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Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 10/30/2010 6:48:51 PM   
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Bug or feature...?

I wonder noone has mentioned this yet. Without being adjacent to a supply point in a coastal hex or being in a harbour (which is connected with the supply net) naval units do not receive supply (or only minimal supply, 1 or 2 points a turn) with the new supply rules. This was different with the old supply rules where re-supplying while at sea was possible.

While it's far more realistic (there is no supply depot in the Atlantic..) it could break all kinds of scenarios which have no harbour or no SP in a coastal hex. Road to Rimini comes to mind.

Also it should be mentioned in the What's New briefing.



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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 10/31/2010 4:15:37 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Telumar

Bug or feature...?

I wonder noone has mentioned this yet. Without being adjacent to a supply point in a coastal hex or being in a harbour (which is connected with the supply net) naval units do not receive supply (or only minimal supply, 1 or 2 points a turn) with the new supply rules. This was different with the old supply rules where re-supplying while at sea was possible.

While it's far more realistic (there is no supply depot in the Atlantic..) it could break all kinds of scenarios which have no harbour or no SP in a coastal hex. Road to Rimini comes to mind.

Also it should be mentioned in the What's New briefing.




This is a bug. Good catch.

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 10/31/2010 11:17:56 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Telumar

Bug or feature...?


...While it's far more realistic (there is no supply depot in the Atlantic..) it could break all kinds of scenarios which have no harbour or no SP in a coastal hex. Road to Rimini comes to mind.

Also it should be mentioned in the What's New briefing.




If you don't have supply reaching an anchorage on the sea in question, your ships won't get supply. If you do, they will (or did) get full supply anywhere in the sea.

...or so I recall. And I think I tested it.


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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 10/31/2010 11:27:34 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Telumar

Bug or feature...?

I wonder noone has mentioned this yet. Without being adjacent to a supply point in a coastal hex or being in a harbour (which is connected with the supply net) naval units do not receive supply (or only minimal supply, 1 or 2 points a turn) with the new supply rules. This was different with the old supply rules where re-supplying while at sea was possible.

While it's far more realistic (there is no supply depot in the Atlantic..) it could break all kinds of scenarios which have no harbour or no SP in a coastal hex. Road to Rimini comes to mind.

Also it should be mentioned in the What's New briefing.




This is a bug. Good catch.



I'd vote for at least considering leaving the 'bug' in. As it is, ships can just keep pounding away without ever returning to port. That might work for the USN in late 1944/1945, but as a rule, it's pretty far off.

S+43 in Seelowe. Once again, the Kriegsmarine closes in to shore to support the German drive along the South Coast. It's been six weeks since they saw port. The magazines, you see, refill themselves at sea -- or is it that vast fleet train the Germans have?

Normally, in most navies in most places, ships sortie from a port, conduct their bombardment, and return. That's the way it worked for the Germans, Italians, Royal Navy in the Mediterranean, and I think, the Japanese.

One could probably even discover that it wasn't until late in the war that the US developed the ability to keep and resupply a large fleet at sea for a prolonged period. Given a choice between that and heading back to Pearl/Truk/Alexandria, the ships should have to go back.

...and, if people really do want to be able to resupply at sea, it's perfectly possible to make a sea hex land, put in the supply point, and then make it sea again.

The supply will still be there. It wouldn't work for that all-of-the-Pacific monster, but it would work for Okinawa.

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 11/1/2010 8:53:26 AM   
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I agree with Colin. Havin infinite supply while out on the open sea is more of a bug.

What I have done is laying a railway from the port and one hex into deep water. Set the supply level to something meaningful depending on the port size. Create a house rule that ships may only base on this quay hex. I think this works better than the all-or-nothing supply. I also put a number in the new port hex limiting the number of vessels destroyer or larger that may reside there. This also fixes the ships-in-port-are-immune-to-air-attacks. Works really good in Weserübung where the German Stukas and British Swordfish/Albacores/Skuas now have a fair change of sinking ships in port.

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 11/1/2010 12:25:34 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: ColinWright

quote:

ORIGINAL: Curtis Lemay


quote:

ORIGINAL: Telumar

Bug or feature...?

I wonder noone has mentioned this yet. Without being adjacent to a supply point in a coastal hex or being in a harbour (which is connected with the supply net) naval units do not receive supply (or only minimal supply, 1 or 2 points a turn) with the new supply rules. This was different with the old supply rules where re-supplying while at sea was possible.

While it's far more realistic (there is no supply depot in the Atlantic..) it could break all kinds of scenarios which have no harbour or no SP in a coastal hex. Road to Rimini comes to mind.

Also it should be mentioned in the What's New briefing.




This is a bug. Good catch.



I'd vote for at least considering leaving the 'bug' in. As it is, ships can just keep pounding away without ever returning to port. That might work for the USN in late 1944/1945, but as a rule, it's pretty far off.

S+43 in Seelowe. Once again, the Kriegsmarine closes in to shore to support the German drive along the South Coast. It's been six weeks since they saw port. The magazines, you see, refill themselves at sea -- or is it that vast fleet train the Germans have?

Normally, in most navies in most places, ships sortie from a port, conduct their bombardment, and return. That's the way it worked for the Germans, Italians, Royal Navy in the Mediterranean, and I think, the Japanese.

One could probably even discover that it wasn't until late in the war that the US developed the ability to keep and resupply a large fleet at sea for a prolonged period. Given a choice between that and heading back to Pearl/Truk/Alexandria, the ships should have to go back.

...and, if people really do want to be able to resupply at sea, it's perfectly possible to make a sea hex land, put in the supply point, and then make it sea again.

The supply will still be there. It wouldn't work for that all-of-the-Pacific monster, but it would work for Okinawa.


Yes, that's my thoughts, too. Hence the thread title, "bug or feature?".

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 11/1/2010 3:17:09 PM   
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It has to work like before or it will break a hundred existing scenarios.

Maybe it can be a designer option for next time.

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 11/1/2010 6:52:23 PM   
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It has to work like before or it will break a hundred existing scenarios.

Maybe it can be a designer option for next time.


I'd like to see a list of the 'hundred.'

You have an argument here, but it's not a terribly good one.

First, the length of that list of scenarios that will be 'broken' is uncertain but probably not very long. Some of the affected would actually be improved. To take one example that comes to mind, perhaps surface warships are useful to the Japanese in Luzon 1942. Well, that thing's almost unwinnable for the Fil-Americans in the first place. If the Japanese are handicapped, it's just been improved.

Secondly, it's obviously a severe handicap to any forward progress if we are forever prevented from making changes that affect previous scenarios.

Third, changes have previously been made that obviously did seriously affect many more scenarios than this would. The sudden multiplying of the power of flak by one hundred. The radical diminution of early turn-ending. Even something like the player one/player two balancing. All these are features that were taken as givens when most of the scenarios were designed, and in some cases, the design rested on these features.

You have 'broken' previously existing scenarios -- certainly as thoroughly as this would 'break' any. So there's no point in trying to protect your virginity. That was lost long ago.

The only real question is whether you should take this man home with you tonight too. I think you should.

(sometimes these metaphors just get started. I can't help it.)

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 11/1/2010 11:40:01 PM   
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Just my two cents,

I think many scenarios using naval supply do have anchorages/supply points as Erik detailed. It's the scenarios that do not have this planned in -- and Rimini and Cherbourg are 2 examples I know that do not have this feaure -- I think it's fair to alert designers and potential players to the side effect. They can either mod the scenario or play under old supply or live with the side effect, but at least they know.

I agree with Colin that this side effect does improve the realism of the naval support (and I started by complaining to Tel that naval supply in Anzio was not as good as before [TOAW 3.2] - and right I was; this 3.4 version is more challenging.)

I do not think that there are lots of scenarios with naval units without a naval supply point, so I vote for not fixing the new supply rules, but rather alerting designers and players to how it works.

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 11/2/2010 12:22:45 PM   
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Just about everone of my scenarios have a naval component that will be broken if this is 'fixed'.
Please keep the current behaviour until there is a designer option.

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/21/2011 9:00:24 PM   
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Perhaps I could add a different question that could be covered by the thread title which is, how are amphibious invasions supplied? They seem to get supplied for a turn or two. Is that a glitch?

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/21/2011 11:50:40 PM   
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Perhaps I could add a different question that could be covered by the thread title which is, how are amphibious invasions supplied? They seem to get supplied for a turn or two. Is that a glitch?


Glitch or no, I'd be interested to hear the results of a rigorous test.

I can't say I'm for or against it either way -- I'd just like to know which way it is, and then, too, is it going to stay that way?

...or is it going to get 'fixed' after I've allowed for/taken advantage of the effect?

Night and fog...it would be good if all proposed changes were listed for comment. Sometimes it seems like these things are just done, and then we all have to live with them. Like flak was the way it was, then it was 'fixed' and I modded all the weapons to compensate for the 'fix' (aircraft getting blown out of the sky in completely ahistorical numbers and Bob insisting it was just fine), and then the 'fix' gets 'fixed' and I have to go and unmod all the weapons again -- and did I miss any?

Point really is, that at every stage of the process, I found myself commenting after the fact. It was always a fait accompli.

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 1:26:07 AM   
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As for the amphibious invasions, I suppose you mean such invasion where the designer didn't put a supply point on the beach/coast - the units are supplied the turn they land. Next turn they're unsupplied. No glitch, no bug, normal behaviour.



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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 1:42:15 AM   
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As for the amphibious invasions, I suppose you mean such invasion where the designer didn't put a supply point on the beach/coast - the units are supplied the turn they land. Next turn they're unsupplied. No glitch, no bug, normal behaviour.

So what you're saying then, is that even if units can invade a hex that is not a port by remaining for a turn, any rationale has been eliminated by the fact that unless the designer has made every coastal hex a supply point, which I rightfully haven't seen, forget naval warfare, even something as simple as picking a spot for a beachead(most of you 'geniuses' may need to look it up -a clue -it's military) is still after so many years, totally unrealistic in TOAW. And people want to know why I get so angry. So while Ralph was busy changing the supply, still luxuriously optional, HE DIDN'T BOTHER FIXING THE SUPPLY! DOH!!!

I'm a guitar teacher. I'd love to justify my failures by saying 'well my job isn't really to teach them guitar, merely to expose them to good guitar playing' but I don't. I accept that with certain people I have failed. These people who gratuitously retort that getting supply right for invasions is not part of the mission it's a bunch of bull and they know it.


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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 2:04:41 AM   
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There's nothing that prevents you from putting a supply point on every costal hex of any potential invasion site in any scenario you feel where this should be added. You can also set variable supply levels. With the event engine these supply levels even could be tied to the occupation of several (or none etc pp) nearby ports which would make supplying nearby invasion sites easier, depending certainly on port capacities. I would say this is an improvement over the old system. Nothing is perfect though and i clearly see the shortcomings of the system in modelling other aspects as well as the non-availability of real mobile supply points.


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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 2:28:41 AM   
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As for the amphibious invasions, I suppose you mean such invasion where the designer didn't put a supply point on the beach/coast - the units are supplied the turn they land. Next turn they're unsupplied. No glitch, no bug, normal behaviour.

So what you're saying then, is that even if units can invade a hex that is not a port by remaining for a turn, any rationale has been eliminated by the fact that unless the designer has made every coastal hex a supply point, which I rightfully haven't seen, forget naval warfare, even something as simple as picking a spot for a beachead(most of you 'geniuses' may need to look it up -a clue -it's military) is still after so many years, totally unrealistic in TOAW. And people want to know why I get so angry. So while Ralph was busy changing the supply, still luxuriously optional, HE DIDN'T BOTHER FIXING THE SUPPLY! DOH!!!

I'm a guitar teacher. I'd love to justify my failures by saying 'well my job isn't really to teach them guitar, merely to expose them to good guitar playing' but I don't. I accept that with certain people I have failed. These people who gratuitously retort that getting supply right for invasions is not part of the mission it's a bunch of bull and they know it.



You can run 'sea-roads' to the beaches. These will provide a modicum of supply -- so long as the player is in a position to keep enemy naval units from squatting on the hexes.

Add major river hexes offshore and a blown bridge that ferry units can allow supply to transit over, and you're getting somewhere. You would be well-advised to confine your landings to locations where you can protect the ferry units. Like it's early 1944. Anzio will work -- not Venice.

I'm kinda with Telumar here. I don't hold with LeMayesque obscuratism, but the system will never be perfect. It can't.* So you come up with workarounds and press for whatever improvements seem to have the best utility/difficulty quotient.

There's little or no point in just finding shortcomings and pointing them out. That's easy. Specify what your solution would be. Consider the programming problems and the possible unintended consequences.

*the only perfect simulation was the original event. And aside from the expense, that would be hard to manage. That's why a military commander in real life controls maybe three subordinate formations -- not two hundred. There's a whole lot of detail that gets skipped, abstracted, and summarized. That's fine -- and we all want that -- but that inevitably creates error. Not all hills are the same -- whatever TOAW may say.


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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 2:45:24 AM   
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Add major river hexes offshore and a blown bridge that ferry units can allow supply to transit over, and you're getting somewhere.



Ummm... this doesn't work anymore with the new supply rules. Ralph said he would "fix" this in the next patch. Now as i write... reminds me of your anti-air problem you wrote about earlier this day... something gets fixed or improved but unintentionally breaks other things..

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 2:49:03 AM   
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Yes but a supply point on every coastal hex is essentially trading one unreality for another. Sea-roads are as static as beach supply points. I think it comes down to Ralph having to create a sea-supply model, something I believe someone said they were working on, though I'm quite loathe to assume at this point.

Perhaps best would be just to have supplies represented as a unit that while itself may be unsupplied, provides supplies for others until it reaches a certain point.



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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 5:52:39 AM   
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Add major river hexes offshore and a blown bridge that ferry units can allow supply to transit over, and you're getting somewhere.



Ummm... this doesn't work anymore with the new supply rules. Ralph said he would "fix" this in the next patch. Now as i write... reminds me of your anti-air problem you wrote about earlier this day... something gets fixed or improved but unintentionally breaks other things..


Well, hopefully it works if one opts for the old rules.


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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 6:00:44 AM   
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Yes but a supply point on every coastal hex is essentially trading one unreality for another. Sea-roads are as static as beach supply points. I think it comes down to Ralph having to create a sea-supply model, something I believe someone said they were working on, though I'm quite loathe to assume at this point.

Perhaps best would be just to have supplies represented as a unit that while itself may be unsupplied, provides supplies for others until it reaches a certain point.



"Lovely plumage."


I certainly don't see sea roads as ideal -- just the best thing going at the moment (if they're still going).

I think a proper sea supply system would be enormously difficult. What makes it possible for the US to supply troops in Australia in 1942 but not in the Phillipines? Very hard to model...

Really, what would need to be resolved first is what changes are going to be made in general. Like, what will be the specifics of the quantity-based system it's finally been admitted we're going to have to go to? When air/sea war is reformed to something more closely approximating reality, how will that work?

Only then could we decide how to handle supply by sea. Discrete units being literally shipped in? A volume dependent on the total sea lift available and the specific balance of sea and air power at the port?

Discrete units aren't actually as unreasonable as they might seem. The Marines were dumped on Guadacanal with so much stuff and then the fleet sailed away. Rommel's fate very often hung on specific tankers making it into port. Ditto for Malta. Once we get a volume-based supply system, it should be possible to have a unit that literally represents so many tons of supplies and gets eaten up as the units drawing on it do their thing. Many, many details to consider -- but given volume-based supply in the first place, it doesn't seem too unworkable.


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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 6:21:05 AM   
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Add major river hexes offshore and a blown bridge that ferry units can allow supply to transit over, and you're getting somewhere.



Ummm... this doesn't work anymore with the new supply rules. Ralph said he would "fix" this in the next patch. Now as i write... reminds me of your anti-air problem you wrote about earlier this day... something gets fixed or improved but unintentionally breaks other things..


Well, hopefully it works if one opts for the old rules.



Checked that. Yeah, sea roads still work if one selects the old supply rules. Might even work with the new -- these sea roads are pretty long. Haven't really read the 'What's new' concerning the new supply rules too carefully. Does supply drop to zero if you're too far out?

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 6:30:35 AM   
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No...the new supply rules seem to 'fix' sea roads pretty good.  If the sea roads still worked, those units should show as supplied:

"...Also, note that under this formula, the supply level will continue to attenuate –
perhaps all the way to zero at some point. It will still be “Supplied” at that level, though..."


That's mildly disappointing, but okay.  The new supply rules were intriguing, but they weren't really going to help the scenarios I'm involved with anyway.  For one, I want the supply units to have their most marked effect when units are poorly supplied otherwise -- and under the new rules, just the opposite seems to occur.


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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 7:13:45 AM   
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Oh shi...

It seems that one is forced to use the new supply rules with PBEM games. So much for backwards compatibility...and so much for my scenarios.

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 1:16:33 PM   
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Oh shi...

It seems that one is forced to use the new supply rules with PBEM games. So much for backwards compatibility...and so much for my scenarios.


No, no.. you still can start a PBEM with the old supply rules. Or what do you mean?

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 2:12:31 PM   
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For the absolute most realism we need a 'supply unit' that, like I said, itself would not be in supply but could supply other units until it reached a certain supply level. This way they would have to be transported. Now if naval movement allowances could be fixed, you might see the difficulty supplying the Philippines because, realistically, while Sydney would be a supply source, Manila would not be. These units might have to be transported back to where they were in supply so they could recoup.

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 3:06:43 PM   
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There's nothing that prevents you from putting a supply point on every costal hex ...


Technically there is, as we can only place up to 99 supply points. Certainly enough for most scenarios, but not enough for most theater scenarios.

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... we need a 'supply unit' that, like I said, itself would not be in supply but could supply other units ...


Merchant Fleets ?

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... Sydney would be a supply source, Manila would not be.


Just dreaming about this, but Manila would be a supply source, but of limited capacity. This way the US units on the island would be 'in supply' in TOAW terms, but would not be able to 'resupply' when under constant attack. Unless of course the US had a large enough merchant marine fleet to keep Manila 'resupplied' via link with Sydney, along with enough combat fleet/air units to provide appropriate escort. Very easy for me to envision in TOAW terms. I can also picture a very nice cake, but could never make it.

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 3:14:02 PM   
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There's a sealift capacity. I say move supplies like we move everything else. If subs ever get effectively represented perhaps all that's required is giving transported units some more of the qualities of ...transports. Merchant fleets are cool if there were were resources, but at this point we really are getting into another realm. So many years of waiting has me setting my sights a little lower. There are some that want to see me stretch my expectations in order to then claim I'm expecting too much. That much easier to justify doing nothing.

Manila might be a limited supply source in 1941, but hardly in 1944.

Ralph may be capable of integrating some of these changes his apologists have labeled 'revolutionary' or 'non-trivial' but in how many years, I have yet to actually see anything. Like Gen. Petraeus, he kinda writes his own report card.

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 3:53:48 PM   
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Manila might be a limited supply source in 1941, but hardly in 1944.


Yes, but in TOAW we can remove that limited supply source at Manila once the enemy occupies it, or whenever we bloody well feel like it !

And all of us have dreams, even Ralph ! Some of my dreams are nightmares, and I'm sure some of yours are too.


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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/22/2011 4:10:46 PM   
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The difference is I guess Petraeus has spent over a trillion dollars whereas Ralph has had to keep his day job.

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RE: Naval (re)supply and new supply rules - 4/23/2011 12:42:39 AM   
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The difference is I guess Petraeus has spent over a trillion dollars whereas Ralph has had to keep his day job.


Also, Petraeus can figure a force with three units has five-ten officers whose sole purpose is to manage all aspects of coordinating and supporting those three units -- whereas we are shooting for a system where one guy can come home from work and do a decent job of managing two hundred units while having a beer.

I mention this because you seem to only concern yourself with accuracy. The system also needs to be simple -- compared to real life.

I am argumentative -- if you decide to argue for simplicity I'll cheerfully switch sides and demand scrupulous accuracy. At the same time, it is true that we need to look at 'bang for buck.' The benefits have to be weighed against the cost -- both in programming time and book-keeping for players.

Personally, I tend to concern myself with advocating changes to things that are simply simulated wrong as opposed to advocating greater detail -- particularly detail that concerns things that are peripheral or really can't be simulated correctly.

Submarines, for example...

Submarines were important -- but in an extra-TOAW sense. It's not like you should be able to move your 'submarine' unit and block all supply to the Philippines, or order your submarines to chase down and take out a particular battleship. They didn't -- and couldn't -- work like that. They are best simulated via the sealift and force supply level and perhaps events to cause warships to abruptly disappear. U-505 (or whatever) sank Barham about half-way through my Mediterranean scenario. I don't want to screw around with some mechanism that will allow a 'sub' unit to attack the 'Barham' unit (the sinking was entirely serendipitous). That would be grossly unrealistic. I just have events that make RN battleships likely to withdraw on random turns. I'd say in an ideal world, only if they put to sea, but come to that, Queen Elizabeth, Valiant, and Royal Oak were all taken out in harbor.

I don't want all the detail simulating all this would take -- especially since the simulation wouldn't be interesting anyway. So you finally come up with a mini-submarine unit the Italians can use against battleships and harbors. So what? Of course it sails over to Alexandria and has a go.

Just make an event. Let Ralph spend his time elsewhere -- where he can do some good. I want volume supply, flak that works like flak, interdiction that makes rapid movement difficult, separate truck units -- things that matter, were universal or at least common, and that can be simulated well in OPART. I don't want to be fobbed off with submarines.

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