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Jollyguy

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  1. Hey, I got a reply to my request for 1939 scenario, currently in the middle of a game! If you'd like to play SCG Gold, v. 1.04 send me an e-mail, I prefer Allied side. I'm an experienced player so can give you a run for your money. Bob.
  2. Okay, I tried AOD, the scale of the game is a marvel and I enjoyed the game engine...but the turns take longer than I can fit into my summer in Seattle schedule. An AOD turn takes 1 hour plus, sometimes 1 1/2 hours. I had SCG down pretty good, I could knock out even a deep in the war turn in 30 to 35 minutes, an early turn in 10 to 20 minutes. But what I did like about AOD was that the victory conditions were loosened, as imo SCG has a noticeable Axis bias, and imo AOD still has this. Anyway, once an SCG player got the Axis strategy down the Axis would win about 80% of the time because even an experienced Allied player could rarely achieve the challenging victory conditions against an evenly matched Axis opponent. So here's what I'm thinking. I can only fit two games of SCG Gold into my schedule and can do about 5 turns a week, but sometimes a couple each day on the weekend. The first person to send me an Axis, 1939 turn I'll fire back with an Axis first turn...but we use the AOD victory conditions. And here's the final part: It will be the total of the two games which really determines victory. If after the games have progressed it looks like we'll both have 1 point Axis victories then we'll figure out a tie braker, such as who has the most opponent cities under their control on X turn. The only option I can think of to activate in the game is to make sure to click alternative capitals, as a total surrender of German/Japan upon taking Berlin/Tokyo isn't fair to the Axis. Here's to hoping someone out there still plays SCG and for a good set of mirror games. Bob rrweeks@comcast.net
  3. Hubert, that worked! What I did was completely take the copied folder out of the Battlefront topside folder, it's many, many folders removed, not even in the same neighborhood as Battlefront. I labeled that 1.02 and tested and it worked fine. Then I installed the patch as per normal, it wanted to naturally go to the Battlefront folder. So that's the trick, you have to completely remove the older versions from the broader topside Battlefront folder. Thanks. Bob.
  4. Hubert, I'm having the same type of trouble installing the 1.03 patch as I did getting AOD to work. I get to the 1 inch line and then get a prompt about a crash or something. This is what I did: 1) Copied the entire AOD folder to a new folder, titled it 1.03 2) Saved the 1.03 patch in my standard download folder. 3) Tried to run the patch by directing to the new folder, got all the way to "Finish" and then got a prompt about a crash file. 4) Instead copied the patch into the new folder and tried it that way, same, all the way to "Finish" and then the crash file prompt. I don't know what I'm doing wrong with these patches, I used to be able to get them to work but lately it's no dice. My e-mail is rrweeks@comcast.net. If you can give my paint my numbers directions I'll give it another try but you'll have to be very specific. I remember when you got on my computer you said something about the file not pointing in the right direction or something like that. Thanks for your help.
  5. I've been wrapping up SCG games and couldn't participate in the ladder but could play now. If you have room in the ladder I could participate as an alternate, but I'm not really interested in climbing the ladder per se, I'm more interested in good games and learning AOD. I could do a couple games but that's about it. I'm currently in a non-ladder game with Isnogud...and he is good! So although I was a very good SCG player I would say I'm still learning AOD, but could still be characterized as a competent player. I have some more hard knocks to learn but on balance can give an opponent a good contest. So, let me know if any room in the ladder to fill a slot that maybe open. I could be like the practice squad on a pro sports team. I prefer the Allied side but am willing to do Axis, it would help with the learning curve. I've seen enough already to get a feel for what the Axis strategy needs to be. E-mail is rrweeks@comcast.net Bob.
  6. Hey, I'm going to post here, too: Hey guys, I'm the player that was supposed to be in the tourney but due to a clear case of operator error had to withdraw since I couldn't get the game to run. Hubert got the game running for me the other day...thank you Hubert! So, if any of you now deep in the tourney have finished games and have time and need a good Allied opponent, fire off an AoD 1939 Axis first turn to rrweeks@comcast.net I think those of you that have played me know I can play the Allies about as good as anyone out there, except maybe for Dragon...is he still playing? Clausewitz, I know we had some great SCG Gold 1.04 games, so if you want to resume the wars send me a file. Time permitting I'd fire back an Axis game but I've found that my ideal number of games is 3, maybe 4, otherwise I get in a personal battle at home...with the better half. I want peace on the homefront! So it's kind of first come first served. I'm the type who likes to learn as I go so you folks might have a slight advantage as I'm not going to spend hours on an AI game learning tips and tricks. I'll read the posts and keep them in mind, but all-in-all my forces will have to gain experience the hardway, at the college of hard knocks as my dad used to say. Bob
  7. Hey guys, I'm the player that was supposed to be in the tourney but due to a clear case of operator error had to withdraw since I couldn't get the game to run. Hubert got the game running for me the other day...thank you Hubert! So, if any of you now deep in the tourney have finished games and have time and need a good Allied opponent, fire off an AoD 1939 Axis first turn to rrweeks@comcast.net I think those of you that have played me know I can play the Allies about as good as anyone out there, except maybe for Dragon...is he still playing? Clausewitz, I know we had some great SCG Gold 1.04 games, so if you want to resume the wars send me a file. Time permitting I'd fire back an Axis game but I've found that my ideal number of games is 3, maybe 4, otherwise I get in a personal battle at home...with the better half. I want peace on the homefront! So it's kind of first come first served. I'm the type who likes to learn as I go so you folks might have a slight advantage as I'm not going to spend hours on an AI game learning tips and tricks. I'll read the posts and keep them in mind, but all-in-all my forces will have to gain experience the hardway, at the college of hard knocks as my dad used to say. Bob
  8. I'm a long time SC player, currently playing SCG 1.04, standard 1939 scenario. I prefer the Allied side. I'm a good player and have room for one, possible two games and can do 5+ turns a week. If interested send an Axis first turn to: rrweeks@comcast.net Bob.
  9. Sorry to say that I withdrew from the AoD tournament. I seem to have an insurmountable problem getting AoD to run on my computer. I've probably spent upwards of a dozen hours trying to get the game to run but I have to surrender! I've been playing SC and it's successors for I believe 9 years and absent Hubert getting on my computer to fix this I believe this is how it ends. I followed the instructions provided step-by-step, even got a second version of 1.04 to run. Then when I overlaid with AoD it still didn't work. I tried probably 4 times, each time I got the same exception. Hubert, if you want to get on my computer send me an e-mail as I'm pretty frustrated and won't be checking the board anymore. If possible I would also like to ask for a refund of my AoD purchase, Battlefront has my particulars. Best to all. Bob
  10. Sorry to say that I have to withdraw from the tournament. I seem to have an insurmountable problem in getting AoD to run on my computer. I've made multiple posts on the forum and followed the instructions from Hubert as best as I could and for some reason AoD doesn't want to run on my computer. I surrender! Best of luck to the other participants. Sorry if I messed up the brackets but if I can't get the game to run there is nothing I can do. Bob.
  11. I've been able to avoid trying to get AoD to run by just playing SCG 1.04, but now I'm in the AoD tournament and need it to run. So, I did (as far as I'm capable) what you said above, but no dice. I spent probably another two hours trying this and that but nothing seems to work, yet my 1,04 still works fine. AoD does the same thing on each attempt, get's all the way to finish, attempts to launch...then doesn't work. It even puts the shortcuts on my screen, but then everytime gives an error. So I think I have two possible solutions: 1) I completely purge every element of SCG from my computer including 1.04 and reinstall fresh copies. I've already paid for SCG, Gold, and AoD, but the problem is other that except AoD I don't have my old e-mail with codes. So, perhaps you could give me new download codes for everything and I'd download everything into a completely fresh folder. I guess I could just buy again if I had to but that seems like paying for the same real estate twice. 2) You get on my computer like the IT guys do at work and fix the problem. My guess is you could figure things out quickly. This would be an imposition though. I'd love to participate in the tournament but if I can't get AoD to run then I guess that's the end of my SC run, as I think most 1.04 players are migrating over. Bob
  12. I had to give up on trying to get AoD to run. Keep in mind that I'm not the most astute computer type. But I was able to finally the 1.04 patch to run, that was a stupid oversight on my part. But I think the AoD issues are deeper. I uninstalled and re-installed both AoD and a copy of SCG, and no dice. I think some of your players, like me, might need a bit more hand holding on how to get things to work. It's a bit frustrating as it goes all the way through the setup and then at the very, very end when you hit finish it says it couldn't load something. Maybe I need a fresh copy of SCG but info on when I bought is years old and long since deleted from my e-mail so I'm stuck with these copies of my original file. So maybe one work around is to scour your records and grand longtime players me a new SCG game which I could download into a fresh folder along with my AoD and maybe that would work. I've spent about 6 hours on-and-off trying to get AoD to run. Bob.
  13. Okay, I was able to beat Dave as Axis in a 1.02 game, me as Allies, but it was really, really close. Dave has a good strategy but imo it's high risk, pretty much all-or-nothing. I think it highlights that experience plays a big role in SCG. It also reinforces what the best SC player ever, Terif, said many times...don't surrender too early. Here's a synopsis of the game: Dave got great research luck for the Japanese, achieving infantry 2 AND motorization within the first few turns. As a result he sliced through my poor Chinese like a meat cleaver carving up Peking Duck tableside. The Chinese surrendered in late 1941 after a valiant but doomed effort, ground to bits under the treads of the fast moving Japanese. But at the same time I had the Brits gather every mpp they could around the Globe, and also had them take Brunei and the Solomons in 1941 which I think surprised him, but for the Allies which the only repurcussion is it causes Japan to go to war with England. Dave responded well to my Pacific surprises and took those territories back in time but it did distract him and take mpps in doing so while funding the Treasury back in England, and later in the game I was able to hold or establish and then expand some beachheads in the Pacific. Anyway, by the time Barbarossa rolled around I could see that Dave's Axis strategy out west was going to be Russia first, period, as the only minors he took was Norway and Yugoslavia. He pretty much ignored and striped the other theatres and garrisonsed the West and Italy with the Italians and mnors and some German corps and threw as much of the Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe at the Russians as he could scrape up. Stalin was upset! He even bypassed some Russian cities and sent his bulwark in one direction...toward the third Russian capital. He had me behind the Urals by the Fall of 1942 and was pressing on my final capital when winter hit...thank goodness. But keep in mind he also had that great Japanese research luck in getting infantry 2 and motorization right of the bat, so the Japanese were pressing the Russians too, from China. He thought I would surrender. But the words of former Grand Master Emeritus, Terif, rung in my ears like Obi Wan Kanobi talking to Luke. "Bob, listen to the Force, don't surrender..." So as bleak as it looked I decided to play through the winter of 1942. And lo-and-behold, the Russians luck turned. Dave misplayed his Japanese in Russia and attacked to early imo so I was able to deal with them first, the Japanese being at low supply. Those poor Samari didn't even havie sake to slake their fears against those Russian longknives and merciless Asian brethren on the other side of the trenches, the feared Siberian Russians. So, my level 4 and 5 tanks in the depth of winter struck when he couldn't deploy air, while I stalled the Germans moving in from the other flank. With the Japanese dealt with I was then able to turn full force toward the Germans as spring of 1943 arrived. By then I was replenished in Russia, even having handed out extra vodka rations and borscht, while also pressing all around out west where I had taken Spain and Portugal and Norway and Sweden and all of Africa except Adis Ababba. His all Russia attack left him open to Western Allied advances, the Achillees heel in his strategy. So by the spring of 1943 he was so stretched in Russia that my offensive there put him on his heels and we called the game. He said he thought he could fight for a draw but I disagreed, as once the US units rolled off the assembly lines and joined the fray they would have kept the Germans on their heels, not to mention that Italy was endangered. In the Pacific the Allies were able to stall the Japanese in Eastern India, and had a toehold in the Dutch East Indies. So I think the 1.04 improvements will make a big difference, especially those forts up north in China. The Axis player will have to play for a longer game and plan on operating units around to deal with Allied offensives once the US enters the war. Bob
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