tripax wrote:This is because Athena has a huge Navy. But all of Athena's fleets are too small, so I almost never lose a naval battle in spite of having a smaller Navy. Also, Athena's fleets usually mix gunboats and frigate squadrons, so are neither river nor ocean fleets, but only coastal. Is this to guard for naval landings (I tried none)? Why doesn't Athena recruit more? I'm not sure, but I do notice that Athena doesn't have many units she can recruit. Looking at her options, its actually a bit thin.
Gray Fox wrote:A telegraph can boost a civilized region with a 75 rating to Rich. This may increase its production. So Salem may just have been the best region to boost to Rich level. If you place the cursor on a city and Ctrl+left click, you get a list of icons at the bottom of the screen for the industry in that city. I know Salem has a depot.
Gray Fox wrote:In my own game against Col. Athena with the hardest difficulty settings, I noticed the same operational moves you've noted. I know that she had about 30k power in land units and was building a large fleet in my game. Maybe she has an algorythm to maintain X amount of resources for possible use as combat replacements and to continue to build only when the resource pool exceeds that amount.
Gray Fox wrote:Well the telegraph also grants +5 VP's, so that must be it. Salem was randomly chosen for this reason.
Gray Fox wrote:Perhaps Athena may be programmed so that when she has X amount of units, then she keeps Y amount of resources available for possible use as replacement chips, if needed. After that pool is met, any excess resources are then applied to something else. This would keep her from spending everything and having 2X number of units but with no replacements possible.
Jim-NC wrote:Do you know if she invested in heavy industry? Also, how's her replacements? If she has few or no replacements, that could cause her units to be weakened considerably, which would give the low power number.
planefinder wrote:This anecdote is really indicative of what I think Confederate (I can't speak to Union) Athena's greatest weakness is - she plays for the VP win vs. the NM win. All her raiding, her ill-advised attacks, her fragmented stacks, etc., seem to clearly indicate a myopic focus on VP, which in turn means a myopic focus on territory.
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