Durk wrote:Josiah - Sorry I missed your post; and welcome to the forum. You found a good process to discover the game mechanism. These games are too complex to codify everything in a manual, but smart players do discover a lot, not all, this forum will perhaps be more responsive to your next query.
As someone who has played this game in PBEM and against the AI about a gazillion times I can attest that money, as well as replacements are major problems in this game. There is a also a problem (bug) with creating depots in the GNW campaign, which is a deal breaker for the Russians in PBEM. While the Spanish Succession campaign is a bit more stable in terms of gameplay and mechanics, the GNW needs a lot of work, which will not be forthcoming unfortunately from the Devs. Two facets of this game which are very good however, are supply and attrition. The latter is especially brutal in the Winter (as it was historically in this period), and a player must learn how to manage each to be even competitive, let alone proficient. Beware also the poor sanitation events as they are absolute killers for your armies. This is why it is good to keep smaller stacks rather than huge 100k armies, not to mention also that they eat up supply very quickly and you lose cohesion faster than crap goes through a goose!