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  1. The way Greece is handled really shows Bill's skill as a scenario designer. Designers must work within the developer's system (a truth many customers cavalierly dismiss) and this compromise solution was a nice way to construct a historically reasonable work around to a code constraint.
  2. Unfortunately, this is an instance where the NM model failed and the "winner" is going to lose. Civilian morale should be soaring from the news from France but there is no game mechanism to reflect it.
  3. The German-French NM disparity has narrowed incredibly fast. It sounds very French of me to say so, but the UK needs to shoulder more of the burden on the continent. The British manpower commitment is still tiny and with lots of NM to spare, while the French are bleeding like crazy from one end of the line to the next. I love this AAR. It is just as much fun to read as it is to play the game.
  4. I would send the German eastern front artillery to the western front. At this point, they are unneeded vs. the Russians.
  5. are you making any effort to get Level 2 artillery? It really helps on the defense. If you are outnumbered 3 to 1 in arty units on the Western Front, you're just going to get picked apart. Arty and shell prod. should be a priority.
  6. You don't have to fight to the death in Serbia; you can take your Serb HQs and men and withdraw into Greece and Albania and continue the fight there after Serbia surrenders...as long as you make sure they are all outside Serb borders at the moment of capitulation.
  7. No worry about clutter. These are just as much fun to read as Tom vs. Bruce and we didn't have to pay for a $13,500 Kickstarter campaign to get it.
  8. I'm not sure you have the strength for simultaneous offensives in Italy, E. France, and Russia with time a factor (with all the while your right flank in the West crumbling). You might be better off putting off the France offensive (which will cost you heavily if your opponent is capably using his level 2 artillery) and use the savings to shore up your right there and accelerate the fall of Russia and Italy.
  9. One of the things that I liked in the early version(s) of SCWW1 was the ability to do real counterbattery fire from behind your own lines. At level 2, hvy guns had a range of 3. I support the possible reasons why it was reduced to range 2 (e.g. the unbelievable amount of width and depth one could manage on the offensive with range 3) but would it be possible to make a range exception just for counterbattery fire? I remember when I was a complete newbie to the SC system and in my first pbem game I didn't see any particular reason that level 2 artillery was so much more appealing than Level 1. My opponent disabused me of that notion with devastating counterbattery fire when I attempted a counteroffensive at the most critical juncture of the game. having artillery be able to pound defenses with complete impunity just makes the western front fighting especially feel wrong in the game.
  10. Were you guys taken aback at how easy it was for the German player to bull his way through what was considered the teeth of the French frontier defenses? I mean, there were solid reasons (e.g. terrain, fixed fortifications, etc.) why the German planners avoided doing what Ivanov did.
  11. I don't have any saved game files for it, but I'll say that I can second Amona's contention. In my experience it always happened along the front lines in France (ranges up to 8 tiles or so). I don't know why I didn't mention it before, I guess I just assumed they were graphical glitches associated with air attacks of some kind.
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