From: Republic of Cascadia
Tanaka, Et al.,
The more I think about this situation with Bulgaria, the more I think it needs to be fine tuned as I pointed out earlier to Bill on this thread.
Like I mentioned this to you in our ingame chat, I did this stratagem against another opponent (who quit by ghosting) under completely different circumstances (which I will elaborate) and had it done to me back in February (which I will explain after).
The first time I managed a quick takedown of Bulgaria, it was mid 1915, and with the French. The expeditionary force I sent was 3 corps, a cavalry unit, and the HQ Dubail. My opponent didn't do well in Belgium and decided to concentrate against Russia. This gave France a breather. Serbia lost Belgrade, but was holding Nish to Montenegro. He had to divert KuK units to the Carpathians I surmised and was successful at stopping the Russians, so I figured it was only a matter of time before he came back with reinforcements to finish the Serbs off..so I sent the French in through Tirana, Albania.
When he started pumping money into Bulgaria through diplomacy, I pushed the French up to the Nish area out of his sight...and jumped on the Bulgars when they went to around 89% pro CP. It happened fast, and from his p.o.v. because of FoW, only saw a snippet of what happened at the beginning of his turn. Well, this didn't go over to well with my opponent, who quite frankly, was a bit thin skinned anyway in the ingame mssgs. He also quit our mirror game. That was that...
The time it happened to me as the CP, it was similar in the sense that I had a hard time taking Belgrade, but finally succeeded spring of 1915. In this game though, I knew the French were there as I ran into some and air reeced Albania, seeing more. I had pumped money into Bulgaria, and when they went over 90%, he attacked..taking Sofia with his cavalry after repeated blows. So that's when I learned how vulnerable Bulgaria can be, at least from Nish and vicinity.
I honestly think perhaps, that this should be fixed a bit. While it was pointed out that in the Second Balkan War, Bulgaria surrendered quickly after Romania took Sofia...remember that Bulgaria was Alone then, as Serbia, Greece, Turkey, and Rumania were at her neck. Not the case in WW1, especially with allies like Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire right there, close. And then, there's Germany, who gave lots of assistance to Bulgaria, and who needed Bulgaria to keep the link open with Turkey, if at all possible. So I think a secondary capital like Varna should be possible and/or a Corp instead of a detachment in Sofia.
One other note..
I have said before that I've been playing pbem with this series since February 2020, but anyone looking at my profile would see that I joined Matrix in July 2020. The explanation is that OldCrowBalthazor is my Slitherine account name, created to mirror my YouTube handle, where I'm a frequent commenter on certain channels. However, I had a Matrix account under VeloneiIzix, and have been with Matrix since 2009. I never posted in the forums, but read them voraciously, especially anything WitE or Distant Worlds. When I decided not to lurk anymore lol, I contacted Paulo over at Slitherine to merge my accounts to OldCrowBalthazor so as to Pbem under that name. Before that, I got my opponents via YouTube....or other means
Edit: Bill responded first while I was writing this treatise
< Message edited by OldCrowBalthazor -- 9/4/2020 10:18:21 AM >