From: Tucson, AZ
Senor Leibst, thank you for attempting to improve TYW. I downloaded and installed the 1.02RC patch with no problems once the link was fixed. I played the GC as the Imperialists up to late 1629 when the game became unplayable for the following reason:
The Mantua War event fired in August 1628 and transported Wallenstein's army (1400 combat power) to Pavia. Unfortunately it fired again in September 1628 and again in October 1628 transporting a total of over 3500 points of combat power (80% of my field forces) along with 1000 points in fixed garrison units to Pavia. When the 'Troops to Poland' event fired in May of 1629 it sent another 1000 points in fixed garrison troops to Gydnia. So now I have just Tilly and his army (1400 points) to try to defend what's left of my rapidly crumbling empire. Oh, and the units in Pavia and Gydnia are starving to death since there are no depots in those locations so you might as well have sent them to Mars, since they are dead to me anyway. Game over...
Obviously the Mantua event is broken. At the most 1000 points of combat power should go to Pavia (and they should be Spanish at first with Imperial troops appearing only in 1630) and there should be a level 4 depot there to supply them while they are gone. The same is true for the Poland event. And the troops should return to either Wien or Munich, not left stranded in the mountains right before winter (like it is with the Poland event). These are game-ending events for the Imperial player as they are currently written, but they did not have the same level of negative impact in the actual Thirty Years' War. At worst they simply slowed the pace of Imperial victories, victories that were not stopped until the intervention of the Swedes in 1631.
- Not all Bohemian forces are removed from the game when the 'Bohemian Rebellion is crushed' event fires.
- The AI is doing somewhat better but still moves around extensively in the winter and it often fails to maintain sieges to a successful conclusion.
- Sieges by single units (regiment/squadron) should not be allowed (the AI is very fond of them). Additionally, all fixed garrison units should become active when an enemy unit enters their province, and not simply wait for their inevitable demise.
- It is still not clear to me when a province is going to receive a garrison unit and when it is not. I have lost several cities that I thought would have a garrison (level of loyalty, military control, level of depot, etc.) but ended up not getting one. It would be better to have all garrison units on the map as soon as they are available.
There is more but until the Mantua and Poland events are fixed the GC is a pointless exercise. Hope you can fix it soon....