The one you will find in stores now, made by Avalon Hill is the revised map, with some rule changes. Arguably, a more difficult game due to additional pieces, more territories, and greater options for strategies, etc.
The older version (the Milton Bradley one) is the classic, and has a nice sized game board. If you have never played before, the older version is easier to learn on.
Personally, I am just hoping for a PC version of Revised and the D-Day/Pacific variants with some really good AI in the near future 🙂
That’s intriguing. I know very little C/C++ programming, unfortunately, but I feel that such a project should be web-based anyways. The demands are not so great that they make a web application unsuitable speed-wise, and the limitations on platform compatibility really suck for application programming. I primarily work (and play) in linux. I have windows installed for the occasional Ravenshield game, but that is it. As a result, the mapview program isn’t much use to me, but I don’t mind having the board set up. In fact, I probably prefer it. In chess I always did better on a board because I could look over everything at once and plan simultaneously. In something like mapview or even in the PC CDROM version of A&A, there is too much moving around to see everything that you have to plan in geographical phases…I dunno. It’s not a really big deal either way.
Coincidentally I just landed a contract job to develop a web application for a company near me that requires a pretty large code base of user-related stuff, like accounts and cross linking accounts in a client/contractor relationship. I am well acquainted with the folks and am free to use the objective code that I write that is not central to the project. So, I can use a lot of the database access / user account related code towards this project once I am done the work project.
Using three boards is basically an alternative to having to write down all the info instead.Â I think a btter alternative and keeps the game much more playable.Â It helps if you have a third (neutral) person that can moderate between the three boards.Â This can also help keep encourage each player to keep game turns short.
Imperious Leader gives a good example of the three board play with his Jutland game.Â It’s under the “Other Axis and Allies Variants” section