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by StephenT
Wed May 27, 2015 8:45 pm
Forum: Thirty Years War
Topic: An introduction to the conflict...
Replies: 42
Views: 11045

One more remark: pointing at a "good" side is hard in this conflict, but condemning France as a "bad" side here is pretty obvious to me. I don't really see why. From the French point of view, they were surrounded by Habsburg power. The Habsburgs controlled Spain, most of Italy, Austria, the Holy Ro...
by StephenT
Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: Greece, Western Entente and Serbia
Replies: 12
Views: 3455

It's still true that the entire point of the Allied landing at Salonika was to help out Serbia. Why bother landing there in the game if there's nothing they can do to help? If the game can't allow WE troops to enter EE territory for mechanical reasons, then instead maybe there could be some sort of ...
by StephenT
Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: Western Entente naval access to the Baltic??
Replies: 8
Views: 1708

Well, in my own game, playing as the WE, the British submarines reached the Baltic by sailing up the Kiel Canal: http://www.mdd-marketing.co.uk/files/TEAW-kielcanal.jpg I'm not entirely sure the game is supposed to let them do that. I did think it was very sporting of the Germans, though!
by StephenT
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: when do minor nations abandon the war?
Replies: 10
Views: 2294

How would that reflect on the historic examples of Belgium and Serbia? Belgian forces only held on to the tiniest bit of western Flanders (not even large enough for an EAW region) and the Serbs withdrew from their country entirely. So those are two examples of minors who refused to surrender, in th...
by StephenT
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: Why can't I form an army?
Replies: 38
Views: 5577

Alex wrote:Done this, many times. Not working
Are you playing a scenario where the Russians are restricted from forming armies in the first few turns, to represent the chaos and disorganisation of their rushed mobilisation?
by StephenT
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: Who is fighting who?
Replies: 4
Views: 1563

Could we get those boxes to be outlined in different colors when a nation joins a side, maybe? Blue for Western Entente, the grey color for Central Powers, and green for eastern Entente. Or superimpose the symbol of the alliance over the box, if that would be easier. Countries which have surrendere...
by StephenT
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: Historical concerns - All troops, of whatever country, seem to have the same values.
Replies: 72
Views: 9743

But unlike the Germans the British had few MG units on higher echelons, if you have data for the evolution of these kinds of weapon dotations in the German units I'd be interest (first mention of Minenwerfer in division I found so far is for late 1915, not number for MG after 1914)... From what I'v...
by StephenT
Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:15 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: Historical concerns - All troops, of whatever country, seem to have the same values.
Replies: 72
Views: 9743

Not on the grounds of nationality, but to reflect differences in training, doctrine and leadership that the different armies had. These differences were very real. I don't agree; I think that on the scale of a grand strategy game like this, those differences were minor. One army's doctrine wasn't d...
by StephenT
Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: Historical concerns - All troops, of whatever country, seem to have the same values.
Replies: 72
Views: 9743

Given that the game engine takes into account so many factors when computing combat strength, I don't really see a problem that the base stats are almost the same for all nations. It certainly dodges any racial controversy as well which doesn't hurt ;) I don't know if there would be that much diffe...
by StephenT
Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:02 am
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: Slight disappointment
Replies: 11
Views: 2960

So the limitation on the number of Armies is purely mechanical - you have to first go through the movement ritual. Not sure that mimics anything particularly historical. On the other hand, creating an army was, I gather, quite an involved process. It took time to gather the army assets, appoint gen...
by StephenT
Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: MTSG needs to be changed
Replies: 42
Views: 7785

The way the game should work is pretty simple: I ought to be able to tell some units to stay home and defend aggressively and others to MTSG as reserves. The concept is not that complicated. That seems sensible to me. 'Marching to the sound of the guns' is more of a 19th century concept. In the Fir...
by StephenT
Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: To End All Wars - First Impressions
Replies: 163
Views: 32169

Belgium only has an army led by Albert I of power 226, counting roughly 25.000 men. If I check my books, the Germans attacked Belgium with a force of about 600.000 men vs 110.000 Belgian troops. The Belgian army was 47,500 strong at the outbreak of war. They were able to mobilise up to a total of 1...
by StephenT
Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:01 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: Battle Planner and Battle Aftermath - No Flags for Nationality
Replies: 23
Views: 4407

Perhaps the little flags that appear on the anonymous leader 'portraits' could also be added to the genuine historical portraits as well? Put them behind the main image so they don't obscure it, but you should still be able to see part of the flag peeping through.
by StephenT
Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:08 am
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: A sobering statistic
Replies: 7
Views: 2225

For reasons I don't know the Scots suffered far more than other nations in the UK. (...) Of the Scots who marched away, 26.4% did not come home: the percentage for the rest of the UK and Ireland was 11.8% and for France 16.8%. Only the Serbs and Turks had a higher proportion of participant deaths t...
by StephenT
Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:44 am
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: AAR or gameplay on youtube
Replies: 82
Views: 17163

Stromtroops are present as real units available when late inf tech is researched, and when they are in the area, rgd can be played on the enemy area reducing his trenches. Also, special stormtroop assault battleplanner tactic can be chosen only if you have stormtroops in your army. Can any country ...
by StephenT
Fri Aug 08, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: War is Declared
Replies: 70
Views: 14193

Serbia might have been a small country, but it was also a country where political disputes often ended in murder, partisan bands wandered the highlands, and disgruntled war veterans with access to army-surplus weapons engaged in plots with little reference to the central government. I've access to s...
by StephenT
Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: War is Declared
Replies: 70
Views: 14193

Yes, he was a Col. one of the 40 or so full Colonels in Serbia but APIS had killed the Serbian King and not faced any consequences (King and his family were thrown from the balcony in 1904 if i remember right). So to say no one knew about APIS or not aware of his plot is childish. All knew and purp...
by StephenT
Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: War is Declared
Replies: 70
Views: 14193

Well, i never disputed the fact of Germany or Austria being empires, instead i started my argument with the fact that- This was the age of empires, Russian and British Empires were much much larger than any empires and contained a lot more disgruntled subjects. That was my point. "Well, your countr...
by StephenT
Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: Unique Units or Special Units?
Replies: 4
Views: 1825

British Dominion forces will presumably be a special sub-nationality that requires its own replacement chits, and I assume there'll be a leader trait 'Canadian' or 'ANZAC' that allows that leader to command units of that nationality without penalty. Historically, the Dominion forces were organised i...
by StephenT
Wed Aug 06, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: War is Declared
Replies: 70
Views: 14193

Russia had no business standing up to Serbian or any such rights as Russia had swallowed a dozen or more countries in the previous 100 odd years. Russia had exactly as much (or as little) right to defend Serbia as Austria did to invade them. (and remember, Austria had also swallowed plenty of count...
by StephenT
Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: War is Declared
Replies: 70
Views: 14193

Yes, but by that date the Crown Prince was already shot and dead. These discussions would have been possible after that fact. Diplomats speaking happens all the time. This is not a smoking gun. The quote definitely disproves the assertion that Germany and Austria-Hungary were merely reacting to Rus...
by StephenT
Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: To End All Wars
Topic: War is Declared
Replies: 70
Views: 14193

Indeed! I too believed Kaiser was only for the German big boss :p It was. The ruler of Austria-Hungary was not called the Kaiser. He was the Kaiser-und-König . The Hungarians would have started a revolution if he left off the "und König" bit. As for war guilt: after WW1 was over, everybody (except ...
by StephenT
Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:08 am
Forum: General discussions
Topic: A request to the Ageod Community (new game topic revealed inside!)
Replies: 51
Views: 34202

To End All Wars

Price of Glory is (a) too generic (b) has the same acronym (PoG) as Paths of Glory, the Ted Raicer boardgame of WW1, which might confuse things.

Would 'War to end wars' be better, though?
by StephenT
Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:07 pm
Forum: PON Technical Support / Aide Technique
Topic: Colonial action 'Immigrants' not working properly
Replies: 0
Views: 956

Colonial action 'Immigrants' not working properly

I posted about this a while back and got no response, but now there's an actual Technical Support sub-forum perhaps I'll have better luck. The 'Immigrants' colonial action seems to reduce the population of provinces in South-West Africa to zero rather than increase the number of people there. These ...
by StephenT
Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: General discussions
Topic: So did Paradox get Steamed?
Replies: 60
Views: 15465

The 95% figure seems fishy to me...it seems to me an awful lot of folks picked up CK2 on GG, myself included. The figure came directly from Johan at Paradox; I can't provide a link because he said it a while ago, but it was in one of their forum threads about Steam. (Not an official announcement or...
by StephenT
Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Pride of Nations
Topic: Objective Regions and Peace Treaties
Replies: 13
Views: 3429

I recently had the same problem. Playing Germany, Lorraine (Metz) was one of my national objectives. I defeated France in a war, but it didn't appear in the list of provinces I could annex. Alsace, on the other hand, did appear, presumably because unlike Lorraine it was also a German national region...
by StephenT
Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:15 pm
Forum: Pride of Nations
Topic: Help! My immigrants are committing genocide!
Replies: 2
Views: 1152

Help! My immigrants are committing genocide!

Playing as Germany in 1871 (started 1850), I used the Immigrants colonial action to send settlers to two provinces in South West Africa, which I currently have as a protectorate. The colonial action was successful, I waited the required number of turns and the message came up saying the immigrants h...
by StephenT
Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:28 pm
Forum: Pride of Nations
Topic: HMS Warrior 3Qs
Replies: 9
Views: 2508

Remember, the Warrior was unique and each unit of ships in the game is a squad of at least 4 vessels. Warrior wasn't unique: she had an identical sister ship, Black Prince , launched two months later. Three months after that, the British launched two more ironclad frigates, Defence and Resistance ,...
by StephenT
Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:18 pm
Forum: Pride of Nations
Topic: few questions
Replies: 52
Views: 9868

Interesting alternative reality with Russian troops landing in the horn of Africa Fun fact: it's less 'alternative' than you think. The Russians really did have a colony in the Horn of Africa, set up in 1889 at Sagallo on the Gulf of Tajura (modern Djibouti), with mostly Cossacks as the colonists. ...
by StephenT
Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Pride of Nations
Topic: American Civil War Unit Names
Replies: 10
Views: 2469

Bear in mind that when the Civil War starts, any of your units that were in territory that is now Confederate are moved automatically to the North. So yes, if you built a 'Richmond garrison' in 1855, that unit will be moved to Maryland or DC when war starts.

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