LargeSlowTarget -> Update Apr 26, 2020: Bottlenecks in the Pacific v1.3 (4/1/2017 8:55:13 PM)
Updated to v.1.3 April 26 2020
For those interested in “historic” mods, I hereby present you an enhanced version of “DaBigBabes” scenario 29C.
The overall goal of my mod is to slow down the pace of the game and to add missing historic ships and units.
Some key features:
• Downsized base sizes and potential bases sizes of many bases > slows loading/unloading, requires more time-consuming construction efforts, prevents unrealistically large “monster bases“ in hostile terrain/climate, unrealistic port sizes etc.
• Added many bases and dots to CBI theater, PI, Solomons / Papua / Northeaster New Guinea / Dutch New Guinea / New Britain / Admiralty Is. / Northern Australia and Queensland areas and even Japan
• Dot bases in China have a garrison requirement for Japan which should make it much more difficult for Japan to advance deeply into China and keep the rear area under control
• Bases and dot bases throughout Asia, esp. along railroads / roads, have supply caps to represent poor transport infrastructure > bad or lack of roads, low capacity railways (as compared to the good infrastructure in CONUS for example
• Downsizing of road network in Asia
• Eliminated river crossings of the lower Jangtze River, Gulf of Martaban (north of Moulmein) and Brahmaputra (Assam Railroad) since bridges did not exist at these places until after the war > interrupts strategic movement of troops and thus slows down the railroad blitzkrieg.
• To model the “on a shoe-string” condition of the Allies in regards to military supplies at the beginning of the war and the rising production over time, many Allied light industries and resource centers start 33% - 50% damaged. No 1945 production levels from Day 1!
• Got rid of most of the “first turn movement bonus” TFs and ahistorical pre-set invasion TFs intended to help the AI – this is a no-AI scenario anyway
• Force Z starts at Singers with no orders - instead of being sent to auto-demise at the hand of Netties from Saigon). Historically it left Singers on Dec 8th so players should have the choice where to send it.
• Manila subs are not waiting to be sunk by a first-turn port strike – IMO that popular opening move is a silly “20:20 hindsight” exploit, as much as first-turn carrier hunting. Most of them are assigned to TFs – it’s an Dec 7th PM scenario and after the Clark Field strike they got orders to move or pull the plug to hide
• Lots of ships added - including hospital ships, tugs, net layers, patrol yachts, small fry - but also elimination of duplicate ships
• Ground forces OOB changes and additional units - Railroad Engineers, POW Labor units, civilians, even yummy nurses!
• Some GUI improvements to ease identification of TF types and key assets
and much more...
Please find more details about the "mod philosophy", the changelog and screenshots in the documentation.
Feel free to plunder ideas and data for your own mods. Questions and feedback welcome. Do not hesitate to point out errors, misconceptions, improvements etc.
• Backup your files or use a fresh install / copy of the base game, preferable with Beta patch 126.96.36.199b
• Download installation files - six zip files totaling 137Mb:
• Unzip the files into a temp folder, then copy&paste the files into the appropriate game folders: Pwhexdat into the main / root folder of the game, Scen1.3 in the SCEN folder, the four art packets into the ART folder. Overwrite = yes.
Changes in v1.1:
• economy revamped - see post on page 3 of this thread
• squad numbers for "Civilians" units reduced (the defense put-up by "civilians" was too strong in v1.0)
• fixes a few pwhexdat issues concerning wrong terrain / hexsides
• fixes various glitches with wrong ship upgrade paths and wrong LCU TOEs
• adds more new ships and corrected data of existing ships
• corrections to historic ship arrival / withdrawal dates (the OOB is very inaccurate in this regard - work in progress)
• some changes to base sizes, for example further downsizing in the Aleutians west of Dutch Harbor.
• some modifications to certain plane models (stats, upgrade paths)
• as an experiment, added "depth bombs" to certain aircraft: Jake, Kingfisher, dedicated ASW versions of Ventura, Liberator, Wellington ("GR" designations)
Changes in v1.2:
• corrections of glitches introduced in v1.1 [:o]
• more corrections to ship data, e.g. class, start location and crew exp of US Coast Guard cutters - thx to Spence for the hint
• adds "Fletcher Scout" ship class equipped with a floatplane and corresponding ships and air groups - thx to m10bob for the hint
• adds aircraft weapon filters and "bomb sticks"
• corrections to plane engines: adds Ha-36 Mamoru for B6N1 Jill, K-67 now uses Ha-42
• changes to A6M Zero line: new sub-models and revised stats to reflect incremental updates of protection and armament
• payload changes to fighters, fighter-bombers and attack bombers > can now use air-to-ground rockets
• Navy/Marine PBJ and PV-2 are now classified as attack bombers
• adding "Black Cats" and SB-24 "Snooper" planes and air groups specialised in night low altitude attacks
• other minor stuff and cosmetic changes
• Introducing new glitches [:'(] see http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/fb.asp?m=4539438 > corrected in v1. 2b scenario file above
Changes in v1.3:
• Fixed a number of database glitches introduced in previous versions, for example some Zeros having different 20mm canon models on normal range and on extended range
• Fixed SWPac HQ being "not in play" – now it is
• Added missing art file for Hashima class netlayer
• Added missing late-war IJN oiler Hario
• Added missing late-war IJN minelayers of the Minoo and Kamishima classes
• Corrected classes for oilers Kazahaya and Hayasui - Hayasui gains the missing flight deck and float planes to become a “MAC” ship
• Corrected Akitsu Maru: Was used as assault ship and aircraft ferry > can instant-convert between LSD (many troops, few planes) and AKV (few troops, many planes). Can upgrade the "flying-off platform" to full flight deck to operate Ki-76 and Ka-1, which she apparently did IRL (but ship remains LSD type, not being a full CVE)
• Corrected Nitsigu Maru: Apparently she did not have a "flying-off platform" > new class and art file. Has conversion option to become a "flight deck LSD" like Akitsu Maru.
• Corrected speed of the 4-stackers-converted-to-Banana-boats - they could make only 16kn, not 27kn.
• Modified the endurance of the Bangor and Bathurst classes, they seemed to be too short-legged in DBB
• Minor name changes of devices and units to help with "unit organisation" in the game resp. working in the editor, e.g. Dutch air groups, civilians, mine devices
• Corrected USS Colorado engine damage bug which kept her stuck under shipyard repairs forever
• More corrections to ship arrival dates and locations, esp. US submarines (data from DANFS)
• Renaming of bases with "coordinates names" like “81/52" to names of existing locations within the hex area
• Major review of base sizes / potential bases sizes and supply cap values for more coherence concerning terrain type and transportation network. Supply caps also have been too generous in the previous versions of my mod IMO, they are now more in line with the "bottlenecks" philosophy.
• In this context I have added a few more bases in the Burma area to "strangle" supply flows (the necessary base slots have been taken from Russia, which usually enters the game late or not at all).
• Added the base "Namtu / Bawdwin" northwest of Lashio with a railway connection to the Mandalay-Lashio line. In the early 1900s and before World War II, the Bawdwin mine was the world’s largest source of lead and one of its main sources of silver and a major supplier of zinc. In the 1920s and 30s, it was said to be the richest mine in the British Empire. Reason enough for me to put it on the map (similar reasoning as for the Bukit Besi / Dungun base ("Iron Hill") I have added in Malaya).
• Changed the aggression stats of US sub skippers Voge and Grenfell as I feel the original values were too low. Voge made four successful patrols, was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, and also received a Letter of Commendation with authorization to wear the Commendation Ribbon and Combat “V” for them, then became operations officer for COMSUBPAC - yet DBB gave him only 32 agg. Grenfell made two successful patrols, was awarded a Navy Cross and a Silver Star for them, after the war made Admiral and the only one to have been COMSUBPAC and COMSUBLANT. Yet DBB gives him only 50 agg. I have upped both into the 60s range.
• More stuff I forgot to document
• Scenario variants:
With the stock R&D model, the Japanese player can advance the availability dates of late-war plane models by several months if not years, for example flying Zero M8 and Frank-r by 1943 - this is unrealistic and a major gripe for many Allied players.
OTOH Japanese aircraft and engine production requires considerable management efforts, something which discourages many players from playing Japan.
Since the philosophy of this mod is "more historically accurate (personal bias and all)", I will try to limit the unrealistic advancement of late-war plane types.
Also, I personally do not relish the engine management part of the game.
However, since other players may prefer things as they are and want to micromanage and optimize production, I propose three scenario variants:
# Scenario 059 “Standard R&D”
- Normal engines i.e. Ha-35, Ha-45 etc. – but modded nonetheless
- all R&D factories available
# Scenario 060 “Limited R&D”
- Normal engines i.e. Ha-35, Ha-45 etc. – but modded nonetheless
- only plane models actually under R&D in Dec 1941 and only the first version of a model line has a R&D factory assigned, e.g. there is a R&D factory for the Jill B6N1, but none for the Jill B6N2 > this reduces the number of available R&D factories to just 18
- in consequence Japanese players still have some R&D capacity, but face far tougher choices
- the supernumerous R&D factories are now production factories, set to produce 0 units per month of a fictional "plane" called "R&D / Preprod setup". The JFB player can change these factories to produce airframes of new types becoming available
# Scenario 061 “Simplified Production”
- limited R&D like in Scen 060
- all Japanese plane models except those using jets, rockets and 'foreign engines' use a generic "engine" device, just like the Allied planes do > no more engine management!
- research engine factories become available at the appropriate date (e.g. the "Ha-60" becomes the "10/42" engine and the factory can be switched to produce "engine" devices in 10/42) > Samurai hono(u)r demands that engine research remain untouched, i.e. no switching of late-war factories to the earliest date available
- to offset the now easier / more efficient engine production, repair costs for engine factories have been doubled to 2000 supplies / point - so be careful not to over-extend!