And now my reactions :
For those who are interested, this scenario took me roughly about 4-5 hours to play. This includes thinking time, playing time, making some notes, making save games for later use, and chatting with other beta testers.
You shouldn't be afraid by this 4-5 hours figure. Normally one day in the game play in roughly an hour. That is for HttR and on a sub-GHz machine. 2 days scenario in one sitting are very feasible.
For those of you who have read my HTTR guides, you know that I am very fond of time tables, recon, carefully planned attacks with multiple axises of advance, etc... Well, you'll see none of that here. :)
Which prove once again that you can play this game in various ways. And, as Mark pointed out afterwards, even change style mid-game.
Finally, in this battle, I made extensive use of manually issuing fire missions to my arty bty. (the other alternative is to simply leave your arty under AI control) This was required and did have a decisive impact. Given the frequency and fluid nature of such orders, we will not consider these to represent new "order cycles", but instead I will just describe this aspect of the battle in broad strokes.
Great way to show how to deploy and use your arty decisively. I usually tend to be lazy and let the AI control my tubes. Not as efficient.
(2) In general, fatigue rates have been increased. For longer (time duration) operations, you are not going to be able to push a single force through days of hard action. Night fatigue rates have been increased to be more significant than they were in HTTR. Additionally, terrain slope will also play a role.
Nice touch. Though it will be a bit more difficult or the player. We'll need to be more carefull with our digital men.
Tip: If you let the AI control your arty and mortars, the ROF (rate of fire) will always be slow.
Really ? Can't you put your units on-call by assigning a defend order with the ROF you want ?
And if you choose a high ROF on an attack, won't the arty attached to the attacking formation use a high ROF ?
So, how long will it take for them to start acting on new orders. I would say about three hours.
Again, for newcomers, don't be afraid by the value. MarkShot likes to play with the highest setting (painfully realistic). Other settings will give you lower values, but it will never be zero. I never played past the "realistic" setting (ok maybe once to try it out). I ressent the world "painfuly" negatively.
Useful to decide whether COTA is the right investment for you?
I was sold long ago.
Useful to help you to learn to play the game?
You bet !