Suggested By:sebastian sohn
When you read reviews about wargames that are turn-based, you often see a reference to a WWII wargame, Panzer General, 1994 by SSI. PG Forever is a fan made remake of both Panzer General and the sequel, Allied General with a bonus, all new WWI scenarios. The game plays like an Avalon Hill war board game of the 80's but is simpler because all the bookkeeping is done by the application.
PG Forever is an operational level wargame, meaning that each unit represents hundreds of soldiers, tanks, artillery or other units. Much care went into the historical accuracy of the units and the scenarios are reenactments of WWII battles. Each unit has a balance of strength and weaknesses; for instance artillery can target units while being out of line of sight but has a weak defense. The key to victory is knowing how to use combined arms -- using the strength of one unit to cover another unit's weakness. A shrewd general who can use a mix of units in a synergistic combination will be victorious.
The downside is that the developer does not offer documentation. Thankfully, since PG Forever is intuitive you can figure out how to play within a few minutes. What I do wish to know is the details of combat system. If you press the “L” key after a battle, you will see a log of the battle. The log shows Panzer General's board game roots by displaying the d20 roll results but does not really explain in detail what happened.
PS: The developer, Alexander Shargin has told me that the details of the combat system is in the text file in the doc folder, /PGForever/doc/Panzer General FAQ.txt, section 5.1 PANZER GENERAL COMBAT.