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by orca
Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:01 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Can a general also be a unit?
Replies: 8
Views: 2140

Yes it can. Glover is with Washington's army in most scenarios. About half of the German generals are units as well.
by orca
Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:47 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: BoA patch 1.11
Replies: 34
Views: 9161

if you are suspicious about a bug with Washington's ability to train troops, send me the save so that we are all clear about that. I think I'm seeing this too. After one year Washington has nine continentals with him. I don't see a single comapny that has been upgraded to "trained infantry". What h...
by orca
Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:43 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: POLL - Should losses be tweaked down
Replies: 19
Views: 4150

There has to be the possibility of achieving a Saratoga in the game. (Or indeed a Braddock's defeat.) I think that losses do tend to be rather high, but toning them down will make it even harder to wipe out an enemy formation, and that is already quite hard to do. What were Washington's losses aroun...
by orca
Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:37 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: John Sevier
Replies: 17
Views: 4448

Going off topic Pocus, I did a little research on an OOB for the war of 1812 (at least in the Great Lakes region). Would this be useful? One thing I would love to see in an add on is a campaign game starting in January of February 1777. Much harder for the British from that date. I would think that ...
by orca
Sat Mar 10, 2007 4:04 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Maximal
Replies: 2
Views: 1262

Yeah the "maximal command" always bugs me too. It's not correct use of the word in ENglish. But "maximum command" would be fine in my book.
by orca
Sat Mar 10, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Playing Americans, what is your strategy regarding warships and transports?
Replies: 2
Views: 1085

Playing vs the AI I will sometimes try to use them to slip troops out of a beseiged port. Often it won't work, but there isn't a whole lot of use to be had from JPJones.
by orca
Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:17 pm
Forum: BoA History Club
Topic: History 1812-1815
Replies: 7
Views: 5316

Deux petits Corrections... 1812 Laura Secord avertit les Britanniques (22 juin) Laura Secord surprend une conversation entre officiers américains sur des plans d'attaque et franchit 30 km à pied pour venir avertir le commandement britannique. Deux jours plus tard, les alliés autochtones des britanni...
by orca
Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:31 am
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Surprised by the AI
Replies: 1
Views: 1167

Surprised by the AI

In my first campaign game I've been very impressed with the play of the AI. Inevitably there is the occasional stupidity, but it usually does a good job. I do think that the rebels accept battle too often, but that's my only concern. Anyway I wanted to tell the story of how the AI really got me. I'm...
by orca
Sun Jan 21, 2007 10:34 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Ambush and Siege
Replies: 18
Views: 3115

Aren't all the units at that battle irregulars and indians? Butler's and Johnson's were certainly irregulars. In the game any army can ambush as long as it is made up of only irregulars or indians. Seems vaguely realistic although there were some regulars at, for example, Braddock's defeat. Regulars...
by orca
Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:01 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: BoA 1.10d is out
Replies: 26
Views: 9020

Also, I had a problem with this rule not seeming to work. As the British I have the South Carolina Volunteers garrisoning Fort Ninety Six. Obviously it's a strategic town in their home state, and they disbanded anyway. Does this rule not apply to the British? Sorry about this. I double checked and ...
by orca
Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:00 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Using cavalry for recon
Replies: 5
Views: 1808

I keep the cavalry with the army unless I'm hunting partisans or isolated infantry units (in which case detached cavalry is lethal in clear terrain). However, I like using the infantry irregulars for recon. In passive stance they hardly ever seem to get in trouble (although I try to keep them out of...
by orca
Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:47 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: BoA 1.10d is out
Replies: 26
Views: 9020

Pocus - Virginia does have 5 strategic towns - Alexandria, Richmond, Charlottesville, Peterburg, Norfolk. And I really maintian that if the British aren't around the militia should go home, wherever they happen to be. Also, I had a problem with this rule not seeming to work. As the British I have th...
by orca
Tue Jan 02, 2007 1:54 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Trainer Ability Question
Replies: 15
Views: 3383

Surely the trainer needs to be in command to implement his ideas of training. For instance look at Wayne as opposed to Steuben. Steuben was a drill master - he worked on the continental armies adherence to drill alignment and so on. Everyone (well more or less) recognised that it needed work on that...
by orca
Tue Jan 02, 2007 1:48 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Retreat and capture oddities
Replies: 36
Views: 5986

[quote="Pocus"]I checked the code and the occurences of retreat into the city or fort are rarer that I thought. You retreat into the city if you have more artillery + supply compared to irregular + militia + cavalry. Regular neutral in the choice. Basically it has been decided that the pri...
by orca
Fri Dec 22, 2006 1:58 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Retreat and capture oddities
Replies: 36
Views: 5986

When in the Revolutionary Wars was a defeated army ever pursued to the point where is suffered massive casualties? Washington after New York? But you're right about the choice - abandon supply and artillery, or enter the city. I think the AI chooses to stay too often, but it's a tough call. Small fo...
by orca
Fri Dec 22, 2006 1:50 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: BoA 1.10d is out
Replies: 26
Views: 9020

Understood but: -You can stockpile militia in an area, as you have at least 5 strategic towns that you can put militia in. Doing so when there is a real British presence is OK as you're reducing your ability to actively fight off the British in order to keep the militia for next year. Besides which ...
by orca
Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:19 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: BoA 1.10d is out
Replies: 26
Views: 9020

Gameplay Supply wagons don't cost command points anymore. They can now give the +10% fire bonus to all units in a city, if you are being assaulted. They prevent the surrender of all units in a city if you are besieged. Depots do the same, but will also gives the fire bonus to all armies in the regi...
by orca
Tue Dec 19, 2006 4:36 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Retreat and capture oddities
Replies: 36
Views: 5986

Most of this is good advice, but I think the 'uncontrolled retreat' isn't as inappropriate as you suggest. The retreat from New York in 1776 would be a good example, basically the entire army was in flight and if the British had managed to pursue Washington would have been in even worse trouble than...
by orca
Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:46 pm
Forum: BoA Technical support / Aide technique
Topic: Several Matters ( 4 bugs ??)
Replies: 11
Views: 2990

And I thought I was already torturing those damn rebels in BoA. :)
by orca
Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:17 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Great Lakes scenario
Replies: 13
Views: 3112

Most US Army forces were recruiting at the outbreak of war. Congress had authorized an expansion of the army in January, and approved another expansion in June. So the army wasn't really ready. It's hard to get information On USA units, but: The 4th infantry was with Hull. In June 1812 he had not ye...
by orca
Fri Dec 08, 2006 9:26 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Great Lakes scenario
Replies: 13
Views: 3112

Plus reinforcement schedule right? This lists the British forces. It's sort of messy but in June 1812 we have: Upper Canada 41st Foot (Amherstburg and Ft George) detachment 10th Royal Veteran Battalion (Ft St Joseph I believe. Arrived in Sandwich or Detroit in July or August). Royal Newfoundland Fen...
by orca
Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:11 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Great Lakes scenario
Replies: 13
Views: 3112

This pdf file has detailed OOBs for Harrison's army and his opponents in the western theater. [edit: dang I can only see it on the google cache. Google - "war for the Northwest" carlisle - and it should be the only link that comes up.] Hull's army that surrendered in Detroit consisted of 4th U.S. In...
by orca
Fri Dec 08, 2006 2:17 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Forts in the West
Replies: 3
Views: 1545

On the subject of places that shouldn't exist (and I'm convinced that none of Fort Miamis, Fort Venago, Fort Toronto or Kingston-on-the-lake should exist in the American Revolution scenarios), I think that a different choice of strategic towns for the Seven Years War ought to be considered. In parti...
by orca
Tue Dec 05, 2006 8:19 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Forts in the West
Replies: 3
Views: 1545

So Ft Miami is modern Fort Wayne. It was destroyed during Pontiac's war, and wasn't rebuilt until General Wayne built it after the battle of the Fallen Timbers in 1794. Sorry about the misspelling of Ft Venago. Also destroyed in 1763. All of these should be there in 1755, but had been abandoned by 1...
by orca
Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:38 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: Forts in the West
Replies: 3
Views: 1545

Forts in the West

Forgive me if this is addressed in a patch - I haven't installed the patch yet. I think that the set up of forts and settlements in the West is set up for 1755 or 1758 rather than 1775. I see a lot of forts and towns that did not exist at the time of the Revolution. In particular: -Fort Toronto/Roui...
by orca
Thu Nov 23, 2006 11:10 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: CA recruitment
Replies: 8
Views: 2394

I don't think it's really all that gamey. If you stay in Norfolk you cause increased militia recruitment, but you also curtail continental recruitment. That's not necessarily a huge plus for the rebels, and is historically close to reality. I think the history shows that the appropriate British beha...
by orca
Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:38 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: CA recruitment
Replies: 8
Views: 2394

Thanks, that's exactly what I was looking for. Very nice.
by orca
Mon Nov 20, 2006 6:42 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: CA recruitment
Replies: 8
Views: 2394

Forgive me for being a pain, but I'd like a little clarification. Does the rebel militia recruitment increase as the continental recruitment decreases? (Ignoring the fact that some milita units will be trained to continental status.) In 1776 when the British enter a region and take a strategic city ...
by orca
Mon Nov 20, 2006 6:06 pm
Forum: Birth of America
Topic: CA recruitment
Replies: 8
Views: 2394

CA recruitment

BoA clearly draws a lot of inspiration from Avalon Hill's great 1776 game. The regions and strategic areas are identical, the major and minor rivers and bateau movement are the same, and the rebel militia recruiting seems to be pretty similar. In fact this is what I find appealing about BoA - it see...

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