From: The Duchy of Cornwall, nr England
This AAR is produced from a year's worth of saves I have from my latest test of the 1941 Campaign.
It uses Custom AI Bonus settings of 100%/110% which means that the axis are not penalised, and that the AI will get 10% added to all dice throws and allocations for , Morale, Fort building, Logistics, Transport and Admin. The 110% setting also gives the AI bonus units to help it rebuild it's front line.
I am playing with Fog of War On, with historical weather (Non-random)and Locked HQ support which means I will have to manually allocate support units rather than use the automated system.
For this test I wanted to "role play" the game, rather than use some of the "gamey" techniques that you can use against the AI. In most cases where I had a choice between a move that I wouldn't do vs. a human compared to one I knew I could because I knew how the AI would react I went for the "human" option. I also did not put better generals in OKH and the Army Groups, but instead made changes when they were made historically.
In previous tests I have tried to achieve the historical front line by December - i.e. Rostov, but for this test I went all out for Leningrad and Moscow and would treat the Donbas cities as a bonus. My main objective for the year was to start summer 1942 with the strategic opportunity to get Moscow in Summer 1942 if I could not get it in summer 1941.
There are the usual Disclaimers; this is alpha - there are bugs exposed as we go through the year, none of them are game breakers apart from one that helped me to survive the blizzard in slightly better condition than I should have done. I hope you will allow me to get through the year and that the thread does not get side-tracked down dead ends. There is no point in raising issues that cannot be changed. Hopefully I can illustrate issues that were changed as a result of this test as we go through the year.
There are issues relating to the AI and Combat results calculations that I cannot discuss because these are areas where changes are made every day, and are now totally out of sync with when I played this game back in June.
I apologise in advance for the lack additional information like arrows and text on the screen shots. I haven't got the time to learn how Paint works. I will do the best I can to illustrate my story with basic screen grabs.
Are you sitting comfortably? Now I'll begin.....