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 Post subject: Special Awards Ceremony for Union Officer, Col. Simonitch
PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:32 pm 
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Gentlemen of the ACWGC Union Army
ATTENTION TO PARADE!


It is my distinct pleasure to make the following special award of the Union Army's Distinguished Service Order to Lieutenant Colonel Richard Simonitch, 1/2/VI/AotS. The award is presented here, within the Mason Dixon Tavern, due to the nature of the accomplishment which extends to all officers of the ACWGC, north and south, and has only lately been recognized for its value!

In October of 2010 Col Simonitch completed a modification project to the HPS Campaign Gettysburg set in which he very studiously and carefully modified all of the HPSCG scenarios to reflect the historical weather patterns of the entire campaign. Col. Simonitch credits others in his work and explains in his installation guide the scope of the modifications.

"This Mod creates a more realistic daily weather pattern based on Ken Miller's gradual dawn/dusk visibility weather files for the HPS Civil War games. Now, in addition to Ken's mod, the historical weather patterns are included for every day of the campaign between June 9th and July 14, 1863. The effects for each type of weather pattern were based, more or less, on HPS’s Antietam_Weather.pdt file provided with that game.

"You will also see new Campaign games that use the weather patterns (designated by the word “Weather” in the Campaign name). The Historical stand-alone scenarios are designated as !HIST_Weather and the rest of the scenarios have a “_W” at the end of the scenario name and “Weather Variant” at the end of the scenario description.

"Every single Campaign and standard scenario now has a corresponding weather variant. None of the stock files will be overwritten with this mod, you will still be able to play the old scenarios if you wish. It should be noted that many historians agree that if it had not rained as much as it did between July 4th and July 9th, Meade would have been able to engage Lee's retreating troops more aggressively, and perhaps even destroying the Army of Northern Virginia before it escaped across the Potomac. Also the documented misty summer mornings along the Rappahannock and the South Mountain passes should not be ignored by the serious gamer.

"Various levels of rain, mud, mist and even the occasional afternoon thunderstorm will make their appearance during those periods of the campaign that have documentation supporting it's occurrence. The actual battle of Gettysburg between July 1-3, 1863 was not affected by inclement weather, but you will experience some minor variable visibility based on Ken's mod. You better believe that the battles occurring between July 4-9 will see showers and mud, effecting the operations of both armies."


The Simonitch HPS Gettysburg Weather Modification was undertaken by him in co-operation with General Frank Mullins' Old Banshee's HPS Tweaks and Tune Ups and can be found at http://old-banshee.yolasite.com/gettysburg-weather-and-map-mod.php.

For his very unique and technically proficient contribution to the expansion of the HPSCG game pool, and on behalf of the ACWGC Union Army, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Simonitch is hereby presented with the UA's DSO.

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Order, ARMS!

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 Post subject: Re: Special Awards Ceremony for Union Officer, Col. Simonitc
PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:49 pm 
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bravo !!!

i believe that may be the single-most deserved medal bestowed yet. a commend you, colonel. well-done !!

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 Post subject: Re: Special Awards Ceremony for Union Officer, Col. Simonitc
PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:52 pm 
I remember beating up on poor Richard when he first joined the Club. He crossed Blackburn Ford with a full brigade or two at Bull Run and then quickly discovered that men cannot ford a creek at will! It was a grand battle as viewed from the Confederate side!

But I am happy to call him my friend still and am pleased he has been honored in this way! Congrats, sir, and keep up the fine work!


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 Post subject: Re: Special Awards Ceremony for Union Officer, Col. Simonitc
PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:03 pm 
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Great work and a deserving award. Lt.Col. Simonitch!

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 Post subject: Re: Special Awards Ceremony for Union Officer, Col. Simonitc
PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:20 pm 
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Well Done!! SALUTE!

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 Post subject: Re: Special Awards Ceremony for Union Officer, Col. Simonitc
PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:46 am 
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Bravo!

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 Post subject: Re: Special Awards Ceremony for Union Officer, Col. Simonitc
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Well done Sir! General Simms' tab is open for you!

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Excellent! Sir
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 Post subject: Re: Special Awards Ceremony for Union Officer, Col. Simonitc
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:28 am 
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Congratulations, Colonel!

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 Post subject: Re: Special Awards Ceremony for Union Officer, Col. Simonitc
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:25 am 
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Outstanding work!

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 Post subject: Re: Special Awards Ceremony for Union Officer, Col. Simonitc
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:54 am 
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Target1221 wrote:
I remember beating up on poor Richard when he first joined the Club. He crossed Blackburn Ford with a full brigade or two at Bull Run and then quickly discovered that men cannot ford a creek at will! It was a grand battle as viewed from the Confederate side!

Blake, I remember that thrashing like it was yesterday (what do you mean I just activated a whole Division of your fixed troops?) and the start of a long line of subsequent thrashings by other Rebs and Yanks alike.

Anyway, thank you all and it's been a pleasure doing this and other stuff for the banshee team and this fine club. One of the main reasons I switch from Talonsoft Battleground to HPS was for the Weather feature and it was a bit disappointing when the first title I purchased (Gettysburg) didn't have it. I'm currently working on the Ozark Campaign where I'm finding that the weather is not nearly as widely varied as the Gettysburg Campaign was.

Thanks again for the recognition and kind words.

I remain respectfully yours,

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 Post subject: Re: Special Awards Ceremony for Union Officer, Col. Simonitc
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Congrats!! :)

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