From: Old Los Angeles pre-1960
You are correct - the starting reserves of recruitment are way too high for both sides.
Playing against the AI as the Americans I was horrified to see 7,400 Torries recruited in a besieged Boston in the first two weeks! the one place in 1775 where that wasn't going to happen!
So I started reading the Editor manual and found the root of the problem.
Essentially, Both Sides starting OOB and reinforcements are accurate - the problem lies in the resources available at start to build.
What I am experimenting with (and it is looking quite promising) is using the Editor to leave British reinforcements intact, but eliminating the starting pool of "inluence" (which is all that is needed to recruit Torries, Militia, and Indians) down to 5 points. Then basically eliminating the guns, rifles, horses, and recruits in the pool - so no "new" Regular units can't be raised on "day 1" in America, and letting historical reinforcement schedules do their job.
So much for the British. For the Americans (especially if the AI is playing them) - I would recommend trying the same thing.
What you MUST do after that - is play the enemy (the AI's side) for a few months to see if you unrealistically hobbled the Americans - that is what I have been doing with the British...to see if 1775 looks like it did historically, and then make adjustments if necessary.
All those starting resources that you eliminate are constantly added back up as the game goes on week by week - so don't be afraid to experiment a little and see what the AI can and won't be able to do.
Essentially, the British should be stuck in Boston for the Year - unable to afford to bring on a general engagement outside their entrenchments (as Bunker Hill proved) and eventually sail to Halifax and await the BIG reinforcement that took NY City in 1776, and then let the fun begin.
Conversely, the Americans should be able to bottle up the British in Boston for the year - but not simultaneously conquering all of the Indian country and Canada.
So that's the balance you should be going for if you want to play it realistically. Get to know your Editor!
Hope that helps,
EDIT: Also read this thread: http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=1337481 it talks about AI Bonus's that can be reduced.
ORIGINAL: The Bubba
Here's my situation. Right now, Im playing as the British. Ive got maybe 20k in troops scattered throughout the map. Its early in the game. July 1776. How in the heck can they muster 5 or so armies of around 10 - 15 thousand men a piece? And each of them have around a hundred cannon? Thats insane......
< Message edited by Big B -- 6/7/2008 4:20:39 AM >