Very good comments Squarian!
I’ve been also playing a 1775 campaign as the brits after 1.05 patch was released, so I find very interesting to compare your experience with mine.
In my camping things were somewhat different, as the Ai chose the more traditional “park the continental army at Philly to defend the capital” approach so I didn’t saw Washington leading Indians around. At least its shows variability, what is good for the replayability.
But there are some good news regarding the AI
- First, check this new post by Pocus.
It seems a bug was introduced this summer on the games AI routines (shared by all games AACW, WIA) that crippled her efforts. That’s the Ai we have been playing against on 1.05. So hopefully we will soon see a new patched .exe and see what she’s able to do with all their routines “on” and with some new tweaks Pocus has been doing on her.
- Second: even with this important bug, you have saw certain improvement on her play on 1775, and what’s better, none of the improvement is because of the 1.05 “AI help” events as these are 100% (or at least 95%) done for the 1775 British AI, not the USA AI. So probably you haven’t still saw them!!
Basically, the new “AI help events” relate to amphibious operations, something the Ai can do but is not very good at.
The main one is a “Boston evacuation” event that may fire on the first year of the war and help Athena to extricate her main army trapped at Boston with little supply. If on certain date they are still blocked there by the rebels, the event will evacuate most of the force and make them land on some USA objective on the coast. As in history, New York is one of them, but there are some alternative places that will be chosen randomly.
On my tests I’ve seen the Ai do their own (only partial) Boston evacuation and some other cool amphibious invasions on the coast. But its not 100% guaranteed she will be able to evacuate Boston as soon and as completely as needed to avoid mass starvation on her main army.
So the event helps her a lot and make the campaign much more fun.
The other big part of the “AI helps” consist on changing the arrival place of some historic reinforcements and the units you but with EP’s. Instead of arriving at Halifax (which ask for some planning to move them by sea to the Colonies) the Ai will receive them on a series of British controlled ports on the Colonies.
This way the reinforcements will be used sooner and better instead of waiting several turns at Halifax for lack of transports or try to move by land across east Canada and arrive at the front in sorrowful state.
Sorry but I know nothing about AI tweaking parameters. Other will have to answer that.
But I think Athena may have a specially hard time to play well as the USA in 1775. As you explain, the USA must not seek big engagements with the British or even defend at all cost some places. They mostly have to evade big British stacks, hit all the weak enemy stacks and objectives they find and concede territory as needed to remain alive and more or less fit until the foreign aid arrive. That’s easier said that done against a human player.
Besides, the annually militia disbanding and reforming certainly doesn’t help her to concentrate and organize forces.
All in all, I think he is not doing it so bad, considering all these difficulties and i hope it will improve much with Pocus AI fix.
Have you tried reversing sides on 1775with the last patch?? My experience is that the AI brits are a much more able and fun enemy (with the 1.05 “AI help” tweaks). Give them a try!