From: Bedfordshire UK
Rasputitsa, the range from the Centre of Ops that a unit can take on replacements needs to be modified. Right now the range is based on "as the crow flies", which isn't right. Will change that.
I realised that the replacement distance seemed to be as the 'crow flies' and quite liked that. I pictured groups of men, or small units, making their way along by-ways not directly under HQ control, back to their units from the depot, or hospital, leaving the main roads free for movements of large bodies of troops. I imagined stragglers moving in the same way.
If you are going to make replacement by road distance, then the movement allowance should be enough for an independent unit to move, which I thought should be about 2/3 days, about the range for men fending for themselves and perhaps carrying their own supplies.
It is very disruptive to have to send fighting units back to within close range of the LOC to receive replacements, but this is a design decision and in some circumstances may be valid, as a seriously damaged unit may have to go back to the depot, but I don't see that happening very often in this context where units fought on, down to very low numbers, before being relieved.
I understand your wish to give the LOC the importance that it had historically, but that is achieved by the supply system, whilst returning troops could have some flexibility.
This is expanding the discussion, which is not vital right now, but maybe you could consider a two tier supply system, such as PFE (general supply and combat supply), where general supply is more basic and can include foraging, whilst military supply (powder and shot) must come from the LOC. I know this partially covered in the present rules, but perhaps given more structure, with maybe payment for supplies, or just foraging, where currently it is difficult for the player to know which towns have been foraged.
< Message edited by Rasputitsa -- 7/24/2019 12:48:36 PM >
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