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by BattleVonWar
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: ACW History Club / Histoire de la Guerre de Sécession
Topic: Year 1 of the Civil War
Replies: 4
Views: 257

Re: Year 1 of the Civil War

Tripax, good suggestion and makes the long series more fluid. Although a bit late, I'd like to recommend listening to the Foote audiobook (with the aforementioned caveat that Foote isn't considered a reliable source on attitudes and motivations). I've listened to it twice (never read the book). It g...
by BattleVonWar
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: I'm absolutely hooked on this game!
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Re: I'm absolutely hooked on this game!

I have a love/hate fixation with Civil War 2. It is the definitive title available and yet you can tell with the detail it will probably be impossible for a player unless they are an AGEOD fanatic to ever be an Ultimate Master of the game. I've played a dozen or so in detail PBEM games. Maybe 5-10 m...
by BattleVonWar
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: ACW History Club / Histoire de la Guerre de Sécession
Topic: Year 1 of the Civil War
Replies: 4
Views: 257

Re: Year 1 of the Civil War

Thank you for the enlightening point of view. I am enjoying the read. I find a lot of detail in it. The romantics you mention I see. I recall that from his documentary commentary on Burn's PBS Special. Though I am glad to know I am not wasting my effort!
by BattleVonWar
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: ACW History Club / Histoire de la Guerre de Sécession
Topic: Civil War statues
Replies: 25
Views: 719

Re: Civil War statues

I have seen too much divide in the nation in my short life to warrant the maintaining statues of the Civil War Period. In my opinion if removing the Lincoln Memorial would bring about a greater understanding and peace among people I would be all for it as well.
by BattleVonWar
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: ACW History Club / Histoire de la Guerre de Sécession
Topic: Year 1 of the Civil War
Replies: 4
Views: 257

Year 1 of the Civil War

(People here agree that Foote is worthy reading?) Not able to read much, as I am in bed ill with my usual prompted me to open up Shelby Foote's Fort Sumter to Perrysville. Reminds me how despite several victories in the South in Missouri and Virginia the reality of the first year of the War is ugly ...
by BattleVonWar
Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: CW2 AARs
Topic: The Short War: tripax (Union) vs Battle von War (Confederate)
Replies: 33
Views: 1775

Re: The Short War: tripax (Union) vs Battle von War (Confederate)

Gray Fox, you're right. I actually rarely see Union Player's Blockade The Potomac. I also thought that CSA Forces crossing from Alexandria to D.C. face issues with the river being under fire by heavy guns? Possibility of interception of some type, or total blockade. There are so many rules to CW2. I...
by BattleVonWar
Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: CW2 AARs
Topic: The Short War: tripax (Union) vs Battle von War (Confederate)
Replies: 33
Views: 1775

Re: The Short War: tripax (Union) vs Battle von War (Confederate)

"No!" There was nothing left in Alexandria after the battle but a garrison, for some reason it survived. Then due to the fort rule Lee and his entire Army/Corps could not move out of Alexandria into any adjacent Union Territory. They were stuck an entire turn while McDowell and all of his ...
by BattleVonWar
Tue May 23, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: CW2 AARs
Topic: The Short War: tripax (Union) vs Battle von War (Confederate)
Replies: 33
Views: 1775

Re: The Short War: tripax (Union) vs Battle von War (Confederate)

(As I moved several Corp and 1 HQ and Lee into Northern Virginia, I expected to take Milroy, Sumner and McDowell HQ(with Corps) Off the front line and back to rear positions. I suspect the weak size of my army present was not threatening enough but this was my Strategic Plan. Longstreet's Corp in Ke...
by BattleVonWar
Fri May 19, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: CW2 AARs
Topic: The Short War: tripax (Union) vs Battle von War (Confederate)
Replies: 33
Views: 1775

Re: The Short War: tripax (Union) vs Battle von War (Confederate)

(This is when I began to wonder if my 1861 strategy with it's flaws had cost me the game. I was slow to remove myself from Missouri and I was not decisive in pressure Kentucky. Also with the arrival of Strong Union Forces on the Gulf Coast and bypassing fortresses like they were silly putty, economi...
by BattleVonWar
Thu May 18, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: CW2 AARs
Topic: The Short War: tripax (Union) vs Battle von War (Confederate)
Replies: 33
Views: 1775

Re: The Short War: tripax (Union) vs Battle von War (Confederate)

(In previous patches The Matagorda Card would run, I'm pretty sure even when in enemy possession. Should have checked the latest patch notes. I liked that slight of hand you did with Lyon-Grant...dropping Grant in then quickly removing him. I expected to see Grant deep into Arkansas but you quickly ...
by BattleVonWar
Tue May 16, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: CW2 AARs
Topic: The Short War: tripax (Union) vs Battle von War (Confederate)
Replies: 33
Views: 1775

Re: The Short War: tripax (Union) vs Battle von War (Confederate)

(Forget the early Union Exploits out West! I did not raise an Army early in The Far West, figuring you would like any wise Union Player ignore this and hunker down after Tuscon and perhaps raid a little. In fact I was so complacent here I was reacting rather than dictating. Then suddenly here comes ...
by BattleVonWar
Sun May 14, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: CW2 AARs
Topic: The Short War: tripax (Union) vs Battle von War (Confederate)
Replies: 33
Views: 1775

Re: The Short War: tripax (Union) vs Battle von War (Confederate)

Hopefully not interrupting but this was quite a strong Union opener. I myself haven't used this opener. Aggressive and forward on almost all fronts. Plus successful along with it. 1861 was sort of the backdrop for 1862. I thought for sure my slight advantage in numbers and leadership might play in V...
by BattleVonWar
Fri May 05, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Landing Penalities Too Harsh?
Replies: 13
Views: 1340

Re: Landing Penalities Too Harsh?

Yes lost Albert Sidney Johnston in actual combat. I thought they downgraded that in the past patches. Also sent a ** General into a fight once or twice and they were killed.
by BattleVonWar
Fri May 05, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: ACW History Club / Histoire de la Guerre de Sécession
Topic: Combat Tactics
Replies: 2
Views: 285

Combat Tactics

Read on these forums that the smoke created by powder weapons made the ranges on a lot of these era firearms worthless. So after a few volleys you got in pretty close to shoot or you probably wouldn't see or hit anything. Is that actually true? Also since I read Badge of Courage(untrained men, run) ...
by BattleVonWar
Fri May 05, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Landing Penalities Too Harsh?
Replies: 13
Views: 1340

Re: Landing Penalities Too Harsh?

In my very first PBEM game my opponent landed upon Memphis and bypassed all the forts on the Mississippi with Grant and the force was the same size as the entrenched force there = complete destruction for him. He wanted to quit and I talked him into continuing and he did the same move pretty much ag...
by BattleVonWar
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: What's the best way to capture Colorado and California?
Replies: 7
Views: 1241

Re: What's the best way to capture Colorado and California?

Never gone for California though have taken Nevada and Colorado in Multiplayer. It was a little bit of a let down cause the supplies and resources necessary cost me coastal cities which I did the math. They're the gold of the south. Those 2 Divisions and Supplies would have held a port likely a full...
by BattleVonWar
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Game still to unbalanced for CSA
Replies: 111
Views: 6167

Re: Game still to unbalanced for CSA

Logistics, give the CSA Full on infantry divisions on par with the Union till 1863 starts. That's about the time when Union Numbers start to dwarf Confederate numbers. The CSA Template it's dreadful. Too many 6lbers mixed in with infantry, forcing them to strain their resources to build an army that...
by BattleVonWar
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Game still to unbalanced for CSA
Replies: 111
Views: 6167

Re: Game still to unbalanced for CSA

Grant*** General by early '62 with Lyon and companion.. Ignore the West and steamroll the East. With the kind of naval power the Union builds the CSA has a hard time doing anything significant on the Rivers or holding sustained deep attacks into the Hinterland. Mother Russia = Depleting resources......
by BattleVonWar
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: How To PBEM
Replies: 3
Views: 3098

Re: How To PBEM

Duel hosting is definitely the only way to play CW2 considering how slow it is. I spent at least 3 or 4 months with a game the player didn't respond and I didn't blame him. It also keeps player interest...
by BattleVonWar
Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Game still to unbalanced for CSA
Replies: 111
Views: 6167

Re: Game still to unbalanced for CSA

You really don't even need to train as the Union.(training will help you if the CSA is in the top 5 CSA CW2 players in the game but pretty much it's all there for you) The default Unit Build is so far superior to that of the Confederacy you can simply build nothing but pure infantry divisions withou...
by BattleVonWar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: PBEM and multiplayer matchups (all games)
Topic: CW2: Elite Union Wanted
Replies: 3
Views: 1194

Re: CW2: Elite Union Wanted

Hmm he seems busy. Only fellow free I've beaten twice so far in a row. Needs a little more practice.
by BattleVonWar
Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Can the CSA actually win?
Replies: 32
Views: 3197

Re: Can the CSA actually win?

Bought this game 2 years ago. SO far... I've played the CSA between 12-15 times in PBEM. Significant to say she can win against inferior opponents. She can win by winning early or catching a sleeping Union. After that no she cannot at all. 1862 = her last chance for Alcohol really! My Union experien...
by BattleVonWar
Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: PBEM and multiplayer matchups (all games)
Topic: CW2: Elite Union Wanted
Replies: 3
Views: 1194

CW2: Elite Union Wanted

Best of the Best please apply? I've never lost a game as the Union, just kind of boring. I have won a few as the CSA or made it late in the game. i.e. Late Winter 1863 Rules are negotiable to some degree, you tell me your rule desires I will respond in and we can negotiate. If we want house rules we...
by BattleVonWar
Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: CSA Template vs Union
Replies: 12
Views: 1770

Re: CSA Template vs Union

I didn't mean Athena. I meant against a human opponent. Also Just move the Capitol if you are concerned about losing D.C. it's not that bad a situation. -10 NM now is really not going to hurt the Union that much. I see plenty of Union players gravitate on 70 NM forever and make up for it later down ...
by BattleVonWar
Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:34 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: CSA Template vs Union
Replies: 12
Views: 1770

Re: CSA Template vs Union

Grant(Lyon/Hooker Subordinates/etc...) + perfect Division Templates + endless 20 pounders = really no way one can lose at all, ever... Maybe Durk, I have tried some really innovative stuff to win as the South. Most of the time due to the limitations on offense it's been a journey of sorts(you gotta ...
by BattleVonWar
Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: CSA Template vs Union
Replies: 12
Views: 1770

Re: CSA Template vs Union

With Grant and the build a very good Union Player can end Southern misery rather early. Either the leaders for the North should be dwarfed or her builds... she shouldn't have the best of both worlds. IMHO
by BattleVonWar
Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: CSA Template vs Union
Replies: 12
Views: 1770

CSA Template vs Union

Against two even players through 1861 to 1863 the CSA cannot really win. Also beyond that it cannot really hold the Union no matter how well the CSA plays. There is no point system I can see that can give the CSA a partial victory...which should be included! Though the Union Divisions are possible a...
by BattleVonWar
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Using bad Union Generals
Replies: 12
Views: 1467

Re: Using bad Union Generals

In most my games against Elite Union opponents by 1862 I am facing at least a 2 Star Grant and soon after a 3 Star... When you start to add in several Corp Commanders beneath Grant(Rose/Kearny/Sherman later) you really don't need to worry too much about anything. In this game you need at least 1 gre...
by BattleVonWar
Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: PBEM and multiplayer matchups (all games)
Topic: CW2 Advanced Players
Replies: 2
Views: 822

CW2 Advanced Players

Looking for a game. Faster game turns if possible(I really don't keep up when a game lasts 3 or 4 months, I lose the train of thought) so a turn a day is preferred. Also I will play either side but. If you want the CSA you must be an elite player. Also I prefer intermediate or better if you want the...
by BattleVonWar
Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:32 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Questions
Replies: 19
Views: 1752

rouge, Yes, I didn't scout properly in my first few games either. Last PBEM I played I had a 3 Division force mauled invading St. Louis (my scouts had picked up a situation where I have 5 to 1 force ratio but the enemy bolstered the force and I faced a slaughter.. which is what it is basically neede...

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