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  1. Hi Folks, Been a while. A few old names. Anyway I heard there was a new game out and tournament on. gets my competitive juices going and brings me out of retirement. Room for a newbie? Amadeus did a great jobs several years ago on his first tournament but my guess is the Battlefront guys will be out numbered by Panzerligas So is it too late to join the tournament is my first question? If not then my second is what game do I have to buy ? I have been totally out of the loop for about 3 years or more. I guess I'll have to just dive in and hope the basics are the same. Any of the old big guns still around? I heard a rumour Jollyguy might be up for this one....
  2. I think you'll find my rapier like wit , self deprecating humour and all round talent for amusing the hundled, hungry unkempt masses here on the SC forum made it superb but sure give the uber unstoppable Dragon the credit for posting a few screenshots ....
  3. Pretty much sums it up. The Borg force fields which the Nazi tanks seemed to employ didn't help much. Pretty much my only hope now is Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen being time warped into 1945 in the USS Nimitz with a full deck of Tomcats. Even that might not do it.
  4. Sept 44 and the wehrmacht launches a desperate all out offensive on NovoSibersk. Dragon has been steady and cautious for 5 season of campaigning in Russia but with the final goal in sight and perhaps only 1 or 2 more turns of clear weather for the offensive he throws caution to the wind and slams panthers, corps and planes against fully entrenched fortified units sacrificing thousands of elite germans units who are barely supplied against strong russian defence. If it fails, he'll have wasted his best troops for nothing and russia will be able tto hold on for winter giving the allies maybe one last chance to pressure him in the west. The entire russian capitol is surrounded by full fortifications with entrenched JS1 tanks and full aircover. But it's not enough. The grey horde breaks through and bolshevik cause is no more. Game over. We'll play on until the end of the month, a long overdue sea battle is required in the Atlantic I think but the americas were pushed out of West africa and are finaly meeting stiff resistance in the pacific too. too much war for just one major. sigh if only I'd known to garrison Manchester......
  5. Cap or simply eliminate elite reinforcements. It can make japanese armies in china innvincibel in 41/42 or axis panzers in 43/44 unstoppable and can work other way round with USAAF tac air in 44 simply plucking lesser units across the channel out of existence.
  6. June 44. American getting creamed in north africa by german heavies and rent an evil air armada from axis buddies. has noticeably slowed his russian offensive but they are over urals now.... If only america was building some kind of super weapon in 44. Something I could use in a year or so that would change the way war was waged and could strike terror into my opponents. No , that would be silly
  7. What a war! So it's madness over the skys of North africa. Yanks have entire USAAF there facing German Aces, Italians, Japanese, Spanish , you name it. USN mostly staying off out of range for now as Axis have carriers in the med and tonne of subs around, just sending a couple of ships to shell the coast. Casablanca has been liberated, recaptured and now reliberated again. Yanks have lost a lve5 tank and a couple of infantry. Italians lost about 3 or 4 infantry, a big level 5 tank a bomber and a fighter I think. Germans lost a fighter too and maybe a corp or army but crucially the DEATHSTAR has arrived and at least 2 other Level 5 tanks of unknown exp. This is very bad news for Patton but excellent news for Zhukov. In the pacific the yanks take a couple more islands including Iwo Jima. But of course Japanese woudl rather defend Madrid than their own homeland. April 44. Urals are holding for now but will crack probably next turn.
  8. March 44 Play it again Sam! Manilla Ice Ice Baby Yanks take both undefended Phillipines and Heavily defended Casablanca. Next turn they face an onslaught of Japanese Tac bombers... in Casablanca! That's right Jap HQs in Spain and Tac air operated into "Imperial" Vichy France then flown to Gibraltor. Sigh. Phillipines won't last long as big jap army is brought into deal with cheeky amphib corp that landed but it distracts him for a turn or two. Russians are digging in but spring will bring pain as Fritz will cross the Urals. Sole russian corp are holding off hordes of exp japanese in Siberia and India is still the jewel in the birtish empire. Not for much longer but I didn't know the capitol transfer retreats to Lahore. Bought me a few more turns as I had units in production line that I could immediately reinforce with.
  9. All far too much tinkering. Simple change would fix it - eliminate Elite reinforcements. It also solves the problem that USAAF TAC air out of England can build up too strong by 44. Experience points would still make combat in favour of the veterans units but they not become insanely strong. Would help China out a bit against japan too. Kill elite reinforcments and the gameis pretty balanced again.
  10. Ah yes the smell of an all night SCathon. In my SC1/ early SC2 days when I was still a bachelor my flatmate bet me 100 pounds I couldn't ever go out and get a girl to come back home with me and play SC. sleep with me yes but play SC? Never Now though in married with children world I'm short on time and this game may time out before we finish. Still early 44. I see Soviets maybe holding this year but could all be over for them by end of summer. At sea the massive USN fears no one and US army is growing fast and teched up but completely green.Africa will be interesting. can I knock spain, vichy france or Italy out before Germans turn their eye of sauron like powers away from russia and onto them? Exp level 15 units are practically impossible to fight against and hard limits mean germans alone outnumber USAAF in fighters. crazy. Never say die though.
  11. Rambo, oh the outcome is surely beyond doubt, only the timing and details remaind to be seen. Feb 44. Anyhow almost 4 years after the surrender of the UK it looks like India will fall. Been really pleased with that theatre, on a shoestring budget with no tech for the Indians and nowhere else that the USAAF can really operate from they have held off the Japs for ages and tied down a lot of his units. even been able to laucnh some commando raids from there to the middle east which brought some joy to my otherwise painful game. Soon though the heavy japanese will be free to bring pressure elsewhere. Slim and Mountbatten are priceless units in that theatre, goes to show what a difference a higher rating HQ can make. Oh in case you were wondering India gets none of it's scripted units once the UK falls. I found out the hard way. West Africa is going to be an interesting one, never done anything like this before so we'll see. it's a long way to Berlin that is for sure.
  12. Nothing yet in west Africa as more yanks pour in. Canadian tanks roll up to Casablanca and shell a sub in port. USAAF pounds japanese in india but they still keep coming - str 15 armies can seemingly swat aircarft out of the sky. Winter sets in the Urals but Deathstar will just plough on regardless. Indian troops take persian oil then quickly leave as a major Axis strike force is forming there. no doubt to take India from the west in case the Japanese get stuck. Americans take Peru and Chile, liberating them from ..er . themselves. Nov 43.
  13. right back in action after a mid summer break. Blimey I'd forgotten how bad it was. Dragon / Son of Terif is brutal. Situation is fairly simple - As Rambo might put it "Buntas, buntas everywhere". Russia had gone from MAX army (max I repeat maxed out land forces) to almost nothing. Even his fighters (not TAC but fighters) are on such high exp they take 5 points off Russian tanks. Level 5 str 15 Deathstar panzer takes 8-0 points off soviet level 4 tanks in a single blitz attack ie AFTER moving max AND and with the JS1 entrenched. insane. So autumn has come and Russia is back to the urals in Oct 43 with about 10 million dead. in positive news for the allies India is still holding strong and tying up lots of japs. india have no weapon tech and Japs have max but supply is a bitch for the japanese and USAF are under Slim/ mountbatten command pinging japanese morale. Aussies have been island hopping with very little resistance (except landiing in indonesia which got crushed). Brunei is next. finally Americans tip their hand. not ireland, not france or Portugal but they land huge forces and multiple HQs in west africa. Tech is maxed out, level 5 tanks , jets etc. Axis same but maybe lvl 3 or 4 fighters. Italians in a lot of trouble. So 44 will be last year for soviets I think although it will take a big push from the germans who did lose 3 or4 tanks, a HQ, some armies and SF in 43. The question is simply what damage can the yanks do in the next year. By the way hubert if you are reading. there is bug in 1.04 with swedish surrender/ reconquest. Russians liberated sweden but did not get swedish mines (and MPP) despite being unoccupied by axis (they stayed axis territory despite having no troops on and being part of liberated sweden) russians had to send troops to the mines to make then russian territory. Later Axis reconquered and immediately got mines back. cost me a couple hundred MPP overall grr
  14. Thomas H's comments are the most accurate summary so far on this otherwise rather cliched thread. The "causes" of the WWI are rich, varied and still debated today by historians. What is certainly true is the threat of being "out mobilised" by the enemy was constantly feared on both sides. July 1914 - in between the spark of the assasination and the declaration of war in August - has many of the most interesting "what ifs?" in C20th history. Arguably the only man who could have put the brakes on in July that summer is the Czar,and once he ordered mobilisation (even partial) the great fear of germany - a 2 front war and the russian horde- left them with no choice but to mobilise. In more modern terms, or at least cold war terms the alliances can be seen as the "nuclear detterent" and mobillisation as lauching the missiles - except you have a 30 day warning not a 4 minute one. Alas though there was no presidential hotline and no way for either side to back down. There are many exceptional books on the start , causes and history of the war. One of the most readable by far and certainly one of the most colourful ( in part because it was written in between the wars and by an army officer who fought in it) - is Liddell Hart's history of the great war. It also has some great tips for playing SC if you read it's anti clausewitz school of strategy section A more modern and detailed analysis of some of the causes - especially the tensions that brought Britain into the war -is Dreadnought by Robert Massie. One further comment I must make though is on the post - "england didnt really need an excuse anyway. they had been going to war to preserve the balance of power in europe for the last couple of hundred years. 1914 wasn't any differant." That is incorrect. Britain cared little for the balance of power in Europe, only that which would effect it's global and predominantly martime empire. The single largest change in the balance in power in European history since the fall of the Holy roman empire has been the creation of the German state. Britain did get involved when Germany invaded Denmark in 1863 or during the bloody 10 month Franco prussian war of 1870-1871. Britain did not go to war then and if it hadn't in 1914 one can't help but wonder if the Franco German Russian war of 1914-1915 would now be as forgotten as it's predecessor 40 years earlier.
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