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Meyer1 -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/11/2015 1:53:18 AM)

Since that, other than this thread (thanks Bob), there no information about the state of the game progress, but considering that there are people converting scenarios to IV standard, I assume that the game is pretty much finished regarding the adding of new features (besides artwork and interface improvements).
So, it's a really long shot, but maybe for the future:

We need a setting for specialization for air units, as a way to simulate the training of the pilots. In WW2, for example, there were ground attack units that were using the same planes as the fighter units (think of the SG units in the Luftwaffe) but those units should be inferior to the dedicated fighter units(JG) regarding air combat, and superior and bombing operations, because of their pilots training.
And right now, correct me if I'm wrong, those capabilities are entirely dependant on the equipment features.




goranw -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/11/2015 12:15:54 PM)

Hi!
Was there any idea to have TOAW with rivers only at hex sides like once intended?
GoranW

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76mm -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/11/2015 12:22:54 PM)

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ORIGINAL: goranw
Was there any idea to have TOAW with rivers only at hex sides like once intended?


There is a fairly heated discussion of this topic in this thread:
Wish List
I hope very much that hexside rivers make it in at one point; where did you get that graphic?




goranw -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/11/2015 2:44:59 PM)

Hi!
This is a bit down-graded part of a bigger map. It was ready for a patch but decided against.
I think it was around 2004. At least at that time I made maps and some scenarios and was
very interested in the question. Norm Koger would know about this.
One reason for or against hexside rivers could be that TOAW has
maps in quite different scales and that has importance for the consequences.
Graphically hexside rivers could be drawn with variance and beauty on a map. See War in the East 1.
GoranW




76mm -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/11/2015 2:55:36 PM)

You don't have to explain to me why hexside maps are better, I get it.

But it sounds like Koger is not involved in this project, and whatever code he drafted for hexside rivers is not available. What a waste.




Sertorius1 -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/13/2015 12:25:29 AM)

Does TOAW IV run on Windows 7 Professional? Iíve upgrade to this system and while all the other buttons work like the ones to register, game manual the EULA, etc, the quick start and the play game buttons donít. I can click them with no effect. On the other hand the buttons work for ďplay on XP systems.Ē Is this what I need to do is to run the game? If there is a link that addresses this question you can post it, please. I didnít see one when I searched.
Thanks.




Meyer1 -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/13/2015 12:38:05 AM)


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ORIGINAL: Sertorius1

Does TOAW IV run on Windows 7 Professional?



How would I know that? [:D]

Do you mean TOAW III? [8|]




Sertorius1 -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/13/2015 12:41:51 AM)

No. I mean TOAW IV.




Meyer1 -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/13/2015 12:45:17 AM)


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ORIGINAL: Sertorius1

No. I mean TOAW IV.



OK, now I am jelous.




Meyer1 -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/16/2015 4:12:35 AM)

Another pipe dream while we wait for the beta test to end [:D]: would be nice to have the ability to select how a unit is going to divide, specially when we are talking about combined-arms units (usually brigade level or above).
To avoid to much micro-managing perhaps could be best to having that pre-defined by the scenario designer.

EDIT: related to this, but not exclusively, there's gotta be the possibility of unit's renaming while playing.




larryfulkerson -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/16/2015 8:33:54 PM)

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would be nice to have the ability to select how a unit is going to divide

You have the ability to decide ( within a small range ) how many pieces the unit will
divide into.........what other ability would you like to be able to have? Change the
TOE? Change the Leader of the original unit? Choose the leaders of the new
pieces? I'm curious.




SMK-at-work -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/16/2015 9:26:24 PM)

I imagine that in some scenarios you might want to split off more mobile components (eg tanks, infantry)into 1 subunit, and less mobile (eg artillery) into another, and/or create a specific mix for specific purposes.

some historical TOE's probably support this concept better than others - eg the WW2 US Combat Command concept is probably more flexible within a division than the usual triangular division organisation.




larryfulkerson -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/16/2015 9:29:09 PM)

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ORIGINAL: SMK-at-work
I imagine that in some scenarios you might want to split off more mobile components (eg tanks, infantry)into 1 subunit, and less mobile (eg artillery) into another, and/or create a specific mix for specific purposes.

some historical TOE's probably support this concept better than others - eg the WW2 US Combat Command concept is probably more flexible within a division than the usual triangular division organisation.

Wow ! That's way cool. I hadn't thought of that. Good catch.




Meyer1 -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/16/2015 10:30:59 PM)


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ORIGINAL: larryfulkerson

quote:

would be nice to have the ability to select how a unit is going to divide

You have the ability to decide ( within a small range ) how many pieces the unit will
divide into.........what other ability would you like to be able to have? Change the
TOE? Change the Leader of the original unit? Choose the leaders of the new
pieces? I'm curious.



What SMK said, that's what I said brigade level or higher, wouldn't make much sense in units of only one arm, such as a infantry regiment. As for historical examples, during 1943 the Pz-Grenadier div. LSSAH usually formed an "armoured" kampfgruppe with its only halftrack-mounted infantry battalion, the Pz. regiment and the Self-propelled artillery, would be cool to able to do that in the game. Or as in Afica, where Rommel used to mix AA units with his Panzers.. although in this case one would need the ability of mixing up different units [:)]
Of course that would increase the workload of the player, but I guess if there's still the option of dividing it in equal parts, it won't hurt if don't want to.




SMK-at-work -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/17/2015 9:11:30 PM)

TBF you can stack AA units with your panzers already for the "offensive defence" :)




Meyer1 -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/17/2015 10:21:04 PM)

Of course, one could argue that you can stack in the same hex whatever units that wanted, I would agree with this if the 9-units stacking limit didn't existed. This is the root of some problems, or compromises that designers have to make.
For example, in scenarios like FITE or DNO, you can't put two Pz. Divisions attacking in the same 10km-hex (which was not unusual) because the design of those units, that instead of a single counter are made of 6 or even 9 in DNO.
IMHO the stack limit has to go, or should be up to the designer to put one at his/her wish.





larryfulkerson -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/17/2015 10:28:24 PM)

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or should be up to the designer to put one at his/her wish.

The Scenario Designer has already the ability to set the Combat Density Threashold. This will determine when the red
combat dense indicator comes on.




Meyer1 -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/17/2015 10:32:59 PM)


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ORIGINAL: larryfulkerson

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or should be up to the designer to put one at his/her wish.

The Scenario Designer has already the ability to set the Combat Density Threashold. This will determine when the red
combat dense indicator comes on.



Thanks for the info, did not know that. But, I think that the 9-counter limit is not possible to break, right?




larryfulkerson -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/17/2015 10:44:40 PM)

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ORIGINAL: Meyer1
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ORIGINAL: larryfulkerson
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or should be up to the designer to put one at his/her wish.

The Scenario Designer has already the ability to set the Combat Density Threashold. This will determine when the red
combat dense indicator comes on.

Thanks for the info, did not know that. But, I think that the 9-counter limit is not possible to break, right?

I think that's right. That rule is one limit that I would like to see a fix for. There's lots of situations where the terrain
should determine what's possible for a given hex. I would think.




Meyer1 -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/17/2015 10:49:58 PM)

Yeah,, dynamic hex-density penalty, based on terrain and scale, maybe some other factos too, and get rid of the 9-counter limit, that would better I think.
Now, since I've never designer a scenario, I'm sure that there are reasons to put some limit for some situations, but I can't imagine one right now. Maybe someone could come up with something in favour of the limit.




76mm -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/18/2015 4:19:08 AM)

I'm all for stacking limits of some kind, they are a necessary feature, but the arbitrary 9-unit limit doesn't make much sense, especially given the variable hex and unit size in TOAW.

I like how Panzer Campaigns handles it--the scenario designer sets a "manpower stacking limit" which applies to all hexes, and then you can fit as many units in the hex as you want, as long as their aggregate manpower does not exceed the limit. Vehicles count for ten men.

Not perfect, but generally it works well.




Meyer1 -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/18/2015 4:35:32 AM)

76mm: yeah I agree with you, what I'm saying is that there shouldn't be a counter limit, or at least live it to the designers, because sometimes 1 battalion counter could be more "heavy" than 5 counters of shattered remains of battalions...
Also, the peculiarities of TOAW supply system are perhaps one of the reasons of the limit, as no matter how many units you put in an hex, all are gonna receive the same supply as if just one is present.
As you say, I like better how PzC handle this.




Lobster -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/18/2015 2:08:43 PM)

It sounds like you are saying it should be an equipment/man limit. That would be a hairy concept indeed. While equipment does have volume I don't think it has anything to do with how much space it takes up since a two man team and a 204mm howitzer have the same volume of 999. Perhaps the limit in TOAW is related more to command control than overcrowding.

As for supply, different nations handled supply in their own way. German divisions were responsible for getting their own supplies from the corps dump. Soviet divisions received their supply from the Army dump. Except for artillery units which received their supply from Front dumps. I don't see a problem with all units in a hex receiving the same supply. What would be different is how units in the same hex consume supply during a turn. I think the game handles that ok since to do it in a micro manage fashion would be a nightmare to program. The easiest thing to do better is to break down the supply into POL, rations and ammo. But that's another thread.




Lobster -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/18/2015 2:33:41 PM)

Another thing. It would be great if a scenario designer were allowed to set parameters for more than is currently allowed. That would include stacking limits. Like John Tiller games does it.




76mm -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/18/2015 5:03:21 PM)

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ORIGINAL: Lobster
It sounds like you are saying it should be an equipment/man limit. That would be a hairy concept indeed. While equipment does have volume I don't think it has anything to do with how much space it takes up since a two man team and a 204mm howitzer have the same volume of 999. Perhaps the limit in TOAW is related more to command control than overcrowding.


I don't really understand what you meant ("a two man team and a 204mm howitzer have the same volume of 999") but actually the concept is not very hairy at all, it is pretty simple, although as I said it is not perfect. It is certainly better than an arbitrary number of units of indeterminate size (division, battalion, company? Doesn't matter).

I don't think that having stacking for command and control reasons makes much sense either--all of the units could be from the same unit. If the point is to limit span of control, that is a worthy aim but surely there is a better way to do it than stacking rules.




Curtis Lemay -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/18/2015 5:59:31 PM)


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ORIGINAL: 76mm

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ORIGINAL: Lobster
It sounds like you are saying it should be an equipment/man limit. That would be a hairy concept indeed. While equipment does have volume I don't think it has anything to do with how much space it takes up since a two man team and a 204mm howitzer have the same volume of 999. Perhaps the limit in TOAW is related more to command control than overcrowding.


I don't really understand what you meant ("a two man team and a 204mm howitzer have the same volume of 999") but actually the concept is not very hairy at all, it is pretty simple, although as I said it is not perfect. It is certainly better than an arbitrary number of units of indeterminate size (division, battalion, company? Doesn't matter).

I don't think that having stacking for command and control reasons makes much sense either--all of the units could be from the same unit. If the point is to limit span of control, that is a worthy aim but surely there is a better way to do it than stacking rules.


I can certainly see an issue with basing it on an equipment limit, though: You could pack a hex with a huge number of empty units then sit back and wait as the replacement system builds them up to full strength. Then you've created an impossibly overstacked position that might prove unassailable.

The stacking limit works ok so long as the designer fits his unit sizes to the hexscale. My only objection is where sub-units count the same as full units. I'd like to see that addressed.




Curtis Lemay -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/18/2015 6:00:53 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Meyer1

... as no matter how many units you put in an hex, all are gonna receive the same supply as if just one is present.


What's wrong with that? They are all the same distance from the supply source. Why shouldn't they have the same hex supply?




Meyer1 -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/18/2015 7:52:51 PM)

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Lobster: As for supply, different nations handled supply in their own way. German divisions were responsible for getting their own supplies from the corps dump. Soviet divisions received their supply from the Army dump. Except for artillery units which received their supply from Front dumps. I don't see a problem with all units in a hex receiving the same supply. What would be different is how units in the same hex consume supply during a turn. I think the game handles that ok since to do it in a micro manage fashion would be a nightmare to program. The easiest thing to do better is to break down the supply into POL, rations and ammo. But that's another thread.


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Curtis Lemay What's wrong with that? They are all the same distance from the supply source. Why shouldn't they have the same hex supply?



It doesn't matter if a unit is receiving supply from a Corps/Army or whatever, their capacity of supplying units is not unlimited, so is not the same if they are in charge of 10 battalions, instead of 30. Now, I know, that is relevant to the units that the Corps/Army is responsible of, and not to what hexes those units are occupying, and I agree. But, there are bottlenecks regarding the road situation, and also traffic jams should also affect supply even in the same hex that are happening.
I understand that perhaps is not worth it to look at those issues without changing completely the supply system, and that probably will never occur.




Lobster -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/18/2015 8:07:43 PM)

I thought supply was subjected to the same movement point restrictions regarding crowded hexes as your units. An over crowded hex would increase the number of movement points it would cost the supply to move through thus reducing supply at the end point.




Meyer1 -> RE: TOAW IV features (9/18/2015 8:17:50 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Lobster

I thought supply was subjected to the same movement point restrictions regarding crowded hexes as your units. An over crowded hex would increase the number of movement points it would cost the supply to move through thus reducing supply at the end point.



From the "what's new" document:

In the new method, we use a formula based on the movement points that would be expended by a virtual "Supply Unit" (which has motorized movement and a 50% unit density) to get to the location. Note that this will mean that very dense locations will likely suffer some supply reduction due to added movement costs of that density condition (stacking limits, however, will not block supply).

So, you are correct. That's actually what I was asking for... I think. Now I'm gonna read how density is calculated [:)]




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