deadtorius wrote:Brings up a question that has always bothered me, in 1805 the Allies made the first move towards the french at Austerlitz. Yet they have to be the ones standing still during almost all 1805 games as they have a low initiative. Granted Nappy drew them into a trap and he managed to exploit their movements to his advantage, probably one of his best performances. 1809 Austria takes the initiative and moves into Bavaria. At Eggmuhl they attacked the French positions. At Aspern Essling they once again moved on the french. Similar thing at Wagram. However in 90% of our games my Austrians are defending and must stand and wait for the French to move on them.
I agree with Russia. In 1812 from what I read it seemed the Russians were normally encountered by the French waiting for the enemy to arrive so in some kind of prepared position type situation as it were. During the retreat it seems like a mostly Cossack battles even but agree it was the cavalry that was able to keep up with the French.
Having looked at this thread again and at the list on page 8 I think that the "1" is a straight unspotted typo or other goof
as we give the Reserve Corps a 2 and the Army of Poland and Bohemia a 2 it makes little sense . So that is an official correction. If I had not been so focused on pre 1800 games the last year I might have noticed it sooner myself. Should we have given it an option of an exceptional Corps commander? I'll discuss that with Terry.
As to the new system well I would not want it to make things even harder for low initiative and low General armies if that is how it plays out. Neutral effect at worst.
Strangely my regular opponent who usually has a French army, says he prefers to defend! Maybe players should have the FoG(AM) option of passing the initiative back?
As one who invariably ends up defending, the main thing I miss is not having the flank march option. The terrain seems to end up all in the wrong place anyway! Otherwise I quite like to counter attack and deploy my forces with that in mind.