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by sa_gibson
Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:34 am
Forum: Drive On Moscow
Topic: I don't get the combat preview
Replies: 9
Views: 2022

Re: I don't get the combat preview

Do you guys have data which track the predicted result - that shown by the preview - vs the actual result of the combat? I understand the subjective nature of recollections, but it seems to me the preview is more often wrong than right. I'm sure that's not the case, but some data would be helpful in...
by sa_gibson
Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Is it Possible for Germans to Win "Race to the Meuse"
Replies: 40
Views: 10108

Re: Is it Possible for Germans to Win "Race to the Meuse"

Thanks for the comment, but it doesn't actually address my point, does it? I took your point to be that BOTB is a different game than Avalon Hill's board game. Addressing that point, I'd say 'Yes, it's a different game.' It's an operational-level war game which abstracts time into turns & impulses ...
by sa_gibson
Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Is it Possible for Germans to Win "Race to the Meuse"
Replies: 40
Views: 10108

Re: Is it Possible for Germans to Win "Race to the Meuse"

Whiterook wrote:I've only had about 10 plays with the game but, best I've been able to do is a draw. It's almost maddening. Last game had the 12th SS and 1st SS Pz and Pz Lehr against ONE American unit and they lost. I almost passed out :shock:
Where did this combat take place?
by sa_gibson
Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Is it Possible for Germans to Win "Race to the Meuse"
Replies: 40
Views: 10108

Re: Is it Possible for Germans to Win "Race to the Meuse"

Thanks for the comment, but it doesn't actually address my point, does it? I took your point to be that BOTB is a different game than Avalon Hill's board game. Addressing that point, I'd say 'Yes, it's a different game.' It's an operational-level war game which abstracts time into turns & impulses ...
by sa_gibson
Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Is it Possible for Germans to Win "Race to the Meuse"
Replies: 40
Views: 10108

Re: Is it Possible for Germans to Win "Race to the Meuse"

If you're trying to win Race to the Meuse by besieging Bastogne, you're not doing it right. ;)

It's in the name. Focus on getting to the Meuse as fast as you can, using the armor exploit to move extra spaces each turn. Bastogne is only important if you need to force a draw.
by sa_gibson
Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: Drive On Moscow
Topic: Drive on Moscow
Replies: 3
Views: 999

Re: Drive on Moscow

Try playing online against other players. Send me a game invite - GC ID is scottagibson.
by sa_gibson
Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Is it Possible for Germans to Win "Race to the Meuse"
Replies: 40
Views: 10108

Re: Is it Possible for Germans to Win "Race to the Meuse"

Actually, Race to the Meuse teaches the basic approach to achieve the Axis auto-victory conditions from the full campaign game. I'm sure that victory condition - crontrol of a space west of the Meuse & in supply by the 19th - accounts for a significant percentage of overall Axis victories. So I don'...
by sa_gibson
Sun Dec 08, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: Drive On Moscow
Topic: The ratings system
Replies: 17
Views: 2649

Re: The ratings system

Call me crazy, but I'd scrap the rating system entirely, and not replace it at all. It seems to generate a lot of obsession about one's own rating combined with debate about how it works leading to suggestions about how it ought to work. I don't see anything it actually adds to the game. Just play!
by sa_gibson
Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Crisis in Command League: Players Wanted
Replies: 2
Views: 1419

Re: Crisis in Command League: Players Wanted

Dugrim wrote:where I can sign for this tournament?
The latest round is just beginning over at the quartertothree.com game forums. New players are most welcome. Here's a link.

http://www.quartertothree.com/game-talk ... el-Tourney
by sa_gibson
Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Players wanted @ QT3
Replies: 3
Views: 1618

Re: Players wanted @ QT3

The latest round of the 'sitzkrieg-free' BOTB league is just beginning over at quartertothree. Still time for more players to get in!
by sa_gibson
Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:53 pm
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Play balance
Replies: 193
Views: 27395

Re: Play balance

Hi All, After lengthy deliberation, with particular consideration to all the thoughtful posts in this thread, we've decided not to adjust the game for balance. Hi Nick. I appreciate the response and more or less concur with the reasons you laid out. BOTB is a spectacular game and can be played in w...
by sa_gibson
Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:26 am
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Play balance
Replies: 193
Views: 27395

Re: Play balance

For those of you looking to create some artificial balance in BOTB, join us over at QT3. Our scoring system discounts the sitzkrieg, treating Axis victories without touching the Meuse as a draw. Seems to be working! http://www.quartertothree.com/game-talk/showthread.php?73115-Battle-of-the-Bulge-Mu...
by sa_gibson
Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: Shenandoah General Discussion Forum
Topic: Turn off AI?
Replies: 2
Views: 2799

Re: Turn off AI?

Can't you just play in face-to-face mode? That allows you to play both sides if you want.
by sa_gibson
Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:28 am
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Play balance
Replies: 193
Views: 27395

Re: Play balance

For those of you looking to create some artificial balance in BOTB, join us over at QT3. Our scoring system discounts the sitzkrieg, treating Axis victories without touching the Meuse as a draw. Seems to be working! http://www.quartertothree.com/game-talk/showthread.php?73115-Battle-of-the-Bulge-Mul...
by sa_gibson
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Players wanted @ QT3
Replies: 3
Views: 1618

Re: Players wanted @ QT3

Oh, I like turtles as much as the next person. I like cats, too, but it irritates me when I can't get them to make their move. Why can't they pay attention to the game?
by sa_gibson
Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:32 pm
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Players wanted @ QT3
Replies: 3
Views: 1618

Players wanted @ QT3

There's a new BOTB league started up over at quartertothree. We're trying out a scoring system which rewards Allied victories, and Axis victories which occur by Dec 25th & where the Meuse is touched, but treats other Axis victories as a draw. Format of the league is multiple level groups with player...
by sa_gibson
Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Play balance
Replies: 193
Views: 27395

Re: Play balance

Tweaking VP values for objectives AND tweaking VP thresholds AND tweaking British release is a lot of moving parts that impact all players. Overall, the statistics on balance for game center games is very good. The proposal was intended as a focused solution that would minimize disruption for the m...
by sa_gibson
Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Play balance
Replies: 193
Views: 27395

Re: Play balance

Back to the historical situation, the Allied high command was split over where and when to launch a counteroffensive. Montgomery, once given operational command in the crisis, would have opted to pull the entire defense north of the Meuse to regroup before turning on the Germans, but he really coul...
by sa_gibson
Wed May 15, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Stategies for a German turtle
Replies: 17
Views: 3046

Re: Stategies for a German turtle

Apologies for cross-posting this from the QT3 forum, but I wanted to be sure that wargamer saw it. Having been around the web since the time of Usenet news/message boards, I shouldn't need a reminder on how easily board communication can go wrong. I don't mean to chasten anyone, and I apologize if m...
by sa_gibson
Tue May 14, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Battle of the Bulge
Topic: Stategies for a German turtle
Replies: 17
Views: 3046

Re: Stategies for a German turtle

I posed the hypothetical in my first post of this thread to try to filter out the idea that "if you concentrate forces on Bastogne, he'll cross the Meuse", because I wanted to focus on the question if holding Bastogne was even possible under optimal conditions (and by optimal, I don't mean insanely...

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