I am at something of a loss to explain how this happens. Something very similar happened in our first game, and now again, so my opponenet and I decided to take a closer look.
It is May of 1863. We started in the July '61 scenario. Since the start, the armies in the East have danced a bit, but ahve never actually engaged. Both sides buily up maneuevered, and then finally, two years later, there is a big battle. 100k Union troops against 130k COnfederates.
We are using random, hidden general ratings. THe commander of the Union Army has Excellent COmmand, and Good Leadership. The South had a numeric advantage, and a quality advantage, so a loss was not a surprise.
What was a surprise? The 27,800 Union casualties to 7,000 Confederate.
Further, the battle was in Fredericksburg, and the Union retreated to Rappahanock. Guess that means they are all dead, since they cannot trace supply, and the South can march in an kill them all?
Anyway, we started wondering about the odd loss ratio, so we started talking about leaders and command staffs.
Here are the Southern Staff ratings, Command - Logistics:
Army: Superb - Great
1st Corps: Excellent - Good
1st Div: Good - Good
2nd Div: Great - Great
3rd Div: Normal - Good
2nd Corps: Great - Good
4th Div: Great - Fair
5th Div: Great - Great
6th Div: Great - Good
Wow. The Army of North Virginia really has their **** together! Pretty impressive for an army that has never seen combat before!
Now lets look at the Army of Virgina (named as such because it at one time took over a good chunk of Virginia while we danced last year):
Army: Poor - Fair
1st Corps: Poor - Fair
1st Div: Normal - Fair
2nd Div: Fair - Poor
3rd Div: Fair - Poor
2nd Corps: Fair - Normal
4th Div: Poor - Normal
5th Div: Fair - Normal
3rd Corps: Fair - Normal
6th Div: Good - Normal
7th Div: Fair - Normal
Now, *both* of these armies have been doing the exact same thing for the last couple years - namely, not fighting. How is that that the South has this astounding army staff from top to bottom? While the Northern Armies staff are all mediocre, at best?
This is in 1863 - not the beginning of the war by any means.
Update: Just got my turn back. The ANV moved into Rappahanock, defeating the Union forces again. The entire Union army surrendered, since they had no retreat path after retreating to Rappahanock instead of into Maryland, the Potomac, etc.
This is simple...broken.
< Message edited by Berkut -- 1/4/2007 6:56:54 AM >