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Bud Backer last won the day on April 27 2018

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About Bud Backer

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    Micro-Battles Comic Writer Beta Tester

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    Ontario, Canada
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    WW II, History, Photography, other things. Fiction writer.


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    United Provinces of Canuckistan

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  1. Bud Backer

    What Are You Reading?

    Well, his mother was. His father was German, and son of the first Kaiser. And ran very much against the archetype.
  2. Bud Backer

    What Are You Reading?

    Yes, I found that interesting as well. In addition, how, for instance, Bismarck and others encouraged a separation from his parents, both emotionally and politically.
  3. Bud Backer

    Looking for Opponent

    While that’s usually true, please bear in mind there is no certainty to that and upgrades have been known to make a hash of things when introduced mid-battle, or even simply make the saved game unloadable. If that happens one may need to revert back to the previous version to continue.
  4. Bud Backer

    What Are You Reading?

    Likewise. The picture one forms of the Kaiser is much more complex than the stereotype, both positive and negative.
  5. Bud Backer

    What Are You Reading?

    That might be because he was a war correspondent. But I do know what you mean, it’s one of the strong memories I have of the book.
  6. Bud Backer

    What Are You Reading?

    I read Goldsworthy’s Caesar. That was very readable. I like all his non fiction, but particularly enjoyed his Punic Wars.
  7. Bud Backer

    What Are You Reading?

    How are you liking Werth? I enjoyed reading that book. Definitely an easy read. I just finished Robert K Massie’s Dreadnoight and now I’m reading his follow up to that, Castles of Steel. Eye opening to German and British pre-WII politics.
  8. Those of you who are naval history buffs will perhaps be excited to see Norman Freidman’s Fighting the Great War at Sea and The British Battleship 1906-1946 are available in Kindle electronic editions for less than a dollar right now. They usually go for $50-80+. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SGC4WYY/ref=oh_aui_d_asin_title_o01_?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019EJVJT8/ref=oh_aui_d_asin_title_o00_?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  9. Regarding speed - it wasn't too terrible. It helps when the partners for each side are in approximately the same time zone (Ian and I live minutes away from one another, as it happens) so he could take his part of the turn, pop it back into dropbox, and that same evening I take my turn and send it off the opponents. In our case they were in the UK, so it was there waiting for them when they got up, did their thing and was waiting for us by evening. Now, when one or more people are delayed, yes, it will slow things down but I don't want anyone to get the idea that this can't work fairly briskly, as long as everyone takes their part in a timely fashion.
  10. Ah, ok! I wondered if that was indeed what you meant. I’ve done it once, with @IanL as my teammate. It was a fun, despite him having to step in the shoes of another teammate who quit mid-battle due to a difficult personal situation. But I’d be terrible in CMBS. pity.
  11. Bud Backer

    Getting back to CM finally

    You’ll have a blast with those two games. Very different experience between modern and WW2.
  12. Bud Backer

    Coop Rules

    I love cooperative play in a lot of games. I’d love for a baked-in option for it but as a beta tester I also am all to well aware of the many demands that are already extant on the developer. I played a coop game with @IanL against two other players, and it was challenging and fun. I’m going to have a good look at your rules, as I am open to fresh ideas.
  13. Bud Backer

    Fradulent Credit Card Transactions

    The debit cards that have VISA or MASTERCARD labels on them are essentially debit cards, NOT credit cards - at least the ones I've has experience with professionally. The point of them is for online transactions which require a CREDIT card, you can make purchases with them as the vendor will see them as a credit card, whereas they will not accept a debit card.
  14. Bud Backer

    Where do I go from here?

    I've been playing CM since 2012 (or was it 2011?) and I still very rarely will go for a scenario or Quick Battle with hundreds of units. It really can be overwhelming, so I quite understand what you're talking about and can very much relate. If you go into the Battles menu you can sort by battle size. The ones that might come close to what you want are "Tiny". There aren't many, because most players do seem to prefer Medium to Large (in game terms) battles. An alternative is to use Quick Battles, and set both the Battle and map size to Small or Tiny. This will still give you enough points to have considerably more forces than you say you want. So here is the (slightly) tricky part: In the QB setup you can limit the forces for one side. You can lower the AI player's points up to 60%. And then rather than use ALL the points made available to you, use less. Use as much as you wish to control. Given the AI is not a perfect force picker, you can end up with some challenging but not impossible battles. There is some trial an error here. There is also going to be an occasion when the AI picks a force that is goofy or to big for you. It's something you have to live with, but you will learn to play the game more, and I think have a heck of a good time doing it. Finally, you can play against a human. Then, you can use the QB system but both parties agree ahead of time how much points they wish to spend. I do this myself with some opponents and it caters well to our desire to experiment with platoon-sized battles with a mere handful of units. I even have some custom maps I downloaded for this very purpose. Honestly, I think this last bit - playing against a human with agreed-upon points - is the best and most rewarding way to do what you want.