Eske, this is why this issue is so important and is why I brought it up. You mention two things I will discuss. The first was the statment "Particullar to GB, where this die-roll litterally can decide the outcome of a war." A bad die roll can decide the outcome of the game! All GB really has is her navy. Let people talk all they want about the high British morale, but the simple fact is that without a navy, GB is utterly useless, except for forking money over to other countries (that sounds fun doesn't it). That is the only point I wanted to make there.
The real crux of it is the math you got into. So much of GB's set up is dependent on France. And should France do a multi-port set up, GB's set up becomes much tougher. As an example, in the PBEM game i am in now, NeverMan is France (I think) and he set up France in like 6 different ports. My GB set up took like an hour, but I literally arranged my ships in each blockade box that I was ensured victory if France attempted to run the blockade. This set up was done with the assumption that I was on a +2 modifier for heavy superiority in certain ports! The key to the +2 modifier meant that I could assign a few extra heavies, putting me on a guaranteed 15% damage roll, and allowing me to change set ups in other ports. Now this was all on the assumption that GB was guaranteed 15% damages, and France could hit back with 25% at the most. If we use Neverman's suggestion and give heavy superiority a -1 to the undergunned side, I am not sure how much, if at all, it changes the math in my set up. This change would mean a die roll of 1 could potentially give me only 10% casualities, but France on the -1 could only do 20% casualities. I would think the difference would be negligible, but I would have to run numbers on each port. The result of not getting heavy superioirty bonus (in the form of +2) means that France now has an 11% of running the blockade if he attempts to do so (if I did my math right, which I am pertty sure I did). Now this might not seem like a lot, but consider that one corps of 14 French infantry with a leader, in London, early on can potentially wreck GB, forcing him into a unconditional surrender. This set up left me with only 19 heavies but a guaranteed blockade of all French ships (a solid trade off) Now consider that I have to use those remaining 19 for the rest of my intetnions, including coastal minors, blocking the channel, and worrying about the French gaining temporary access of another minor's fleet. Now that my +2 is non-existent, I technically am undermanned in some ports for ensuring victory, and every ship I reallocate either takes ships away from the small fleet I have for other wordly endeavors, or increses France's probability of a blockade run should he attempt such a thing.
This is why I was so upset and why I made this thread. I spent so much time doing all the math, and it was all based on a rule that the rule book fails to state is not applicable. Further, upon finding this out, to learn that the only purpose British heavies serve is to keep the OTHER guy from having heavy superioirty, I felt there was a major inconsistency. Heavy ships are bad mother f***ers. If someone rolls up on you with 50% more, you should get your ass handed to you...plain and simple. I wish I had the stats you request, but I am no history guru. Hopefully though this gives you an idea of some of the math that went into my GB set up in the PBEM game I am currently in and how this rule changes the game.
And for the record, although I argue this from the GB perspective beacuase I am GB in a game right now, I would still feel the exact same if I was France, or any other country. I truly believe a heavy superioirity should be something every country can take advantage of. If the roles were reversed and I was France, I would still feel the current rules are an injustice simply because I believe it to be a major inconsistency. I don't want anyone thinking I am biased simply because I am GB in the current PBEM game I am in now. I truly believe a heavy superiority is a heavy superioirty and should warrant some sort of additional bonus for whomever holds such an advantage going into a naval battle...whether they be the dominant naval power or a lowly free state.
< Message edited by RayKinStL -- 9/5/2008 2:46:01 PM >