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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/23/2011 3:28:59 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Tarhunnas

I rush down a panzer corps to shore up the defenses down south. My CVs are not really healthy, while Soviet CVs are awe inspiring...





Tarhunnas, do you have a feeling you will be able to do something to reverse the situation, if even locally? Seems to me you need to grab the initiative somehow because Q-ball is deciding how and where he wants to wear you down at the moment.


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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/23/2011 3:55:28 PM   
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I think due to the fact that he can't even get 3:1 casualties when he counter-attacks, there is no realistic chance of regaining the initiative.  If you can't force the Soviets out of 3-deep defensive lines (of forts, mind you), you can't force the Soviets off balance.



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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/23/2011 4:58:09 PM   
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I would sure like to regain the initiative, but as Helio says, that is pretty hard as the Red Army looks at present. Q-Ball is also a very careful and methodical commander. I have a feeling he will not risk any rash dashing breakthroughs, but be quite content with wearing me down gradually, so I do not think I will get many chances of decisive counterstrokes.

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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/23/2011 6:30:49 PM   
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Turn 80. December 24 1942. Blizzard.

Another christmas at the front.

The entire front is ablaze, from Kalinin to the Black Sea. Most Soviet attacks are successful! Nothing very subtle though, it is the Russian Steam Roller indeed!




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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/23/2011 6:52:02 PM   
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A bright spot in the defense. Only 9 Axis casualties, and they turn out to have been members of a squad of the Rumanian Mountain Division who fell into a foxhole and twisted their ankles.




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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/23/2011 8:17:22 PM   
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Shuffling around the defense as usual. Nothing very interesting to show a screenshot of. Instead I quote an observation I got from Q-Ball in a mail:

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Not sure how the Germans are supposed to defend the Soviet Army, or what the best tactics are. The way forts work, it pays to stay and die deep in Russia, rather than retreat gradually. What happens then is that the Soviets don't take much territory, until the Wehrmacht is cooked, and then the floodgates open,



I think he is spot on there. The game mechanics simply don't encourage a fighting withdrawal, as you will tend to want to stay in the forts as long as possible.

OOB after turn 80.





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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/27/2011 7:31:48 AM   
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Turn 81. December 31 1942. Blizzard.

Things are beginning to look ugly! Especially in the south, I am running out of fortifications, and Soviet attacks are relentlessly grinding me down. Here are losses from the preceding Soviet turn.




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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/27/2011 7:34:11 AM   
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The front in the south after Axis moves. As things are better (but not good) west of Moscow, i transfer about a panzer corps southwards, they can be seen on trains in the Gomel area.




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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/27/2011 8:12:16 AM   
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A suggestion, based on how I am playing a game where I have had to retreat slightly further than you in late 1942, but have held him really well since:

It may seem risky, but get some weak Inf divisions back behind the lines, broken down into regts along with italians digging your next line - Rumanians too. The question is: where? If you do this along the Dnepr, the risk is you will get out flanked from around Nikolaev. So, I'd probably say, go back deeper and have longer to dig and then asically defend this line through mid-late 1943. The best line is just east of Odessa, maybe, so long as you can hold there now. Then head west-north towards Kiev, using the small river, but rejoining the Dnepr south of the Pripyat marshes.  I've found that the Rumanians and ITalians add little defensively  - you can't rely on them alone, and if stacked with Germans, rarely make the difference. You will thank me when there's a line of Fort 3s ready :).

But, to be honest, I reckon you are doing well here... only that sourthern area is a risk


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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/27/2011 8:19:43 AM   
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ORIGINAL: majeloz

A suggestion, based on how I am playing a game where I have had to retreat slightly further than you in late 1942, but have held him really well since:

It may seem risky, but get some weak Inf divisions back behind the lines, broken down into regts along with italians digging your next line - Rumanians too. The question is: where? If you do this along the Dnepr, the risk is you will get out flanked from around Nikolaev. So, I'd probably say, go back deeper and have longer to dig and then asically defend this line through mid-late 1943. The best line is just east of Odessa, maybe, so long as you can hold there now. Then head west-north towards Kiev, using the small river, but rejoining the Dnepr south of the Pripyat marshes.  I've found that the Rumanians and ITalians add little defensively  - you can't rely on them alone, and if stacked with Germans, rarely make the difference. You will thank me when there's a line of Fort 3s ready :).

But, to be honest, I reckon you are doing well here... only that sourthern area is a risk



Thanks for the suggestion! I will consider it, though the problem is that during blizzard fort building is very slow. At present I have problems building even a second line of forts behind the first.

Thanks for the encouragement, but I don't feel I am doing well at all. I am constantly being pushed back and I am suffering losses that I cannot sustain and my fort levels are now 1-2 along the southern front. And the situation is getting worse from turn to turn. It is only a question of time before there is an ugly rupture of the front.

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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/27/2011 9:43:57 AM   
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Turn 70 to 90 is the killer for sure, been there myself in one game. If the Germans are unable to attack during the summer of 42 they get rollered from 70 to 90.

How many of the attacks is he winning because of the 1v1=2v1 rule?

Even 1/2 is a killer for you instead of him.

1v1=2v1 causes increased losses for the Germans and much lower deaths for the Russian player because of retreats
1v1=2v1 causes lowered moral for the german and increased moral for the Russian army because of the retreats.
Plus you are driven from your forts when you should not be.

Its a deadly combo that tweaking will never fix.

You had a great summer of 41 as far as citys and losses goes, but were unable to take out 100 armerment 100pts, plus took kinda high losses during blizzard.

Hopefully the next patch addresses these issues.

1. 1v1=2v1
2. Make moving industry harder.

As the game stands now as long as the Russian run for the hills (they can loss every major city without penality)and rails out industy the German army becomes the Italian army between turns 70 - 90.

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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/29/2011 10:10:58 PM   
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Turn 82. January 7 1943.

More Soviet attacks in the south, the pictures will no doubt be familiar now, so no need to post a screenshot of the map.

The Soviets are exploitig with tank and mechanized corps now, and those are much easier to counterattack than cavalry or rifle units. Example below.




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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/29/2011 10:11:44 PM   
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Summary of losses after my turn. The ratio in the counterattacks is not too bad now.




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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/30/2011 12:41:48 AM   
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Yes about all you can do to even things out.

1.05 has increased tank production?

My army broke on turn 87.

How fast is your total German OOB number dropping per turn?

I was lossing 50k per turn of just German men in to OOB. and Hoooper was gaining 40k a turn. Tracking this is key.

Your doing better then me at this time. Q-ball has about 600,000 less men then Hoooper and you have 100,000 more men on turn 80.

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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/30/2011 10:06:15 AM   
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quote:

I made even more successful attacks than last turn; basically almost one for every hex of the front south of Moscow. I am fully exploiting the +1 rule to multiply attacks and bleed the Axis more fully. I am certain it's working.


Thats a quote from Q-balls thread. I am not downing Q-ball, he like Hoooper were tring to show the huge impact of the flying pig rule on a historical game.

I have a nice screen shot of Q-balls use of the flying pigs rule on game play. (1v1=2v1)

http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=2895739&mpage=1&key=�





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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/30/2011 10:50:48 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Pelton

How fast is your total German OOB number dropping per turn?

I was lossing 50k per turn of just German men in to OOB. and Hoooper was gaining 40k a turn. Tracking this is key.

Your doing better then me at this time. Q-ball has about 600,000 less men then Hoooper and you have 100,000 more men on turn 80.



Thanks, that was a little encouraging at least. It is only a matter of time before my army breaks too.

I will check the OOB growth rates.

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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/31/2011 9:22:04 PM   
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Turn 83. January 14 1943. Blizzard.

Ouch! I am getting steamrollered along the whole front from Moscow to the Black Sea!




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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/31/2011 9:22:58 PM   
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And losses are bad! More than 100k! This cannot go on for long before my army breaks!




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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/31/2011 9:27:39 PM   
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A stack is isolated near Bryansk. Let's see if we can get them out...?




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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/31/2011 9:34:05 PM   
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Yes! We did it!

Actually, as they were only surrounded by a number of guards tank corps, it was not really in doubt. If, OTOH the Soviets had had the same number of men but no tanks, then we would have been in deep trouble... (ok, ok, I do sound a little sarcastic here, but that is the way it feels).




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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/31/2011 10:21:37 PM   
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This is a sample of the kind of front I can cobble together! I have to put the panzers in the line, otherwise I wouldn't have any front at all...




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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/31/2011 10:25:52 PM   
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Here is the OOB. Compared to the last one, on turn 80, I am down 192k men while the Reds are up 174k.




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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 8/31/2011 10:31:45 PM   
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quote:

Hopefully the next patch addresses these issues.

1. 1v1=2v1
2. Make moving industry harder.


Doing both would be overkill. PARTICULARLY when combined with some of the other adjustments that are in the works. As a simulation, given equal pay by equal players, I think the USSR should win. But it ought to be harder than it is to break the German army and its morale. Phasing out the 1v1 rule and making the German morale gravitate towards the national morale together with the production changes already in the works would be enough, if not more than enough, to try out.

I think its pretty hard to make the game balanced over 4 years, by their nature wargames don't maintain balance easily since electronic generals push their troops harder and longer than can be done in the real world - and also have no compunctions about casualty rates or worries about lower echelons putting on the slows or getting combat fatigued.

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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 9/4/2011 8:49:00 PM   
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Turn 84.

Things are getting worse and worse. Here is a picture from the southern front. It looks like first blizzard, the problem is it isn't...




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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 9/4/2011 8:59:33 PM   
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Mine broke turn 87 looks like it be same for you.

The mud will save you for a few turns.

You guys going to call it quits and give 1.05 a try?

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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 9/4/2011 9:09:11 PM   
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You guys going to call it quits and give 1.05 a try?


1.05 seems great, but I am starting to feel like I have had too much WITE for a while. I takes a lot of time. I think I am ready for a vacation from the eastern front after this.

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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 9/4/2011 9:27:46 PM   
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Hope to see you back soon.

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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 9/5/2011 3:38:47 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Pelton

Hope to see you back soon.


+1

Hope to see you back soon bud, but totally understand about a break.

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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 9/5/2011 8:58:37 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Klydon


quote:

ORIGINAL: Pelton

Hope to see you back soon.


+1

Hope to see you back soon bud, but totally understand about a break.


Thanks! I will not disappear just like that though. I will play out my current commitments, but I don't think I will start any new GCs in the near future.

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RE: The Anti Bolshevik Crusade - Tarhunnas vs Q-Ball (n... - 9/6/2011 9:39:05 AM   
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Q-Ball and I have decided to end the game. My army is being crushed in the south, and there is no real hope of stabilizing the front. With 1.05 around the corner, there seems no point in carrying on.

Q-Ball has played an excellent game and done a good job in masterfully husbanding his resources and of demolishing my army!



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