20% casualties to an army for moving across one border is absurd Mus.
You would really have to try to get 20% casualties or be unaware of how bad a march you were ordering. Even at Bonaparte which is 15% march attrition you would have to force march or be marching in a snow storm and not have any of these reductions apply to your move to hit 20% casualties.
If you know the rules it is quite easy to keep your march attrition under control. Stay on roads, avoid Force Marching unless absolutely necessary. Make no unnecessary movements during Winter (this is probably what hit you).
Also March attrition hits you less the weaker your force gets so it prevents these unrealistically massive full strength armies force marching all over the place without regard to season. It pretty much rules when it comes to preventing stupid unrealistic movements.
According to WCS Bonaparte is actually a little on the low side of actual historical march attrition levels. At the very least it imposes realistic operational tempos on the game. You can still take an emergency force march in the winter, but it is going to cost you.
Yada yada yada.
2.6.5 March Attrition (higher difficulty
March Attrition only operates at higher difficulty levels, as shown on the setup screen
at the beginning of the game. It only affects human players. Each time a unit moves
to a new province, it loses a certain amount of Strength, depending on the game’s
difficulty level, as shown on the Setup screen. This percentage only applies to Strength
above a level equal to 300xMorale. (So, for example, a unit with Strength 10000 and
Morale 5, suffering March Attrition of 10%, would lose 10% of (10000-(300x5));
10% of 10000-1500 is 10% of 8500, which is 850.) The following modifiers are
• Units in friendly provinces only lose 80%
• Units moving on roads lose 66%
• Units with the Baggage Train special ability lose 66%
• Artillery lose 33%
• Units lose 125% when moving into or out of a province with Snow or
• Units under Force March lose 150%
< Message edited by Mus -- 8/23/2009 12:46:11 AM >
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