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AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 9:29:23 PM   
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I just posted a 12 scenario fictional campaign featuring a variety of tactical situations. PP are the currency of the conflict and careful allocation of pp across the scenarios is the key to winning. Be careful not to overinvest in order to win a battle but lose the war. This campaign can be played as a 2 player game or vs the AI+.

Here is the scenario description:

The People’s Democratic War – An Advanced Tactics Campaign

This is a fictional 2 person (or person vs AI) campaign. Play either the People’s Democratic Front or the Democratic People’s Front in a series of battles on land and sea.

Scenarios: There are 12 scenarios – 9 are balanced and 3 are unbalanced. If the ‘Matched Play?’ variant is selected, the 3 unbalanced scenarios will be play at the end of the game with the sides switched. The PDF goes first for the first scenario. In subsequent scenarios, the player who lost the previous scenario goes first. In the case of a draw, the order remains the same.

Score: Each scenario has scoring rules. The winner of the scenario can get up to 10 points (unlimited points if the ‘No Mercy?’ variant is played). The loser of the scenario gets no points. Points for the campaign are cumulative (e.g., so you can get 120 points if you overwhelm you opponent during every scenario).

Scenario length: A scenario lasts for 12 turns. Players can double the number of turns with the ‘Double Scenario Turns’ variant. A player may also concede the scenario by playing ‘Concede Scenario’ action card. This card shifts the score for the scenario by 3 in your opponents favor. Note that players cannot concede scenarios if the ‘No Concessions’ variant is played.

AI: A player may select the AI. After the first scenario, all subsequent scenarios will be played at the AI+ level. The AI will always concede a scenario when it is down by 7 vp in the scenario. Also, if a player plays a unit action card (e.g., buy infantry), then the same unit is also delivered to the AI.

Action cards: Standard action cards available for every scenario include unit purchase cards (buy infantry, tanks, artillery, planes, or boats), sabotage and investment cards. A player may play the sabotage once per scenario and it inflicts a 50% readiness penalty on the opponent. The investment card may only be played in the first round of the scenario, the investment (in pp) is returned with interest during the first round of the subsequent scenario.

Political points: PP are carried from scenario to scenario. PP can only be produced in scenarios that are balanced. Players may play the ‘Cheap PP’ variant. This variant reduces the cost of PP and increases the cost of action cards by a factor of 10 (net impact is to make R&D cheap).


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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 9:35:01 PM   
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First Scenario - First Blood

Both sides start at the other end of a ridge bisected by 2 roads and a river.






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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 9:38:35 PM   
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Second Scenario - 3 Bridges

Similar to first scenario but now the river bisects the map. Terrain favors mechanization.






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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 9:41:59 PM   
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Third Scenario - Neighoring Tribes

There are neutral AI regimes in the center of the map. You can get them to declare war on your oppenent or even annex them. Influencing neutrals is expensive so you may also bypass them.






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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 9:44:15 PM   
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Fourth Scenario - Quality vs Quantity

One side is at R&D level 4, the other has 4x the forces and production but at R&D level 1. R&D research is off for this scenario. The terrain is open with a center obstacle. See if quality is better than quantity.






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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 9:46:21 PM   
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Fifth Scenario - Sub Warfare

There is a stalemate in a large central island that must be supported overseas. Both sides have U-boats and fleets. Keep you supply open while cutting your opponent's supply. Note that engineers and transporters are disabled for this scenario.






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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 9:48:38 PM   
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Sixth Scenario - Island Hopping

Both sides have 2 carrier fleets with marine units. Grab and hold more islands. A third fleet is available for purchase (but is expensive).




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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 9:50:32 PM   
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Seventh Scenario - 2 Peninsulas

Fight your opponent at land and sea across 2 peninsulas on either side of a narrow straight. A fleet is available for purchase.




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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 9:52:31 PM   
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Eight Scenario - Invasion

The invading force has 3x the forces and 3x the forces the of defenders but starts 5 points in the hole. The defender may not concede this scenario.






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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 9:53:58 PM   
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Ninth Scenario - Bushwhacking

Find and hold the supply dumps in this very tough terrain. Terrain and location of central supplies are randomly generated and the map is shrouded.




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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 9:55:56 PM   
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Tenth Scenario - Common Enemy

A enemy AI+ regime starts in the center of the map with twice your combined force and production (not including AI bonus). Work together to hold out and even beat the AI. However, you are still at war so do not left your opponent get an advantage.




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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 9:58:15 PM   
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Eleventh Scenario - Land Grab

You start out with limited supply and your town will not produce any more. The terrain is gentle and there are 4 hidden supply dumps. Fix your supply situation and grab as much territory as possible. You are scored based on the number of hexes you control over your opponent. Terrain and supply locations are randomly generated and the map is shrouded.




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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 10:00:35 PM   
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Twelfth Scenario - Siege

One side starts with 2x the forces and 2x the production but 5 points in the hole. Move out and capture the enemy city (or hold out).






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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 10:06:00 PM   
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Scenarios 13-15 repeat scenarios 4,8 & 12 if the 'matched play' variant is chosen.  However, the sides are switched.  The scenario should unpack correctly but all scenarios should be in the campaign folder of the scenarios directory.

From a design standpoint, making scenarios is not 2 difficult.  2 pointers:

- You load a new scenario with an event (use the execload comman).  I use execload"campaign/scenarioname.pt2". 
- The game variables 400-499 are passed with the execload event.  I use these to track score, pp, and who won the last round from event to event.

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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/28/2008 11:09:28 PM   
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Thanks Tweber!

I've seen the capabilility in the editor to do campaigns and was wondering if anyone was going to give it a try.

Thanks for doing this! I"ll have to give this a look.

Rick

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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/29/2008 12:07:48 AM   
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Tweber... dear Rick... it is not only one campaign, it is a 12(!!!) long scenarios campaign, for me, only the work to make it available deserves a 10 in score as a "Scenario", will play it for sure, modular campaigns allways have been my own favorites, thanks for make it available, Tweber, this is for themself as another game
it indeed looks very promising and take the game to another game, indeed,

thanks very much for make it available and the time invested on this hard work,
, heck, if i not say that i will failed to truth,

with best regards,

murat30/alarick.

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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/29/2008 12:39:23 AM   
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Do you need the latest WaW installed? Seems to ve looking for some graphics files. I clicked continue so I'll let you know if its critical.

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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/29/2008 1:51:49 AM   
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I used the WAW units and graphics so you should grab that (version 33).

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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/29/2008 8:06:16 AM   
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The Quantity vs. Quality scenario is horribly unbalanced in favor of the Quantity faction. I would suggest setting the Quality faction to only have half the production of the Quantity faction, and the Quantity faction should need to hold more victory points in order to score.

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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/29/2008 9:39:22 PM   
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The research seems to be bugged - both the standard research and the tweber-style research systems are there at the same time.

Now that I've finished the campaign, I'd have to say that it's mostly brilliantly designed. Unfortunately for the AI, giving it all the action cards that you use is not enough to help it overcome its stupidity.

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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/29/2008 9:55:28 PM   
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I'm sitting down this evening to play through the campaign, on the first scenario, and enjoying it immensley. Having to keep pp back adds an extra dimesnion. Just one question, is research carried over to the next scenario or not? I'm guessing not, but if not. I don't plan to spend much at all on it.

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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/29/2008 10:10:02 PM   
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"See the end of this message for details on invoking
just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.
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System.IndexOutOfRangeException: Index was outside the bounds of the array.
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  at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

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WindowsApplication1
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System
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************** JIT Debugging **************
To enable just-in-time (JIT) debugging, the .config file for this
application or computer (machine.config) must have the
jitDebugging value set in the system.windows.forms section.
The application must also be compiled with debugging
enabled.
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<configuration>
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</configuration>
When JIT debugging is enabled, any unhandled exception
will be sent to the JIT debugger registered on the computer
rather than be handled by this dialog box.
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Did I have the campaign in the wrong folder or something? I had it in a folder called campaign.

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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/29/2008 11:00:15 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Delyn Locksmiths

I'm sitting down this evening to play through the campaign, on the first scenario, and enjoying it immensley. Having to keep pp back adds an extra dimesnion. Just one question, is research carried over to the next scenario or not? I'm guessing not, but if not. I don't plan to spend much at all on it.


No, research is not carried over - which I discovered the hard way. You should also expect to almost never get any decent recon, since you will rarely be able to spare any production on Scouts.

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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/29/2008 11:09:18 PM   
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If you select 'cheap pp', pp are devalued by a factor of 10 and research should become more affordable. 

I have to go through the scenarios and clean up the old research.  I did not realize it was not all erased when I import WAW as a masterfile. 

If the error above occured when the new scenario was loaded, it might be due to not having the scenarios in the right folder.  They should be in bin/scenarios/campaign/...

If not, that would be a question for Vic.

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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/29/2008 11:42:22 PM   
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Then I had it in the correct folder. Happened as the second scenario was loading straight after I won the first scenario 10-0. I'll try and play the same again and send the save to Vic.

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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/30/2008 10:55:09 AM   
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THx for the campaign Tweber, it's a new development for AT, and could lead to even more compelling gameplay.

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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 5/31/2008 12:21:02 AM   
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Very well done Tweber. Looking a bit like this good old Peoples' Tactics.

Thank you for this great campaign!

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RE: AT Campaign - People's Democratic War - 6/1/2008 6:04:41 PM   
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Thanks for the effort, tweber, it's simply impressive.


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