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  1. I believe the problem is that the TC would have to get out of his seat and stand on the engine deck to use the Ma Deuce to fire forward in the case of the TDs. That's a little bit outside the parameters of the "simulation"... Maybe it could be programmed, but it's not an insignificant addition and clearly BFC have decided that it's not worth the effort for the vanishingly rare (even in our exception-gaming that we undertake) cases where its availability would make a difference. It'd probably only be available to a Fanatic commander at all, and most of the time, even for such a committed individual, adding the BMG to the mix wouldn't make sense. And then people would start finding ways to provoke it, it'd happen "all the time" and another segment of the demographic would start pooh-poohing it as "unrealistic depiction favouring the Americans". Really not worth the candle.
  2. And the theory is, that the bigger the lie, the more readily it becomes accepted as truth, since "no one could make this up". Western powers are as guilty: where were Saddam's WMDs that presented an "imminent" threat to us, back at the start of the Century? Fell for that one, I did, hook, line and sinker: "They daren't lie about that; it's so easy to prove it's a lie once the facts come out on the ground," I thought. I was right that it was readily proved a lie. What I hadn't counted on was the shamelessness of Blair and Bush to press on with using these lies as justification for action in spite of being fully aware of their mendacity and that they would eventually be proven to have misled everyone. Not saying either way whether Iraq 2 was, in the end, justifiable, just that those facts the leaders chose to use were plain, flat-out lies. Nor am I saying that any of their successors are any better.
  3. In the UK, conscription has only been in place during the two World Wars and for a period after. As it's never been "the norm", I suspect the Forces just went back to the way things had always been, once it ended, without a great deal of fuss and disruption, particularly as it was tailed off over a few years.
  4. Is English your first language? Hunt has a much wider definition and usage. Outside of the pursuit of game, it basically means to look for until you find (unless you give up). I can hunt for my keys. I can go bargain hunting. In the field of mechanics, to give a specific example, a poorly-governed engine that runs faster and slower and repeats that cycle without external input is described as "hunting" (it's an anthropomorphisation of the engine, for sure, but we humans do that all the time). Dictionaries that omit this/these aspects of the usage of the word are lacking. And it's exactly what Hunt does.
  5. Just be precise with your click. You can explicitly target any specific floor of any structure that's in LOS/LOF of the shooting unit. Want the ground floor taking out? Make sure you click the ground floor face of the wall you want dropping when you set the area target...
  6. Small (or even medium) calibre mortars in direct lay mode are ideal for this. Generally a good idea to make sure the position is actually dangerous though, since ammo is limited and speculative fire should probably be judiciously used.
  7. Ever heard of "abstraction level"? Apparently not.
  8. My recollection is that Motivation rules how likely they are to obey/disobey; highly Motivated troops will tend to obey orders better in the face of adverse circumstances. Leadership and Experience give them more, and more well-considered "initiative" to vary their orders to respond to unexpected threats. Or at least, that's the programming intention, AIUI. How well that translates into in-game performance, I'm unsure
  9. I suspect the price premium for the Professional features would lead to some division of the community... And if the forks were merged, can you imagine the bleating on Steam at the price...?
  10. I wouldn't read that far into it. The time scale to get a module out for everything that needs it isn't clear, and could be protracted. Speculation beyond that goal at this time might just be inappropriate. Things do seem to keep popping out of the woodwork: FI was a bit of a surprise when that dropped, and CW even more so. Who knows what astonishing idea might occur to 'em in the time it takes to polish up the engine and make a module for CW?! Still, though, I have to join you in the hope that a splendid new engine won't take til the next decade to emerge.
  11. A "Damn fine-run thing," according to the victorious general.
  12. In very broad terms, he was a great general, but an average Emperor. Most Emperors succumb to their own delusions of grandeur at some point.
  13. Yes you are whining. It's unbecoming. Look up confirmation bias. Because your account is not representative of the reality.
  14. CM is, indeed the game of microarmour that everyone always wanted to play, with umpires managing the FoW on duplicated tables, and detailed rules for hit and penetration that would never fly IRL. But faster, better, more accurately scaled in all dimensions and bigger than would be physically possible (a 1km range at 1:300 ground scale would need a table 3.3m across; nobody's arms are that long, and imagine trying to lay an expanding steel tape without disarranging the terrain... :) ). And with a computer opponent that's better than any set of solo "programmed" rules a miniatures game ever had. And you don't need to buy, paint or base the models. And I'm not sure a microarmour rule set gets below the squad level, for its infantry resolution.
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