I played my first game yesterday, after watching all the tutorial videos.
1805 Campaign, just like the real Napoleon, I force march my big 20 Army from Boulogne to Austria (I took with me an extra troop to reach the 20 max figure).
Bad idea to force march straight into the Alps, I had to take a longer route as Tyrol is not reachable from Switzerland.
While I'm trekking in Europe, England attacks one of my fleet cruising in the Med (I did not know I had one there). I sink one of their ship while they only sink 3 of mine and capture a fourth. Hurrah !
I play 2 political cards giving me the ownership of 2 German regions. England discuss with the Prussian and they declare war to me!
Napoleon reaches the main Austrian army concentration and just like the tutorial shows, we attack !!
But contrary to the tutorial, my victory is not that decisive. I lose 7 troops while they lose only 2. Most of theirs fled the battlefield routed to see another day while mine got eliminated outright. Lannes is killed (how do you see the names of the generals before they get killed ??), the French Guards did not fare well. After the battle, the losing Austrian get 2 promotions while I get nothing but at least it's a victory.
Also contrary to the tutorial, the other Austrian armies in the same area attack me just after that first "victory". That was not part of the plan !
It will be difficult to win, I can not even field a full line (3 x 4 units), I have only eleven, including my 2 guards units and I wanted to keep one in reserve. A message warns me against leaving troops in reserve while my line is not fully manned. OK, so no reserve ! Another message warns me that Napoleon could be killed if no guard unit is kept in reserve... What to do ? Napoleon doesn't need body guards I believe, he needs fighters, so no reserve.
The second battle begins, but it seems we are a bit more successful than during the first one the day before. Once again, the guard performance is appalling: they charge a lousy 1 quality disordered infantry (guard quality is 4) and are repulsed and disordered themselves... hopefully, our cavalry charges and artillery work better and I see the tide turning in my favour. When suddenly a message pops up: Napoleon was killed by a stray shot!!!
The game is over, the allies won a smashing victory, I did not even last the whole year 1805...
I'm ready to start again but I wonder if luck doesn't play a too big role.
Little things I'd like:
-when selecting an army, highlight the areas to which it could go
-make different strategic symbols for armies with or without generals
-make the general symbols REALLY different from the troops (I thought they were cavalry units!). Why not portraits ?
-tell me how to know which general is which
< Message edited by Romainpek -- 3/20/2016 1:12:28 PM >