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by tripax
Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Do you believe me now?
Replies: 44
Views: 7325

I'm definitely impressed, don't get me wrong. I just have a hard time believing Athena's troops were fresh, entrenched, and well commanded (in fact, I doubt all three). I see 3 commanders and no divisions (which is partially because you can't put the reserve into divisions), it seems like they weren...
by tripax
Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Do you believe me now?
Replies: 44
Views: 7325

I see. Thus the least prepared units show up first. What about the rest of unit organization? Was division organization decent initially? The Washington reserve is rendered fairly useless because it can't be put into divisions and thus has a large command penalty (it would be nice if this were chang...
by tripax
Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: First game as confederacy for CW2
Replies: 27
Views: 3904

To follow up, my new guess is that NM effects output according to a formula that is something like: Output=base*(.50+loyalty/100)*(.50+NM/200) Note that the (.50+loyalty/100) part is from the manual. The (.50+NM/200) is my guess from running a game for 10 or so turns as Union and watching DC, Baltim...
by tripax
Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Do you believe me now?
Replies: 44
Views: 7325

I'll bet Athena is making some mistakes that a human wouldn't make, even if the human had the same size force and was using Butler (is Butler really senior to Scott?). Log in to the Union and look at Athena's organization. We can see 22 groups, so at least some units are divisions, but at least the ...
by tripax
Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: First game as confederacy for CW2
Replies: 27
Views: 3904

For the effect of NM on production, it isn't clear from the manual. It seems like production is multiplied by NM/100 or something close, which is a large effect and implies that decisions that effect NM are much more expensive than I thought (also promoting generals out of seniority has a greater co...
by tripax
Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: First game as confederacy for CW2
Replies: 27
Views: 3904

I'm paying more attention to the economics, as I'd like to build new units rather than only replenish. I think I've noticed NM effects region output, not just loyalty. In fact, it seems to have a similar sized effect (increasing by 10 points increases output 10%). So in terms of money, if a turn ear...
by tripax
Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: First game as confederacy for CW2
Replies: 27
Views: 3904

I am just starting 1863, I don't see any Gettysburg style northern offensive. The Union took Charleston, so if I can push it out, I might send that force into Delaware, is a Delaware offensive a good idea? Otherwise it feels like I'll spend 3 more years putting out fires and see how the points stack...
by tripax
Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: First game as confederacy for CW2
Replies: 27
Views: 3904

First game as confederacy for CW2

I'm halfway through my first game as a confederate in CW2 (I played a few in AACW) and I wanted to give my thoughts and see what people think (historical attrition, difficult AI). I'm an economist (by profession) and so I always invest in industrialization because the present value of future returns...
by tripax
Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Is high mortality compared to history the norm?
Replies: 21
Views: 2418

* And why do you care, really? Against Athena, you want to know to get an Idea of Surrender Horizon. I would say when you get to 300K AI Enemy Lost (for CSA opponent), start blending that in to the NM, territory, FI, VP, and the date to get a feel for towel time. Because I don't play to get to surr...
by tripax
Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Confederate Fortifications: The Guns
Replies: 48
Views: 8358

Keokuk was sunk at Charleston. It was a casement ironclad, not a monitor, so hardly the most well armored of Union ships. And its guns were salvaged by the Confederacy, that would be a fun wrinkle if guns from sunken boats could arrive at coastal forts. Keokuk took on 90 hits (I don't know if any w...
by tripax
Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Confederate Fortifications: The Guns
Replies: 48
Views: 8358

There were at least two Ironclads sunk from direct fire. One at Vicksburg and one, I think around Charleston. I think it was the Cincinnati sunk at Vicksburg, the other I would have to look up. Farragut got his whole fleet shot up at Port Hudson trying to run the batteries. I don’t know if an...
by tripax
Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Confederate Fortifications: The Guns
Replies: 48
Views: 8358

I'm not an expert by any means, but I wanted to point out that Brig Gen John Gibbon's Artillerist's Manual is available online and is an interesting read. It says on page 270 of the google books version that mortar firing on sea is very difficult but very devastating (and elsewhere remarks how inacc...
by tripax
Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Is high mortality compared to history the norm?
Replies: 21
Views: 2418

Yes, historical attrition is on. Your point about the faster pace is a good one. I'd love it if at the end of the game I could have a ledger of all of the battles I fought with the leader(s), size of both forces, losses, and nm change. The attrition question is a good one, its common to have a turn ...
by tripax
Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Is high mortality compared to history the norm?
Replies: 21
Views: 2418

Unless I'm wrong...
by tripax
Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Is high mortality compared to history the norm?
Replies: 21
Views: 2418

Here is the screen for the Confederates. Based in which numbers match which, mortality doesn't include POW's. [ATTACH]26901[/ATTACH]
by tripax
Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Is high mortality compared to history the norm?
Replies: 21
Views: 2418

My understanding is that the lost number represents killed, attrition (which would model sickness etc) and prisoners. (So that 85400 you have in prison camps is showing up in the confederacy lost men total I think). Of course, I can't point to a line of code that confirms this.... Checking the Conf...
by tripax
Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Is high mortality compared to history the norm?
Replies: 21
Views: 2418

Is high mortality compared to history the norm?

I just finished a game and am curious if my results are normal. I, the union, had about 300,000 casualties and the confederates had over 500,000. We ended in Early January 1864. I don't think these numbers count deaths from sickness or attrition, (maybe I'm wrong). So they seem a bit high, especiall...
by tripax
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: A layman's guide to Combat Resolution (long post)
Replies: 34
Views: 6044

Hate to be a troll but yikes... Care to 'demonstrate' which real numbers cause the associative property to break down here? Maybe I'm missing something, but I'm hoping whatever you majored in stuck a bit better than your minor :) Hmm: (7*4)/2 = (28)/2 = 14 7*(4/2) = 7*(2) = 14 So far I'm on 13thnct...
by tripax
Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: A layman's guide to Combat Resolution (long post)
Replies: 34
Views: 6044

Another question, how does a lower seniority corps commander marching to guns or even in the region affect the battle (as an aside, if they don't affect the battle, it makes me sad since that means that they won't accrue experience)?
by tripax
Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Suspend Habeas Corpus RGD
Replies: 34
Views: 5547

So if a region is producing 10 money, 10 Supply, and 10 WS, an increase in loyalty of 10 increases each by 1?
by tripax
Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Foreign Intervention Calculations
Replies: 22
Views: 3569

As another datapoint, as union I decided to see what happened if I don't take richmond. I've now taken everything but Florida and some coastal forts and my NM has fallen from a high near 160 down below 140. Its mid-1965, Old Abe is gone (and a few NM with him), and confederate NM is above 70. If I d...
by tripax
Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: My take on forming Divisions
Replies: 77
Views: 12846

Is that alleviated by having a artillery only division? That is, will an artillery only division select a better target. Is there a good discussion of targeting somewhere?
by tripax
Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:18 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Division Building and Cost Analysis
Replies: 4
Views: 1579

Is there a conscript/money/ws charge for upgrades? I thought an upgrade cost a unit from reserves.
by tripax
Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:46 pm
Forum: Help improve CW2
Topic: Region Not Accessible - version 1.03
Replies: 3
Views: 970

Me too, I'm union and the union Madison militia is inside. Also, in the past, athena has attacked in that direction, but she doesn't seem interested either, so I think its inaccessible for her too.
by tripax
Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Franklin Buchanan for the Union?
Replies: 5
Views: 1523

Ah, well its helpful to me, I guess. I've loaded him up with some extra monitors for good measure and am taking nominations to re-name the CSS Virginia. I'm thinking something sardonic, perhaps the CSS West Virginia? A number of generals in the South could have fought for the North, it would be a fu...
by tripax
Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: Franklin Buchanan for the Union?
Replies: 5
Views: 1523

Franklin Buchanan for the Union?

Fighting as Union, I’ve captured Norfolk in October of 1961 and have found the rebs building the CSS Virginia. It looks like I’ve captured the ship under construction, which is great. What is more, Franklin Buchanan is here and near as I can tell, he has offered his services to me. Is this real? Mig...

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