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Re: Feedback on Boggit's review of Strategic Command WWI: Breakthrough
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2012, 08:44:37 AM »
His point about disease is well taken for the longer campaigns. Casualties were replaced but national morale could be affected by non-combat factors. Yet, given that both sides were affected, wouldn't it be a wash?
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Re: Feedback on Boggit's review of Strategic Command WWI: Breakthrough
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2012, 10:22:18 AM »
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Re: Feedback on Boggit's review of Strategic Command WWI: Breakthrough
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2012, 10:37:54 AM »
His point about disease is well taken for the longer campaigns. Casualties were replaced but national morale could be affected by non-combat factors. Yet, given that both sides were affected, wouldn't it be a wash?
I'd agree to some extent it does balance out, but especially for the Western Front where both sides made a serious effort to control disease. However, the 'flu epidemic hit each side within a few months of each other creating some uncertainty for commanders due to the timing of the pandemic. Pershing for example had to consider halting the Meuse-Argonne offensive due to the high number of troops and replacements being hors de combat (or simply dead). In game terms the effect is strength, readiness and morale loss for the frontline units, whilst at the national level a drop not only in national morale, but military production points due to the effect of widespread serious poor health dislocating the economy.

The situation is less balanced on the Eastern front where "'General' Typhus" in particular had a huge impact. The Germans and to a lesser extent the Austro-Hungarians were quicker to put precautions in place, but the Serbs, Russians and Turks were pretty dire in handling the medical issues if at all - and paid for it in lives and reduced combat effectiveness.
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Re: Feedback on Boggit's review of Strategic Command WWI: Breakthrough
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2012, 10:38:58 AM »
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Re: Feedback on Boggit's review of Strategic Command WWI: Breakthrough
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2012, 01:49:31 PM »
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Re: Feedback on Boggit's review of Strategic Command WWI: Breakthrough
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2012, 07:42:45 AM »
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Re: Feedback on Boggit's review of Strategic Command WWI: Breakthrough
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2012, 08:24:44 AM »
Excellent review.

I'll add two observations:
1] Research decisions are vital in campaign games.  There are a swarm of research options which change the strategic focus of the player.
2] The balkins and the russian revolution campaigns are the only ones I have seen. 

I'm working on a AAR with some game modifications for the 1914 campaign that will appear next year.

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Re: Feedback on Boggit's review of Strategic Command WWI: Breakthrough
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2012, 11:06:18 AM »
Good job Boggit ... Thumbs up.
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Re: Feedback on Boggit's review of Strategic Command WWI: Breakthrough
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2012, 04:29:25 AM »
Thanks Guys. I'm really glad you liked it. :)
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Re: Feedback on Boggit's review of Strategic Command WWI: Breakthrough
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2012, 04:34:39 AM »
Excellent review.

I'll add two observations:
1] Research decisions are vital in campaign games.  There are a swarm of research options which change the strategic focus of the player.
2] The balkins and the russian revolution campaigns are the only ones I have seen. 

I'm working on a AAR with some game modifications for the 1914 campaign that will appear next year.
Thank you for your kind comments.

I totally agree with your observation about research. I usually prioritise trenches, infantry tactics and production, but a lot depends on what is going on elsewhere. I recommend trying out some of the other campaigns. The Somme is quite an interesting challenge.

I'm really looking forward to your AAR!
The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own. Aldous Huxley

Foul Temptress! (Mirth replying to Gus) ;)

On a good day, our legislature has the prestige of a drunk urinating on a wall at 4am and getting most of it on his shoe. On a good day  ::) Steelgrave

It's kind of silly to investigate whether or not a Clinton is lying. That's sort of like investigating why the sky is blue. Banzai_Cat