From: Dallas Texas
Summary of Game
I want to thank my opponent Aurelian, and everyone that read the AAR and left all the helpful comments. I would say that a game against a human opponent was a much different experience than against the AI and I enjoyed it.
While I believe I made lots of errors, and my opponent feels the same, I would say the most crippling portion of the game was flat running out of supplies. This had never happened when I played the AI, some of that being the rate of advance was much slower…but I feel like something was amiss with my depots and getting the supplies forward.
I usually try to have a level 4 depot as the closest depot to the various areas of operation. Of course I try to get this depot as far forward as possible. Then I have the depot behind the level 4 at setting 3, then the one behind that at level 2 and finally the one behind that at level 1. This setup seemed to work fine with the AI, but not so much here.
I wonder if some of the really far back larger rail capacity depots (Germany) should also be set at level 1 just to pull from Berlin. Berlin seemed to be sitting on a lot of supply. Also, none of the supply routes seemed to be overburdened (ie red), but I may be misremembering that…
Any thoughts on improving my depot and supply issues would be great and helpful.
If my understanding of the logistics of the game are correct, freight stays in the depot if there is not enough SMP to move it forward. If you are creating depots roughly 4-6 hexes away from each other, and have the four most forward depots in that configuration, once you get deep inside the Soviet Union you will run into supply problems. This is because all the other depots in the rear are probably set to 0 and won't store any freight no matter what. What I do is this something like this:(obviously the amount of depots depend how far you are into the SU.) Berlin-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2-2-3-4-4. If you leave the intermittent depots at a even a low priority, any freight without enough SMP to move forward gets stored in one of the in between depots, saving distance for the next logistics phase where they do not have to move as far as if they always just came from berlin. Look at the stored freight in the intermittent depots.
Ok, that makes sense. Its similar to my 1-2-3-4 setup. So say 1-1-1-2-2-2-3-3-4 or something similar?