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Triumph Scenario Released - 8/31/2016 6:54:05 AM   
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The triumph of the Reich scenario is now available on the VR Designs site.

The final version incorporates bugs fixes plus numerous refinements and additions including TO&E. The scenario has been play-tested by both experienced and new players who have generously donated their time and provided invaluable assistance. Full acknowledgements are given in the scenario brief.

The game is for human only play* and is intended to be accessible to anyone familiar with the basic mechanics of ATGold. Players will find the subformation types, research screen and most location types familiar, allowing players of all experience levels to try the scenario.

*With minimal scenario editing it is possible to set up the scenario to be played with just your favourite Regime(s) active, allowing you check the game out without playing competitively. This is easy to do (even if you have never used the editor before) and is explained in the Players Guide.


For readers who missed the original posting in October 2015, the following provides an overview.

A detailed map of 151 x 126 hexes. Land scale is 25 miles per hex.

Large starting forces: recreating the feel of commanding the massive armies on the eastern front.

Playable Regimes: Britain, US, France, the Commonwealth, Germany, SS, Italy, Axis Minors, Finland, Russia. Norway is conquered but can become active if their territory recaptured. Spain and Turkey become active only if attacked by Germany.

The game is recommended for 2-5 players.

Vichy French colonies are modelled in detail.

Play commences in May 1941 with the first turn reserved for setting production. Regimes cannot move units in May, apart from Germany which can reposition their forces in preparation for the invasion of Russia.

The stats of quite a few subformations have been tweaked. There are also a few new unit types: air recon, combat engineers, convoys, etc.

Air and naval subformations have extended movement to correspond to the scale of the map.

Research costs and dependencies have been reworked. High level technologies are achievable for major powers, but restrictions prevent them being researched too early.

Scientists will occasionally become available for your Regime. They are the principal method – other than by conquest – by which Regimes can increase their PP income. Scientists can be stationed in existing research centres to yield PPs each turn, or they can build new research laboratories and upgrade those laboratories for greater PP output. They can also be used to gift instant PPs to their own or an allied Regime.

Military production is less city-centric. In addition to the standard factories, new location types include recruitment and enlistment centres (for infantry), industrial centres (all non-infantry units except for ships) transportation centres (non-armoured vehicles) as well as Supply bases, Recycling centres (resources) and Synthetic oil plants (Germany). Ships can only be built in shipyards.

Germany can assign submarines to intercept oil and ore being sent from the US to Britain and the Allies can counter this by assigning destroyers to engage in anti-submarine warfare. The results are calculated automatically each month and a summary of resource and naval unit losses is provided to the regimes involved.

Britain, the US, Germany and Italy can lay naval sea mines. An on map display reminds Regimes where their current minefields are located. (You can’t see the location of enemy minefields.) Naval mines are laid and cleared by minelayer ships (a new SFT).

For the greatest chance of success, the Allies must pre-plan large invasions like Normandy, a process that takes several months to complete.

Partisans can appear in France, Russia and Yugoslavia. Partisans can capture ungarrisoned locations, blow bridges and destroy rail lines.

Factories built outside of industrialised countries will be populated by colonial people and will be less productive and their units will fight poorly.

Russia has the ability to employ a scorched earth policy if retreating before a German advance. All countries can disband unwanted factories for a partial refund of their build cost.

Britain and the US can overfly Axis territory with strategic bombers, targeting the rail network.

There is a ton of additional content in the scenario that is not mentioned here. Hopefully it will provide players with a rich and enjoyable gaming experience.

Potential players should be aware that the level of detail and size of the forces in play can result in a major regime taking several hours to play.

I will be available to provide support and respond to any questions or suggestions.

Detailed information about the scenario has been compiled into a Player’s Guide which provides an easy to read introduction and is recommended as an information source. The guide will be included as part of the scenario download. A link to the guide is also available on the VR Designs home page, see Vic's post of September 1.

A selection of screenshots is shown below.


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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 8/31/2016 7:00:23 AM   
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The Map:







Mini-maps are included for the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 8/31/2016 7:02:40 AM   
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Action cards are an integral part of the game:






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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 8/31/2016 7:04:34 AM   
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Action cards are mostly self-explanatory; if you misplay one you will receive an error message and the card and your PPs will be refunded:





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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 8/31/2016 7:07:41 AM   
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Bad weather with a storm in the English Channel. The bottom left hexes are hedgerows.





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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 8/31/2016 7:09:38 AM   
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The Russian front, July 1941:






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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 8/31/2016 7:11:50 AM   
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Battle for Rostov:






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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 8/31/2016 7:13:11 AM   
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New toe units receiving reinforcements:






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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 8/31/2016 7:17:01 AM   
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Pages from the Player’s Guide:





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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 8/31/2016 7:21:04 AM   
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German industrial area:





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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 8/31/2016 7:38:57 AM   
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During the German turn Germany is given land access to 2 Swedish ore resources, allowing them to improve the mines:






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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/1/2016 9:26:35 AM   
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This scenario has now been uploaded to the VR Designs scenario bank.

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/1/2016 12:50:46 PM   
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My sincere compliments in completing what can only be described as a game within the game. Even coming with its own manual. Very impressive.

With only a 2-3 player minimum requirement I hope to see some game starts and hopefully an AAR.

Best wishes,
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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/1/2016 1:03:22 PM   
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Thank you for the encouragement and compliments.

It would certainly be nice to see the scenario get some play.

An AAR would be an ambitious project, time will tell.

Thanks again for the help you provided along the way.

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/2/2016 11:15:18 PM   
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I downloaded it last night and printed the manual at work today. I plan to really give it a closer look on this three day weekend - especially when Hermine comes through.
What I've seen so far looks superb. Maybe Matrix should hire you 👍

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/2/2016 11:57:15 PM   
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I hope you find play of the scenario engaging. Stay dry in the storm and if you have any questions or feedback I will be happy to respond.

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/6/2016 6:48:18 PM   
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was curious if NATO symbols were going to be used, thanks

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/6/2016 7:28:25 PM   
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You can use the TO&E editor, so it will allow NATO symbols that way, if you want them...

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/15/2016 1:23:37 AM   
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The scenario is NOT using TO&E to build units from scratch. When I create units to build and assign them a TO&E the next turn the blanks are gone.

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/15/2016 3:22:11 AM   
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Problem acknowledged.

This was working correctly in earlier versions, clearly a bug has developed along the way.

Also if you create a new (non-TOE) unit and put no sub-formations into it, that unit also is gone from the map in the next turn.

Will investigate further and update when the issue is resolved.

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/15/2016 3:47:59 AM   
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Is there a routine in the event that checks for empty units? Because TO&E works on any unit with at least one sub unit in it.

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/15/2016 4:33:29 AM   
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I suspected events 40 and 41 were the problem (they relate to rebasing air units to Murmansk, which is a minor part of the game).

Setting those two events to No Check appeared to reduce the problem, but I am not convinced it has eliminated it.

I will continue to investigate and will upload an updated scenario file once the problem has been corrected.

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/15/2016 6:09:47 PM   
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I suspected events 40 and 41 were the problem (they relate to rebasing air units to Murmansk, which is a minor part of the game).

Setting those two events to No Check appeared to reduce the problem, but I am not convinced it has eliminated it.

I will continue to investigate and will upload an updated scenario file once the problem has been corrected.

Not sure how to do that in the editor I don't use the events section at all.

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/15/2016 10:20:34 PM   
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Early morning in Australia, I am about to start running test games to try and nail down the problem.

If you are not familiar with events you have avoided a lot of potential frustrations! Although it is satisfying when they work. There are over 250 events in Triumph so it can take a while to find a problem.

If all else fails I will see if one of my collaborators can help.

I will post again when I believe the problem is resolved.

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/15/2016 11:13:22 PM   
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For now I just manually move one sft into blank units. The system seems to work ok if a unit exists.

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/15/2016 11:25:30 PM   
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Well at least there is a workaround.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but nice to know you are willing to persist and take a look at the scenario.

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/16/2016 2:32:38 AM   
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No Cruiser Technology? Got destroyers but no cruisers.

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/16/2016 3:37:02 AM   
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It depends on the Regime. Britain, the US (once it becomes playable in June '41), Germany, Italy and Russia should all be able to build cruisers from the start.

The CW, France and Turkey have the tech but no shipyard unless they build one.

The SS can't research any ship tech or build any ships.

The Axis Minors can only build cargo ships, destroyers and subs in their minor shipyard.

Finland can't research them and so on for the other Regimes.

If the above does not fit with your experience please let me know.







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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/16/2016 3:04:41 PM   
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Seem to be having trouble uploading this scenario into my ATG files. Downloads into my computer ok but after I use the install zip/file the game wont open.

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RE: Triumph of the Reich Scenario - 9/16/2016 3:56:26 PM   
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Well that is not supposed to happen.

Since it's getting late (for you too, you being in Sydney and me in Adelaide), I quickly put together the following.

If you have already extracted the atzip, (or you can rename it to a .zip file and then extract it to a folder on your desktop) you can manually check the files are all in the right place.

The following graphic shows where everything should go. I also gave an idea of file sizes in case something went awry with the download.





If this doesn't help, I will reply in the morning. I can give you a Dropbox link to try out also.

When you say the game doesn't open (I assume you are selecting Load Scenario), does nothing happen, or do you get the little blue rotating circle and it just keeps whirring away without doing anything?


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