Thanks everyone for the feedback!
Have you looked into Sins of a Solar Empire, Warcraft III, or Supreme Commander? Given the list of games you've provided, I think any (or all three) of these would work well for him.
Hmm I think he thought Warcraft III was a little strange. I don't think he quite got the RPG aspects of it and it was too different from Warcraft II for his tastes.
Other than that, I'm downloading the Supreme Commander demo for him to try out... and for me to try out too, I guess.
Never played battlefield heroes. I wonder if you might have meant Company of Heroes (A rts similar to age of empires with less emphasis on base building). This is my genre of choice and something I might be able to make a recommendation on. I've been playing Dawn of War lately the soulstorm expansion and it's pretty similar to battlefield heroes. Matter of fact it's micromanagement is virtually the same and from the same company. He should be able to play it pretty much right off the bat CoH is what you were referring to. It's a standalone expansion with such over the top action (picture guys with heavy machineguns, flamethrowers, and chainsaws made into swords. 8 playable races. Not to be confused with the full fledged sequel DOW 2 which places far less emphasis on strategy and more on tactics. Really a drastically different game.
Please let him know that his service is appreciated.
I passed along your message and he appreciates your appreciation. I have a copy of Dawn of War and I'm going to install it onto his computer for him to try it out. He's getting a little old so I'm not sure he can quite keep up with that level of micromanagement, but we'll see.
And yes, I meant Battlefield Heroes. He loves that game. Funny he was originally awful at Battlefield Heroes but just got better and better to the point where he puts the folks who buy the super-weapons to shame. He's a slow learner but once he gets it down he becomes a real smart player.
He played the original Starcraft and he wasn't a big fan of it. Too different from Warcraft II I guess. Although if there's a demo out soon it shouldn't hurt him to try it out.
- If you do a little recon, you can find the open source version of Transport Tycoon, which has multiplayer (as well as loads of mods you can use).
- Dawn of War 2 has a great Co-op RTS campaign. It does have some RPG elements, but should be manageable.
- Altitude is a fun multiplayer game with 2D dogfighting that you can play for free to some extent. Not sure how fast his ping is, but it should be fun to play against the computer (or each other).
Dad fiddles around with Open TTD already. Altitude, however, looks really interesting. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!