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kingwanabee -> Stalingrad (11/27/2011 1:40:09 PM)

I was playing the 4th scenario in the German campaign, Stalingrad. I had 24 turns to achieve a victory, 12 turns for a decisive victory, and a brilliant victory....well I don't even know what that is! [:)] I captured both objectives by turn 20, which is a victory, but now my campaign is over? Is the only my to proceed from here with a decisive victory or better? If that's the case, why do I have 24 turns to get a "victory"? It's weird that my campaign has ended in defeat after I captured Stalingrad in the time allowed.




ComradeP -> RE: Stalingrad (11/27/2011 4:57:22 PM)

You can see the victory level required to move on from a certain scenario on the campaign map. Well, an abstraction of the victory level required in the shape of a symbol or two symbols.




J P Falcon -> RE: Stalingrad (11/27/2011 5:20:36 PM)

oopps..wrong thread




kingwanabee -> RE: Stalingrad (11/28/2011 12:13:10 PM)

What is the point of the scenario being 24 turns long if you can only win it in 12 turns? If I get a "victory" within 24 turns, shouldn't I have an option to proceed in the campaign?




Anguille -> RE: Stalingrad (11/28/2011 4:51:28 PM)

It's because you're not good enough!

First time i won like you in 24 turns...second time 16 turns...i hope next time i manage to win in 12...i wasn't very far from it but the soviets made a counter-attack on turn 10, cutting off my supplies.




kingwanabee -> RE: Stalingrad (11/29/2011 12:06:32 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Anguille

It's because you're not good enough!


LOL, yes I know I'm not good enough! I haven't won a decisive victory yet in the campaign. I just think it's a weird design decision to end the campaign after the player has won a victory. I bet if I had captured Stalingrad back in 1942, Hitler would've had my baby! [:D]




AZ Gung Ho -> RE: Stalingrad (11/29/2011 1:50:39 AM)

Oh King! Not a picture I needed in my head tonight!!![:-]




JudgeDredd -> RE: Stalingrad (11/29/2011 11:26:26 PM)

WOW - I opened this thread thinking it would be to mirror my own depressions at this scenario...

I think the picture speaks volumes...please be gentle with your humour!


[image]local://upfiles/10786/1DE8272093D544C9840AF5B965491888.jpg[/image]




JudgeDredd -> RE: Stalingrad (11/29/2011 11:27:47 PM)

That bloody AI is good at working out how best to maximise attack, defence and cutting supplies...it's killing me - it's either bloody good or I'm bloody awful - most likely both!




Treale -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 12:15:38 AM)

I'm not sure that I like how the AI sacrifices quite a number of it's units in trying to cut off your supplies! It may win the game for it, but at what cost? No real General would lose that many troops on a "Suicide Mission"....




Anguille -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 8:09:05 AM)

Now...that hurts




JudgeDredd -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 8:09:51 AM)

Weeeelllll.....

If we just think about it for a wee minute - first off, it's not sacrificed anything - in fact, it seems it's been me and my play style. What the AI has done as expose my mistakes. I've been the one leaving a gap in the lines. I've been the one leaving the door open to my supply routes. The AI has taken advantage of that - so I am VERY pleased with this. It's an AI (one of the very few) that actually punishes you for making mistakes.

The manor in which it does it? I don't know...you say a real commander wouldn't do it. I'm no commander - but I am human (apparently) and I've done it.

I'm not saying it's a realistic simulation a commanders use of his forces on the battlefield. Perhaps that even depends on the commander...but I do know this...
1. In the context of a game there is actually great reward for sacrificing a unit here or there to cut supply lines because it takes enemy units away from the frontline to open those supply sources again which you desperately need
2. In the context of a game, the AI can slow the advance of the enemy units - and therefore slows the transfer of those victory points and prestige
3. In the context of a game, the AI is a challenge - probably not for everyone - we've already heard of people winning this scenario by turn 16 - but it's punishing me for my errors
4. In the context of a game - the AI seems to use it's forces to great effect - either by exploiting your errors and advancing through gaps (sometimes reinforced, sometimes not - as long as it means cuting units off from supply) or by defending in depth at the right places and does so, seemingly, at the right times.

We can all argue whether what the AI is doing is real life or not...but at the end of the day, I have a game here that can actually give me a challenge. That's refreshing. It has simple mechanics and gameplay with very little variety in units. It has air strikes, supply drops, extended supply lines - but these are all quite difficult to pull together.

I love this wee game. Best 25 I've spent on a game in some time.




JudgeDredd -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 8:12:21 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Treale

I'm not sure that I like how the AI sacrifices quite a number of it's units in trying to cut off your supplies! It may win the game for it, but at what cost? No real General would lose that many troops on a "Suicide Mission"....

You do know I'M the Germans here - right? It's been all my mistakes. From what I've seen, the AI has made none - only exploited mine. But I am looking at this from a gaming perspective [;)]




Anguille -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 8:13:06 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Treale

I'm not sure that I like how the AI sacrifices quite a number of it's units in trying to cut off your supplies! It may win the game for it, but at what cost? No real General would lose that many troops on a "Suicide Mission"....


The soviets did...




ComradeP -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 8:32:36 AM)

In the original version of the scenario, I won on turn 7. It's a difficult scenario because of the number of Soviet units and the less than stellar positioning of Axis units at the start. I pulled a trick on the AI by moving all of my mobile units to the south (using the convenient bridge across the Don in the lower left) and bulldozed my way to Stalingrad in about 3 turns when they got there. My infantry, meanwhile, destroyed many Soviet units with "backhand blows" (pulling back a bit, attacking single units over and over on my turn). It's also a scenario where the longer you wait, the less likely victory will become after the arrival of substantial Soviet reinforcements.

There are testers who used a pincer approach and won a BV, but I preferred to concentrate my forces.

For scenarios like this, thinking outside the box is essentially required for the better victory levels.

My turn 7 looked like this at the end:



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JudgeDredd -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 9:02:18 AM)

I didn't punch through well enough, I left gaps, I was backtracking and then Soviet reinforcements came.




jjdenver -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 2:10:32 PM)

I won this one with a pincer approach. The southern pincer was mostly a distraction - it was the thrust from the west that hit the north part of Stalingrad first and won the scenario for me. Obviously it's a very tough scenario and I used a lot of prestige to strengthen my units in this one. Don't hold back on the prestige here - and hopefully you've saved a lot of prestige from the earlier scenarios.




JudgeDredd -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 2:42:12 PM)

lol - I think that may be (part) of my problem - I don't have any prestige!




Anguille -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 2:47:02 PM)

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ORIGINAL: JudgeDredd

lol - I think that may be (part) of my problem - I don't have any prestige!


I have the same problem...i can't get under 16 turns without any prestige...impossible.




Treale -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 2:54:39 PM)

I'm not advocating that the game is broken! It's the best and freshest game in quite awhile. It takes a lot of planning to put together the perfect battle plan.

If destroyed units counted towards victory conditions, then the suicide charges would make a difference. The Russians may have done this, but I think that the Germans were a little more leery of losing ten divisions to cut off a supply point!




Anguille -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 2:56:30 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Treale

I'm not advocating that the game is broken! It's the best and freshest game in quite awhile. It takes a lot of planning to put together the perfect battle plan.

If destroyed units counted towards victory conditions, then the suicide charges would make a difference. The Russians may have done this, but I think that the Germans were a little more leery of losing ten divisions to cut off a supply point!


Agreed...but in this case the german is the human player, not the AI [;)]




Treale -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 2:58:55 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Anguille


quote:

ORIGINAL: Treale

I'm not advocating that the game is broken! It's the best and freshest game in quite awhile. It takes a lot of planning to put together the perfect battle plan.

If destroyed units counted towards victory conditions, then the suicide charges would make a difference. The Russians may have done this, but I think that the Germans were a little more leery of losing ten divisions to cut off a supply point!


Agreed...but in this case the german is the human player, not the AI [;)]


In some of the scenario's yes, but not all?




Anguille -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 3:01:45 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Treale


quote:

ORIGINAL: Anguille


quote:

ORIGINAL: Treale

I'm not advocating that the game is broken! It's the best and freshest game in quite awhile. It takes a lot of planning to put together the perfect battle plan.

If destroyed units counted towards victory conditions, then the suicide charges would make a difference. The Russians may have done this, but I think that the Germans were a little more leery of losing ten divisions to cut off a supply point!


Agreed...but in this case the german is the human player, not the AI [;)]


In some of the scenario's yes, but not all?


I thought you were referring the judgeDredd's Stalingrad example. [;)]




Treale -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 3:07:27 PM)

Not wanting to hijack this thread, I'll keep quiet. I just want to add to the comments that have been posted, the AI is brutal and will punish you if you make a mistake!

Great Game!!




rjh1971 -> RE: Stalingrad (11/30/2011 11:17:28 PM)

I won this one on turn 12 by using the same tactics as the AI, cut their supply lines. First one to fall is the Depo on the south end. I pull back and let the AI attack, that's a disaster for the soviets for many losses are inflicted when I counter attack, once the AI has withdrawn units from the Don I cross it and head straight to cut the road north of Stalingrad, depending on the situation I may first go for the North central supply depo, once soviets are cut from supplies they are easily destroyed. I achieved a DV in the campaign but still BV seems still too difficult.




willgamer -> RE: Stalingrad (12/1/2011 1:31:32 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: rjh1971

I won this one on turn 12 by using the same tactics as the AI, cut their supply lines... I achieved a DV in the campaign but still BV seems still too difficult.



Each of the campaign scenarios seems to have some key. Not quite at the level of solving a puzzle, but demonstrating some particular facet of how to play well.

Got a DV in 11 turns, but Stalingrad still eludes me as to the key approach that would yield a BV.... [sm=crazy.gif]




cherryfunk -> RE: Stalingrad (12/14/2011 3:51:20 AM)

I just managed a brilliant victory at Stalingrad, after more attempts than I care to mention. 

At first I focused on the northern route, but kept having horrible supply problems.  So I decided the southern route, with its rail line, was the one to focus my logistical upgrades on -- except I didn't have strong enough forces and couldn't punch through even with supply.  So  switched again to a northern focus, but began pulling a couple mobile units back each turn to resupply, then moving them forward to the attack while worn out units were cycled back.  A few turns of this and some lucky battle results and I bulldozed my way into the city.

And yes, I bought a lot of stuff with prestige.  Every combat engineer between the Volga and the Bug was rounded up and pressed into my divisions.

A very challenging scenario, beautifully designed, and quite different from the ones that came before -- you really feel like you're pushing with everything you have to try and take that damned city before the Russian reinforcements arrive! 

Now, on to Kuibyshev!





2xTom -> RE: Stalingrad (12/15/2011 9:22:02 PM)

quote:

ComradeP
I pulled a trick on the AI by moving all of my mobile units to the south (using the convenient bridge across the Don in the lower left)


This is in fact very close to the historical Axis strategy, except that they pulled only one major mobile formation (24th Panzer) that way. Neat... [:D]




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