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1  Wargaming / Scenarios: Designing - Research & discussions / Re: A Host of Scenarios on: 6 June 2013, 13:29:38
Hey guys! Long time no see and speak  Smiley Anyways, since the semester is over I have quite a bit of free time. And, I used what I had so far to get FRAPS up and running again!  Brede lach Thus, I am able to create some more videos for Combat Mission Barbarossa to Berlin and Afrika Korps (once I get around to it!). Below are the two most recent videos I shot from my big scenario "An Unnamed Battle," I hope you all enjoy them  Grijns

I had also made some updates to the scenario per Stoffel's earlier suggestions and I attached that to the post as well.


Opening Advance


Battle for Goryunov Teaser
2  Wargaming / Scenarios: Designing - Research & discussions / Re: A Host of Scenarios on: 24 December 2012, 21:37:28
Cool! Thanks for the help!
3  Wargaming / Scenarios: Designing - Research & discussions / Re: A Host of Scenarios on: 23 December 2012, 02:37:15
Out of curiosity Stoffel, after I make the few changes you suggested, do you think An Unnamed Battle is ready for the TPG or does it need some more work? I.E. replace one of the mechanized infantry units with an infantry unit etc.
4  Wargaming / Scenarios: Designing - Research & discussions / Re: A Host of Scenarios on: 22 December 2012, 14:41:36
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Yes I did like it.
You can add about 15 to 20 turns more.

Will do!

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I didnt make it across the bridge to the last two towns.

And ah.

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Game ended at turn 62 with a tactical victory.

And good to hear! I was worried they wouldn't be enough.

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There are enough forces to do the job (maybe to much halftracks though)

And really?


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I have looked in the editor.

Another thing you can do is add more flags, some large ones in the rear and more small ones at locations with many troops.

Henk

I'll see what I can do.


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What you can do is prevent them from walking early to get them in hide ( accept the guns)or add a few minefields/ some watertiles in the path they would take.
AI always wants to move troops through woods.

What happened was that the troops at Galanin went to the right to support the towns /flags in the rear.
Typical AI behaviour.

I forgot about doing that! I did that pretty regularly in the past, I guess it has been quite a while since I last played the Combat Mission games  Tong. Thanks for the reminder.
5  Wargaming / Scenarios: Designing - Research & discussions / Re: A Host of Scenarios on: 21 December 2012, 07:40:08
Glad you liked it. And it did? Could you tell if this was from set-up or did it happen during the game?

Also by saying, "the number of turns may be higher," do you mean that I should lengthen the game? Did you have enough forces to make it to the final two flags at Solomatin and Afonin?

Lastly, besides the bridge fight(s) and AI mishap, was there anything else about the map, scenario, etc. that stood out to you?
6  Wargaming / Scenarios: Designing - Research & discussions / Re: A Host of Scenarios on: 20 December 2012, 08:37:01
Alright here is the updated An Unnamed Battle. I don't want to post pictures because it'll spoil the updated area of the map, mainly the twin towns of Galanin and Khrulov. I added fortifications because the Russians defending the towns are essentially the MLR for the Russians on the map. In effect Axis players should expect one helluva fight for the towns (or at least looking for a breakthrough). BUT! If you are curious, I attempted to create a series of platoon-sized strong-points throughout both towns. My original set-up had the Russians defending the edges of the towns but I realized that once the German broke that defensive line they will have wiped out the Russian defenders. And any defenders they do run into would probably be units that fled the initially fighting for the towns. I also tried to make the towns' flanks more protected giving the Russians a better feeling of all around defense.
7  Wargaming / Scenarios: Designing - Research & discussions / Re: A Host of Scenarios on: 20 December 2012, 07:58:39
I have updated to the scenario Three Villages. Based on feedback and much needed criticism from John Buford over at TPG, I spread the German defenses out as well as strengthened them. As a result, I also extended the map to give the Russians more manouver room in their end of the map. These updates should make the scenario more challenging to the player and exciting as well. Since my playstyle is pretty different from a lot of other players within the community all feedback is welcome.


I'm also in the process of updating An Unnamed Battle. I am also strengthening the Russian defenses and or spreading them out to make it more challenging for the Axis player. As such, I'm not sure how it'll work out in a H2H match based on the updates I've been making to the scenario. I'll get around to uploading that one in a few minutes.
8  Wargaming / Scenarios: Playtesting / Re: Playtest: CMAK - Operation sealion on: 8 February 2012, 01:50:47
Cool! Is there an order in which I should play them??

Also, a lot of the info you provided in regards to how they play made it seem most should be played from the German perspective. Are there any from the British perspective and if not, are you going to make any?
9  Wargaming / Scenarios: Designing - Research & discussions / Re: A Host of Scenarios on: 8 February 2012, 01:34:12
Just posting here to see if there's a problem in loading up my scenarios at the TPG. I've been having an issue there in regards to uploading my scenario "Three Villages" so I'm seeing if it works here.

Also, this is the touched up version (just the briefings really), I decided to forgo adding some more HE since it sounded like you had to scrape together enough Oomph for that final assault on Hohn so I will see if other folks have any issues with it. Also, I added in your name (Stoffel) in the briefing in regards to helping test it if that's alright with you.
10  Wargaming / Scenarios: Playtesting / Re: Playtest: CMAK - Operation sealion on: 7 February 2012, 12:15:21
Are these in conjunction with your HSG Sealion maps at TSDII?
11  War & Conflicts Discussions / Wars & Conflicts: Books, Movies, Docus and Stories / Re: Books: John Toland on: 7 February 2012, 00:39:47
so he mixed historical facts with his personal opinion(s)?

I gathered it depended which book you read of his by the two articles.
12  War & Conflicts Discussions / Wars & Conflicts: Books, Movies, Docus and Stories / Re: Books: John Toland on: 5 February 2012, 21:07:09
who can tell me more about this writer?

historical correct books?

I own a book by him as well... however I don't know much. The only thing is is that my grandfather said he'd heard that some of Toland's facts were not 100% correct and that he stretched some things or he had a habit of injecting his own opinions and criticisms into his work. It was one of the two. However he could be wrong as Wikipedia gives a good account of him.. sort of  idea and an article by the Washington Post giving a brief biography of him after his death in 2004 is much clearer.

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Historian John Toland Dies; Won Pulitzer for 'Rising Sun'

By Bart Barnes

John Toland, 91, the author and historian who wrote a best-selling biography of Adolf Hitler and won a Pulitzer Prize for his description of the Japanese Empire in the 1930s and '40s and the events that led it into war against the United States, died of pneumonia Jan. 4 at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut.

Mr. Toland also wrote a book about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, arguing that President Franklin D. Roosevelt and top government leaders knew about it in advance but did nothing to stop it because they wanted war with Japan. This theory -- the subject of widespread speculation since shortly after the attack -- was roundly denounced by several historians and journalists.

"It simply doesn't wash," Washington Post chief diplomatic correspondent Chalmers M. Roberts wrote in a 1982 review of Mr. Toland's book "Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath."

As a historical storyteller, Mr. Toland based his narratives on hundreds of interviews with participants in the events about which he wrote and then attempted to describe the unfolding of history from as many sides as possible, as well as its impact on the famous and the ordinary.

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945," published in 1970, he talked with high-ranking Japanese military officers, low-ranking enlisted men, government officials, diplomats and housewives who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Mr. Toland described his book as "a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind, told as it happened -- muddled, ennobling, disgraceful, frustrating, full of paradox," the Associated Press reported. William Craig of The Washington Post's Book World wrote that "nowhere in American literature has the Japanese side of the war in the jungles been so well told. . . . Toland has fashioned a compelling portrait of Japan at the brink of national suicide."

Mr. Toland said he spent six years in Japan researching material for "The Rising Sun." He went there, he said, with a dislike for the Japanese because of their conduct during the war but then ended up writing the book to explain why they behaved as they did. "You don't have to take sides. All you have to do is get people's motivations," he told the Associated Press.

In Tokyo, Mr. Toland met Toshiko Matsumura, an English-speaking Japanese woman who was a correspondent for McGraw-Hill World News. He hired her to be his interpreter. In 1960, they were married.

For his biography of Hitler, published in 1976, Mr. Toland interviewed 200 people who worked with or knew the Nazi leader. "Toland tells us more about Hitler than anyone knew before," Peter S. Prescott wrote in Newsweek.

Journalist Ted Morgan wrote in The Washington Post that a subtitle for Mr. Toland's Hitler biography could well have been "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Hitler and Were Afraid to Ask":

"No, Hitler did not have an undescended testicle. Yes, Hitler's hatred of the Jews may have been based in part on his mother's death from cancer after having been treated with a useless drug called iodoform by a Jewish doctor. Yes, it is possible that he had a Jewish grandfather. No, Hitler was not a homosexual. . . . "

Had Hitler died in 1937, two years before World War II started, Mr. Toland wrote, "he would undoubtedly have gone down as one of the greatest figures in German history." He unified Germany, brought about a Nazi New Deal, persuaded Ferdinand Porsche to design a people's car that became the Volkswagen, and ordered factories in the Rhur to install antipollution devices.

John Toland was born in La Crosse, Wis. He graduated from Williams College, attended Yale Drama School and served six years in the Army Air Forces.

But his early years as a writer were a disaster. "I was about as big a failure as a man can be," Mr. Toland told The Washington Post in 1961. He had written, he said, about 25 plays, six novels and 100 short stories, none of which sold. He ran a gift shop that failed and a dance studio that bored him. Finally in 1954, at the age of 42, he sold a short story to American Magazine. He was paid $165.

His first book, "Ships in the Sky," published in 1957, was about dirigibles.

Of all Mr. Toland's writings, none triggered the controversy provoked by "Infamy," the book about the Pearl Harbor attack. In that book, Mr. Toland wrote that Roosevelt, Gen. George C. Marshall, Adm. Harold R. Stark and others constituted "a small group of men, revered and held to be most honorable by millions, who had convinced themselves it was necessary to act dishonorably for the good of their nation -- and incited the war that Japan had tried to avoid."

Disputing this theory, Roberts wrote in The Post that Mr. Toland's "thesis depends on a collection of unverifiable conversations, lapses in memory, uncertain memoranda and fragmentary messages. . . . "

Mr. Toland's other books included a novel about World War II, a history of the last year of World War I, an account of the Battle of the Bulge and a book about the 1930s gangster John Dillinger. In 1997, he published an autobiography, "Captured by History: One Man's Vision of Our Tumultuous Century."

Mr. Toland's marriage to Dorothy Toland ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Toshiko, of Danbury; their daughter, Tomiko; two daughters from his first marriage, Diana and Marcia; and three grandchildren.

13  Wargaming / Scenarios: Designing - Research & discussions / Re: A Host of Scenarios on: 5 February 2012, 09:29:22
Will do! Will touch up the briefings a little and put it up at the TPG soon.  Smiley
14  Wargaming / Scenarios: Designing - Research & discussions / Re: A Host of Scenarios on: 4 February 2012, 09:05:28
I'm glad you enjoyed the scenario! And congrats on the victory. I was right in extending the turn limit, I could never breach Hohn lol. Also, what happened to the small infantry company I had supporting the MKIV's as well as did the AI counterattack after Grille fell to your troops?

Do you have any critiques of the briefings, map, etc. you'd like to share?
15  Wargaming / Scenarios: Designing - Research & discussions / Re: A Host of Scenarios on: 2 February 2012, 09:44:51
Doesnt matter, we can do both if you want Smiley

I uploaded both. I would like you to try Three Villages first since it's been tested and more or less "complete."


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Well well well... it's been a long time since I last posted here

welcome back  standsalute

Good to be back! How have things been?


busy.... take a look at my topic in the Lounge area 'K&K bought a house today'  hihi

Oh lawd! Looks great though! Good luck and congrats  champ

*btw, I hope I attached those files correctly  Ik zeg niets
16  Wargaming / Scenarios: Designing - Research & discussions / Re: A Host of Scenarios on: 1 February 2012, 01:34:43
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Well well well... it's been a long time since I last posted here

welcome back  standsalute

Good to be back! How have things been?


I'd say, send me a set up Knipoog tank

Which one would you like to take a gander at?
17  Wargaming / Scenarios: Designing - Research & discussions / Re: A Host of Scenarios on: 31 January 2012, 10:44:17
Now here is the largest and most complicated scenario I've ever made, and ambitious! I've worked on it off and on for the past year or so and have made a few changes since the pictures (which you will see below). It's been a long process but also rewarding to see it come to life and evolve. Unlike the one I posted above, this one is a German assault more or less. My biggest problem is knowing if I made the forces out decently to give the Axis a chance. Currently I feel as if the Germans are undermanned despite the reinforcements I have allotted them. I feel that the Russians have plenty to topple the Germans with and could probably stuff 'em in a H2H game which I was not intending for the scenario to be played as but I know some people would probably try to do so anyway. However, my main worry is force balance (and no.. that is not a reference to Star Wars). I just feel I've made the Germans too weak to conquer most of the map and the Russians so strong that a smart player will make some early moves that will essentially destroy the German forces or keep them from making any real progress. My last gripe is the map itself. I like it a lot but I also know that if some people to PBEM the map will funnel the German player straight into the teeth of the Russian player. What I'm really looking at is what do you think of the forces available for both sides and the map itself.

Forces:
Axis - Lots of mechanized infantry, a couple platoons of tanks, 1 company of footsloggers, and some artillery.
Allies - LOTS of infantry, no really... a LOT! A fair number of AT guns and tanks in support.

Pictures of the map:

What the map looks like from the German starting position(s)


What the map looks like from the furthest Russian positions


Afonin - One of the larger towns/cities and the farthest flag from the German starting position


Solomatin - The sister town/city of Afonin


Bezarin - This is one of my favorite features of the whole map. I really surprised myself when I made it!  Grijns


Pavel - A random town in the middle of the map


Galanin and Khrulov - This section of the map is some of the best map making I've ever done (I feel), so I'm very much proud of this little section of the map


Goryunov - This originally housed a flag (it's defended by Russians) but after the debacle during a play test in Three Villages where the AI counterattacked even thought I had though I left a "roaming" force on the map to do that job, I decided Goryunov could use a little treatment so the flag was removed.


Leonov - Just a random village on the side of the map behind Gorynov



That's the entire map in all of it's glory. You can now see what I mean by having made the German's weak. I tried to compensate by assuming the players will use the map in its entirety to get the advantage needed to make progress and thus made a few terrain modifications and hints to give the German player some help along the way   Smiley
18  Wargaming / Scenarios: Designing - Research & discussions / A Host of Scenarios on: 31 January 2012, 10:19:55
Well well well... it's been a long time since I last posted here (been VERY busy as of late... earning my B.A. in History and all that  salute4). Now that I've got some time I've been looking back through most of my scenarios I've created. (And let me tell you! There are a lot!) I've also updated my largest scenario the public knows that currently exists. It's called An Inspired Fight (just updated a few minutes ago).

There are currently 2 that I want to release to TPG. They are both for CMBB. I'll post pictures of the maps so you all can see previews of them before deciding if you want to take a look see.

One has had a few play tests and the briefings written up. However (here's the catch), my play style is very slow and methodical.. kinda like Montgomery. I am hoping some others would like to take a look at it before I put it up at the TPG and see how they fair. It's a Russian attack on 3 German-held villages (in depth). It's best played as the Russians with the AI at least on +1. If you decide to play as the defending Germans... you won't do much. But if you do, give the AI a +2 or even +3 to make it interesting. It's small and straight forward. I also realized I wrote the briefings early in the morning so they are ... need some work  xangel. It's also just for fun so don't expect any serious historical accuracy save for the setting and the fact that the Russians are attacking the Germans somewhere on the Eastern Front.

Forces:
Axis - 3 infantry companies. 2 "untried" Luftwaffe companies (each supported by 1 AT gun) and 1 veteran understrength Grenadier company (this is the most veteran outfit for the Germans and is supported by 2 AT guns to prove it! tank). You have a very weak infantry company and 2 veteran MK.IV's held in reserve (on the map).

Allies - 2 full companies of almost full strength Russian infantry supported by 1 scout car platoon , one T-34/85 platoon, and an artillery spotter... or two. They will be reinforced by at least one more T-34/85 platoon and 1-2 more infantry companies.

Here are pictures of the map:

The whole map


A close up of the three villages that are the Russian's main objectives


Herder - It was originally an objective until nearly the entire defending force of Grille counterattacked after I took it in a play test. It works wonders now.


Grille - I need a few extra playtesters because I could never get further than Grille. I was taking the town one house at a time but it was very costly. I need to see if others can take it in a different manner.


Hohn - Never touched it except with an arty barrage full of anger because I didn't have time to put in a last... desperate assault


The area from which the Russians attack



That is it for now. The other scenario is in the following post. It's much larger and I have yet to play test it  whistle
19  NCO Club: Off Topic Discussions / The Lounge - Get A Beer & Just Chatter Away / Re: Koen's day-to-day writings (with a tiny bit of very light NSFW) on: 8 August 2011, 12:06:36
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WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR 1 MILLION DOLLARS?

Not her!
20  War & Conflicts Discussions / 21st century Afghanistan / Re: Restrepo on: 26 January 2011, 21:51:05
Yes, very interesting document.
I saw it on National Geographic, same day they broadcasted the Dutch docu, Fokking Hell which is also worth  your time.

It was, but if you can see the DVD then I'd suggest you do that as it has more footage and the extra stuff is well worth the rental.

And Dutch!?? Didn't hear about that one. I'll check it out thanks! And also you might be interested in Armadillo which follows the Danes as well, though I haven't been able to get my hands on it.
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