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RE: Call to Arms - 3/20/2019 1:51:10 AM   
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Nothing to report this month. Both sides maneuvering into position for the upcoming campaign season.

Note on scenario length: The nominal length of the scenario is 129 Turns, which takes it to December 1785. This is well past the historical end of the war (September 1783). King George and others in the government wanted to keep on fighting. But the loss at Yorktown put the conflict out of reach in the minds of most, and a treaty was eventually signed. In the scenario, the extended length allows for a "Yorktown" type battle never occurring, and both sides believing they still can win. However, starting in January 1782, sudden death victory conditions go into effect. If either side gains a 25 VP advantage, the scenario stops and that side is awarded victory. If neither side can achieve this, then the scenario runs its full length and will most likely result in a draw.

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RE: Call to Arms - 3/22/2019 3:19:56 AM   
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Ugh. Take a look at the map from the February report. All those militia that swept into eastern Massachusetts through the gap in the middle were eliminated. For all I know Ian drew me in on purpose. Best I can figure, about 9 or 10 battalions were lost. This is a severe blow to our offensive plans this year. The Merrimack crossing, by itself, is not going to achieve anything. We needed to apply pressure from the front as well. The loss of those militia removed about 10% of the force that was to take part. I still plan to go forward with it, but the prospects for success just dimmed.


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RE: Call to Arms - 3/22/2019 8:25:48 AM   
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Well that's a bold move by the Redcoats. Did it attack from the sides of the "gap" and closed it behind the militias?

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RE: Call to Arms - 3/22/2019 9:25:50 AM   
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I was content to rest and gain supply and reinforcements.,I closed the gap between the two my two armies at Boston and providence with a veiw to destroying the militias however on my next turn most of the militias were gone apart from a few around Newport which I destroyed, I assumed the militias had ended there enlistment period and withdrew from the map ?

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RE: Call to Arms - 3/22/2019 1:54:20 PM   
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All the militia that charged through the gap were new recruits. They just disintegrated under the British advance. It was a tactical blunder on my part and Ian took advantage of it. During subsequent Winters, when the British pulled back, we learned to hold our positions.

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RE: Call to Arms - 3/23/2019 4:55:28 AM   
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Charleston has been captured by a surprise British assault from the sea. Well, it wasnít a total surprise. They have had a large fleet parked offshore for several months. And I had stengthened it as much as I could with what we had on hand. But they still took it without too much effort. Iíd like to launch my New England campaign early as a distraction, but will resist that temptation. I still need a couple more months to prepare. Besides, the main prize has already been captured. Thereís not much more down there to distract him from.





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RE: Call to Arms - 3/25/2019 1:34:07 AM   
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The British surrounded and eliminated the continentals left behind during the retreat from Charleston. Gates is not going to make a stand at Ft. Watson. The British are able to simply run over anything I put in their path. The prudent move is to retreat all the way back to Hillsboro. If they follow me that far then Lee and his Virginia Continentals can come down and lend a hand.

The Redcoats have also resumed their attacks at Boston, bouncing my right wing all the way back to the Connecticut border. I would have liked another month to gather up supplies, but decided it was time to act. I sent Washington across the Merrimack with half of his army while the other half applied pressure on the Concord-Lexington corridor from the west. Washington encountered a mixed bag of British and Hessian forces guarding the norther n approaches to Boston. While not insurmountable, it certainly was not the open road to Boston I had naively hoped for. The crossing itself was successful, but all the troops could accomplish was to pivot southwest and assist with the capture of Lexington.





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RE: Call to Arms - 3/26/2019 2:29:37 AM   
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My New England campaign has failed. All of the gains made the previous month at such a heavy cost have been lost. The British counterattacked in force and drove Washington back across the river. All that is left of the largest force ever to be fielded by the Americans is 3 dragoon and 3 continental btns. In the screen shot from the previous month, practically everything you see east of Lexington was destroyed.

Meanwhile, in the southern colonies, Gates has arrived at Hillsboro with the remnants of his army (picking up stragglers along the way). The Georgia contingent is bottled up in Augusta by the 42nd Highland, Anhault-Zerbst Hessian, and none other than Tarletonís Legion of the 3rd Loyalist Bde. The defenders of Augusta were hoping for some help from the SC Continentals, but they decided to join Gates in Hillsboro. The only one that came to their aide was a group of SC partisans, who surprised the Hessians from behind but could not relieve the pressure on Augusta.





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RE: Call to Arms - 3/26/2019 8:18:31 AM   
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Jesus, that's a debacle.

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RE: Call to Arms - 3/28/2019 2:13:33 AM   
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The Loyalists captured Augusta after a small but particularly fierce battle. If my troops in New England fought that hard I would have won the war by now!

Washington is on his way back to Philadelphia. The Boston gambit was a failure. My only consolation is that in the long run Iíll be able to make up the losses better than my opponent. If I canít outfight the enemy, then Iíll outlast them.


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RE: Call to Arms - 3/28/2019 11:19:33 PM   
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By now it is redundant to report that casualties were heavy again at Boston. But Iím sensing a change. More and more Hessian units are in the front lines, and they are much easier to engage than the British regulars. In this grueling battle of attrition we are holding our own. ButÖ if I had it to do over I donít think I would have challenged the British here. They would have had to keep a sizable army at Boston with or without the presence of the Continentals. By engaging in open field clashes so close to their supply base I was merely playing in to the British strengths.

Tarleton finished off the last of the Georgia Continentals trying to retreat from Augusta. With that, the first phase of the southern campaign draws to a close. It was a decisive victory for the King's soldiers. Charleston, Savannah, and Augusta all fell at small cost to the Redcoats. New Bern, Wilmington, and St. Augustine were already under Tory control, as they had been since the beginning of the war. Factor in Mobile and Pensacola on the Gulf coast, and you can see that the enemy are complete masters of the coastline in the southern colonies.





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RE: Call to Arms - 3/29/2019 11:45:46 PM   
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An October surprise from the Redcoats. A small force entered Chesapeake Bay and captured Norfolk. Lee led the VA Continentals in a fierce counterattack and succeeded in dislodging the invaders before they could gain a foothold. Norfolk was the only Loyalist stronghold in Virginia at the start of the war and we certainly didnít want to give it back. There are more British troops waiting offshore but it is unknown if they will still attempt a landing.

This is actually a significant milestone. It's the first time Patriot forces have successfully beaten back a British invasion. I hope it portends a shift in the balance of power.





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RE: Call to Arms - 3/31/2019 3:54:26 AM   
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The British abandoned their assault on Norfolk. So the middle colonies remain solidly under Patriot control. In New England the story remains the same. In the south things have quieted down. And in the far north it is positively blissful.

And I forgot to mention in the previous report, but France has finally declared war on Britain. The American Revolution is now a World War involving America, Britain, Prussia, France, Spain, and Netherlands (the Dutch contribute a squadron to the French fleet). Not to mention the numerous indigenous nations of the North American continent. It's not reflected in the scenario, but historically, fighting started flaring up between Britain and her new block of enemies in places like Gibraltar and India. There was a very real threat of a cross-channel invasion from France. The ones who started this whole thing, the Americans, seemed to be the least of Britain's worries at this point.


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RE: Call to Arms - 4/3/2019 2:29:20 PM   
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A few emails back, Ian and I were discussing one of the attributes of this scenario that may turn some players off to it. And that is: no matter what you do, you canít seem to get the upper hand over the other player. The British can bounce me around all over the coast, but as soon as they venture too far inland they are overwhelmed by militia. For me, itís even worse. To conduct any kind of offensive operation I have to save up units and supplies for several months. Move them into position. Wait a couple more months to recover supply again, and then attack. My attacks succeed for one, maybe two turns. Then the British come out and destroy everything I was attacking with. I run away. And the cycle repeats.

I think this tedium is quite historical for the conflict being simulated. Letters between various British commanders and London showed a fatigue setting in by 1780. Redcoats kept killing Patriots but there were always more gathering up over the next hill. Parliament was becoming concerned with the cost. And the British public were just getting tired of it all. One might draw some parallels with the U.S. experience in Vietnam, but Iíll leave that for another discussion.

I know Ian will see this through, win or lose. But I imagine many players would get bored by this point and move on to FITE or something. This scenario isnít for everyone.


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RE: Call to Arms - 4/3/2019 4:00:17 PM   
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That's an interesting take of the conflict. And I agree this can be boring if everything you do gets nowhere after a while.

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RE: Call to Arms - 4/4/2019 7:13:14 AM   
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One of the reasons I enjoy this scenario so much is the problems you face as, the British you can't just land at New York and march out into the interior and crush the rebellion as there is no supply you would get quickly cut of and suffer a humiliating defeat as the British did at Saratoga, I think the best strategy I can offer is a coastal strategy capture and hold as many coastal cities as you can then try and force the Americans into holding a major VP city that they can't afford to lose and inflict a crushing defeat on them and get the -20 victory level which stops the EEV so no French intervention, This game I've tried a northern strategy which hasn't really worked out for me I keep breaking out of Providence and Boston but can't seem to keep the momentum as supply and readiness drops, My British ate clearly to spread out and I guess I need to concentrate somewhere and gain a victory ?

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RE: Call to Arms - 4/4/2019 12:07:55 PM   
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It sounds like it recreates the limitations of the combatants well.

A useful playtest might be to run a game in which the American player deliberately runs the colonials into the ground and see if the British player can then handily win, or if he gets bogged down in fights with colonial militia and wilderness. If the latter case is true, that might indicate a need for tuning.

I was curious about the map. It looks like it shows Florida under British control -- I had thought it was still Spanish Florida at that point, but may easily be mistaken.

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A few emails back, Ian and I were discussing one of the attributes of this scenario that may turn some players off to it. And that is: no matter what you do, you canít seem to get the upper hand over the other player. The British can bounce me around all over the coast, but as soon as they venture too far inland they are overwhelmed by militia. For me, itís even worse. To conduct any kind of offensive operation I have to save up units and supplies for several months. Move them into position. Wait a couple more months to recover supply again, and then attack. My attacks succeed for one, maybe two turns. Then the British come out and destroy everything I was attacking with. I run away. And the cycle repeats.

I think this tedium is quite historical for the conflict being simulated. Letters between various British commanders and London showed a fatigue setting in by 1780. Redcoats kept killing Patriots but there were always more gathering up over the next hill. Parliament was becoming concerned with the cost. And the British public were just getting tired of it all. One might draw some parallels with the U.S. experience in Vietnam, but Iíll leave that for another discussion.

I know Ian will see this through, win or lose. But I imagine many players would get bored by this point and move on to FITE or something. This scenario isnít for everyone.



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RE: Call to Arms - 4/4/2019 1:22:31 PM   
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It sounds like it recreates the limitations of the combatants well.

A useful playtest might be to run a game in which the American player deliberately runs the colonials into the ground and see if the British player can then handily win, or if he gets bogged down in fights with colonial militia and wilderness. If the latter case is true, that might indicate a need for tuning.


That's basically what happened in our first playtest when the scenario was released a few years ago. I didn't "deliberately" run the colonials into the ground, but I hadn't learned how to modulate their aggressiveness. And yes, the British easily won.

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I was curious about the map. It looks like it shows Florida under British control -- I had thought it was still Spanish Florida at that point, but may easily be mistaken.


It was handed over to Britain at the conclusion of the 7 Years War (1763).

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RE: Call to Arms - 4/4/2019 5:07:26 PM   
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It was handed over to Britain at the conclusion of the 7 Years War (1763).


Thanks!

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RE: Call to Arms - 4/9/2019 2:03:18 AM   
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Game note: Ian and I have discovered a bug with the scenario. The way that TOAW 4 resolves naval combat is producing some pretty crazy results in ship vs ship engagements (like 8 American Frigates being able to sink 20 British SOLs before succumbing to the weight of shot). In addition, Iíve come to discover that in T4, a stationary naval force will always fire on a moving force, even if that force is vastly superior.

I have identified the scenario settings that need to be adjusted in order for ship vs ship combat to play out correctly in T4. I will be updating the scenario and posting it soon. In the meantime, Ian and I have decided to continue our game. We will incorporate a House Rule to avoid surface engagements. At the end of each playerís turn, they must return their fleet to its home base (Halifax for the British, West Indies for the Americans). This should not affect the game's outcome. The only time a naval engagement had a significant impact during the Revolutionary War was during the Yorktown siege. And I doubt Ian will allow a quarter of his army to get bottled up like that in the first place.

Anyway, back to the AAR Ö

Here are the year start situation maps. I decided to leave off the commander names so you can see more of the map. Iíll also show the full map, not just east of the Appalachians. I think it does a good job of showing just how small the battlefields were compared to the vastness of the continent.






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RE: Call to Arms - 4/9/2019 2:05:45 AM   
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And the southern colonies...






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RE: Call to Arms - 4/10/2019 3:00:29 AM   
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February 1779

Starting to plan this yearís campaign activity. Rochambeauís ground forces in the West Indies currently amount to only 2 Foot Regiments and a large 8 pounder battery. Not enough to make a difference in anything we undertake. At sea we are even worse off. díEstaing has but 3 French naval squadrons in addition to the 2 Frigate squadrons of the ďContinental NavyĒ. Thatís not enough to challenge the British anywhere in the theater. Of course, the new House Rule will prevent any ship-to-ship combat so it's a moot point.

So for the Patriots, 1779 will be a defensive year. The plan is to keep the Tories contained in their current strongholds and wait for additional French reinforcements. As for the AAR, it probably wonít make for great reading.


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RE: Call to Arms - 4/10/2019 9:11:01 PM   
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Oh, I think it's interesting to read about campaigns on here that are not 1941-1945 in Russia. :)

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RE: Call to Arms - 4/12/2019 3:22:17 PM   
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March 1779

Without any heavy engagements planned for the year, we can afford to do a little exploring out west. Brodhead is assembling a small force at Lynchburg, VA (1 continental rgt, 1 militia btn, Oneida and Tuscarora Indian scouts). He will cross the Appalacian Mountains and capture Boonesboro and Blue Licks. If his party is still in decent shape at that time, he can continue westward to Vicennes.

Our overall army strength flows in cycles. As a general rule, we are very strong in the Spring, when new militia units are mobilized. Throughout the summer our strength dwindles as fighting invariably causes losses beyond the replacement rate. In the Winter we hit rock botton as enlistments expire and desertions increase (desertions reflected by a higher pestilence value). Starting in March the cycle repeats.

Hereís a shot of the Colonial Militias that are still available for activation. Since Iím not planning any major offensive activity this year, the only reason I would need to call one up is if the British make a major push somewhere. I do anticipate using them in 1780, but more on that later.






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RE: Call to Arms - 4/12/2019 10:11:25 PM   
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If you don't call up a militia in a particular year do more troops turn out the next time you call them up?

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RE: Call to Arms - 4/12/2019 10:48:37 PM   
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The manual call-up options are for the entire game. So the ones you see listed have to last me until the end. In the first half of the war, militias tend to get called up to meet a new British threat. In the latter half of the war, they get called up to strength an American expedition somewhere. Since each colony can only be called up once per game, the American player has to be judicious in their use.

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RE: Call to Arms - Naval Settings - 4/12/2019 10:51:44 PM   
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I have identified the scenario settings that need to be adjusted in order for ship vs ship combat to play out correctly in T4.




Please identify these settings. I'm sure other designers would find this information very useful.

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RE: Call to Arms - Naval Settings - 4/12/2019 10:52:43 PM   
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Oh, I see, thanks!

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RE: Call to Arms - Naval Settings - 4/13/2019 3:14:44 AM   
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Please identify these settings. I'm sure other designers would find this information very useful.

Regards, RhinoBones


Naval Attrition Divider and Critical Hit Scalar for starters. I'm also going to experiment with reducing the range to lessen the chances of accidental ship vs ship interdiction combat.


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RE: Call to Arms - Naval Settings - 4/15/2019 2:06:59 AM   
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April 1779

The fourth anniversary of the war sees a lot of British naval movement but little ground combat. Several different American held ports were probed. Either the Tories are looking for another place to invade, or they are scouting for any buildup of Patriot forces. Or maybe they just wanted to bombard. Itís a cheap way for Britain to flex their muscle without risking casualties. In any event, it was a quiet turn.


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