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The Legion doesnt make Heros. Heros is what the legion kills

Just a short but sad news today: As of Oct 18th the Website of HMS is down. Since we also haven’t heard from anyone at HMS in some months , we fear this might just be yet another step in Europas slow demise. Lets pray to the gods of cardboard wars that everyone at HMS is okay, and that Total War still might see the light of day sometimes in the not so far away future.

Update, 22.10.2016:
Looks like the site is back, alas the last update is still from February 2016. So while there is no catastrophy, the agony continues.

How it all came to be

I managed to finalize the translation of “About the General Staff” today. the original article was in German, and since I dropped the second language from the website, I had to translate it. the article describes the history of this website, intermixed with some personal information, various ramblings and other things probably not very interesting, but if you really need to know how this website started, there you go.
It also adds another item to my todo-list: Writing up a short article about the original Generalstab.

Finally – a new content management system

It might be nothing that gets most of you exited, but behind the scenes I have worked for the better part of two years to finally transfer the Generalstab Archives into a WordPress-driven website. The initial migration was easy, except that every single post still needed to be cleansed of PHP remnants, reformatted and categorized. The work still isn`t done, as a quick look into the archive section will tell, but frankly, I was not willing to wait any longer with going public.  So here is the biggest Generalstab update since 2012:

  • The home-brewn PHP-based, hand-coded pages have been transferred into a WordPress CMS
  • A complete new section containing all Europa-games ever published has been added, with scans and pictures of charts, maps, and boxes where available. (Note to the concerned reader: We have taken great care that the resolution of the images makes them readable, but is low enough to rule out any copyright violation.) Oh, and did I mention that we also added covers of all TEM magazines ever published, and of course the Glory and Great War-Series, too?
  • A nice responsive template that leaves lots of room for the relevant stuff, which in this case is: text.
  • Several new game reports, one of them being Greg Bartels description of his experiences with the Iraq Campaign Scenario from War in the Desert
  • Maps and other images from the public domain added to the essay section

We are looking forward to your feedback.

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The return of Classic Europa

“Classic Europa” is back! John Astell, chief designer for most of the past “Europa”-games, salvaged the materials from his old website that went under with Geocities, expanded them and put them back online at a new website. For a full review of the new website, read on.