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  1. (1) Ashamed to admit I'd like to be beaten on in multiplayer UGCW. (2) Based on tabletop wargaming experience the American War of Independence with maneuver units at the battalion and detached company level would work as a game and would feel right, with a big battle feel for the largest engagements. The engine is already set up to accommodate light infantry and "Indian style" tactics. (3) Based on the modding design genius already shown with Total War mods and UGG and UGCW, I'm sure a convincing French Rev/Nappy Empire game would be well done. There are wargames models that properly capture the expertly managed psychological battle of tension between opposing sides approaching close quarters that rarely led to actual hand to hand combat in the open field without one side or the other withdrawing or breaking first. The phenomenon of actual close combat in the ACW is even more interesting. (4) A 19th C imperial age game Mating the UGCW engine to a rework of AGEOD's elegant strategic engine (Pride of Nations) ,and economic game with multiplayrer would be top of my wish list. You did ask for crazy, right? .
  2. Tips for new players

    Fresh question on the ambiguous explanation of Medicine in the guide pdf "f you want to reduce your battle losses, then you need to upgrade your Medicine Level. Each point heals 2% casualties and on maximum level 20%. After a battle the casualties of every unit are restored by this percentage. Certainly, this skill is very useful if you are an aggressive General. Medicine saves you money that you would spend for reinstating your Veteran brigades and also reserves a considerable number of recruits that you can use for growing your army." Per point, Is the restoration "2% of casualties" suffered or the much larger effect of restoring "casualties of 2%" of the unit?
  3. Tips for new players

    Thank you for the added detail. I infer from the explanation that the merging ritual should be set up safe from enemy interfence as the other units appear also to be distracted. The official guide pdf also mentions the divide command - - does that work, presumably with a unit of large size?
  4. A ell-laid fire of shot or shell is the most effective use of ammunition and more accurate. The barrel is kept cooler, well-swabbed, fused etc. Whereas canister (case) should get faster the nearer a dangerous target. When at risk from small arms fire of formed troops, stepping up rolling fire by the battery to attack the infantry's nerves and distract and disorganize.
  5. Tips for new players

    The mating rituals of brigades are indeed more intricate than I appreciated. Sounds like they need a safe space to merge after casting off their skirmisher screens to gain some privacy. I understand that this can be used to scrape up more rare firearms. but I've only sought to do it where brigades were just hit too hard, and without ending up with worse weapons. I may feel differently when I try the CSA in the final release version and see how their manpower and munitions challenges are. The effect on divisional command and having good men for the other brigades is a big issue to keep in mind and prepare for ahead of battle if possible. All my units have Corps and division number and status/equipment abbreviations for sorting them out in battle so I can keep track if considered in advance. Other question: does a greater distance from the divisional commander reduce the commander's effect? If so, there is reason for brigades of a division to stay nearby.
  6. Tips for new players

    Thanks So corps commanders are interchangeable for rallying, morale, etc other than buff circle size and, keeping divisions together confers no benefit vs mixing and matching units from various divisions or corps EXCEPT proximity helping to merge brigades. Can you describe correct best practice/technique to merging? I have tried it a few times - it seemed to work once - the other times it did not but the battle moved on.
  7. Tips for new players

    What benefits if any do corps commanders and divisional generals provide to nearby troops not of their command. In reality the brigades of divisions would usually stay and fight together, and I seek to do that for the historical fee, but I and other players would be curious what distinctions the game makes. Thanks.
  8. Combining units

    How does it work? Click combine on one brigade and the game decides what to do? Or maybe pick out two that are in the same division and click on both and then they move toward each other, disappear and reappear, or some thing else? I have given the order in battle but have not noticed anything happening. I have read that the weapon type is the majority type after a combination. Thanks
  9. Unit Naming

    (1) I liked the Divs by state idea at first, but found I wanted to reassign brigades around as needed and it didn't feel right nor useful to mix up states. Units that do very well can get unit names. (2) I now use states to designate greener units with the worst weapons (as state militia) e.g. II-4 Law Penn Mil rbf (3) Having commander names in the title is helpful in keeping track of officer casualties and other events. I usually leave the commander name (unless an epic unit) and prefix it with the corps and division number followed by the number of stars it has (4) then after the commander name an equipment code (since for some reason the unit card on the left of the screen does not show that bit of useful into unless it is clicked to expand) such as Lz or 55 or HFe or Pal etc. so IV-2**Jackson Fe is armed with Harper's Ferry rifles, has 2 stars, and is currently part of IV corps, 2nd Division. (6) Shock-purpose mounted are Cavalry" and ranged firearm mounted are "Dragoons" -since they are (7) US Snipers are Sharps, "CS ones Marks or just the name . Skirmishers are Lights or Rangers (8) LR is for long-range arty like the Whitworth One thing I have not yet done is code brigades for whether they focus on firepower or speed/shock/morale I had not thought of coding for those getting vet replacements as those are likely to be almost all 2 stars or more.
  10. What it means with the Bar when i Command a Brigade ....

    I do not know what it means, but historically what it should represent is the main infantry line with the skirmishers spread out in small bunches in front. In the game, of course, skirmishers are able to be detached and go off on independent missions.
  11. It sounds like continued campaigns are locked into a specific easier difficulty level but using the new mechanics? Can those settings be adjusted for difficulty? If not, can Steam rollback the version to a good save-friendly version?
  12. I am curious to understand what you expect or find most players do? For feel as much as practicality, on suitable ground I like to maneuver and engage by divisions and give divisional orders where feasible as it fits the player command level and helps keep troops in good firing lines. I give corps movement orders on occasion, and have dared to give them independent operational directions at times for a realistic touch of command gastritis as I await results. I do like the battle to look and feel as a a battle should. But then i have time to do so, as I play at slow speed as that seems the closest to a realistic pace for the stages of an ACW engagement. One wish is that the pause function was adjustable. As I am often subject to frequent interruptions in play, I may easily forget and tap the pause key rather than click on the speed setting. What I saw in the video is a lot of quick decision-making and micro control at the brigade level to optimize combats. and clicking on units to show their movement directions that is a help for the viewer. What other styles are you seeing.
  13. UGCW Feedback v0.90+

    Please clarify what you just said. It sounds like continued campaigns are locked into a specific easier difficulty level but using the new mechanics? Can those settings be adjusted? If not, can Steam rollback the game code so I can continue my matching set of campaigns as before? Thanks EDIT:L The corps and many units have too much character to cast aside when so far advanced into the war.
  14. Artillery Opinion

    I find no problem in using guns up to Napoleons in the horse artillery role, other than exposure to unwanted infantry attention. It's all a matter of providing cover and support and getting them back from danger appropriately. Bear in mind that horse artillery range is farther than it was in days of more closed formations and less effective firearms.
  15. Civil War books?

    The book cited in my signature from an author whose period studies are always interesting for the type of info on the mechanics and practicalities of battle as well as tactics and doctrine that is especially useful for the wargamer or rules designer (once a paper product, now in video games, but same considerations of how to provide a faithful representation. Most books don't give a fig if a regiment was fighting with skirmishers ahead, kept a reserve, or dug up some cover when paused for a lull, so knowing what the general practices and variation were is quite useful for a focus on the anatomy of battle.