- Jul 30, 2009
Another decisive victory : your AAR is in Nov 1760 while mine is only in May 1760
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If I still had the Swedes, or even a Russian army holed up at Koenigsberg, I think 1761-2 could be when I won the game ... its really why I now appreciate this is not a game you can hustle (which is my standard HOI3 tactic) but have to take your time over.Interesting point about the Russians. If you still had some Swedes to call upon I reckon that you could do a lot more than simply stalemate the Prussians in the east. I'm assuming though that the Russian troops are of a much lower quality than the Prussians?
Liked the Potemkin reference
As for the Scottish units, I'm not sure how accurate the graphic is. Following the 1745 Jacobite rebellion, the Act of Proscription was passed which prohibted - amongst other things - the wearing of Highland dress. This wasn't repealled until the 1780's (I believe).
Now, I'm not sure if this applied to military regiments or not - after all the government did have the genius idea of rounding up loads of Highlanders and forming them into regiments to throw against enemies of the Crown, and letting them retain their traditional dress IF they signed up would make a lot of sense if it was banned everywhere else. However, I'm just speculating here and could be completely wrong.
Regardless, Scottish regiments have always been completely badass, so you should worry about them
Overall 1760-1 seems to have been (in game) a really bad winter, so I'm very glad that for the most part I've hunkered down in my fortresses. In effect if you try to actively campaign in winter you either take attrition hits or you run down your supply stocks. Its only a good idea if you really can see the resultant advantage, otherwise the system does encourage that very seasonal nature that European warfare had at this time. So a campaign could be to enter a region, besiege the fortress and hope to complete that before winter drove you off again.I can't decide whether my response should be: 'c) transgender' or 'Kilt! For all that's holy, kilt, not... that other word.' So I'll try to procure my cake and consume it as well.
Good update. This rhyme to the game, of campaign season followed by wintering, still throws me off, used as I am to the non-stop campaigning of Paradox games. It's interesting to see, though, how you have to abandon certain objectives and make for safe places (and how your enemy does the same). Good luck with the next campaign season!
Its a very subtle game (I love Baris' use of the bateaux) with lots of in-game tricks and techniques that just take play time to amass. The tutorial bits are good, but some quite critical stuff like supply and reinforcements (I'd have been utterly lost without Narwhal's tutorials) are just not well explained. It also, to me, capture the slightly chess like nature of pre-napoleonic warfare in Europe, which means you have to play with a very different mindset to a Paradox game (where EU3 for eg, tries to cover everything military style from late medieval to napoleon).I rather think it is due to option (c) drunk.
Loads of progress over the last few updates, you've gained a reasonably comfortable position. Quite a change from mere months ago. From what I've seen thus far RoP seems an especially bruising game when attempting to learn it, even in comparison to other Paradox titles. I think I would have suffered complete defeat long ago, thus very well done. Hopefully you can push on and make some ground towards the controlled objectives in the coming year.
Very intrigued to read of a possible Harry and Astarte V2 AAR as well. A fitting setting for them both, I think it would make for a great AAR.
Fun/terrifying/intriguing all seem applicable! The winter went well enough for you, although it was always going to be rather quiet, hopefully you can now cause some true casualties to Prussia..... this promises to be fun
Consider my interest well and truly whetted.Does the idea that Queen Victoria is but Astarte's latest disguise grab yuur attention?
I'm finding this game utterly addictive, I was off rock climbing on sat pm & kept on thinking about what to do in Bohemia ... but with hindsight I think you're right, Prag will be hard to retake as long as there is a big Prussian force around. Its a level 3 fort, so at best 4-6 turns to be able to attack, and at the moment if the two armies clash in a single big battle I'll lose. I need to stay dispersed till I've badly weakened them.Interesting tactical dilemna...I'd say you want to bring your Austrian and French forces closer together...try to cover Wien and Bavaria...the further Freddy diverts to the east, the better your chances of seizing Bremen and Hannover. Prague is out of the question this year, I think. Your goal should be to 'hold' the Prussians in Bohemia and possibly push them towards Hungary...
Don't get too ambitious just yet...
How long until you can rebuild the Russian army?
yep, and looking for revenge ... I seem to vaguely recall that was the 'plot' (if it had a plot at all) of Jaws IV?I think you were quite wise to be cautious over winter.
And it seems that Freddie has recovered from his wounds!
winter is variable. Most years March is largely clear, but as below, this time the snow hangs around. Equally you can get caught by a sudden late autumn snow - it all adds to the fun of judging when to go into winter quarters or if you can gamble on starting early or finishing a bit later.How long before winter lifts in Bohemia and the Prussians (and especially Freddie) can start to make serious trouble for you? Or am I still overestimating their power? Hm, if Freddie is off with just some 20,000 troops, you should be able to either concentrate and crush him, or (less dangerous, as you won't have to vacate all your defensive positions to gather the Freddie-killing giant army) pick at some of the other columns that are not led by Freddie's genius.
There is nothing major to capture in Bavaria, right? It's simply about keeping the Prussians out (and away from Wien), correct?
By the way, off on a tangent, what the hell is Julius Caesar doing with the Prussians (in your second screenshot)?!?
it is a very dynamic game isn't it ... even SP, and the AI is not as astute as a human player is no fool either. If I make another big mistake I can see myself back in deep trouble, if I'm cautious I think I'll make it to the end of the game (& prob lose as the VP situation is so bad)Impressive ! Your picture of the situation is very clear, and it is interesting to see that the location of the action change due to mlitary developments and alii
Yes, the winter was brilliant - as nothing happened then by definition nothing bad happened. Actually I needed that break as quite a lot of reinforcements have flowed into my brigades and I have about 4 more French and 1 more Austrian brigade of fresh troops raised and trained.Fun/terrifying/intriguing all seem applicable! The winter went well enough for you, although it was always going to be rather quiet, hopefully you can now cause some true casualties to Prussia.
Consider my interest well and truly whetted.
yep I was wondering how I'd invaded Skye as well ... if I interpret the next set of moves by the AI properly its quite clever, block the passes from Bavaria into Bohemia so it only has the Austrians to worry about.Oooh. Sounds like both sides are gearing up for a battle royale!
Interestingly, I read "Battle of Syke" as "Battle of Skye" and wondered whether I had missed an amphibious warfare segment
Even worse actually, if you look at the pictures of the early Vicky, she wasn't that bad lookingThe thought of Astarte (with her, shall we say, 'carnal' tendencies) taking the form of Victoria (whose bulldog-like visage in Vicky 1's artwork is about the only visual frame of reference I have)... Lucid thought fails me, though <Shudders> covers it pretty well in body language.
Anyway, back to the AAR: since you're now facing two Prussian armies (vs. your two armies), I'd say figure out which army does not contain Freddie and try to whack that one. Other than that, my advice will be limited to the 'Good luck' variety.
I think this advice is spot on ... the only thing that comes up in the next couple of turns is the possibility the AI is following a 'France-first' strategy, but its incredibly tense and I keep on changing my plans and panic every time I press the play turn button.Ouch!
That last screenshot does not bode well for you.
Freddy and Keith are concentrated, with interior lines, facing a widely separated French / Austrian presence...and Cumberland is on his way to reinforce Freddy.
It looks like Freddy is intent on holding the French at the pass and destroying the Austrian army. In effect, the Prussians are still concentrated (enough) to reinforce either wing of their armies, while your armies are completely isolated. This is bad...very bad.
You need to force the pass into Bohemia, I think...or at least have the AI THINK that you are going to force the pass, and force Freddy to react to the French army. Otherwise, he will concentrate on Daun and destroy him.
Losing in the Bavarian passes is a setback, but not disaster.
Losing Daun's army is a disaster. It must NOT be allowed to happen.
agree with this too, I can run amok up there (& may as well) to no real outturn if I get beaten in Bohemia ... I still don't think I'll win (& I don't exactly deserve to), so my goal is to ensure I remain playing an active role to the end (ie its not just a case of the Prussians carrying out a sequence of seiges)Can't really add anything to the incisive analysis by TheExecuter.
I will say that things in Northwestern Germany are looking good for you, but it's only a secondary theatre, while Bohemia/Austria is the main event. Still, I've learned my lesson in the past and I'll refrain from being pessimistic until either A) Freddie demolishes all Austrian armies, or B) you've lost control of all victory cities or C) the clock runs out on the game.
well that really cheers me up, actually if its the Russians and the Bavarians who drop out I don't lose very much to be honest, neither are exactly contributing any moreRemember that starting next year, you will lose your allies one after the others