I've created a sheet of charts in order to make playing the game easier. There is also a flow with tips to evaluate relative combat capabilities of units.
When I began to play TOAW, I usually felt frustrated at how some combat results seemed arbitrary to me. I noticed many other players complaining about it, too. The Toaw "black box" may give reasonable results, but not being able to identify the variables that came into play after a counter-intuitive combat result can bring up a feeling of caotic randomness.
After trying to really understand what was going on behind the scenes, I noticed that the game gradually became MUCH MORE rewarding to play. I've produced a sheet with charts and combat evaluation flow in order to help me remember the important aspects to keep in mind. Since I noticed it could be useful to other players, I adapted it with some more info in order to have an almost complete reference chart. I've thrown in what I thought was most important in order to understand how the game calculates things under the hood so,for that reason, things like a movement cost table were left out; after all, we are able to get the values while playing and there is no difficulty in understanding movement.
Before someone suggests this is meant to try to micromanage details of the game, I must state that it was exactly to avoid that that I've created this chart. My goal was to create a procedure which, after a while should become intuitive, while trying to understand the role of the multiple variables in play.
Please, notice that there may be some misunderstanding of concepts in the suggested proceedings. I have no access to the in-game calculations, just information from the manual and from discussions in this forum. Any criticism will be welcome. If someone thinks something is unclear or that there is some serious english error, speak willingly. Imperfect or not, I now find results much more in line with my predictions and have felt more able to diagnose why some attack or defense went wrong.
The forum doesn't allow me to send links until seven days after my tenth post. I don't know how I can make it available to the rest of you. I tried to send it as image, without success also.