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 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: The Blakely Rifled Gun

 Post subject: Re: The Blakely Rifled Gun
Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:20 am 

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Well, yes and no. At 1 and 2 hexes offensive fire would be less than that in an unmodified PDT (20, 14). At 3 hexes (11, 9) expected hits would average 8.25 and 6.75 for a difference of 1.5. At 4 hexes the difference is 4.5 hits (8.25 and 3.75). Since Civil War artillery were primarily defensive wea...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: The Blakely Rifled Gun

 Post subject: Re: The Blakely Rifled Gun
Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:01 pm 

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A couple of topics are mentioned here relative to artillery in general. PDT: I am of the opinion that a single PDT value for an artillery type can not serve in both PHASE-based and TURN-based play, although all of the games use this methodology. If I were to establish a value of 12 for a Napoleon at...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: retirement

 Post subject: Re: retirement
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:29 pm 

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And I would agree with General Sims: highly recommended unless your work is your life.

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: retirement

 Post subject: Re: retirement
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:28 pm 

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Just saw this post. I retired in 2010.

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Effectiveness of the Rifle

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:13 pm 

Replies: 49
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Neal, You have clearly illustrated the whole problem with Turn-based play. Not only does the defender fire at only half value -- they have not moved --, they often do not fire at all. The "attacker" will always fire as many units as possible because this is under the control of the player,...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Effectiveness of the Rifle

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:25 pm 

Replies: 49
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One more thing. The "attacker" fire is under your control and you are firing all units. Did the computer actually fire all the defending units? If not, then that would also explain part of the differential.

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Effectiveness of the Rifle

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:18 pm 

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Neal,

I do notice that the hit ratio at 1 hex is nearly half of your original tests and certainly closer to the historical norms and you are conducting optimal fire in all cases: No movement by the attacker and no defensive modifiers.

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Effectiveness of the Rifle

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:57 pm 

Replies: 49
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Neal,

A defender will never fire at more than 1/2 strength. That is one of the problems with the Turn-based AI. In Phase-based a defending unit will fire at full strength all things being equal.

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Effectiveness of the Rifle

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:16 pm 

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One more thought: I believe the percentage values assigned to various terrain types are overstated. This is , of course, a compensating factor to the Weapons Effectiveness. For example, one of the highest hit percentages recorded (1.5%) occurred at the Battle of the Wilderness. In an era of line of ...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Effectiveness of the Rifle

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:54 pm 

Replies: 49
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General Hebert,

Actually, if you just fire without moving, then the ratio will be higher. In my calculations I assume that a given unit fires at 1/2 value 50% of the time and full value the remaining 50%.

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Effectiveness of the Rifle

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:48 pm 

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General Hebert,

You are correct. I will be settling on 3 at 1 hex; 2.25 at 2 hexes; 1.5 at 3 hexes. I would like to see what results you get. The hit ratio should be around 1.3%.

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Effectiveness of the Rifle

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:46 pm 

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The entry in the PDT file for rifles would appear as follows: R 1 2.9 2 2.2 3 1.2 - The PDT file can be opened in Notepad since it is just a text file. "1 2.9" indicates a value of 2.9 at 1 hex. I limit all small arms fire to maximum 3 hexes. The factors for other small arms are driven off...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Effectiveness of the Rifle

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:44 pm 

Replies: 49
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My analysis, and how I arrived at my PDT values, is based upon both the historical and HPS regiments fully exhausting their ammunition. If the historical regiment has 60 rounds per man -- 40 might be normal, but the comparison with HPS would be even more lopsided -- and the HPS has 24 (I consider LO...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Effectiveness of the Rifle

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:19 pm 

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General Hebert,

I would be curious of the results if you re-conducted your tests after changing the PDT to 2.9 at 1 hex and 2.2 at 2 hexes?

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Effectiveness of the Rifle

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:36 pm 

Replies: 49
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Gentlemen, I just spent an hour typing a response to this post, only to have the server log me off for some reason. I lost everything entered. But to the point: Brent Nosworthy's 2003 book The Bloody Crucible of Courage provides the answer. He chronicles primary source accounts from battles such as ...
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