After playing Revolution Under Siege and being enchanted by the huge playmap and variety of units, I have to say I'm much chagrined at how little the game seems to be going for my side, the Reds, vs. history. I put together a corps of some of my best units, put it under the command of Kamenev, supported it as best I could with artillery, and sent it toward Samara and its three victory points. It won a couple of battles, but then got smacked by Kappel with over 70,000 troops, and 1700+ battle points!
I really like the Russian Civil War as a game topic. But so far the most accurate game is Ted Raicer's "Reds," even though it's not that large and has no political options. The Whites make rapid advances at the beginning, not because they're numerous but because they're well commanded and are fighting a rabble. Things stall a bit at Tsaritsyn, because it's a city, and you need almost all of Denikin's force to dislodge them. Then the Red player, if he is smart, will pile all he can to hit the less numerous Eastern Whites. At the same time, the Reds will start getting effective leaders that will allow them to stack their armies and use their numbers effectively. When the Western Allies get discouraged and stop aid to the Whites and the Czech Legion withdraws, that's when the tide dramatically turns.
Kappel did not have 70,000 troops under his command or close to that. I'm not sure the Eastern Whites ever had that many, total. Yet the game gives them such an army. I'm at Late July 1919, do the White armies ever get smaller, or am I going to keep getting faced by such legions, and I can't make progress?