el cid again
Comprehensive update 3.01
From a player point of view, this update is a reissue of 3.00 insofar
as it updates the files of 3.00.
From a technical point of view, this update corrects a variety of
eratta in every sense - including errors in understanding infrastructure
in certain locations.
The most important change is the way the interior waterways of Canada
work in the Monsoon and Fall seasons. [These are frozen in Winter and
suffer from the terrible condition called "breakup" in Spring: you can
neither build an ice bridge nor navigate the waterway in Spring.] In
standard (not Japan Enhanced) scenarios, the portage route between Fort
Smith and Fort Fitzgerald (near Great Slave Lake) is wholly redefined.
Technically, this means a vessel can sail between them, and in the Fall
seasons, all the way to the ocean. This is a preliminary to building
the CANOL (CANadian OiL) Project, and since JES cancels the expensive
CANOL project, it also cancels modification of this portage. In JES
scenarios, it is not possible to sail between Fort Smith and Fort
There are two principle special rules. These are defined in the Seasonal
Construction and House Rules document in the RHS Documentation folder.
1) Only vessels up to 300 tons displacement may pass. However, this DOES
include small tug and barge combinations up to 1500 tons (with no individual
barge being over 300 tons). Canadian Barges were redefined to their actual
historical standards. [RHS uses generic barges and these are usually larger
in size.] Note as well - Simplified RHS scenarios (with even numbers)
do not generally include river vessels or barges - and none on river systems
isolated from the ocean all or part of the year. So only FULL RHS scenarios
(this with odd numbers) have them.
2) IF a vessel with any kind of cargo (including troops, supplies, resources,
fuel or oil) reaches Fort Fitzgerald (the normal case, coming from the railhead
at Embarras, or the refinery at Fort MacMurray), they MUST UNLOAD completely.
The cargo then must move to Fort Smith. The EMPTY vessels may transit between
the two river ports. Then the vessels may reload the cargo. In fact, the
vessels are moved by a secondary road using tractors and gigantic trailers
towed by tractors (which is why the 300 ton limit). This secondary road itself
was built in the Spring of 1942. [In JES scenarios, the portage remains a trail,
and no vessels can move between the two ports because of four steep rapids falling
over a "wall" of granite]. So vessels do move between the ports, but without cargo,
and the only way to let them do that is to define it as a navigable river. This
cumbersome process, the long route, and the utter lack of roads or railroads is why
the CANOL project was only barely feasible, and took too long to build (even had
Japan invaded the area - it must have been in the fall seasons of 1942 or perhaps
Having defined these special rules for Canada, we added one for the peculiar river
ports of Terapo Mission and Bulldog on New Guinea. This one is more simple - only
rule 1 applies: no vessels over 300 tons (or barge combinations over 1500 tons)
may use the river route. Not so much because 300 tons is the limit, but because,
to this day, larger vessels almost never attempt the route, and it would be very
difficult. Never mind a river as wide as a football field and 12 meters deep can
nominally pass a large ship, uncharged ever shifting sand from the volcanic dust
of the area limits the passage to smaller vessels, so if they run aground, they can
be worked free.
These size limitations are now marked on the maps as an aide to player memory and
for those who don't actually read House Rules.
There were as many as ten hexes with eratta of various kinds on each map - a missing
segment of primary road in China - a misrouted trail on New Guinea or Celebes (or
both) - incomplete Road of Bones, ALCAN or Baikal-Amur Mainline routing. [Never mind
the BAM was not completed in WW2, most of the foundations were built, and these show
up as trails snaking across Siberia in strictly historical standard RHS scenarios.
The early segments of the RR (in the West) were ripped up in 1942, while the foundation
work continued. But the Eastern section was completed in 1945 to move supplies from
Komsomolsk na Amur to Sovietskaya Gavan - so in fact that part of the BAM was in WW2.
In Japan Enhanced Scenarios, with the greater threat of a stronger Japan, the Russians
put more effort into the BAM, and most of it is completed, although the extremely
difficult mountain sections only finish after the end of the historical war, RHS allows
the war to go on into 1946.] There were a few trails missing (or which should have been
missing in Monsoon seasons) in the SE Asia areas of the map, or misrouted. [Note
that trails represent several different things in RHS: actual trails as well as
traditional river traffic along rivers which sometimes include portage points. Both
can change seasonally, usually in Monsoon areas.] Trails in RHS are attempts to
channel troop and logistic movement along historical lines - used or not these are the
routes that could have been used - in preference to striking out across untamed
wilderness. Trails also serve the WITP function of representing a way to move along
a railroad in the absence of rolling stock.
This was tedious work, but lays the foundation for all the following seasons in out years
to be done more quickly. I took the time to get it right. I was also slowed by a deadline
for a USAF project: I just work on RHS to take a mental break between sessions working up
databases and reports on Chinese air forces.
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