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 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Ramblings of an Old Man #33

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 6:11 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 193


Hi, Ned, I think of objectives as a necessary evil to reflect the importance of such things as lines of communication and supply that don't really apply in a scenario. Hard to justify a fight if there is nothing worth fighting over. I agree with you about hidden objective values in extreme fog of wa...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT #2

 Post subject: Re: ANNOUNCEMENT #2
Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 11:45 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 186


This organization probably would have helped, particularly having an intermediate commander between Loring and Pemberton. But when I was reading about the Vicksburg Campaign it occurred to me that what Pemberton lacked most of all was a veteran cavalry division.

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Ramblings of an Old Man #21

Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 9:54 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 507


Skirmishers are very difficult to simulate in a war game. On one hand they are very flexible and can be very effective. But on the other hand, without radios they can't be effectively controlled. From the game point of view they become overpowered because the player has practically a "god"...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Ramblings of an Old Man #21

Posted: Sun May 10, 2020 5:11 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 507


Skirmishers are very difficult to simulate in a war game. On one hand they are very flexible and can be very effective. But on the other hand, without radios they can't be effectively controlled. From the game point of view they become overpowered because the player has practically a "god"...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Ramblings of an Old Man #21

Posted: Fri May 08, 2020 9:20 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 507


Here is some information on skirmishers et al:

https://www.essentialcivilwarcurriculum ... oting.html

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Ramblings of an Old Man #12

Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 9:22 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 632


Hi, Ned, As I see it, each of the options I mentioned has a bearing on maintaining a solid line or the alternate hex defense. Weak zones of control- Your solid line is more likely to survive because even if the enemy does conduct a successful melee, you are much less likely to have units cut off. De...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Ramblings of an Old Man #12

Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 1:56 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 632


All of the above is true as far as it goes, but so much depends on the optional rules chosen for the scenario. Whether or not density fire modifier, flank morale modifier, weak zone of control and mixed organization penalty options are in effect can make a huge difference.

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Standa Viewing Ranges..Man, Officer on Horse and Binoculars?

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 11:34 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 587


Here is something I found:

https://networks.h-net.org/node/4113/di ... telescopes

A lot of variables though such as weather, dust, terrain etc.

Then you have to figure the range where you can differentiate which side they belong to.

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Ramblings of an Old Man #18

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 11:07 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 265


NOTE: Not a problem if you play phases.

What can be a problem is if you move your multiple units by a unit in line and it is dragged into the road. Particularly embarrassing when playing with the Retire by Prolong option.

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: AAR - 004. Sharpsburg, June 25, 1863 (var. 21)

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:19 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 501


Thanks, Dan!

Back in the old Talonsoft days there was a place to record AARs including the game files. I remember a young Reb officer named Dave Mallory became enamored with a (female) Yankee back in those days. And who could blame him? A woman who plays wargames! Sigh!

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Do you think this would be a good thing?

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:30 pm 

Replies: 10
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Of course. The mechanics of how it would work aren't really important. Persuading John to implement it is. Posting in forums doesn't usually do the trick.

Still, always good to get a discussion going in the Tavern.

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Assumption is the mother of all Strategic Disasters

Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:07 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 442


Just recently we had a strategic planning session at the CSA AoT command bunker aka the Vicksburg Arms Tavern. We had drunk most of our way through the planning session and had settled on a sure fire way of ending the war – raid and appropriate all the Union toilet paper we can find, which in turn ...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: ACWGC Recruiting Plan

 Post subject: Re: ACWGC Recruiting Plan
Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:02 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 903


Got the email.

One venue I didn't notice mentioned is youtube. I spend a lot of time there. If someone could make a time lapse video of a short scenario with a plea for reinforcements it might get some attention.

I recommend no longer than ten minutes.

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Solitare GBACW Three Days of Gettysburg

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:13 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 863


Depends on what you mean. If you're talking about playing both sides in a game I did a lot of that with the old BG games prior to discovering pbem clubs. Also did some in my play testing. For that I generally made a plan beforehand, used FoW and just played both sides trying not to take advantage o...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Windows 10

 Post subject: Re: Windows 10
Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:59 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 578


Hi, Ernie,

I have been using Windows 10 for years and have had no problem with the games. Mine is a desktop, though. Don't think it should make a difference.
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