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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

    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.
  2. Well, it’s a known fact that at 5pm they roll up the sidewalks as there is no one outside after that. But then, the city “theme song” is “Ottawa, you’ll always be around.” Yeessh. Gimme “Baby Shark” anyday!
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    What Are You Reading?

    Battle of the River Plate by Dudley Pope
  4. There are quite a few very nice museums in Ottawa, depending on your interests. History: https://www.historymuseum.ca/ Nature/Science: http://www.nature.ca/ Military: https://www.warmuseum.ca/ Art: https://www.gallery.ca/ Technology/Science: https://ingeniumcanada.org/cstm Aviation: https://ingeniumcanada.org/casm There are other, smaller ones, and also different ones in the greater Ottawa region (eg: James Naismith museum https://easternontario.cioc.ca/record/KGN3135 ) For those who don’t know, he invented Basketball).
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    Nato with no AA capabilities

    Steve’s post really brings me back to points I made in another thread about QB planning. Playing against an opponent, I usually have at least a brief discussion on what we are trying to simulate. Some opponents really don’t care, they tell me to set up a QB and they will live with whatever is handed them ( @IanL is like that, and I am with him) but others we do have some sort of notion what we want to do. So if e want to simulate that something is affecting NATO air power over our battle, yes, it’s fine to give the Red forces air power and sadly, the NATO player will struggle. On the other hand, as fun as it is to see an air strike be successful, air power in CM is rarely a decisive factor. Not in any battle i’ve played anyways, even against someone who wanted to stack the deck and have a lot of it.
  6. I’ve been to the airplane museum in Hamilton. It was smaller than I expected but packed with good stuff. I would recommend the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. It’s really good. Nice exhibits, and a rather good collection of armoured vehicles on display. Similarly, the Aviation museum in Ottawa is very good.
  7. I think I am planning to go there for Aquino Tank Weekend, June 8-9. They had artillery, tank battle renenactments, static displays, I think rides on armoured vehicles too. I think that is their big annual event so I want to see that. Maybe other CM enthusiasts might pick the that event as well?
  8. I don’t live in Toronto but I definitely want to see this! I am in the area 1-2times a year, usually spring-autumn.
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    CM Helper for CMSF 2

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    CM Helper for CMSF 2

    What? Really? That’s AWESOME! I’ve been looking forward to that for ages as CMH just is wonky on my Mac.
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    I have a very active imagination... Making CM a bit more than just a tactical exercise makes for a more interesting experience - for me. I know most others are more pragmatic - which has its advantages.
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    Gauging Combat Mission Interest

    And Vla! 🤤
  13. More like autocorrect fail. 😖
  14. Oh, that. It’s..ah...it’s a game that takes naval gun elevation seriously. Plunging fire vs side armour deflection fire. Yeah. That’s what I meant. Sure. 🤪