Schmart -> More weird AI (10/4/2012 6:07:38 AM)
I suppose this isn't really a bug or anything, just some info to perhaps help future AI programming.
The Axis AI has created a huge and vulnerable bulge. See below. It seems to be attacking deeper into salients,
and paying little attention to flanks and rear areas. If I really wanted to, I could cut-off close to half the German
army in Russia. Rail lines into the bulge have been cut at Kursk and west of Orel so supply must be on a shoestring.
The Orel-Tula flank has been very lightly defended. Again, I could rush that sector and create havoc. And yet, the AI
keeps pushing deeper east.
The panzer ball pushing NE of Tula has finally been contained and halted, but instead the AI pulls back those forces
and throws them further east into the salient NW of Tambov and north of Voronezh, deeper into an already vulnerable bulge.
I have gradually been pressuring the bulge over the winter from the south in the Kursk-Voronezh area, and in the north in
the Orel-Bryansk sector, with seemingly little additional reaction from the AI. It was a slow slog, but I eventually cut the two
rail lines into the bulge (in the Kursk and Orel vicinities).
I know the AI has limits, but I have found the Russian AI surprisingly competent at avoiding encirclements. The same
can not be said of the Axis AI. During the first blizzard, 1 Div here, 2 Divs there, etc can fairly easily be cut off without
any pull back by the AI (even when it very easily could pull back just single hexes), eventually tearing the Axis to
shreads if one really wanted to. Now into 1943, and again very little effort on the AI to avoid vulnerable salients, bulges,
Overall, I find the Russian defensive AI competent as well as the Axis offensive AI. Some "cross-importation" might be
usefull to beef up the Axis defensive AI and Russian offensive AI.