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!!CTGW PC Manual, Gameplay Guide and Tips!! - 7/25/2014 1:00:16 PM   
Lord Zimoa


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Hi guys,

Below some very useful info on how to play CTGW, PC and iPad are exactly the same, instead of clicking a mouse you tab, double tab or pinch zoom on a tablet, but the game mechanics, features and gameplay are completely identical on all platforms.

So read the manual and gameplay guides for a better understanding of the game, it is easy to learn but hard to master. ;-)



Manual:

Here you can find the CTGW Manual PC version in PDF:

http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/312350/manuals/CTGW-manual-EBOOK.pdf?t=1406292810




Gameplay Guides:

!!!!Strongly recommended for all CTGW player, read this excellent Steam play guide by Dr.Duh!!!!:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=293198723


Great playing guide for Commander: The Great War at Pocket Tactics:

http://www.pockettactics.com/features/field-marshal-owens-guide-commander-great-war-noobs/




Movies:

New Commander: The Great War gameplay video from the HistoricalGamer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHzsHY17Nds


Part Two of CTGW gameplay video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G95vEvtcwVU&list=UU3H5lJfctAJRgHzY3JIuwsw




Miscellaneous:


Great beginners quick gameplay advise by Dr Duh:


Don't worry, it isn't just you - the game AI is definitely a challenge. I consider myself a very experienced long-time wargamer (I was playing Avalon Hill boardgames back in the '60s) and I still got my butt kicked the first several times I tried starting the game.

So first thing is don't expect a walk in the park the first time just because you pick easy settings. Do try to learn something from each defeat though and try again. I suggest alternating back and forth between the two sides and rather than just worrying about your own moves, try to pay better attention to how the AI is playing so that next round you can try to emulate it - or better yet, understand why it plays the way it does.

Some say learning the game by starting in 1914 is easier because you don't have to handle as much in the early turns - you start out with just Serbia, then add France, and then Britain and Russia. I'm not so sure that's right though - although your unit count may be lower at the start of the 1914 campaign, every single thing you do with those units has a greatly magnified importance. The situation is still fluid. The trench lines aren't established yet so you don't start from a stalemate position and even small mistakes can doom you.

Some specific tips on starting in 1914:
1) Whichever side you're starting with, say Serbia, look at where you can make a continuous front. If you don't have enough units to fill the entire line then you're going to be in big trouble fast. Either re-evaluate where you can fall back to shorten your lines, or realize you're going to need more units to plug those holes fast. The first turn or two after mobilization, most countries are going to need to spend everything on garrison units just so they won't have holes in their lines.

2) Bends in the line, or bumps in or out - the AI will want to attack at points along your line where it can bring 3 or 4 attackers to bear on a single defender. Avoid bumps that allow 4 attackers and minimize bends where you have a unit exposed to 3 attackers. Put your stronger infantry units in those vulnerable spots if you have them. Use garrison units first in bends where they only face 1 attacker, or along straight lines where they face two if you must.

3) Try to back your line with reserves spaced along it. When you get attacked, look at the result - if the damaged unit has a white 7 or 8 strength, the best thing is probably to apply replacements (2) in place. If it is a yellow 7 or 8, or 6 or below, you want to get that unit out of the line. If there is a full strength reserve directly backing it, just swap the units - then apply replacements (only 1, since you moved). If there isn't a suitable reserve directly behind the damaged unit, look down your line - see if you can shift the damaged unit out, then shift a whole section of line down one space, all the way back up to where you can pull a reserve unit into the line. Watch the AI do these things.

4) See the AI always use its fighter units to attack one of your units before a ground attack, even though it looks like it does no damage? Try it yourself on an attack. Disappointed that it did no damage and not going to bother doing that any more? Check a defender's unit card before and after your next fighter attack - hey, it lowered the defender's efficiency by 1. So always use your fighters first on your most important attacks in a turn.

5) Order of attacking units is important. Use this order: Fighters, airships, artillery, bombers, infantry, garrison. This will maximize your damage done and minimize your casualties.

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RE: Commander: The Great War PC PDF Manual - 7/26/2014 4:58:04 PM   
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Great playing guide for Commander: The Great War at Pocket Tactics:

http://www.pockettactics.com/features/field-marshal-owens-guide-commander-great-war-noobs/

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RE: Commander: The Great War PC PDF Manual - 7/27/2014 9:25:17 AM   
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Very interesting review,and some really good tactical advice to boot.

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RE: Commander: The Great War PC PDF Manual - 7/29/2014 9:49:13 PM   
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New Commander: The Great War gameplay video from the HistoricalGamer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHzsHY17Nds

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RE: Commander: The Great War PC PDF Manual - 7/30/2014 11:35:22 AM   
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Part Two of CTGW gameplay video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G95vEvtcwVU&list=UU3H5lJfctAJRgHzY3JIuwsw

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RE: Commander: The Great War PC PDF Manual - 7/31/2014 8:01:52 PM   
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yyf6AKEpC5I&list=UUe7n-NgctmQSHq44eeQSxCw

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RE: Commander: The Great War PC PDF Manual - 8/1/2014 8:17:56 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Lord Zimoa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yyf6AKEpC5I&list=UUe7n-NgctmQSHq44eeQSxCw



Its great that people are creating video's to show the game in action,I just wish they played the game a little first,before sharing it with everyone,because its obvious they don't have a scooby on what they are doing,just blundering about without understanding how the game actually play's will only see them loose the war before they are even in it,the manual is not huge,just spend 30 mins and read the thing.

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RE: Commander: The Great War PC PDF Manual - 8/5/2014 10:33:27 PM   
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In the above AARs there are good tactics tps. What is missing are good STRATEGY tips. Unless one knows the history (there is a series of good historical videos on Youtube), for example one would not know that the Germans MUST aim for a knockout blow against France along the channel before Russia intervenes, in order to avoid a two-front war, and MUST cripple British convoys to avoid being overwhelmed by the British. As Serbia, one should exploit the military weakness of the Austria-Hungarians for an early victory there, but beware a later flank attack by the Romanians.

There IS one good strategy suggestion by Historicalgamer: the German fleet can intercept the first British transports heading for France and sink them, thus removing two full British units from the French front, at the cost of losing part of the German surface fleet.

What is NOT obvious is which research to prioritize, except for the first one (machineguns)in the early war. A mistake here can lose the war, and the AI is certainly programmed to make the right choices.

Henri

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RE: Commander: The Great War PC PDF Manual - 9/9/2015 6:06:20 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: henri51

In the above AARs there are good tactics tps. What is missing are good STRATEGY tips. Unless one knows the history (there is a series of good historical videos on Youtube), for example one would not know that the Germans MUST aim for a knockout blow against France along the channel before Russia intervenes, in order to avoid a two-front war, and MUST cripple British convoys to avoid being overwhelmed by the British. As Serbia, one should exploit the military weakness of the Austria-Hungarians for an early victory there, but beware a later flank attack by the Romanians.

There IS one good strategy suggestion by Historicalgamer: the German fleet can intercept the first British transports heading for France and sink them, thus removing two full British units from the French front, at the cost of losing part of the German surface fleet.

What is NOT obvious is which research to prioritize, except for the first one (machineguns)in the early war. A mistake here can lose the war, and the AI is certainly programmed to make the right choices.

Henri

That also depends on the fact that the game is modeled on Official History. Plenty of people (for example, John Mosier) will contend that Germany beat the living tar out of the Entente and the idea of Russia defeating Germany or even being an effective front was always wishful thinking. Plenty of people think it was American money and material that won it - i.e. attrition warfare, where the ultimate maneuver attempts of the various nations were largely irrelevant and misguided. One thing people often forget when modeling and critiquing these games is that it's quite possible that the historical commanders **** the bed and/or were constrained by political nonsense the entire time. It's pretty clear that it was a surrender (to a perfide foe, at that) and not a defeat that put Germany under; whatever their ultimate prospects they were never actually beaten or overrun.

That aside: I made pdf and a Kindle ebook of some of these resources and could share the link if someone wanted.

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