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just fought this scenario with a regular opponent and it was a really good tough fight for the first hour but the battle then petered out as both sides had suffered heavy losses and were pretty exhausted. The town changed hands 3 times! (if only Bfc had more realistic damage for buildings :( )

We still had over an hour left on the clock and both sides expected reinforcements to dribble in or arrive en-masse but nothing else happened, which was a real anti-climax after such a great fight. We continued with sporadic fighting but then both hit ceasefire with 40mins going.

Great scenario on a good map, just needed some late units to keep it spicy. I got a total victory as the US player  :) 

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On ‎03‎/‎07‎/‎2016 at 2:32 PM, Warts 'n' all said:

It is interesting to read how another player approaches the game. For myself I always play the game in chronological order. I don't pick a particular campaign because it looks the most interesting, or the easiest, or most challenging. I just work my way through them from the earliest onwards recording my results as I go, if I win, all well and good, if I lose (as often happens) I take my defeat on the chin and move on.

Me too, must be a British thing!  ;)

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Combatintman,

  Played this out to the very bitterly cold end.  On Elite vs. AI, I managed a major victory playing as Axis.  Yes, yes, playing versus AI, but I thought the AI did a very good job and was pretty convincing in the execution of the battle plan.  The battle for the town was vicious - I had to be very careful to conserve my troops.  The battle in the woods on my right flank was equally brutal.  I got pretty beat up in that area.

  I was stunned by the beauty of the map.  I went to Google Earth to check the area out and you were pretty much spot on with your map. 

  I did up a little story to go with my struggle and I posted it in the screenshots section.  I wasn't sure how many might see this thread as it was already on page two. 

  Thanks again.  It played out very well, had a very historical feel to it, the map was great, and it was a challenge.  Great work! :)

Heinrich505

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On ‎25‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 8:45 AM, Heinrich505 said:

Combatintman,

  Played this out to the very bitterly cold end.  On Elite vs. AI, I managed a major victory playing as Axis.  Yes, yes, playing versus AI, but I thought the AI did a very good job and was pretty convincing in the execution of the battle plan.  The battle for the town was vicious - I had to be very careful to conserve my troops.  The battle in the woods on my right flank was equally brutal.  I got pretty beat up in that area.

  I was stunned by the beauty of the map.  I went to Google Earth to check the area out and you were pretty much spot on with your map. 

  I did up a little story to go with my struggle and I posted it in the screenshots section.  I wasn't sure how many might see this thread as it was already on page two. 

  Thanks again.  It played out very well, had a very historical feel to it, the map was great, and it was a challenge.  Great work! :)

Heinrich505

Thank you for your comments and great work with your screenies in the other thread, you've composed some really atmospheric shots in there. The map was actually pretty easy, albeit time consuming, to make although I will admit that I don't make maps to the detail that some of the other guys out there do. The only thing I'd really change about it would have to have put more trees and foliage tiles down but I felt I couldn't do this because that would make the scenario trickier to load and affect framerates for people with lower spec computers. Otherwise the map was put together primarily by using two overlays. The first was a 1944 era map which gave me the road layout, extent of built-up/wooded areas and contour intervals. The second was a Google Earth image. Other than that I looked for some pictures of the Chateau and the now disappeared railway station and looked at some of the panoramio images on Google Earth of buildings to get the flavour right.

I'm also glad the AI challenged you - a great tip that I learnt from JonS was that it only has to be challenging, it doesn't have to be designed to win at all costs. I think the other part of the challenge in the scenario though is the choices that are presented to the player. This is one of the things that attracted me to this series of battles for Verdenne because both sides have isolated elements and have to decide whether they:

Hold the isolated element in place and try and rescue the element quickly with the main force.

Try to defeat the nearest enemy in front of them and then hope to link up with the isolated element before it is destroyed.

Withdraw the isolated element and use it in a coordinated attack with the main force on the enemy's isolated element before tackling the other objectives.

Conduct some form of fighting withdrawal with the isolated element in the direction of the advancing main force.

Finally, although the scenario does not replicate a particular action, it does accurately reflect the tactical situation on that day thus giving it that realistic feel that you mentioned. This is the most important design consideration for me, I prefer to either replicate or closely mirror actual battles in all of my scenario content across the titles.

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