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2 months 3 weeks ago #271 by RebBugler

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  • GB3-11btn_July3-Slocum's Northern Offensive (U-Corps)

    Carryover from: GB3-10btn_July3-Clash at East Cavalry Field (U-Div)

    Length of Play: 90 Minutes

    Command: Major General Henry W. Slocum, XII Corps
    Date: July 3, 1863
    Location: East of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

    Situation: From the crest of Culp's hill we've listened to the sounds of battle to our west and southwest for over three hours now. During this time the enemy troops to our northern front have left the base of this hill and moved out of sight to the north. We haven't received orders yet, but word has it that we will be "taking the battle to the enemy", soon!

    Mission: Capture the three objectives.

    Objectives: Objectives award 3000 points each when held ten minutes, for a total of 9000 points. After one minute the activating radii change from 150 yards to 300 yards and from Union only to ALL activation.

    Forces Involved:
    USA - 18,246 Troops, 45 Guns (before carryover)
    CSA - 14,907 Troops, 48 Guns
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    This scenario continues General Meade's 'What If' offensive. Troop strength numbers and positions are historically depicted, exception being that the CSA troops that were at the base of Culp's Hill are repositioned east of Gettysburg into battle lines facing south. Neill and Shaler's brigades of the VI Corps are attached to Ruger's division.

    Due to the size of this scenario, a heads-up to avoid 'AI Freeze Up' (troops stop fighting), keep most of your officers TC'd throughout.


    One second left...Missed capturing the Gettysburg objective by a couple of minutes, fortunately my engagement points made up for that loss as the MV bar was 'just barely' reached.


    Get ready for a difficult win, you have only a slight edge in troop numbers, and you're up against veteran Rebel forces. If Meade had indeed called for a full offensive, this scenario depicts probably the toughest of the offensive fronts to win.

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    2 months 2 weeks ago #272 by RebBugler

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  • GB3-12btn_July3-Meade's Full Offensive - The Finale (U-Army)

    Carryover from: GB3-11btn_July3-Slocum's Northern Offensive (U-Corps)

    Length of Play: 2 Hours

    Command: Major General George G. Meade, Commanding General, Army of the Potomac
    Date: July 3, 1863
    Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

    Situation: All of our offensive movements this day have been successful. With those engagements we've recovered much of our lost ground from the previous two days of fighting and we've also liberated the town of Gettysburg. Now the enemy has reformed and awaits in battle lines along Seminary Ridge, its half mile span centered on the Lutheran Seminary. Our army has also reformed, reloaded and is confidently awaiting orders.

    Mission: Capture the five objectives.

    Objectives: Objectives award 1800 points each when held ten minutes, for a total of 9000 points. After one minute the activating radii change from 150 yards to 500 yards and from Union only to ALL activation.

    Forces Involved:
    USA - 67,270 Troops, 321 Guns (before carryovers)
    CSA - 52,999 Troops, 273 Guns (before carryovers)
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    This scenario concludes General Meade's 'What If' offensive, with General Meade commanding the full Army of the Potomac.

    Due to the size of this scenario, a heads-up to avoid 'AI Freeze Up' (troops stop fighting), keep most of your officers TC'd throughout. Also, don't commit or move all your troops at once and avoid engaging too many of the enemy at once. Keep in mind that at the beginning of a scenario all enemy officers are TC on, and once their regiment is engaged, regimental officers TC off.

    Capturing objectives improves performance
    With this scenario and some of the larger scenarios when an objective is captured enemy officers defending that objective are immediately TC'd and retreat away from the field of battle. This procedure continues with each captured objective and performance is gradually improved by eliminating the number of officers that are AI controlled. Bottom line, the more officers that are TC'd the better the scenario runs performance-wise, thus lessening the threat of 'AI Freeze Up'.


    One second left...The final objective was captured fifteen or so minutes ago. Used the remaining time to TC off some brigades to mop up what was left of the defeated Rebel army.


    My final carryover troop strength numbers had the USA with a little more than a two to one edge over the CSA. With these odds I steamrolled the Rebel army from their flanks inward. So likewise, this is your chance to also destroy the Army of Northern Virginia like Meade quite possibly could have done, as deemed plausible by this set of carryover scenarios.


    Final unit stats for this six scenario carryover series...



    Hopefully balanced up partisan leanings with this final 'USA heyday' carryover series although the Rebels needed more scenarios for their heyday victory. Simply put, the Rebels needed more scenarios to whittle down the Union army, plus, a Gettysburg day four to make the 'CSA heyday' series plausible.

    Looking forward to hearing reports about these two final carryover series. Beginning with GB3_01 and 02, it's like taking on a whole new battle, with alternate history possibilities and outcomes.

    And now, already going strong...Football season!
    Go Hogs and Go Cowboys (Dallas Cowboys Band Alumnus - 1977-1978 Super Bowl XII)

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    2 months 2 weeks ago #273 by Jolly

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  • Hi Reb - I managed a hard fought 'Victory' on this one which was the second attempt on it.
    I actually managed to plant the Reb flag on the second objective - but only in the last minute of play so it didn't count for much by that time! ;)

     
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    2 months 1 week ago - 2 months 1 week ago #274 by RebBugler

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  • Hi Reb - I managed a hard fought 'Victory' on this one which was the second attempt on it.
    I actually managed to plant the Reb flag on the second objective - but only in the last minute of play so it didn't count for much by that time! ;)

     


    Well, you beat the heck out of my attempts. As I posted on this scenario's INFO page it took me numerous plays to get a victory, and then several more for a MV. Also, you fared MUCH better in casualty ratio which is the most important stat for carryover scenarios. I planned on adding some tips on how to beat this scenario since I thought it might be a big obstacle for folks starting this carryover series. But you stopped those plans, with obviously a better strategy at beating this scenario, and, in two attempts. My strategy was too costly, and time consuming, so I'll hold those thoughts. 

    Congrats!

    Thanks for the report...

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    2 months 5 days ago #275 by Jolly

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  • Thanks for that Reb - I tried replying to this a few days ago but the post didn't upload and I lost the text.
    Anyway, I fired up the GB3-02 union side scenario which is captivating and complex.,
    After 3 attempts I managed a draw!



    This does take some figuring out, especially as the units get (painfully) slow to be released. It seems a case of trying to minimize damage when the Rebel swarm begins - short retreats while hitting them with artillery if possible. Also trying to pull some of their brigades away from the main center attack.

    I'm about halfway through a forth attempt now, and things are looking a bit more favorable now that I've got a better gist on things! :)

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    2 months 3 days ago - 2 months 3 days ago #276 by RebBugler

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  • ...I fired up the GB3-02 union side scenario which is captivating and complex.,
    After 3 attempts I managed a draw!

    This does take some figuring out, especially as the units get (painfully) slow to be released. It seems a case of trying to minimize damage when the Rebel swarm begins - short retreats while hitting them with artillery if possible. Also trying to pull some of their brigades away from the main center attack.

    I'm about halfway through a forth attempt now, and things are looking a bit more favorable now that I've got a better gist on things! :)

    David(jolly)

     


    I try to avoid locking player's units, but this scenario demanded this procedure, otherwise it would be an absolutely non-contest situation, as it was historically. Also, with my testing I was still able to beat it after two attempts, so I didn't think the locking actions were too extreme. Well, your experience here obviously proved I possibly went too far.

    Regardless, you're almost there, and the follow-up Union carryover scenarios (GB3-08 thru GB3-12) will have no locked units, so hopefully reprieve from the "painfully slow" situation you've had to deal with this lead-off scenario.

    Thanks again for your feedback! You're keeping this thread alive and well.

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    2 months 2 days ago #277 by Jolly

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  • The unit locking does work as intended - you designed it just fine Reb. It just took me a few tries (4) to manage a MV. :)



    I REALLY enjoyed this one.

    David(jolly)



     
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    1 month 2 weeks ago - 1 month 2 weeks ago #278 by RebBugler

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  • The unit locking does work as intended - you designed it just fine Reb. It just took me a few tries (4) to manage a MV. :)

    I REALLY enjoyed this one.

    David(jolly)


    A belated Congrats!

    You really nailed the score with that Major Victory, however, your previous post (a Draw) displayed a slightly better casualty advantage, +113 -- Interesting.

    I'll be purposely delaying responses to posts due to the lack of posts on our SOW forum recently. It's a bad omen when the 'Recent Topics' category goes blank. When posting picks up I'll strive to respond in a dedicated manner. Mark T has promised some future maps, let's hope he comes through soon and helps fill our present lull in activity.

    Thanks for the Report

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    1 month 1 week ago #279 by Jolly

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  •   My 5th attempt on the GB3-03btn scenario!Now this does take some figuring out, especially with the distances involved.I came to realize that you can't let any troops just sit there - you've got to get them moving to various places on the map, and try to avoid some of the enemy on the way!It may seem at first that time is on your side, but that would be a big mistake! ;)David(jolly) 
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    1 month 4 days ago #280 by RebBugler

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  •   My 5th attempt on the GB3-03btn scenario!Now this does take some figuring out, especially with the distances involved.I came to realize that you can't let any troops just sit there - you've got to get them moving to various places on the map, and try to avoid some of the enemy on the way!It may seem at first that time is on your side, but that would be a big mistake! ;)David(jolly) 


    I'm extremely glad that you were able to figure this one out and be able to move on. Since it also took me numerous plays to find a win I was afraid that folks would just get bummed out and blow off the rest of this carryover series when this scenario continuously stumped them. But you fixed that, and paved the way by proving that it can be won...With persistence!

    Adding the extra 15 minutes definitely saved this scenario, and by your response I'm sure you'll agree. I tried to fit it into my 60 minutes per scenario pattern as established by its surrounding scenarios, but that proved impossible with the distances between objectives and the requirements that are demanded to make this scenario historically plausible. I tend to be a freak for consistent patterns by trying to make the impossible possible, plus the necessity of getting the timelines of each scenario tapered to avoid another after dark scenario.

    You made my day with this post, thanks for the early Christmas present! 

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  • I just wish I could have shown you a Major Victory Reb! :)
    Close enough though, and is definitely achievable with as you say, a bit of persistence and a bit of guile. ;)
    Meanwhile, I've started the 04 scn - I'll see how I go on that!

    I's really nice of you to say that about my somewhat concise report, even if the formatting was a touch askew! :)

    My best wishes,
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  • A third attempt at the GB3-04btn - it is somewhat chaotic at the start with trying to consolidate the positions, and also the support brigades movement.
    A Major Victory though, so it worked, although It was not easy, to say the least!

    Thanks Reb, and Merry Christmas to you and  all.

     
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    3 weeks 2 days ago #283 by RebBugler

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  • A third attempt at the GB3-04btn - it is somewhat chaotic at the start with trying to consolidate the positions, and also the support brigades movement.
    A Major Victory though, so it worked, although It was not easy, to say the least!

    Thanks Reb, and Merry Christmas to you and all.


    Close to Perfect, at least from a 'replay value' perspective. Since I beat it with my first attempt and accepted that effort, I had second thoughts later on whether I had shorted its competitiveness. But once again, Jolly has come through, taking three attempts to achieve a MV, and verifying a solidly competitive MV bar that this scenario sets. Also, you improved upon my victory numbers, proving that you learned more about the scenario with those two extra attempts...I salute you!

    Still, with hindsight, this scenario's scoring would have been more accurate by lowering the available objective points to 5000 rather than 9000. We both would have gotten our victories in the same amount of time, but the fear of failure would have prevailed much longer with the edited version...Bottom line, it's part of the immersion thing, that thing that drives us on throughout these scenarios.

    If anyone's noticed, this day, December 26, 2021, is the Second Anniversary of this SR1 scenario series release. The initial release, December 25, 2019 (late Christmas night, guess we gained a couple of hours), included four scenarios, now we're up to 74 scenarios. Thanks for all the support along the way folks, especially, the Verifier in Chief, Jolly! 

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    1 week 6 days ago #284 by Jolly

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  • Happy New Year!
    2 years and 74 scenarios, which is an amazing achievement Reb. Thanks so much for all the entertainment (and frustrations!) ;)

    I've started the New Year with a hard fought Major Victory on the GB3-05 scenario.
    I did think that I'd miscalculated regarding the use of Early's division - I split them in half, movingeach of these left and right respectively, which I thought about half way through could have a mistake. I carried on though and got the MV! :)
    It was a bit of a bloodbath, casualties all over the place by the end!

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    1 week 2 days ago #285 by RebBugler

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  • Happy New Year!
    2 years and 74 scenarios, which is an amazing achievement Reb. Thanks so much for all the entertainment (and frustrations!) ;)

    I've started the New Year with a hard fought Major Victory on the GB3-05 scenario.
    I did think that I'd miscalculated regarding the use of Early's division - I split them in half, moving each of these left and right respectively, which I thought about half way through could have a mistake. I carried on though and got the MV! :)
    It was a bit of a bloodbath, casualties all over the place by the end!

    David(jolly)

     


    Much appreciated! Gotta admit, somehow I avoided burn-out and saw this GB SR1 series through the historic three day battle, plus the Rebel fourth day 'What If'. The six month break between scenario sets, while getting the 9 Mile map TG ready, helped a lot because it gave me time to come up with some fresh new ideas, especially new ways to handle objectives.

    Regarding your MV...Very nice win! I used two of Early's brigades (Hays and Godwin) to finally capture Cemetery Hill east...It took me a while.  Up to that point I had to keep my troops and guns on the western slope of Cemetery Hill, otherwise the Union guns along Cemetery Hill east would take their toll on them every time I tried to move them up along the crest of the hill. It was such a relief at the end of this scenario when I could finally position my guns all over the hill without them getting chewed up as they were unlimbering.

    And what about those Berden Sharpshooter regiments, were you able to rout them before they marched north to wreak havoc on your Cemetery Hill objective defenses?

    Thanks again for the report...

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