1. Yes we plan on leaving access for those who have paid for the older books for a period of time on the old site once the new one goes live. This will have to be shut down eventually but it wont come down when the new site goes live.
2. You are absolutely correct that this was on the cards as the entire point of us giving Gregg permission to do what he has been doing with Easy Army was that we knew what the end goal was. Gregg has been working hard in his spare time to keep things alive and letting him charge a small fee was our way of keeping it going whilst we got our ducks sin a row for a long term plan. Now those of you who have used it in the past know the value of what he has done but to bring it to the wider audience we have to bring things in house both for us and Gregg as it is the only way it would grow into something more.
3. Not surprisingly Forces of War and our digital book plan are linked and you will see the first part go live in the next few weeks. The impact or not on physical books is not the driving force behind these new services but they are a necessary part of the war gaming offer now expected by gamers and moving into digital products as part of the mix is something we need to do to stay current and evolve.
4. What you cannot see yet is that both of these projects will offer you things that we cant do in paper, the choice to pick exactly what you want. You will be able to get access to single companies so that you don't have to buy the complete book to get the one that you need. Books have never been about paper sales as in most cases the studio cost that goes into them is never paid back for the time they took but books drive model sales and that is what the hobby is all about. Building and playing with armies and the more we can do to make it easier to do that the better for all.
More info will go live on the site as soon as we get our digital app approved to go live later this week so stay tuned as you will be able to see what we have done there and get some sense of what is to come for Forces of War.
Así que se va a mantener el acceso a los libros pagados, por un tiempo, y todo el proyecto va a estar relacionado con la edición de libros electrónicos.
Please remember that you paid a few dollars for an entire book that costs US$30 for the real thing and only after a while as it was free for a long time. The small charge was to allow Gregg the chance to continue doing what he wanted with our permission. The commercial reality of making this work for a much bigger audience, servers, data and the coding time is not free and the fact we are now investing in this means it needs to have a proper business model. We let Gregg offer the lists free and then at a small charge without ever asking for anything in return to let EA exist and grow knowing we would want to do more down the road and now it is the time to turn it into something more.
As far as the future is concerned you will not be forced to buy anything as the option of being able to have exactly what you want means just that. You will be able to buy a single company digital list instead of a book and the FOW list in the same way. For a fraction of the price of a book you can have the digital and FOW access either together or alone. There will be complete books as well and full compilations for those that want that but our plan gives you the choice to take what you want and leave the rest.