From: Washington, DC
I understand that his troops are fresh, and that his CVs will be high. That's fine. What I don't understand, and find more difficult to accept, is that my CVs are essentially meaningless. How am I supposed to make any plans whatsoever? And my CVs are already very low, the only way I could boost them was by digging in for the last several months.
Klydon, I appreciate what you're saying, and I am very probably overreacting, but rather than just saying "gee, his troops are fresh, so your CVs will drop by 90%+ and his already high CVs will increase by 50%", could someone please explain the specific mechanisms by which this happens? BTW, the same thing happened a few turns ago when he broke into the Crimea. I thought that was a fluke, but now it is clear that it was not--this is how the system works. I could see if CVs occasionally dropped by this amount, but for 28 battles to average a 69% CV loss for me (along a 48% gain for him), with no explanation whatsoever, is not really acceptable to me--I'm not really interested in playing if I have absolutely no comprehension of what is going on under the hood. Again, if there is some rational mechanism at work here, if someone can give at least a partial explanation, I will then try to plan accordingly.
I should also add that I am frustrated with the lack of interdiction. I specifically reinforced the air force in this sector, and changed my air doctrine to a 200% setting for interdiction, thinking that interdiction would be critical in a situation like this. In an e-mail, Ketza said that there was basically no interdiction, maybe an attack on an HQ or airbase or two. Again, there is probably some explanation, but when you have no idea what it is it gets rather frustrating...
TD, sorry, but I have thought about this considerably and do not think that successive lines are the answer against a fresh enemy. All they do is allow the enemy to blast through each line more easily, along with more opportunities for pockets. What specific advantages do you see in successive lines? If I had had a thinner line, he would already be ten hexes behind my lines rather than still barely contained. [EDIT: OK, MAYBE 5-6 RATHER THAN 10, BUT SAME DIFFERENCE.]
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