seem to strive for maximum market penetration among younger gamers who are less interested in strategy and more interested in beguiling graphics, WCS is not a producer of flash-in-the-pan sequels that show all the signs of massive capital backing, but limited vision, integration, realism and coherency. CoG:EE is a product of inspiration, hard work, team work, vision, and dedication. So if you are a Napoleon era fan or expert and you have a little time, even if you've never played a computer strategy game, check out CoG:EE, it is one of the best in its genre and you are likely to have a lot of fun!
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Armchair General – 79%
Players who enjoy methodical game play that allows them to get intimate with all details from shaping their economy to determining the best strategy for their army and navy will find themselves so absorbed in Napoleonic Europe it will be difficult to turn the game off.
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PC4WAR (magazine) - 8/10
Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition is simply the best grand strategy game for this period since... the first Crown of Glory. Rare are games as complete, deep and fascinating as COG:EE.
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Diehard Gamefan
Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition should be an automatic purchase for anyone who likes exceptionally deep, strategy-based wargames, as there is an awful lot to like here.
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Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition Tutorial Videos

Crown of Glory: Emperor's Edition -- Tutorial Video "The Basics"

 

Crown of Glory: Emperor's Edition -- Tutorial Video "Land Combat "

 

Crown of Glory: Emperor's Edition -- Tutorial Video "Naval Combat "

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Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition Update Available V1.09
2009 JUNE 11

Great new documentation and dozens of fixes and improvements come with the first update


Matrix Games and Western Civilization Software are thrilled to announce the release of the first update for their hit Napoleonic strategic/tactical blend, Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition. The comprehensive 1.0.9 update comes with heaps of improvements and bug fixes in addition to two key new pieces of documentation: The Advanced Economy: Help and Advice for the New Player, and the Modder’s Guide. As for the hefty list of bug fixes, the most notable item resolved is the mouse lag experienced by some in certain parts of the interface. In addition, the update includes improvements to the AI for both the strategic and tactical portions of the game, several significant improvements to the overall interface, and two dozen “fine tune” rule changes to enhance historical accuracy.

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Forge of Freedom Updated and Improved! (V1.12.2)
2009 APRIL 16

Improved Detailed Battles, a Craftier AI, tweaks, fixes and improvements!!

Matrix Games and Western Civilization Software are pleased to announce the release of the comprehensive 1.12.2 update for their acclaimed Civil War strategy game, Forge of Freedom! The update comes with a sizeable amount of fixes, rule changes, improvements, and new features and further polishes the gameplay of Forge of Freedom based on player feedback and ongoing game reports.

Specifically for fixes, VPs are now properly assigned only for decisive battles and the National Will bug for capturing empty cities is now fixed. There are also many other improvements and tweaks with detailed battles, especially with the AI and with reinforcements now adding to the Will to Fight. In addition, the US will now lose one additional National Will point if it loses a decisive battle in a US province and the CSA will gain one NW point in the same situation. New features include 10 new special abilities for units, improvements to generals’ statistics, new generals’ biographies (now 300 in total), and much more.

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Crown of Glory: Emperorís Edition Now Available!
2009 MARCH 3

 

Wage total war across Europe and build an empire in Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition!

 

Matrix Games and Western Civilization Software are thrilled to announce that Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition,the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Crown of Glory, is now available for immediate download! Combining strategy and tactics in one design, Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition offers gamers an opportunity to test their strength in an age of legends.

The original Crown of Glory won a series of accolades, including the Charles S. Roberts award for best Pre-20th Century Wargame, the War-Historical Group’s Wargame of the Year 2005, 8/10 from IGN and 9+/10 from Wargamer.com. Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition is a major step up from the original in nearly every area, with new detailed Naval Combat, a streamlined economic system, a much stronger AI, beautiful new strategic map, new scenarios and significant interface improvements, just to name a few!

To mark the release of Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition, three of the tutorial videos included with the game are now available to give gamers a feel for the addicting gameplay and in-depth game system headed their way! The topics of the three tutorials are The Basics, Land Combat, and Naval Combat. Be sure to check them out on YouTube or download a higher quality version from our website.

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition is a very worthy sequel to the original classic. The new features, improvements and additional scenarios as well as engrossing strategic and tactical play make this an experience that Napoleonic fans should not miss. Anyone with an interest in the Napoleonic period as well as fans of beautifully designed strategy game should give this game a look!”

The initial release is download-only, with options for boxed copies with printed manuals planned to be available next week. Customers who would like a boxed copy and printed manual should wait for those options to show up in the Matrix Games Online Store before purchasing. Also, customers who already own the original Crown of Glory are entitled to a $10 Discount Coupon off the price of Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition. This discount coupon can be retrieved by following the links on the product and store pages.

 

 

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Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition Features

Glory is Fleeting, Obscurity is Forever...

Two centuries ago, Europe was in the midst of one of the most gripping periods in human history. It was an era that saw cobblers become princes and emperors become exiles, an age of legendary diplomats and brilliant tacticians. Listen to the roll of the drum, the call of the bugle, and see the banners unfurled above the divisions and corps. Wide-eyed recruits march next to battle-scarred veterans, sabers clatter alongside the bags of grapeshot, the wheels of hundreds of caissons rattle, as generals plan and diplomats plot, and all of Europe grasps with desperate hands for… The Crown Of Glory.

This new Emperor’s Edition is a sequel to the acclaimed Crown of Glory and improves on the original in every area, immersing the player in the epic events of the Napoleonic era. A beautiful strategic map with more than 200 provinces covers all of Europe and North Africa, with scenarios and campaigns from 1792 up to 1820. Stronger AI, a streamlined interface and a new simplified economic model to allow players to focus on the aspects of the game they most enjoy. Players take the role of one of the crowned potentates of any of the eight Major powers as well as having the option to play as a minor power such as Poland, Denmark or Portugal.

A turn-based structure allows you to play at your own pace, deciding on the military, diplomatic, economic and social paths of your nation, including treaties, trade routes and levying and supplying military units. While your armies march across a worldwide map with monthly turns, detailed land and naval battles allow you to play at a smaller scale, where your brigades, divisions and ships can be commanded with historical tactics. All battles can be resolved quickly or fought out on a detailed battlefield map.

Each unit has its purpose on the battlefield, with such diverse troops as Jagers, Cossacks, Janissaries and Horse Artillery all modeled for individual strength and morale ratings and each beautifully rendered and animated. Similarly, ships ranging from Frigates to massive First Rate Ships of the Line clash on the seas in battles ranging from skirmishes to decisive fleet engagements, all modeled in great realistic detail.

The eight major powers (France, Britain, Austria, Prussia, Russia, Turkey, Spain, and Sweden) and over ninety computer-controlled minor nations are modeled in rich historical detail. Every effort has been made to bring you as thorough a simulation of the Napoleonic Era as is possible, from the dockyards of Lisbon to the frozen wastes of Holy Mother Russia.

Historical leaders, special abilities, fleets, upgrades, reinforcements, colonialism, guard units and over 100 historical events, give Crown Of Glory: Emperor's Edition a unique and engrossing style. Combining strategy and tactics in one design, Crown Of Glory: Emperor's Edition offers you an opportunity to test your strength in an age of legends.

Emperor's Edition Improvements:

"Some gamers become concerned that sequels are overpriced patches. No such fear is necessary here..." - Preview, Wargamer.com

Letter from Lead Developer, Eric Babe,
on Improvements Made to Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition

Developer Notes

We started planning the sequel / expansion-pack to Crown of Glory even before we finished the original game. Long ago I had envisioned detailed naval combat for the original, but we quickly realized that it couldn’t be done within the constraints of schedule and budget. So in the very back corner of my mind I’d always hoped there would be another game in which we could add naval actions. The real impetus for Emperor’s Edition, however, came from the beta-testers and from fans of the original game..... [Read the rest of letter]

 

Forge of Freedom Receives Gamesquad Editors' Choice Award
2008 JAN 2

"Forge of Freedom is the best and most complete game of the American Civil War on the market. By elevating economic, political and infrastructure consideration to the same level as military operations, the designers correctly portray this conflict as a prototype of total war. The solid AI guarantees a challenging game..."

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Major Update: New Video and Holiday Sale!
2007 DEC 4

 

Matrix Games and Western Civilization Software are pleased to announce a special anniversary event for Forge of Freedom: The American Civil War 1861-1865. This event, coming one year after Forge of Freedom was initially released, includes another major free update with many improvements to the game, a new video to showcase Forge of Freedom as it is now after a year of post-release development and a 25% discount on new purchases of Forge of Freedom as part of the Matrix Games Holiday Sale.

Major New v1.10.10 Update!
Since the original release, the development team has been listening carefully to customer feedback and improving all areas of the game to improve historicity and gameplay. Several significant updates have been the result and this latest fine tunes the historical accuracy and game balance as close to perfection as is possible while also improving the already excellent strategic and tactical AI even further. The dozens of improvements range from better balance between camps, population and replacements to more realistic diplomatic percentages, two siege phases instead of one, improved scenario orders of battle and more realistic detailed battle frontage rules. Quick battle resolution was also carefully adjusted to bring into better balance the effects of forts and terrain. In addition, we now have over 250 brief historical biographies included in the game for the many generals on both sides, thanks to the diligent work of many biographers. One of the improvements in the orders of battle includes the ability to now have generals start already assigned to their historical divisions right from the first turn of a scenario, minimizing first turn reorganization chores.

New Showcase Video!
A new 4+ minute high quality video released as part of this anniversary event walks gamers through the scope and detail of Forge of Freedom, showcasing the incredible ability of this game to re-create the American Civil War and everything that still fascinates us to this day about this terrible conflict where brother fought against brother. We encourage everyone who has not considered Forge of Freedom to give this video a look, you might be surprised just how much it has to offer!

Holiday Sale!
For the first time since it was released, as part of the Matrix Games Holiday Sale, Forge of Freedom is currently available direct from the Matrix Games Online Store at a 25% discount off the regular price through the entire holiday season. See the Matrix Games website for more details. The version now available for download is fully updated to the latest 1.10.10. There has never been a better time to try this grand strategy masterpiece.

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “Forge of Freedom is an outstanding game and is a remarkably realistic simulation of the American Civil War. Western Civilization Software has once again elevated this title to a new level. If you have an interest in the American Civil War, you owe it to yourself to give this game a try. The new video and sale should make that decision even easier!”

Eric Babe, Lead Developer at Western Civilization Software, stated, “We’re very proud of how far Forge of Freedom has come since its original release one year ago. Virtually every aspect of the game has been improved in response to player feedback. We hope everyone enjoys the new upgraded Forge of Freedom as much as we enjoyed working on it.”

The v1.10.10 Update is a Comprehensive Update which can be applied to all previous versions of Forge of Freedom.

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The low-resolution version of the promotional video is embedded below. The high-resolution version available above is recorded at the same resolution at which Forge of Freedom runs during game play.

Forge of Freedom Contest Announced
2007 MAY 30

Matrix Games Announces the Forge of Freedom AAR Contest!

Love Forge of Freedom and good at telling stories? There just might be some prizes in store for you, soldier! Matrix Games and Western Civilization Software are excited to announce the Forge of Freedom After Action Report Contest. Now Forge of Freedom fans that enjoy telling tales of their military prowess in Forge of Freedom can show off just how good they are at this addicting Civil War strategy game and maybe even win some prizes in the process!

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Forge of Freedom Update V1.2.23 Released
2007 MAY 30

With a Rebel Yell, Forge of Freedom Gets an Update!

A Major Update Released for American Civil War Grand Strategy Game Matrix Games and Western Civilization Software are pleased to announce that the long-awaited new update for Forge of Freedom, The American Civil War 1861-1865, is now available for download. This major upgrade includes improvements to the game normally reserved for an expansion pack, free to all owners of Forge of Freedom....

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Forge of Freedom Wins
Two Wargamer.com's Readers' Choice Awards

Bronze Game of the Year
and
Bronze Wargame of the Year !


2007 MAY 5

"Giving gamers both strategic and tactical gameplay, Forge of Freedom: The American Civil War 1861-1865 took players to a turn-based Civil War that included diplomacy, politics, and economics in addition to combat; a mix that clearly won fans and brought it to third place for 2006’s best wargame of the year."

Forge of Freedom Released for Sale!
2006 NOV 29

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Forge of Freedom Goes Gold!
2006 NOV 21

The American Civil War strategy game is completed and will be available soon

Matrix Games and Western Civilization Software (www.west-civ.com) are pleased to announce that Forge of Freedom has reached gold status and will be available soon. Based on the robust and versatile Crown of Glory engine, Forge of Freedom allows players to refight the American Civil War from either side in this grand strategy wargame. By combining area movement on the grand scale with optional hex based tactical battles when they occur, Forge of Freedom provides something for every strategy gamer. However, Forge of Freedom is not limited solely to military action, you can also control economic policy with governors and use diplomatic tact to win the support of foreign nations during what was to be the bloodiest battle in US history.

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Matrix Games Announces Forge of Freedom!
2006 JUL 25

Western Civilization Software Revisits the American Civil War

Matrix Games and Western Civilization Software (www.west-civ.com) are pleased to announce that later this summer they will bring a new American Civil War strategy game based on the Crown of Glory engine to gamers around the world. More than seven-score years have passed since the start of this conflict that pitted state against state, brother against brother and broke the chains of slavery. Forge of Freedom gives you a chance to relive history from either side in a work of grand strategy.

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Forge of Freedom:
The American Civil War
1861-1865

Forge of Freedom: The American Civil War, 1861-1865 is the newest game from Western Civilization Software that combines grand strategy with battlefield tactics in one game. Forge of Freedom puts you in command at every level of the Civil War, from the mobilization of the resources of the nation to the control of individual brigades during the fury of battle. Relive the days of America’s greatest struggle: a time of blood, smoke, and glory.

 

Forge of Freedom

2006 JUL 25 - Matrix Games Announces Forge of Freedom!

Western Civilization Software Revisits the American Civil War

Matrix Games and Western Civilization Software (www.west-civ.com) are pleased to announce that later this summer they will bring a new American Civil War strategy game based on the Crown of Glory engine to gamers around the world. More than seven-score years have passed since the start of this conflict that pitted state against state, brother against brother and broke the chains of slavery. Forge of Freedom gives you a chance to relive history from either side in a work of grand strategy.

Forge of Freedom: Features and Snapshots

 

 

Matrix Games Signs Western Civilization’s Crown Of Glory

Matrix Games and Western Civilization Software are pleased to announce that they will be bringing the Napoleonic-era strategy game Crown Of Glory to gamers around the world. Two hundred years after the start of the Napoleonic Wars, Crown Of Glory gives you a chance to change history as the ruler of a nation.

David Heath, Director of Operations for Matrix Games stated, “Crown of Glory is truly a revolutionary game for the Napoleonic genre. The designers and developers have left no stone unturned in realizing their vision of historically immersive and exciting gameplay. Even if you’ve never looked at a Napoleonic game before, don’t miss this one!”

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Crown of Glory:
Europe in the Age of Napoleon

Awards

Crown of Glory wins the Charles S. Roberts Award
for Best Pre-20th Century Era Wargame for 2006
Consim World CSR Winner Archives
Matrix Games CSR News

 

Crown of Glory wins Wargamer.com
Readers' Choice Bronze Award for 2005!

Crown of Glory has won Wargame of the Year
from the newsgroup War-Historical!

GamersHall has given Crown of Glory a silver award:

"A marvelous classical War-Game
of strategy and tactics mixed with depth."