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Pontiac's War Scenario

Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:59 pm

(Moved from Birth of America) If you don't want to wind up blowing a lot of time, don't start playing the Pontiac's War scenario. It's very addicting - especially if you, like myself, have spent a lot of time in western New York and Pennsylvania and are very familiar with the area.

I've played it about thirty times, got two major victories (the Indians negotiate a surrender) and a couple minor ones. Which is good feedback for solitaire gaming - not too easy, not too difficult.

I note the computer adds some tweaks to make every game a little different, such as weather, fort preparedness and the participation of pro-British Plains Indians and Iroquois. Sometimes they help you a lot, sometimes very little.

Some tips:

1. Henry Bouquet is your heavy hitter, Hopkins and Robert Rogers your guides. Keep Bouquet stacked with his Ladies From Hell and move him to strike into Ohio in 1764. Keep your guides moving constantly to where they are needed to speed up stacks, especially Bouquet's stack.

2. Four places must be held above all: Detroit, Ft. Pitt, Ft. Niagara, and Ft. Erie. Three British heavy infantry plus an artillery unit ought to suffice - when you get them. Try to build up Level 2 depots in Ft. Pitt, and Detroit when you can; these will refresh your depleted troops.

3. There's only so much you can do about raids on eastern Pennsylvania, but if you can use one British heavy that comes with Bouquet to garrison the Mill Creek Settlements in time, you can limit the damage. Anyway, you should be out to win by destroying Indian villages, not do a holding operation, so don't worry too badly about victory points. Send one provincial unit out to La Presentation to limit raids on Canada.

4. With your EP's, take Carlisle militia units first, supplies second, Cherokee raids and presents for the Iroquois third. Sometimes the Iroquois just aren't that grateful, as noted above. Later you will get peace initiatives; these will only succeed with strong play.

5. If the Indians do not capitulate early, you will need to launch a Ft. St. Charles expedition on Ohio bateaus in your last year. Use Bouquet's force and some rangers and try to get the Boatman unit that comes with Bradstreet's expedition to go along with them. See if you can build a depot at Shawnee in 1765 so Bouquet can start downriver early in 1766. Recapturing Fort Mackinac is a bitch; best approach is use every heavy you can scrape up, and a couple supply units, and camp the 1765-66 winter at Saginaw Bay, in order to strike north in the spring. It can be done.

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Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:10 am

Reading your reply is very interesting. I have been playing pbem as the Pontic force and enjoyed your British/colonial take. Also I was reminded how for players who find the new Thirty Years War game a bit daunting because of the supply challenges how much this particular scenario is even more of a supply challenge. Supply in the WIA, AJE and TYW games are a battle in and of themselves. It take time to learn how to play what has come to be called 'simple' supply. It is simple in one regard, but very challenging to master.

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Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:36 pm

Wow. It's very heartening to see you have played it 30 times Shadow! I designed the scenario but it is very rare to get any feedback. I assumed not many people would have played it. I had no idea somebody would have played it so much!

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Chris

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Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:13 am

What do you do with the Dakota units when they appear in Wisconsin? I tried taking Michilimakinac with them but they disappear after two turns and did not make it there. What is the most effective way to make an impact with them within those two turns?

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Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:27 am

Did you use force march? While Native Americans do not force march well in this game, this might be a way to get the Dakota's into action.

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Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:16 am

Durk wrote:Did you use force march? While Native Americans do not force march well in this game, this might be a way to get the Dakota's into action.


I did not. I shall try that next time. Thanks!

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Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:39 am

In all WIA scenarios I tend to force march more than makes good sense. Sometimes even with the typical 35% chance the Native American have, luck can bring victory.

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