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by Major Tom
Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: Relative value of $, WSu, and CS
Replies: 17
Views: 2520

MT, my instinct is to start with where you want to go by such-and-such a timeframe in unit terms and compare the two methods to see how long it takes you to get there. In other words, frame your analysis in terms of time to produce X number of elements. My two cents. 77NY - I like your suggestion, ...
by Major Tom
Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:36 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: Relative value of $, WSu, and CS
Replies: 17
Views: 2520

Relative value of $, WSu, and CS

I'm trying to work out a cost and payback comparison between investing in blockade runners versus industrialization. But this is complicated by the different commodities involved. Both require $ and WSu, but only brigs require conscripts (CS). You could say, "I only care about WSu" and ignore the ot...
by Major Tom
Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: CSA Transports as Blockade Runners?
Replies: 19
Views: 7186

It doesn't look like I'm going to get a definitive answer on industrialization. Last night I loaded up a game I've been running to test various aspects of the economy and started investing in industrialization. Starting with Jan 1862 and going for 9 turns I invested every turn with light industriali...
by Major Tom
Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:40 am
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Creating Corps and Armies
Replies: 23
Views: 5817

Also -- the leader you want to turn into a corps commander cannot have an attached division - if he has one, you need to empty him first.
by Major Tom
Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: CSA Transports as Blockade Runners?
Replies: 19
Views: 7186

Given what Major Tom has said about the return on investment of brigs, I think that industrialization is probably more cost-effective. Perhaps Grey when you adjust the cost of militia upwards you might also want to adjust the take from blockade runners. I'd say they ought to be at least 50% more ef...
by Major Tom
Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Brigade Commanders
Replies: 6
Views: 2086

This post helped me clarify things a little bit, but as a noob, I've got one remaining question. I have a corps with 3 divisions. The corps commander is active, but 2 of the 3 division commanders are not. Does this essentially mean I'm assaulting with the one active division? Or do all the units en...
by Major Tom
Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:37 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Creating Corps and Armies
Replies: 23
Views: 5817

First I would like to thank everyone who helped me before when I could not figure out how to create divisions. Now, again I am having problems. I have the divisions, but now I cannot figure out how to create Corps and Armies. I follow the instructions in the book, but somehow I think they are incom...
by Major Tom
Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Brigade Commanders
Replies: 6
Views: 2086

Thanks for the quick response, pretty much confirms what I suspected, that with two leaders available, you are actually better off linking the brigade to the subordinate leader, rather than the one that will be Force commander, even if they have poorer stats. Brigade will get bonus from Force comma...
by Major Tom
Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: American Civil War AARs
Topic: Me(Soundoff) Union v Banks (CSA)
Replies: 207
Views: 53610

Another great AAR, soundoff. Congrats on Tallahassee. I'll be very interested to see how you exploit it in the future, or even if you are able to. It seems like a pretty lonely place to be for a single division.
by Major Tom
Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:32 pm
Forum: American Civil War AARs
Topic: Soundoff vs. Banks (CSA Banks)
Replies: 280
Views: 95418

Thanks for another great AAR, Banks. I particularly liked your color commentary on the Battle of Williamsburg -- Bragg arrived on the field with around 21,000 troops in 3 divisions under Longstreet, Hardee and Bee. The attack began on a frosty December 12th morning with Hardee and Bee pressing Milro...
by Major Tom
Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:00 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: CSA hyperinflation
Replies: 29
Views: 6725

77NY - Very interesting analysis. It's probably correct in the conclusions if not the details. Your spreadsheet shows CSA money printing starting at a base of $100 on turn 1. In fact, it starts from a base of $206. Also, your formula for how money printing is tied to VP is too simple. The real formu...
by Major Tom
Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Brigade Commanders
Replies: 6
Views: 2086

Still fairly new to this game, and have a few questions on the use of Brigade Commanders, and their effects. Not how to use them, I am OK with that, it is just where there are specific benefits. I have not found any information on this either in the game documentation, or in this forum. Examples 1)...
by Major Tom
Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:20 am
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: Conscription points.
Replies: 15
Views: 2779

Pocus? I dislike having to rejuvenate such an old thread, but when I read the above I needed to see if this is still true or has been altered in the more later versions of the game. If indeed the average replacment gives back only 10 hits to damaged regiments this means that replacements for the ma...
by Major Tom
Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:17 am
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: CSA hyperinflation
Replies: 29
Views: 6725

It will be eventually, but due to its nature, adjustments to inflation cannot be made until all other cost items are working properly, otherwise improper initial costs will be even more improper when multiplied by inflation effects. When it's all done and done properly it will be extremely painful ...
by Major Tom
Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:12 am
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: CSA Transports as Blockade Runners?
Replies: 19
Views: 7186

Some experimentation has demonstrated that transports do not have any blockade-running ability. That is, when a blockade box contains no brigs, only transports, it consistently does not produce any WS or money. Is there some random factor determining how much WS/money each blockade runner delivers?...
by Major Tom
Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:51 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Money Puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 4079

Hi boys here is your explanation causing these differences EXPECTED / REAL. INFLATION caused by OPTIONS CLICKED is not COUNTED on the EXPECTED costs, but is COUNTED before paying NEXT turn costs. An Example. 1st TURN. 0% inflation I click a PRINT PAPER OPTION -> Inflation will go up to 4%. I Pay, f...
by Major Tom
Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:34 am
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: Hidden bonus to CSA WSu?
Replies: 2
Views: 841

Thanks, Gray. That actually makes sense -- that the toolitp is shwing a base number but the real number is modified by city size or some other factor. That would explain why the variation in effect from industrialization was not always exactly the same.
by Major Tom
Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:58 am
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: Hidden bonus to CSA WSu?
Replies: 2
Views: 841

Hidden bonus to CSA WSu?

This seems like a really stupid question, so it probably is :blink: Is it possible the blockade boxes are broken and working in reverse? Or does the CSA get a "hidden" 30% bonus to WSu production? I've been trying to track the economy in a couple of test games, and I've found that whenever something...
by Major Tom
Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:33 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Money Puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 4079

Tied to Richmond becoming CSA Capital. the Capital Region output is multiplied by 5. Thanks, Clovis. I thought it must have something to do with the Capital. I just did not realize that RIchmond doesnt become Capital until turn 7. Also, that must mean another event gave Richmond +12 in $ production...
by Major Tom
Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:03 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Money Puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 4079

Deliberately did absolutely nothing during these turns. No Industrialisation No River transport No Rail Transport No replacements No reinforcements No Division creation After first turn No Draft, Financial, or Political options Did not even move units Turn2-3 ended up with ~70K money less than expe...
by Major Tom
Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:00 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Money Puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 4079

Peter - I might have found at least a partial explanation for you, but it's in one of the database files that I don't know how to read correctly. From the Events_Scripts tab on the AACW_Setup1861_April_Campaign_v1.12a file, I find these as part of the events that bring scripted renifrocements: May 1...
by Major Tom
Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: Artillery Brigades in the Data Base
Replies: 2
Views: 823

Intersting -- I've never noticed a 2-element artillery brigade in the game. But I always play CS and haven't played union past 1862, and I haven't played any scenarios other than April 1861.
by Major Tom
Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Money Puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 4079

It's because when you go on Money and Draft you loose national moral. This loss if not reflected when you sign for an option but is taken into account when the actual amount of money and conscripts is computed. Is that right? Same for VP? The reason I ask is that I always try to do multiple options...
by Major Tom
Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:16 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Creating divisions
Replies: 62
Views: 9234

I should mention that the Database files are never used in their .xls form, but instead are used in conjunction with a "compiler" type of in-house program named "CSVSplitter" to create the "output" files used in the various folders. "CSV" ( C omma S eparated V alues) however is somewhat of a misnom...
by Major Tom
Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:04 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Money Puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 4079

Hi Peter - I've also been running a test game to track economics, and your post has made me realize that I'm not tracking something extremely important -- the actual balances of money and WS at the start of each turn. Such a stupid thing to miss! I've been tracking what is supposedly produced by eac...
by Major Tom
Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:38 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Rifled Artillery Versus Third System Brick and Masonry Forts
Replies: 82
Views: 14002

You know I've "toyed" with this solution but I really don't like the "locked" arbitrary maximum of conversion because it really doens't make sense in the real world. Here's the analogy... Currently the player/gamer has control over how many militia/volunteer units he wishes to produce with basicall...
by Major Tom
Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Creating divisions
Replies: 62
Views: 9234

It would be a monumental task to break everything down into single element units, not to mention the micromanagement requirements, so I'm not really considering that option. However, I am seriously considering removing the cavalry and or artillery elements from the multi-element combination units. ...
by Major Tom
Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Creating divisions
Replies: 62
Views: 9234

This is where you lose me. Maybe I am getting confused with the models, units, definitions etc. The militia units you buy from the reinforcement screen are not "full", you can add another militia unit to them. Also, the 1 inf + 1 militia brigades the Union can buy in Kansas and Missouri can have a ...
by Major Tom
Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:41 am
Forum: AACW Strategy discussions
Topic: Creating divisions
Replies: 62
Views: 9234

The point is you can't change the number of elements to a specified max. and then proceed to fill in the blanks so to speak. All pre-defined brigades are completely designated as a specifically designed "unit" made up of a "collection" of specific individual model types. These predefined units are ...
by Major Tom
Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:19 am
Forum: ACW History Club / Histoire de la Guerre de Sécession
Topic: Comeback for states rights
Replies: 42
Views: 8062

I don't like the term "States Rights" for a couple of reasons. 1) Individual rights are declared to be endowed by the creator and unalienable. Who is the creator of states? Just men. When we confuse individual rights with states rights, we risk cheapening individual rights. 2) Collective rights hav...

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