Before advertising outside aaa.org I think one key factor is to convince more players of this community to use TripleA instead of ABattlemap.
There are still so many games being played with ABattlemap. Why do so many players hesitate to give TripleA a try?
I use both ABattlemap and TripleA and will play on either depending on what my opponent uses.
I can’t speak for other players but here are some things I’ve noticed about the differences and why I still don’t mind Battlemap.
I’ll start with some issues about TripleA.
First the map. It’s great, but I can’t fit the entire map on my screen and I have to scroll around, whereas with ABattlemap I can pull up the map and see the whole world. It just makes planning turns easier and I find I don’t forget to move some units as often in Battlemap as I might with TripleA.
I also still get confused by some of the ships, particularly cruisers and battleships. Since each country has its own looks and can be hard for me to tell whether a Sz has a CA or a BB unless then are both present along with a DD.
Crowded territories, can sometimes confuse me as well. Not much you can do, but with big stacks the sometimes overrun and its hard to tell which is on what. So you have to go to the territory tab to make sure, but that is an extra mouse scroll. lol!
Finally its the updates. I don’t mind updating the program, but I wish the updates would be automatic. It is annoying to start a (PBF) game and realize a turn or two in that the versions aren’t compatible and now one player has to download the newer version, but then manually update the map. Older versions should be compatible to newer, unless you are doing drastic map/rule changes, but that really shouldn’t occur at this point. But I’d think if you are just making minor tweaks to TripleA there has to be some way to keep older maps compatible. I’m a lazy gamer, and really dislike having to download multiple times (unless it is an automatic update where I don’t have to do anything) so I play with what works until I get someone says, “you know you’re playing with Version 2, you need to get 5”. Then I have to manually get it, etc. It’s a nuisance to me.
If there was an auto update feature built in, that would help. At least you could click a button that checks for newer versions for you then updates it for you (keeping older maps intact or warns you if they may be unplayable before proceeding).
As for Battlemap, the appeal can be that it is as close to playing a board game online as you can get. You move the pieces, you roll the dice, etc. All you do is email/post the map. It might be a fine line, but it is a different feel then say the old A&A CD version or TripleA which feel more like playing a computer game with a friend.
All this said I like TripleA a lot and will continue to use it, but just wanted to throw my two cents in to say Battlemap still has an appeal for me as well.
Note: This is all in regards to AA50. I have no idea about G40 or its rules/maps etc.