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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/7/2019 10:29:11 PM   
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Hellen, do you think the supply level is adequate as you move forward? Let me know if think adjustments are necessary!


I am not familiar enough w/ supply to know, but I can post a picture of what the supply levels look like around there if that would help.

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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/8/2019 11:58:39 AM   
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Looks pretty strong to me ... your mileage may vary!





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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/8/2019 2:02:13 PM   
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Looks quite good, indeed.

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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/9/2019 12:54:48 PM   
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Vienna ... Wiener-Neustadt ... St. Polten ... all fall silent under the weight of the Iron Curtain.

The Fr. 11th airborne is obliterated. The Warsaw Pact seems unstoppable.





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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/11/2019 7:09:52 PM   
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July 23, 1979

With Vienna now securely under martial law, Soviet / Czech / Hungarian forces pause to resupply.

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[ooc: we cycled through a few turns, allowing my opp. to get the Italians better prepared while I hoped for an Austrian surrender from the Event Engine. The Austrians did not surrender...
... even so, the sticky point for my opp is, that he cannot leave the WG border / Fulda Gap etc. to reinforce Austria, b/c WP guns are pointed directly at NATO there point blank {and at Berlin, too, of course ... and Hamburg ... Hannover ... etc.}]

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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/12/2019 1:11:33 AM   
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July 30, 1979:

ASC Rogers is called to an emergency meeting on the hot line to Moscow.

Kosygin: "Withdraw all NATO forces from Austria. Surrender the assassins and their aides, along with our materiel, and we will forgive Italy's indiscretions."

Rogers asks for time. "24 hours."

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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/12/2019 2:59:45 AM   
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July 30, 1979:

ASC Rogers is called to an emergency meeting on the hot line to Moscow.

Kosygin: "Withdraw all NATO forces from Austria. Surrender the assassins and their aides, along with our materiel, and we will forgive Italy's indiscretions."

Rogers asks for time. "24 hours."


Oh oh, I smell a rat. The fix is in....

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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/13/2019 12:05:45 AM   
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Hostilities resume. Having reloaded and repaired, the WP makes mincemeat of the US 1st and 2nd armored divisions. Italy, it seems, had enough firepower to send the Hungarians back to deal w/ the US 1st Mech division dug in around Sarmellek.

The advance continues. British SAS attempted a weak show of force, but were easily repulsed after only disabling a SCUD.




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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/13/2019 10:52:16 PM   
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ASC Rogers is relieved of command. On the literal verge of retirement, US Marine General Louis Wilson Jr. agrees to appointment as Supreme Commandant of all NATO forces.


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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/13/2019 11:21:25 PM   
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July 31, 1979

Under General Louis, NATO begins a counter attack led by Italian Shock Troops ....

First order of business: rescue Neustadt forces





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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/15/2019 5:52:21 PM   
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US seems to be forming up better ... more Marines have arrived.






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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/17/2019 2:57:17 PM   
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Soviet Special Forces slip into Salzburg while the 106th Airborne destroys bridges at Branau and Burghausen. The US Air Force has been effectively destroyed. Will the Austrians surrender now? Or will they wait for the inevitable fall of Graz and Linz? Or will they soldier on?





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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/18/2019 3:55:17 AM   
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Soviet Special Forces slip into Salzburg while the 106th Airborne destroys bridges at Branau and Burghausen. The US Air Force has been effectively destroyed. Will the Austrians surrender now? Or will they wait for the inevitable fall of Graz and Linz? Or will they soldier on?






In the final release (soon!), I tweaked Austrian surrender as: 5% upon initial WP war (the Chamberlain option); 5% chance for Soviet occupation of each major city of Vienna, Linz, and Graz; and 20% for Salzburg. So unless the others trigger surrender, Salzburg will be the key. Any Austrian units able to successfully retreat to the redoubts of Fortress Alps is a huge win for NATO.

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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/18/2019 10:32:06 PM   
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General Louis pulls a big fat hairy rabbit out his behind.






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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/19/2019 1:42:15 AM   
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here is the crash msg we got (at least I hope this time it works ... )






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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/19/2019 9:01:10 AM   
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trying a gain





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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/19/2019 12:03:15 PM   
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The game has ended! The intrepid Gen. Louis retires with yet another medal to be expected for his surprise attack on Praha. The world breathes easier.

Summary: we purposely limited our "front" to Austria, so as not to get too involved w/ a broader front and risk losing efforts due to any beta issues, and also to be able to cycle through the game quicker. North of Austria / Czech, we only moved forces to the borders and noodled around w/ the air units.

The naval units are very "jerky" when we moved them, and the game once CTD during a big naval move, so we 86'd naval also as part of our house rule (although we allowed use of US naval air power that was based on carriers in the Channel)

Observations: US Marines did not defend AT ALL. They *always* automatically retreated before combat, dug in or not. Not sure if that is by design. They did fight well on the attack, but were useless as defenders.

The Czech surrender resulted not in Czechs being withdrawn, but the Hungarians, so that was weird, but it didn't make much difference b/c the game ended two turns later and the Soviets easily put reinforcements into their place.

NATO will have a very hard time defending against an aggressive WP player (looking at you, Larry!!). Also, the news briefing reported that the game was scheduled for full 34 turns or so, but the event engine correctly ended this game at 17 turns following declaration of hostilities (ended after NATO turn 18.)

We had a lot of fun playing this scene, and can't wait for the alpha and gold versions. I hope you enjoyed our reporting. I think we'll play another quick one, and this time will limit our scene to a Fulda Gap type throw (no Austrians, no Danes) w/ tension of a few moves.

Thanks for reading!




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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/19/2019 12:14:10 PM   
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The only odd thing in your play test report is that if Czech surrender that the Hungarians are withdrawn. I don't quite follow or understand that one. Plus I know a lot of Jar Heads that would say the game is broken and flawed because Marines never retreat, they retrograde move, lol.

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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/19/2019 3:07:51 PM   
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Hellen, thanks for taking the time to provide this feedback. I will begin addressing these one-by-one so that we can determine if any future changes need to be made.

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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/19/2019 3:13:05 PM   
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The CTD is alarming. Did you forward any logs to Ralph? Since I have little experience with these matters I am relying on the kindness of this community that can help alleviate this. This map is large, and over 500 events, maybe it is a source of the problem(?). Surely, there are larger maps and scenarios than this one. I wonder if they have experienced this...

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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/19/2019 3:17:12 PM   
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Here is the equipment of a Marine bde. The Proficiency is set to 85% (while regular Army is 72%). If anyone has feedback, let me know. I don't want to make enemies of the Corp!!:





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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/19/2019 3:43:02 PM   
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As for the Czech's, they hired substitutes to do the surrendering for them...

Kidding aside, this has been fixed as well as a few more Events that I previously broke when adding more formations. For Beta, the odds of WP non-participation was turned off so that we could see the full onslaught of naked, brutal Soviet aggression. The new odds of allied non-participation will look like this (note that each Formation for each nation is checked for a go, no-go. If they fail, they will be garrisoned. This can tone down the full bite of invasion.):
- Poland - about 10%
- E. Germany - 5%
- Czechoslovakia - 8%
- Hungary - 8%

- France - 20% that land/naval units inside France will not participate (I and III corps. Remember they were not a full NATO member.)
- Italy - 50% that they will not move unless Austria is invaded. (Politics, and maybe they will be needed to help NATO members Greece and Turkey in the Mediterranean.)
- Austria - see notes way above

Much of this is speculative and each of us has opinions on what these percentages can be. ANY feedback is appreciated!

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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/19/2019 4:25:46 PM   
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Unfortunately, the only crash log I saw created and managed to save was that last one that came during combat resolution, with the message to send to Ralph. I'll forward that to the tech forum, along w/ the two sal files that were created (I think they are called mx_debug or something like that).

The other "random" CTDs (that came during movement) were, I thought, on my video card side or a CPU heat issue, but Larry also mentioned that he had a CTD during his move in the game we're just now starting.

Over the course of this game, it did that to me maybe three or five times, all prior to move 10, and it seemed to go away after a while. Not sure, but it may have been related to scrolling around the map in "small" view. I just started saving the game every so often, esp. before and after any big rail or air unit movement, and, of course, prior to and just after resolving any combats. It was only a minor annoyance, not a game killer. But you def. want to make save points in such a big scene so as not to have to re-do a lot of moves. I also stopped using the scroll around function so much (instead, using "left click" on the mouse to "center" the map on the cursor finger thing location. Seemed to work a lot better, and was easier that way, too.)

US Marines: not sure what the deal was w/ them. Every time WP engaged them, they "advanced to the rear". The French 11th airborne also seemed rather squeamish about engaging. Czech forces chopped them to bits early on.

Well, kudos to Gen. Louis for that last surprise move he made into Praha ... he managed to squeak a mech division right through a seam along the EG border, with BARELY enough movement points to get there practically unopposed, so that was my bad as WP player for overlooking that little seam he found (and his good move, for finding it at the last minute.)

Anyway, this is a great scenario, and for being so huge, it is a challenge for both sides b/c there are only 17 or so combat turns before the game ends, so you've really got to get some kind of strategy besides slogging through the front lines ... those airborne and SF units are really key for capturing essential points (by the same token, that makes air units and SAM / AAA esp. important, to try to shoot down those guys.)

Well, Larry and I have started our game. I just got his second WP move, combat has started, so it is now up to me to try to come up with a NATO strategy to try to hold him back. OK, well, thanks again for the great scene and for reading our AAR!!


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RE: The Next War - Expanded (Beta 1.0) hotseat - 4/19/2019 5:14:57 PM   
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Approximately when will you post an update Mussey?

I'd like to give the next version a go.

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