I'd like to try DA before I buy it, I know some of u might say it's worth every penny spent on it. From what I've read and the snapshots, this is the kind of games I'd like to play, but I need to try it before I buy it...so any chance please?
A word of cautions: DA is nice and on some aspect fairly in-depth. My biggest beef about DA is the fact that UAV have to be micro managed, which isn't what a force commander should worry about. Another drawback is that it isn't being developed anymore, and the community playing DA is small and getting smaller.
On the plus side, this is a style of gameplay that you will not find in any other title. If you are interested in modern operations and can spare the money, it is worth the purchase.
One of my initial motivation for beginning my own wargame project (see link in signature) was to extend DA's feature set. I'm not there yet, though...
BTW: if passing along a copy of the manual isn't illegal, I can give you a copy. I don't know if it's OK, however. It would make sense for HPS to let you look at it, though.
Yep, free, open-source and very open-ended (plug-in structure for models and doctrine/AI). I will restrict non-personal use, if this ever becomes an issue. I spent too much time, effort and late night hours dreaming up this software to put a price tag on it. I think that opening the source will make sense only after people starts to play it and determine whether it's worth their effort to invest time in contributing.
It is standalone: it can run on a single machine or on a server where everybody connect to retrive their situation and issue their orders.
I stopped promising a beta demo for a while since coding up is contingent to too many RL issues (one of which is due to be born in the next few days). But I will share an alpha release with a few brave testers in the next few months. I can add you to my list if you want.