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Quick questions - 4/16/2014 1:56:24 AM   
dwesolick


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Getting re-acquainted with AE after a couple years and have a couple quick questions:

1. In Chungking my fortification build is on but the text is all red and reads 6/(9) 0%. Everything on the base (supply, engineers) seems normal. Any idea what this means?

2. Is it possible to unite the 4 squadrons and HQ unit of a bomb or fighter group, to make them one unit?

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RE: Quick questions - 4/16/2014 2:02:15 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: dwesolick

Getting re-acquainted with AE after a couple years and have a couple quick questions:

1. In Chungking my fortification build is on but the text is all red and reads 6/(9) 0%. Everything on the base (supply, engineers) seems normal. Any idea what this means?

2. Is it possible to unite the 4 squadrons and HQ unit of a bomb or fighter group, to make them one unit?

thanks!



Usually means you don't have enough supplies or are at max size of forts. Being on the mainland I am leaning towards not enough supplies. You have to have a huge amount of supplies on hand to build above a level 6 fort. I'm thinking 25k, but could be wrong on the exact amount.

I have no idea - never play Allies.

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RE: Quick questions - 4/16/2014 2:07:02 AM   
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Hi Xargun,

Thanks for the quick response! 25k supply sounds like it may be the problem, I know I have less than that in Chungking.

Never play Allies!!????

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RE: Quick questions - 4/16/2014 2:15:16 AM   
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ORIGINAL: dwesolick

Hi Xargun,

Thanks for the quick response! 25k supply sounds like it may be the problem, I know I have less than that in Chungking.

Never play Allies!!????


I doubt you will see 25k supplies in any chinese base for a Long time.

Yep - been a Jap Fanboi since I started this game. Started playing because of the time period and location (Love WW 2 Pacific Theater) and Naval with air and ground. I knew Japan was the underdog but they have an economy to play with. So much more potential playing as Japan to do better than they did historically. I think I fired up a turn as the allies once just to see the disposition.... looked at a few bases and said "bleah" I'll never invade Hawaii anyways.. and went back to the dark side... much better here...

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RE: Quick questions - 4/16/2014 1:21:52 PM   
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Just goes to show how much JFBs know about playing the Allies. Xargun is right about the amount of supply you need at Chungking to build forts above 6 (why would you want to?), but wrong about being able to get that amount of supply at Chungking-- in my current game (vs AI) I have enough supply in Chungking to be able to repair Light Industry. (Burma Road has NOT been cut and I have C-47s flying in supply over the Hump.)

As to your 2nd question, the answer is a qualified "yes". If you disband 3 of your squadrons and your HQ unit into one of the group's squadrons and tell the disbanding units not to re-form, then you're essentially permanently combining the group into one squadron. If, however, you let the disbanding units re-form in 120 days, then you can reconstitute the group with replacement aircraft. Since the US eventually gears up production to a point where there's a surfeit of aircraft, there's no reason to permanently remove squadrons that could prove useful.

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RE: Quick questions - 4/16/2014 2:01:18 PM   
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Hi Capt

Excellent, thanks for the info! One other quick follow-up: does the HQ squadron provide any particular bonus if it is in the same hex with its other squadrons? If not, I'd like to just blend it into one of the squadrons. I find those little 3-5 plane HQ squadrons annoying if they don't provide any bonus or anything.
thanks!

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RE: Quick questions - 4/16/2014 2:36:48 PM   
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I've never heard of them providing a bonus. They withdraw early in '42, so don't sweat them too much. You may want to consider using them for training instead of disbanding them though.

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RE: Quick questions - 4/16/2014 2:39:33 PM   
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OK, that's what I thought. Thanks!

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RE: Quick questions - 4/17/2014 7:13:04 AM   
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As to your 2nd question, the answer is a qualified "yes". If you disband 3 of your squadrons and your HQ unit into one of the group's squadrons and tell the disbanding units not to re-form, then you're essentially permanently combining the group into one squadron. If, however, you let the disbanding units re-form in 120 days, then you can reconstitute the group with replacement aircraft. Since the US eventually gears up production to a point where there's a surfeit of aircraft, there's no reason to permanently remove squadrons that could prove useful.



Not sure were you got that from, the answers is no you cannot make one big group, which I think is the question. As you said you can disband (or withdraw) a unit into another unit that has the same a/c but you cannot exceed the units normal compliment.

At game start you do have lots of air units in the US with few a/c, some cannot leave the US, some are HQ restricted. Initially for those that are going to be withdrawn in the first 4-6 months, all permanently restricted and all HQ units set replacements off and give them max pilots set them to train. They train pretty quickly even without a full compliment. These units are not worth the effort to ship. Once you start to build up a pool you can then decide what you are going to do with the HQ restricted units. The HQ units are permanently withdrawn in June.

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RE: Quick questions - 4/17/2014 7:32:48 AM   
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Use all those restricted airgroups in CONUS to train, train & train their pilots. These groups don't need a full group of airframes until their Pilots' Exp & Skill gets to 50+. Check their withdrawal - if it says 'withdraw out of theater', manually remove their pilots to Reserve before you disband/withdraw the group.

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RE: Quick questions - 4/17/2014 9:32:00 AM   
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Use all those restricted airgroups in CONUS to train, train & train their pilots. These groups don't need a full group of airframes until their Pilots' Exp & Skill gets to 50+. Check their withdrawal - if it says 'withdraw out of theater', manually remove their pilots to Reserve before you disband/withdraw the group.


jmalter, are you asserting that training beyond skill:50 is harder if there are missing airframes? I know that XP generally tops out at 50, but I've never seen any effect on either exp or skill from a lack of airframes.

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RE: Quick questions - 4/17/2014 8:50:10 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: richlove


quote:

ORIGINAL: jmalter

Use all those restricted airgroups in CONUS to train, train & train their pilots. These groups don't need a full group of airframes until their Pilots' Exp & Skill gets to 50+. Check their withdrawal - if it says 'withdraw out of theater', manually remove their pilots to Reserve before you disband/withdraw the group.



jmalter, are you asserting that training beyond skill:50 is harder if there are missing airframes? I know that XP generally tops out at 50, but I've never seen any effect on either exp or skill from a lack of airframes.


Groups will train with no or few airframes, but I find that the more airframes present the faster they train, especially as experience/skill goes up.

In general low experience/skill pilots train faster; 50 experience/70 skill seem to be cut-offs where it takes even longer to see any gains.

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RE: Quick questions - 4/18/2014 3:42:33 AM   
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jmalter, are you asserting that training beyond skill:50 is harder if there are missing airframes? I know that XP generally tops out at 50, but I've never seen any effect on either exp or skill from a lack of airframes.

Yes - in my experience, a 100% Training airgoup w/ understrength airframes will reach a plateau, then you must fill out the group w/ add'l planes to improve their Training. You don't need 1st-line planes, but you do need to increase the planes to 100%.

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