I don't think havi will mind this (he's asleep right now), 'cuzza our email exchanges and this is on past moves. It is Early October 1862.
I am Union. Apr61 start. Lessee, HistAttrit - Medium Battle Delay - pretty 'historical' for settings.
* Most recent noteworthy clash was in Norfolk about two or three Turns after I landed there (two Turns to take it). I had about 1100 Pwr under 4 1*s. Good mix, sharpies, some Morale units, my usual fetish for guns. All in Divs, nothing loose. Two Wagons, an Eng & Med, I believe. So I took it the Turn after landing. havi had taken Lee at 2200+ Pwr from the Yorktown peninsula (where he was giving Butler at 1300 one big hairy eyeball) and was in Tappahannock. He railed him all the way around the landscape, thru P-burg, down to Suffolk and terminated the move. I was sweating. Four 1*s, level 3 trench at best, yes, a river for Lee to cross, but it's Lee (Sept 62) at twice my strength. I cast about for Solutions - OK, I can bring in Franklin from Delaware and one lone Inf Bde, fat lotta help, other than a potential CP relief...hey, Butler! I rivered him down the James, but the journey was 12 Days - Lee could be across in 9. Well, maybe it'll keep the Norfolk EF from getting drowned...
* havi attacked! OMG, the boys in blue did it! Four 1*s held Lee off, even gave him a good sock in the nose and shed some blood. Butler was there for the popcorn.
* And havi got totally scr****d by the program on the retreat - put him south, in the Dismal Swamp. Poor bas***d. He didn't deserve that. Now he has Problems in the Tidewater and I have a credible threat against the Petersburg RR.
* IMHO, havi spent too much on Cards in the beginning. I think he got to 63% of Union Combat Power at one point, but he's at 50% now.
* I haven't spent a lot on the sea-borne navy, at least for me. I haven't bothered with Brown Blockade. I was putting together a New Orleans EF, but decided to go for Norfolk, instead, after he played a Fortification Card there and started shooting up passers-by. Whether the Card enabled this, I dunno. I decided to take that gnat right out with the EF.
* I would recommend more effort in the river navy. You have to build almost the whole thing from scratch, anyway. Hollis for the CSA wiith the starting line-up on the river can be Trouble. So I quietly put together about nine or ten 'clads, some lil' brother gunnies to help and a few extra TPs for luck. havi has contested manfully, but Foote and Porter have been having the best of it and making life much easier for Grant & Co. in the vicinity of Nashville (yet to be taken).
* havi caught a 10%er KY Goes South roll, but George Thomas is a Beautiful Guy, and Porter, too. Thomas, of course, is awesome on D and Porter ain't bad. havi made a small tactical error and Thomas & Co. rivered to Louisville and retook it. KY is now pretty much mine, but they still hate my guts, except for Louisville, whose denizens appreciate a connoisseur of fine bourbon. Buck's likes to see me come in the door (and how I wish I were truly there - what a classy joint and what fine bourbon).
* Patiently established The Cordon in NoVa. Building the NEVA Army more & more and getting ready for Phase Two. HF has been secured for a while and just said 'Hello', in Winchester in force. The maneuver to C-ville is on the horizon. The Problems in the Tidewater will help this.
* Patience pays - took Springfield, MO, four Turns ago. It is mine. The Arkansas Hook will come in due time. I go for Jeff City first, not Rolla. I like JC's position better, even with having to build a Depot. Rolla fell three Turns ago, to Rosecrans.
Lotsa Support builds. Good amount of Wagons. As usual, sprinkled liberally with 10 & 20-lber persuaders. Went heavy on early Cav builds, particularly beyond the Appalachians. HorseArty, of course.
All in all, not bad for the fall of 1862. A lot to do yet - all Southern ports unmolested, really. No Memphis. No Mississippi campaign yet, he still has Paducah (but hasn't built a Fort there - shh).
havi has played well and could stretch it out to the Election, maybe, but I have much confidence in prospects. havi is getting better with every Turn and showed much daring & creativity with the Norfolk attack. A better dice roll and my boys could have been swimming.
[color="#AFEEEE"]"Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!"[/color]
[color="#FFA07A"]"C'mon, boys, we got the damn Yankees on the run!"[/color]
-General Joseph Wheeler, US Army, serving at Santiago in 1898
(A) When in doubt, agree with Ace.
(B) Pull my reins up sharply when needed, for I am a spirited thoroughbred and forget to turn at the post sometimes.