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 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Game engine improvements suggestions

Posted: Wed May 04, 2005 5:39 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 4325

There are a lot of great ideas in this thread that apparently have been implemented successfully in previous game engines. My personal favorite, as I mentioned in an earlier thread, was the SSI Napoleonic cavalry charge system, where you could preplot your cavalry to charge or countercharge and they...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Some Shelby Foote inspired game suggestions

Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2005 4:11 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 1661

I think Al Amos makes some valid points. About twenty years ago a company called SSI made excellent 19th century turn-based wargames. Their morale scale was 1-99, and a unit's number was lowered gradually by casualties and fatigue. Units received a number of operational points based on command, cont...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Campaign Peninisula and Artillery

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 6:40 am 

Replies: 33
Views: 7154

I still think the optimum artillery supply solution is something more akin to the infantry supply system. Each unit, when it runs out of ammo, would draw supply from the train in proportion to it's size. I would also like to see battery-size units that could be broken down into sections at the playe...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Quick Question: Hex Distance

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2005 2:16 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 796


Documentation says each hex measures 125 yards across.

MG Mike Mihalik

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Gingrich's Alternate Gettsyburg

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 6:01 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 1828

For those interested, I received a post from the Brett Schulte's ACW Recommended Reading group that the final book in the series would be out @ 21 June. My take on the series was that the authors had some very different perceptions on the competence of some of the leaders involved than I did, and re...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: 5 for 3 deal on Campaign Peninsula?

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 6:38 am 

Replies: 34
Views: 8146

Hi, Rich,

I have barely scratched the surface of HPS Gettysburg and am going to
the Tillercon. Will the discount there make it worth waiting, or is
the 5 for 3 deal better?

MG Mike Mihalik

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: *** NEW *** Battleground System

Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 7:14 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 4974

For a lot of interesting information pertaining to logistics I recommend "Plowshares into Swords", by Frank Vandiver. It is a biography of Josiah Gorgas, the Confederate Chief of Ordnance, but contains a lot of information pertaining to the procurement of arms and ammunition. It says Gorgas tried to...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Artillery Effectiveness Case Study

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 10:56 am 

Replies: 68
Views: 16510

From my Civil war research I conclude that artillery was vulnerable in four areas: -The guns themselves -crews -caissons and limbers (ammunition) -horses (mobility) I think the games (both Talonsoft and HPS) do a pretty good job of reflecting the vulnerability (or lack thereof) of the guns to counte...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: A Call For A Change In The Isolation Rule

Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 7:30 am 

Replies: 17
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Here is a vote in favor of Col Mishurda, at least from a historical perspective. From Thermopylae to the Chosin Reservoir units have been isolated with no noticeable impairment of combat efficiency. For a particularly stirring account, check out Camerone, where a company of about sixty French Foreig...
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