From: Helsinki, Finland
When you look at the total number of Russian troops that took part in the Battles of Tannenberg and the Masurian Lakes, plus on the Austrian front in the battles in Galicia, there is no way that OOB could have been deployed to maintain a continuous front of troops for the entire eastern front.
That's true, those troops couldn't pull such a line, in East no really continuous lines could be made in anycase. However, that's not all Russian troops in the game and the Russian Army OOB does make sense numbers wise since they had 70ish divisions of infantry in the beginning of the war (There's also only a limited number of hexes). As said, the problem is the concentration of those forces. For an ingame 'Tannenberg' numbers can be much greater than historical. Actually, if really wanted, everything could be stacked on Prussian border without logistical problems, that really doesn't make sense. On the flip side, all can be lined up thinly along the front too.
TBH, I don't see a problem if the units are spread out along the front, to me it's just a decision to be made along many others. In H2H game it wouldn't be very good idea as it would leave the line weak everywhere, 25 corps + the number of cavalry corps' just isn't enough to cover the whole line adequately. If the CP player decides to go Russia 1st that line would be hacked to pieces. Concentrating in few stacks and putting some screens of cavalry around is better idea most of the time.
I haven't played AI in a while now that I got to PBEM but I assume it does the 'thin line along the whole front' every game? I don't know how much effort Mr. Hunter put to the AI part but that sort of AI behaviour is usual in many, if not most, strategy games. TBH, I've just about given up with playing vs AI on any strategy/tactics game. It just can't compete. Perhaps he can tweak the AI to behave more 'rationally' on the operational scale in the coming update.
There are very good reasons why the Russian Empire deployed almost no troops west of Warsaw and NONE in an effort to invade Silesia or Posen.
I got no idea 'cause WW1 isn't really my forte. Care to elaborate? IF it's logistical problems perhaps radically lowering the supply% in Poland would be in order.
< Message edited by Urpå -- 11/11/2011 10:56:06 PM >