How do you spend your time in OOB?

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How do you spend your time in OOB?

Post by koopanique » Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:07 pm


Just out of curiosity, how do you spend your time in OOB?
I have no doubt that most people in this forum play the game very often.

What do you do in the game?
Do you mainly play campaigns? Do you replay them several times?
Do you spend most of your playtime actually modding (making campaigns or scenarios)?
Are you mostly playing what other people have created (like mods by Erik, Bru, etc)?

I'd be curious to know!

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Re: How do you spend your time in OOB?

Post by rafdobrowolski » Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:53 pm

I generally play through all the campaigns, both originals, custom-created, and mods (or using mods like the GabeMod to play through in the same fashion), along with most of the user-created custom scenarios as well, on the easiest setting to get a sense of what to expect. I then go through and play on harder settings until I can master the scenario/campaign/mod/game at the most difficult settings (this has been a real challenge, since OOB is no joke difficult at times and makes you modify your tactics and give up hope on some secondary objectives at times as you increase difficulty; I am no master like a few of you all out there by any means). I did this with Panzer General, and Panzer Corps 1 (which took me years, with real life and all getting in the way). Been playing OOB for some 6 years or so now, and have played everything out there at least once on the lower difficulty settings (and most of Erik's campaigns a few times at least, and the Spanish Civil War Mod several times now, which I lent a small hand in helping improve). I have played multiplayer with my brother a few times, however I find those difficult to organize and it takes too long since you are playing against someone who has a real life and does not always respond immediately or at opportune times for game play. But multiplayer is probably where I will venture next (after giving Panzer Corp 2 a run through a few times of course).

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Re: How do you spend your time in OOB?

Post by KarisFraMauro » Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:07 pm

The campaigns were a nice mix I thought, those that I played (there's a few I haven't). But I've said it before and I'll say it again, multiplayer is frikkin brilliant. Huge, huge number of maps to choose from. And even individual maps can have multiple versions. Truth be told I don't think I've tried anything single player in a month at least. But despite that I can easily spend four hours a day on the game. For a while there it was really getting out of hand, was trying to cut back but then you just had to go and start a tournament as well. I may have an addiction ;)

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Re: How do you spend your time in OOB?

Post by w_michael » Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:40 pm

I own all of the DLC, but I have only completed three of them. I have a friend who plays, so I have been mainly playing MP. I don't play with mods.
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Re: How do you spend your time in OOB?

Post by TheFilthyCasual » Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:20 am

I often have fun using historical rather than 'optimal' orders of battle.

For instance, I'm currently playing Red Star using a historical 1941-pattern Mechanized Corps of two Tank (2x Tank, 1x Heavy Infantry, 1x Artillery) and one Mechanized (1x Tank, 2x Heavy Infantry, 1x Artillery) divisions. Resource intensive but very combat effective. I've played Morning Sun with a huge glut of infantry and a lack of tanks and artillery - the Japanese didn't have armored divisions until 1942, didn't switch to triangular infantry divisions until 1939 and didn't convert most of their existing divisions to triangular ones until 1941. So I'd play using divisions of 4 infantry with only one artillery, and perhaps one tank per two divisions. Then, going into Rising Sun, I would 'triangularize' those divisions and convert the now-surplus fourth regiments into Paratroopers and Heavy Infantry for my new armored divisions. I'd also use a less-than-optimal number of fighters since each carrier would historically have split its planes three ways between fighters, dive bombers and torpedo bombers, meaning each of my carriers only has one fighter that has to juggle both defending the carrier and trying to escort bombers.

Burma Road is also interesting this way because historical "Indian" divisions could be up to 2/3rds non-Indian. Indian Divisions intended for frontline combat rather than garrison duty would usually be composed of brigades containing one British, one Indian, and one Gurkha battalion. The British also mostly used 25lbers as divisional artillery rather than larger pieces. So rather than make most of my army out of Gurkhas (because of the Jungle) and heavy artillery, I make each "division" out of one British Infantry, one Colonial Infantry, one Gurkha, and a 25lber, a composition that can lead to....less than ideal outcomes in combat.

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Re: How do you spend your time in OOB?

Post by conboy » Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:26 pm

I spend a lot of time (too much) on the campaign I am about to release (finally).

I much prefer playing PvP.

Also, I enjoy helping others with their beta versions (as a player/critic, not a development advisor).

At one point, I want to fully explore all the other user-developed content.

Finally, I play the DLCs some but always get distracted with Scenario/campaign development and PvP. I'm playing Red Steel now on Level 3 and really enjoying it, when I get to it.


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Re: How do you spend your time in OOB?

Post by Zekedia222 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:01 pm

I usually play custom campaigns (Erik’s North Africa ones are absolutely AWESOME!), with Gabe’s Mod. I’ve played the campaigns, I have interest in (The Pacific ones), and so I don’t usually play official campaigns that much. Usually I spend my time either knocking out a scenario on my (still unreleased) mod I’m working on, or playing custom campaigns.
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