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The planned price of the game is $60. This includes the annual
subscription of $45.
The use of the program and playing in games is free
of charge at the moment, because the program is still in the
alpha- and beta-testing phases. See for details below.
Exp:WW2 must be played using at least two programs: a Player
Program (PlayProg) and the Main Program (MainProg). The first is used by each
player of a game and the latter is only used by the GM. Each player can input
orders in his or her PlayProg and send these to MainProg. MainProg, in turn,
will compile all orders, calculate its consequences and send the results back
to the players. Exp:WW2 is therefore a Play-By-EMail (PBEM) game.
The player program is worth $15 (US dollars). You will receive
a CDROM for that with the player program, the installation instructions,
the rulebook and encyclopedia. The main program is the core of the game where
the actual game engine recides. It calculates the results of orders given by
players, such as movement, combat, production, research, etcetera. This game
engine will be constantly be expanded with new features. To help in the cost of
this development and in the cost of hosting games, an annual fee of $45 is needed.
So the total cost of playing the game is $5 per month.
What you WON'T get
I view it as my duty to tell you what you will not get
whenever you have to pay for Expansion. You will not get a fancy jewel case
around the CDROM, with a full-coloured booklet inside. Neither will you get a
paper manual (the manual will be a series of webpages). Nor will you get a
registration card, or a poster, or a catalogue.
You will only get the CDROM (or download the game), plus a short instruction paper
on how to install the game. And it will not even be wrapped in an over-sized box
which shows you screen shots of an introduction movie.
If you become one of my customers, you will not get the ability to call a toll free
phone number or use any other service whereby I should return your money as soon
as you show any sign of unsatisfaction with the product or the person you're
Neither will you get a 'free' subscription to a magazine you never ordered and
which will not be published at regular intervals. You will certainly not see
fancy advertisements to give you a feeling that you've made the right choice
in becoming an Expansion Games customer.
Why don't you get all that? Two reasons: 1) I'm Dutch,
and that means I'm culturally frozen into a struggle to find the best things
around but to pay as few as possible for it. 2) Having been a customer with
a few of the larger computer companies, I've found that I received a lot which I
didn't want, or did'nt need, but somewhere I still had to pay for it (even if they
called it 'free').
Now, where did those fancy boxes end up eventually? In the same place
as junk mail. And what good was having a service phone number? Not much, since
usually the only two answers to give me were Get the latest patch or
Wait for the next version.
What you WILL get
And what's in return? In return for what you don't get,
you'll receive a discount and a chance to have a voice in upgrading the game engine.
Yes, that's right, I hope that you consider Expansion not to be an
expensive product, but an expansive one. The best service
I can offer you is an evolving program and game model, using your own input.
Mail me and find out.