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Ambassador -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/2/2021 9:09:52 AM)

I donít know if itís already been said, but there are a few minor ę†features†Ľ in Scen 1 and 2, regarding the Sprague admirals (which were not brothers, if I remember correctly). (Leaders #14051 and #14052)

They are both listed as Ship-type leaders, yet their rank prevents them from being assigned to ships in-game. So youíd either need to make their rank CPT, or change their type from Type 05 Ship to Type 04 Task Force.

Moreover, Clifton Sprague is assigned to PT-74 (Ship #6563)... I canít really figure why.




Ambassador -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/2/2021 10:06:36 AM)

Further checks also show the following USN RADM as having as Type of command Type 05 Ship - preventing their use (or preventing their use once theyíre removed from their Editor-assigned ship) :
- #10158 : Ginder, Samuel Paul (ę†Cy†Ľ Ginder, another good CV TF commander)
- #9009 : Davis, Glenn Benson
- #12359 : McMorris, Chas H.
- #9311 : DuBose, Laurance
- #9010 : Hayley, Robert W. (EDIT: and heís assigned to S-47, when he arrived with USS Honolulu originally and had nothing to do with submarines)

For the record, there is also a LCDR Ramsey, D., with identical stats to Saratogaís CPT Ramsey, looking like a database error.




Alfred -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/2/2021 12:38:38 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Ambassador

I donít know if itís already been said, but there are a few minor ę†features†Ľ in Scen 1 and 2, regarding the Sprague admirals (which were not brothers, if I remember correctly). (Leaders #14051 and #14052)

They are both listed as Ship-type leaders, yet their rank prevents them from being assigned to ships in-game. So youíd either need to make their rank CPT, or change their type from Type 05 Ship to Type 04 Task Force.

Moreover, Clifton Sprague is assigned to PT-74 (Ship #6563)... I canít really figure why.


Rank is irrelevant. What is relevant is the type of leader as that solely determines which unit he can be assigned to. Hence to make a Sprague available for assignment to command any USN Task Force, they must be changed to a type 04 leader. Doing so of course makes them ineligible to command a ship.

Alfred




Ambassador -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/2/2021 12:50:07 PM)

Rank is relevant.

For example, a TF with CV or BB can only have a TF commander of CPT or above, not LCDR for example.
A CV/CVE ship can only have a CPT as ship commander, not a LT/LTJG for example, nor a RADM.
A PG-type ship can only have a junior officer (IIRC itís LT at the highest), whatever their tonnage.
A TF leader (type 04) of the VADM rank canít be assigned to a single-CV task force, you have to include multiple CV (or BB). I donít remember if itís 2 or 3.
Etc.

As such, both Sprague are RADM with Type 05 as their command - they wonít be available when you try to assign them to a ship, even a CV. And they wonít be available to be assigned to a TF either, even one including one or more CV.




Alfred -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/2/2021 1:03:58 PM)

That is not stated in the Editor Manual.

Alfred




Ambassador -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/2/2021 1:10:24 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Alfred

That is not stated in the Editor Manual.

Alfred

Do you know not everything is stated in the Manual ?

In fact, a lot of crucial informations are NOT written in the Editor Manual.

But itís not just a problem with the Editor : the limitations on assignment of leaders based on rank is seen in-game.




Alfred -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/2/2021 1:22:08 PM)

Your ship examples are irrelevant.

Read this thread and the two relevant dev comments.

https://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=2809493&mpage=1&key=leader�

Devs were not in the habit to state something was so if the the actual code was written to the contrary, irrespective if the "something" publicly disclosed. Naval leaders were handled differently from Land leaders.

Alfred




Evoken -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/2/2021 1:48:31 PM)

Alfred you are wrong about this one , rank does change what type of ship or a task force leader can be assigned to , ambassador is right.




Ambassador -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/2/2021 2:17:08 PM)

Alfred, thatís like the third affirmation of your part in a week which is wrong (after the timeline of withdrawing Soviet units and the base where disbanded Soviet LCUís reappear). Maybe you should start checking in-game how it really works, instead of exclusively relying on the Devís statements. Your extensive knowledge of their declarations, and of the Forum history, is commendable, but youíre not infaillible. Iím starting to find your attitude very irritating given those mistakes.[:-]




Ambassador -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/2/2021 2:20:30 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Alfred

Your ship examples are irrelevant.

Read this thread and the two relevant dev comments.

https://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=2809493&mpage=1&key=leader�

Devs were not in the habit to state something was so if the the actual code was written to the contrary, irrespective if the "something" publicly disclosed. Naval leaders were handled differently from Land leaders.

Alfred

Besides, Don Bowenís statement is regarding difference in performance.

Said nothing about ranks.




LargeSlowTarget -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/4/2021 8:24:28 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Ambassador

I donít know if itís already been said, but there are a few minor ę†features†Ľ in Scen 1 and 2, regarding the Sprague admirals (which were not brothers, if I remember correctly). (Leaders #14051 and #14052)

They are both listed as Ship-type leaders, yet their rank prevents them from being assigned to ships in-game. So youíd either need to make their rank CPT, or change their type from Type 05 Ship to Type 04 Task Force.

Moreover, Clifton Sprague is assigned to PT-74 (Ship #6563)... I canít really figure why.


The leader of PT-73 should be corrected as well, as in the picture below [;)

[image]local://upfiles/1313/D48440A2526A4C0C9B05BC6C4AC6F843.jpg[/image]




Ambassador -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/4/2021 10:55:06 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: LargeSlowTarget

quote:

ORIGINAL: Ambassador

I donít know if itís already been said, but there are a few minor ę†features†Ľ in Scen 1 and 2, regarding the Sprague admirals (which were not brothers, if I remember correctly). (Leaders #14051 and #14052)

They are both listed as Ship-type leaders, yet their rank prevents them from being assigned to ships in-game. So youíd either need to make their rank CPT, or change their type from Type 05 Ship to Type 04 Task Force.

Moreover, Clifton Sprague is assigned to PT-74 (Ship #6563)... I canít really figure why.


The leader of PT-73 should be corrected as well, as in the picture below [;)

[image]local://upfiles/1313/D48440A2526A4C0C9B05BC6C4AC6F843.jpg[/image]

All good !




Tanaka -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/8/2021 5:06:37 AM)

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ORIGINAL: Andy Mac

Bump

Sorry Yaab not going to jump into that one I lost my detailed squad relative firepower bible years ago when my laptop melted down so going to have totrust whatwe did at the time


Hi Andy anymore plans for any more updates? Help us Obi One you are our only hope! [&o] Is michaelm75au or any of the rest of the team still around? I guess 1126b will be the last beta patch? Since this looks to be the last WITP game ever I hope it continues to stay alive!




Sardaukar -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/8/2021 6:52:27 AM)

Quinton McHale is good transport commander, for decent naval skill and low aggressiveness...[8D]




Tanaka -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/10/2021 7:06:33 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Andy Mac

Both scenarios are AI and PBEM capable - although experienced players for either side will cream the AI in either scenario.


Just curious are you saying the AI is worse in your updated scenarios? Or the same or better?




Kull -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/10/2021 7:45:11 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Tanaka


quote:

ORIGINAL: Andy Mac

Both scenarios are AI and PBEM capable - although experienced players for either side will cream the AI in either scenario.


Just curious are you saying the AI is worse in your updated scenarios? Or the same or better?


The AI is better in these updated scenarios - no doubt about that. However, these are still historical OOB scenarios (Japan gets more in Scen 2, but not a lot), and as history proves, they were running on a shoestring right from the start. A good human player will burn through AI Japan's air and naval OOB in no time, and after that it's curtains. For the Allies it's similar - not enough material at the start and by the time that's fixed, it's too late.

Which means the experienced human player has to face an "Ironman" level AI opponent in order to have a challenging game. The new AI does far fewer "stupid things", and so it's better, but against a human player it all comes down to "more stuff". The more it has, the more the AI can do, and the more leeway it has to absorb what would otherwise be crippling blows if received in Scen 1 or 2.




Tanaka -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/11/2021 6:27:07 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Kull


quote:

ORIGINAL: Tanaka


quote:

ORIGINAL: Andy Mac

Both scenarios are AI and PBEM capable - although experienced players for either side will cream the AI in either scenario.


Just curious are you saying the AI is worse in your updated scenarios? Or the same or better?


The AI is better in these updated scenarios - no doubt about that. However, these are still historical OOB scenarios (Japan gets more in Scen 2, but not a lot), and as history proves, they were running on a shoestring right from the start. A good human player will burn through AI Japan's air and naval OOB in no time, and after that it's curtains. For the Allies it's similar - not enough material at the start and by the time that's fixed, it's too late.

Which means the experienced human player has to face an "Ironman" level AI opponent in order to have a challenging game. The new AI does far fewer "stupid things", and so it's better, but against a human player it all comes down to "more stuff". The more it has, the more the AI can do, and the more leeway it has to absorb what would otherwise be crippling blows if received in Scen 1 or 2.


Thanks was worried this new update was only made for multiplayer games and the stock was better for SP. Getting my game on again with this one! Looking forward to the new changes and better AI!




GetAssista -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/11/2021 7:52:48 AM)

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ORIGINAL: Kull
Which means the experienced human player has to face an "Ironman" level AI opponent in order to have a challenging game. The new AI does far fewer "stupid things", and so it's better, but against a human player it all comes down to "more stuff". The more it has, the more the AI can do, and the more leeway it has to absorb what would otherwise be crippling blows if received in Scen 1 or 2.

With my regular playing against Ironman I now believe that in some cases it can be too much quality, not just quantity. E.g. it is mostly pointless to wage offensive air war against Ironman Japan - you have no hopes of denting AI forces in exchange for your regular bloody nose, and AI is everywhere. So the game becomes more trivial - you can only capture his air bases via land campaign, or bombard them to oblivion from the sea. Bombers become essentially useless in their primary role.

Not to mention regular Sydney vs Kormorant encounters that are even more one-sided than the real thing




Kull -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/11/2021 1:44:04 PM)


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ORIGINAL: GetAssista

quote:

ORIGINAL: Kull
Which means the experienced human player has to face an "Ironman" level AI opponent in order to have a challenging game. The new AI does far fewer "stupid things", and so it's better, but against a human player it all comes down to "more stuff". The more it has, the more the AI can do, and the more leeway it has to absorb what would otherwise be crippling blows if received in Scen 1 or 2.

With my regular playing against Ironman I now believe that in some cases it can be too much quality, not just quantity. E.g. it is mostly pointless to wage offensive air war against Ironman Japan - you have no hopes of denting AI forces in exchange for your regular bloody nose, and AI is everywhere. So the game becomes more trivial - you can only capture his air bases via land campaign, or bombard them to oblivion from the sea. Bombers become essentially useless in their primary role.

Not to mention regular Sydney vs Kormorant encounters that are even more one-sided than the real thing


Which level of Ironman are you referring to, since there are 3 for the Japanese AI? My current game is Scen 102 (Ironman 1 test version), and I find that bombers are quite effective. 2Es must fly at night, and while 4Es can survive day missions, the heavy attrition keeps most of them working nights as well. The AI does have a lot of good fighters and pilots, so there's plenty of bloody noses to be had, but well trained Allied pilots flying defensive missions can - just barely - stay ahead of the curve. The airframe losses are significant, but I actually like the fact that you have to ration out the replacements. As for those killer AMCs, yes that was a shock the first time they tore up a light cruiser TF, but hey? Once you know they exist, you operate differently.

In early 1943 I'm dealing with brutal air and jungle warfare along the Indo-Burmese border, a meat grinder in the Solomons, a slowly losing situation in China, and the opening moves of the Central Pacific atoll-hopping campaign. Against an opponent that is still deadly and dangerous, with most of KB alive, hidden, and biding it's time. What's not to like?




Moltrey -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/11/2021 11:28:30 PM)

Andy:

Could you please check your Scenario 1 at start and verify whether the Mauna Loa AE (C2 Lassen class) ship is at Pearl Harbor or even in the game, period?
I am working on your latest version as Allies and doing my first turn Dec 8th setup. Discovered she is missing and in none of the Intel lists or usual areas or reinforcement charts, etc.
Kull did some editor and other digging (see his War Room thread on the setup spreadsheet) and it looks like there is some confusing and/or conflicting game info concerning this ship.

Thanks!




Ian R -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/12/2021 4:00:02 AM)

There were two Mauna Loas in the Pacific, years apart.

SS Mauna Loa - a USSB-1013 cargo hauler built at Los Angeles. Chartered to haul military cargo, at sea on 411207, diverted to Sydney, later sunk at Darwin 420219. The SS Mauna Loa is the same class as the SS Portmar - "Isthmian cargo".

USS Mauna Loa (AE-8) commissioned 27 October 1943. Built at Tampa Shipbuilding, deployed to Pacific in late December 1943.

The AE-8 Mauna Loa starts the game in Pearl Harbor, and the scenario database lists it as sunk 420216. It looks like the later AE has been given the old 1013's history.



[image]https://www.hullnumber.com/p_photos/AE-8.image.1001157.jpg[/image]




Treetop64 -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/20/2021 6:41:36 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Tanaka
Thanks was worried this new update was only made for multiplayer games and the stock was better for SP. Getting my game on again with this one! Looking forward to the new changes and better AI!


Jumping in late here so bear with me...

Not sure if it was discussed before but note that self-imposed house rules is essential when playing against the AI, especially on lower difficulty levels. This means that the player doesn't use "gamey" tactics and restricts himself to a style of play that would be plausible and respects the realities faced in a real-life situation:

- No using armadas of heavy, 4-engined bombers on low level ground support roles. "Why" should be self-explanitory.

- Using escort fighters instead of sweeps to support bomber missions. Player sweeps are often disproportionately effective, not that there is anything wrong with the game mechanics in sweeps, but players can always "up the AI" in altitude advantage, numbers, and repetition, eventually bleeding the AI air units dry. And the AI very rarely - if ever - reciprocates by conducting sweeps itself.

- Not maneuvering LCUs around enemy occupied hexs to cut off and surround them. Surroundings sometimes occurs in-hex via the algorithm depending on the situation (there is a notification during ground combat turn resolution when this happens), and can happen to either side fighting in the hex. But moving your guys around the hex to cut the AI off, though tactically sound, is again something the AI doesn't seem to do itself. It may move around your LCUs in a hex when trying to get somewhere else, but I don't think the AI is written to know how to maneuver around to surround and isolate an entire hex.

There are a lot more but I don't want to make this post any longer than it already is.

However, I'm not sure about Ironman difficulty since the AI is necessarily given some significant advantages to make up for playing against a human opponent.




Tanaka -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/21/2021 5:29:38 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Ian R

There were two Mauna Loas in the Pacific, years apart.

SS Mauna Loa - a USSB-1013 cargo hauler built at Los Angeles. Chartered to haul military cargo, at sea on 411207, diverted to Sydney, later sunk at Darwin 420219. The SS Mauna Loa is the same class as the SS Portmar - "Isthmian cargo".

USS Mauna Loa (AE-8) commissioned 27 October 1943. Built at Tampa Shipbuilding, deployed to Pacific in late December 1943.

The AE-8 Mauna Loa starts the game in Pearl Harbor, and the scenario database lists it as sunk 420216. It looks like the later AE has been given the old 1013's history.



[image]https://www.hullnumber.com/p_photos/AE-8.image.1001157.jpg[/image]


Is this fixable in the editor and if so how?




Yaab -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/21/2021 7:55:19 AM)

In the updated scenario 001 , there is only one Mauna Loa now (ship id 5090), which arrives in Pearl Harbor in 430401. It is a C2 Lassen class ship. However, it seems AnydMac retained in the Editor the sunk date of the other Mauna Loa, and the sunk date is 420216. Will they ship actually appear in PH then?




Kull -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/21/2021 2:18:17 PM)

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ORIGINAL: Tanaka

Is this fixable in the editor and if so how?


It's not just one. The Allies have a LOT of ships with incorrect stats, arrival times in particular. LST has carried out a lot of research on this topic, and it's reflected in his "Bottlenecks" mod (which unfortunately does not have a functional AI). Running a comparison between his data set and AE would be an eye-opening exercise.

Unless you have a fixation on this particular ship or plan to research and correct the rest of the OOB, I'd suggest ignoring the issue - one fewer early war AE-class vessel is not going to be a problem for the Allies.




Moltrey -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/21/2021 2:55:02 PM)

Yeah, it is definitely not a huge deal-breaker. But Andy has asked for any issues with the releases, so I imagine he will circle back around to check in due time.
I mentioned it before somewhere, but I "blindfold" myself by not starting any Japanese scenarios so the initial placement and limited AI alternatives still are something of a mystery to me, particularly while I am learning the game.
Makes it rather tense to be honest, exactly what I want to maintain as long as I can.




Tanaka -> RE: Updated Scen 1 and 2 (3/22/2021 1:17:27 AM)


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ORIGINAL: Kull

quote:

ORIGINAL: Tanaka

Is this fixable in the editor and if so how?


It's not just one. The Allies have a LOT of ships with incorrect stats, arrival times in particular. LST has carried out a lot of research on this topic, and it's reflected in his "Bottlenecks" mod (which unfortunately does not have a functional AI). Running a comparison between his data set and AE would be an eye-opening exercise.

Unless you have a fixation on this particular ship or plan to research and correct the rest of the OOB, I'd suggest ignoring the issue - one fewer early war AE-class vessel is not going to be a problem for the Allies.


Gotcha thanks maybe one day someone will do this haha...




Moltrey -> Moltrey Mod for Kull's Allied Setup (3/22/2021 1:45:25 AM)

Kull:
I finished the stock Allied Scenario 1 modifications to your file.
Note I have not done any changes to your other tabs, so there are no descriptors of the additions, etc., I left that up to you.
Still working on the AndyMac Scenario 1 changes, including the new bases. Might take a while.
Cheers!

Moltrey Mod

Not sure this link is setup correctly, let me know.




Andy Mac -> RE: Moltrey Mod for Kull's Allied Setup (3/31/2021 8:40:26 PM)

Havent fixed the ship above but had to fix a minor issue in scen 2 so re uploaded




RangerJoe -> RE: Moltrey Mod for Kull's Allied Setup (3/31/2021 9:07:56 PM)

Can a person edit a game in progress? Noting serious but 180mm CD guns in a Cavalry unit in the mountains does slow it down just a little bit. [;)]




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