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  1. Bud Backer

    First Russia, now China?

    It's Korean. Something about baseball games. Guess someone is a huge enthusiast!
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    CMSF 1 free

    Do you find any reason to play it if it’s free? Would it be in any way entertaining? That’s called having value. Seems to me reasonable to expect to pay for something of value.
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    Which to Buy?

    ^^^This. And sometimes something truly magical happens in the field and I need to see it ten times to actually believe it.
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    For Fans of the Roman Legions

    I particularly enjoyed The Fall of Carthage (also published as The Punic Wars), https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Carthage-265-146BC-Military-Paperbacks/dp/0304366420/ref=pd_sim_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0304366420&pd_rd_r=f0131d88-aabf-11e8-861c-cd06ea1130b1&pd_rd_w=kk21w&pd_rd_wg=3sVD6&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=a180fdfb-b54e-4904-85ba-d852197d6c09&pf_rd_r=03XPZ14XC8H7V48ER60S&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=03XPZ14XC8H7V48ER60S and Cannae, https://www.amazon.com/Cannae-Hannibals-Greatest-Victory-Phoenix/dp/0753822598/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535460115&sr=8-1&keywords=Cannae+goldsworthy Caesar is a good read though I think it needs a gentle hand by an editor. Nothing that impedes the reader from thoroughly enjoying it, however, https://www.amazon.com/Caesar-Life-Colossus-Adrian-Goldsworthy/dp/0300126891/ref=pd_sbs_14_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0300126891&pd_rd_r=f0131d88-aabf-11e8-861c-cd06ea1130b1&pd_rd_w=bO30Y&pd_rd_wg=3sVD6&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=0bb14103-7f67-4c21-9b0b-31f42dc047e7&pf_rd_r=03XPZ14XC8H7V48ER60S&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=03XPZ14XC8H7V48ER60S and The Complete Roman Army is a pleasant popular reference book: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Roman-Army/dp/0500288992/ref=pd_sbs_14_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0500288992&pd_rd_r=f0131d88-aabf-11e8-861c-cd06ea1130b1&pd_rd_w=bO30Y&pd_rd_wg=3sVD6&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=0bb14103-7f67-4c21-9b0b-31f42dc047e7&pf_rd_r=03XPZ14XC8H7V48ER60S&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=03XPZ14XC8H7V48ER60S I have to make time to read Anthony & Cleopatra, as Anthony’s life is of more than passing interest to me. And Goldsworthy’s written plenty of other interesting works.
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    For Fans of the Roman Legions

    I can’t get enough of Goldsworthy’s writing, though I’ve only read his non-fiction. I’ll have a look at these fiction novels you mentioned. I see they’re available on iBooks.
  6. Congratulations, Ian! You did very well!
  7. It’s painful to take constant losses for no gains in position, materiel, or intelligence. It’s unfortunate to see this educational and entertaining AAR end prematurely but I can see how there really isn’t a lot of joy in it for you. Thanks for all the effort, Bil. I look forward to your next one.
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    RT Unofficial Screenshot Thread

    Except the 116th Field Welding regiment!
  9. Yes, but anytime you’re whittling down enemy armour with no trade off on your part is pretty exiting.
  10. Some pretty exciting action going on here! I didn’t expect tank-on-tank so quickly. Those Leopards have great sightlines. Well done!
  11. Nice showing C2 information flow. I like that; great idea.
  12. Agreed. The terrain is too open for this with the forces available.
  13. I dint want to derail Bil’s thread but if I follow the commentary above it would seem to me a requirement is substantially numerically superior forces, at least in an isolated locale. That may be tricky here.
  14. Haha! Not a chance. WW2 stuff I know quite well, but this.. this is a mystery wrapped in an enigma told as a riddle. I had to look this up for my own sake earlier today as I can’t tell the damned things apart to save my life! It just came in handy now, when it was brought up here.
  15. Ahem... since it was brought up...
  16. Yes, In general I’d agree. I used to love stats. I loved them so much I memorized them simply by poring over them so often. And when I started playing CM I discovered that knowing that Sherman ahead has 53mm or 45mm frontal armour is not likely to impact tactics all that much. Knowing it’s a Jumbo would, but that’s a considerable difference. And I can’t imagine any RL commander being ALLOWED to use these stats meaningfully. Not because they are ordered to, rather, that mission exigencies require one to. ”Lieutenant, see that bridge. Your orders are to stop the Panthers and Tigers that will be coming down this road. Use whatever means at your disposal. Whatever happens, do not let the enemy cross!” and the poor lieutenant looks at his 37mm ATG and says, “Yes, Sir!”
  17. And that’s a perfectly rational and reasonable thing to want. My experience has been a bit limited. I have not played countless scenarios where visibility was both impeded AND affected the battle strategy. (In other words, on a map only 500m square, I don’t care if I can see 200m or 175). However, what I believe happens is that if you take your LOF tool, and say it reads, 100m.. it will be perhaps only a few metres past what you can see. Let’s say, 10m? 5m? IE: LOS might be 95 or 90m. Honestly I never worried too much about the difference. What I’m getting at - and I’d suggest you try to verify this yourself - is that rather than the vision distance being: LOS=80% LOF It might be LOS=LOF-X metres where X is more or less constant, like 5m or 10m This would need to be tested, of course. But it is my belief based on experience that LOF goes just a little bit more than LOS. I also believe this might be to permit area fire on contacts just beyond LOS, thus there is no reason to have LOF extend far beyond.
  18. I understand what you’re saying, however we’re still dealing with a lot of variables. Terrain, experience, how far/fast a tank is moving, to use your example, all have an effect. What about the observer? They’re not all alike. I think to obtain a useable reference would be exhaustive. Why do I say useable? Because if someone said, at noon on a day with heavy fog, visibility will be 30m, I still have so much else to worry about that will modify that that to me it’s almost useless, in that I can obtain that info using the LOF Tool, and won’t be all the wiser. Sure, I’d like to know it’s not 100m, but at some point the differences become superceded by, say, what angle I’m hitting that tank’s armour at as it will matter more (penetration vs no pen). Not being argumentative, just I don’t see this data being able to be so granular making much difference in what I do. The tool and experience will tell me what I need to know. More useful, in my view, would be some bogging stats. If we’re talking 1% difference between one or another terrain, who cares, but the info about deep snow certainly gave me an oh, s**t moment! 😳😫
  19. Regarding Bogging... I did testing for CMFB’s snow settings back in the beta days. I don’t recall the specific numbers, but I can tell you that deep snow is such that it will bog around 25% of vehicles, per turn. Unless that was subsequently adjusted. In a nutshell, if it’s deep snow, I would not buy vehicles unless I was going to use them as bunkers. Yes, it’s that bad.
  20. The tricky thing with the effects on LOS/LOF is that the effect is not the same for each Weather cannot be separated from light levels (dawn/noon etc) How to deal with this? The LOF tool is handy for determining what you can shoot. Say it’s a dawn battle, with low light, and misty weather. Use the LOF tool to see how far your unit can hit something. Your LOS will be somewhat less far than the LOF. Also don’t forget that what you see as visuals does not represent what your units can see. You as a player see better for the purpose of facilitating command and play. Your units follow the LOF tool results I described above. Using this and some experience, I never felt the need for some chart showing these limitations, but that’s just me.
  21. That T62 indeed looks very smart in your gif, Bil. Fine work with the animation.
  22. Nice demo of the hill down command
  23. Yep, I observed that in the AAR with Baneman. I don’t like movie mode, except in CMSF, where it rocks. Nice shots, Bil.
  24. This is looking a lot like our recent battles, Bil. Lots of open terrain. My fav. Not... 😕 Even the smallest fold in the ground can hide something deadly.