Total World War (TWW) 2.7.7.2


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    Large WWII map with many advanced features and very detailed map based on Dec 1941 starting date.

    Historical threads for TWW can be found here:
    Before v2.5: http://tripleadev.1671093.n2.nabble.com/Total-World-War-before-2-5-tp5993258.html
    v2.5-2.7.7.2: http://tripleadev.1671093.n2.nabble.com/Total-World-War-December-1941-Version-2-5-tp7581632.html

    Features:

    • Terrain - modifications for unitvalues and -abilities
    • A real Technologytree and Researchsystem
    • A 12 sided Dice based Unitsystem
    • New units like Heavy Tanks unlocked by technologies
    • Beautiful ingame newspaper images
    • Advanced Minor concept/use of local resources
    • Optional Politics ( ever wanted to be allied with Spain in a ww2 scenario? )
    • Advanced Productionsystem
    • Advanced Constructionsystem with Material and Engineers
    • Scorched Earth - Production buildings get reduced or destroyed
    • Freedom of play - no rewards/national objectives needed to force a player into any direction
    • Advanced Infrastructure (destroy your enemies Buildings by Bombing Raids)
    • Custom Options like National Technology advantages
    • Historical events (Pearl Harbor, Battle of Java Sea, etc) and historically accurate setup

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    @Hepps So I played a few rounds to get a feel for TWW and wanted to give some feedback as I know you are planning to use some of the features/inspiration in TWW in your new Global Dominance map. I'm definitely not an expert and haven't even played a complete game so there is always a chance that I'm missing something so feel free to point that out. This is meant to be an initial review of the map that may potential lead to interesting discussions on various features of it.

    General

    • +The map is absolutely beautiful but also very functional and easy to distinguish all of the various features. Its probably the best map from a graphical standpoint hands down. I'm actually a little surprised no one has made mods of it (if you would allow that).
    • +The rules manual is also fantastic and looks very professional. Its probably one of the better strategy game manuals I've seen.
    • +Probably the most historical map setup of WWII that I've seen. Does a pretty incredible job balancing historical setup with engaging game play.
    • +/-Its very complex but also has a ton of depth. You pretty much have to at least skim the game manual to have any idea how to get started. I'm guessing it tends to be overwhelming for a lot of players that want to try it out. It would probably be best as a PBF/PBEM map given the size and duration and its kind of a bummer that there isn't a larger following (at least that I can find).
    • +/-Uses some unique features that I haven't seen in any other map and really shows the flexibility of the TripleA engine. Only downside is that this makes it tough to pick up and the AI isn't compatible.
    • +/-Historical event popups add some nice flavor though some seem to be better than others. Some examples of ones that seemed a little odd were the first turn Japan popup that is in all Japanese and I conquered Tobruk on Germany's first turn but then got a popup about it on Italy's first turn which seemed kind of strange.
    • -The game manual explains the game options well but recommended settings seem kind of unclear. I played with all the defaults and no added rules during the bid step. Not sure if that is what most folks play with or what the map is primarily balanced around. It would be very beneficial to have a section laying out recommended options for a player's first game. Do most players play with any of the 5 bid options at the start? Do most folks play it with LL or dice?
    • -There are a lot of different systems that each is fairly complex and most add a decent amount of depth. I think the challenge is that the learning curve to get started is pretty high. I wonder if creating a version with like 50-75% of the features as a intro to get the feel for things would help. If you removed say the production system, L&L, and auto unit placement events that would seem to make things more digestible.

    Nations

    • +I actually love the major/minor system used and wish more maps did this. It makes production more reasonable so for instance the UK can't spend all its PUs to build a giant fleet in Egypt but minimizes the number of different units so that they can attack together. Having separate purchases but unified unit ownership/movement/attacks seems genius. It also allows nations to be properly represented but not have 15 different full turns each round which is one major drawback of say WaW.
    • -Exiled Allies is an interesting concept though seemed to have little effect on the first few rounds I played. I'm guessing they become more relevant as Allies would gain back some of their territory? They seem to add a pretty good deal of complexity with trying to understand that most of their income is going to UK directly or they are Military Protectorates giving free Materials to certain UK minors based on number that are owned. So far not seeing much depth added here for the amount of complexity but I concede that it may matter more in later rounds.
    • -Neutral nations seem interesting though I played without politics since that is the default. This makes those nations permanently impassible which limits flexibility some. Might be better if they turned to just heavily guarded neutral territories when diplomacy is off.

    Units and Terrain Effects

    • +Pretty incredible unit set with lots of variety and each unit feels unique. Might be the best unit set of any map I've played and each turn I feel that there are a number of different units I'd like to build.
    • +Like the idea of unlocking advanced units with research as well.
    • +Enjoy having terrain effects and really make fighting in different areas feel much more realistic. Add a good deal of depth to the game through needing to build different units for different regions.
    • +Like the idea of using hulls to make some sea units take 2 turns to build.
    • +Units with the terrain bonuses and defensive structures end up being more defensive oriented which allows more territories to be held and less of a 'let's make 1 giant stack of units' game.
    • +/-Sub vs destroyer is kind of interesting mechanic and not sure I have a strong opinion on this yet. It seems subs are potentially very strong the first few rounds until nations develop Improved Destroyers as there is no unit with "isDestroyer" besides a few starting Heavy Destroyers. After that they kind of become just a cheap fodder unit for attacking and being able to go through straits.
    • +/-Initially, having marines as the only unit that can amphib assault is an interesting idea. Though this makes getting Special Warfare ASAP pretty important for naval nations and would seem like maybe just making non-marine infantry very weak on amphib assaults might be better for more flexibility.
    • -I think there are probably too many different terrain effects and some of them like "Coast" just don't seem that useful. Forest and Jungle should just be combined together as they have almost the same bonuses and adds another column to the unit vs terrain table. Overall, have a little too much complexity for the added depth and feel like it could be more streamlined some.
    • -Automatic unit placement events just seem kind of unnecessary. Seem like an extra system that adds complexity but adds very little depth or impact on the game. Also is one more symbol on an already complex map.

    Production

    • +Very unique system with multiple different production facilities for different unit types which is interesting and adds depth.
    • +Using materials/trucks/engineers to build structures is pretty interesting and really makes a player have to plan ahead as well as not allowing structures to just appear half a map away (say in Africa).
    • -I really don't like the engineer unit and feel its somewhat unnecessary. It ends up being a headache to remember not to move/attack with them. I'd almost rather them be a noncombat unit like trucks or just removed entirely. I think most of the depth from the build system is from the materials and trucks not engineers.

    Restricted Territory and Lend Lease

    • +Like that Allies can't just bring units into Russia or China
    • +L&L is a very cool concept and seems to work pretty well. Makes it kind of interesting for the Allies to need to clear certain areas to be able to supply Russia/China with units. Not just sending them PUs.
    • -L&L unit restrictions for the various countries is difficult to remember and I end up having to look at the game manual again and again to remember what can be used per nation.

    Research

    • +Love the idea of having a tech tree though the TripleA support for this is terrible so you have to keep looking at the game manual. Like most of the bonuses overall and feel its probably the best research system of any map I've played.
    • -Kind of wish there were actually fewer options and a more dependent tree as having to choose from 10-12 options is kind of overwhelming and difficult to balance. I'm guessing there are a couple of pretty standard starting tech focuses as in particular Special Warfare and Improved Destroyers seem to be must haves more any naval nation.

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    @redrum said in Total World War (TWW):

    @Hepps So I played a few rounds to get a feel for TWW and wanted to give some feedback as I know you are planning to use some of the features/inspiration in TWW in your new Global Dominance map. I'm definitely not an expert and haven't even played a complete game so there is always a chance that I'm missing something so feel free to point that out. This is meant to be an initial review of the map that may potential lead to interesting discussions on various features of it.

    General

    • +The map is absolutely beautiful but also very functional and easy to distinguish all of the various features. Its probably the best map from a graphical standpoint hands down. I'm actually a little surprised no one has made mods of it (if you would allow that).

    I have never been asked to be perfectly honest.

    • +The rules manual is also fantastic and looks very professional. Its probably one of the better strategy game manuals I've seen.

    Thank you.

    • +Probably the most historical map setup of WWII that I've seen. Does a pretty incredible job balancing historical setup with engaging game play.
    • +/-Its very complex but also has a ton of depth. You pretty much have to at least skim the game manual to have any idea how to get started. I'm guessing it tends to be overwhelming for a lot of players that want to try it out. It would probably be best as a PBF/PBEM map given the size and duration and its kind of a bummer that there isn't a larger following (at least that I can find).

    Yes like many more advanced games reading the manual is pretty much a must. Otherwise a player will simply flounder around thinking things are not working properly.

    • +/-Uses some unique features that I haven't seen in any other map and really shows the flexibility of the TripleA engine. Only downside is that this makes it tough to pick up and the AI isn't compatible.

    Yup this is 100% a PVP map.

    • +/-Historical event popups add some nice flavor though some seem to be better than others. Some examples of ones that seemed a little odd were the first turn Japan popup that is in all Japanese and I conquered Tobruk on Germany's first turn but then got a popup about it on Italy's first turn which seemed kind of strange.

    They were done for fun... IF you really look at the Japanese intro I think you will find it is actually in English. 🙂

    • -The game manual explains the game options well but recommended settings seem kind of unclear. I played with all the defaults and no added rules during the bid step. Not sure if that is what most folks play with or what the map is primarily balanced around. It would be very beneficial to have a section laying out recommended options for a player's first game. Do most players play with any of the 5 bid options at the start? Do most folks play it with LL or dice?

    Yah I'll post some recommended setting in a subsequent post.

    • -There are a lot of different systems that each is fairly complex and most add a decent amount of depth. I think the challenge is that the learning curve to get started is pretty high. I wonder if creating a version with like 50-75% of the features as a intro to get the feel for things would help. If you removed say the production system, L&L, and auto unit placement events that would seem to make things more digestible.

    It is obvious to me that the learning curve is the single greatest barrier to people learning the map. Probably why I spent months building one of the most comprehensive game manuals I have ever written.

    I personally am not interested in making a TWW light. In fact I am going the other direction with GD and making a game with even more complexity. 🙂

    Nations

    • +I actually love the major/minor system used and wish more maps did this. It makes production more reasonable so for instance the UK can't spend all its PUs to build a giant fleet in Egypt but minimizes the number of different units so that they can attack together. Having separate purchases but unified unit ownership/movement/attacks seems genius. It also allows nations to be properly represented but not have 15 different full turns each round which is one major drawback of say WaW.

    The Majors & Minors is one of the defining characteristics of TWW. Glad you like the concept.

    • -Exiled Allies is an interesting concept though seemed to have little effect on the first few rounds I played. I'm guessing they become more relevant as Allies would gain back some of their territory? They seem to add a pretty good deal of complexity with trying to understand that most of their income is going to UK directly or they are Military Protectorates giving free Materials to certain UK minors based on number that are owned. So far not seeing much depth added here for the amount of complexity but I concede that it may matter more in later rounds.

    While the EA can seem a little daunting at first and feel like they won't add much to the game... they can actually become a pretty significant part of an Allied victory. While some of the things like the protectorates and material exchange might seem cumbersome when you first start playing, they are very necessary when you play more and appreciate how this setup affects game balance... especially if the Allies can re-conquer the Island chains in the South Pacific later in the game. Again, what you see as complexity now... diminishes greatly as you get familiar with the game. The where and the how of most of the protectorates (especially those which award materials) become second nature after you acclimatize to the game design. As you get more experienced you may even find yourself fighting furiously to hold onto a couple protectorates because those materials you gain in Bombay or Sydney can be a real focal point for your British Allied strategy.

    • -Neutral nations seem interesting though I played without politics since that is the default. This makes those nations permanently impassible which limits flexibility some. Might be better if they turned to just heavily guarded neutral territories when diplomacy is off.

    You can set the game up to declare war on Neutrals only. Thereby basically giving you the ability to attack them only. The political system is not ideal (hence why I designed an entirely different one for GD) and most players normally play with the Declare War only option now,

    Units and Terrain Effects

    • +Pretty incredible unit set with lots of variety and each unit feels unique. Might be the best unit set of any map I've played and each turn I feel that there are a number of different units I'd like to build.

    Yah while it might seem like a lot of units to the uninitiated... truth is they are all relevant and unique. Still a few design improvements are needed but overall I have always been very satisfied with how they work and operate.

    • +Like the idea of unlocking advanced units with research as well.

    One of my favorite features... nothing as gratifying as rolling your first heavy tank off the assembly line.

    • +Enjoy having terrain effects and really make fighting in different areas feel much more realistic. Add a good deal of depth to the game through needing to build different units for different regions.

    Thanks, really is part of the reason why there are additional units in the roster.

    • +Like the idea of using hulls to make some sea units take 2 turns to build.

    This was critical in slowing the spamming syndrome. I am taking this concept further in GD.

    • +Units with the terrain bonuses and defensive structures end up being more defensive oriented which allows more territories to be held and less of a 'let's make 1 giant stack of units' game.

    That was part of our initial goal... to create a game where maybe there were multiple fronts rather than just 1 enormous stack in Kursk. This is really why I am making GD so much bigger without changing the income ratios too much. This way you will have vast tracts of land that you cannot cover with a single stack... and without copious ammounts of income... you are forced to spread your armies over large areas in order to stop a break through.

    • +/-Sub vs destroyer is kind of interesting mechanic and not sure I have a strong opinion on this yet. It seems subs are potentially very strong the first few rounds until nations develop Improved Destroyers as there is no unit with "isDestroyer" besides a few starting Heavy Destroyers. After that they kind of become just a cheap fodder unit for attacking and being able to go through straits.

    The was the idea... to make subs more of a viable unit for longer in the game. The concept was half way to where we wanted it in this game. Subs remain a viable option as a unit throughout the game and players often use them in sizable numbers to stop large fleets. GD goes even further in the direction of having subs being able to survive longer into a game even without a large surface fleet for protection.

    • +/-Initially, having marines as the only unit that can amphib assault is an interesting idea. Though this makes getting Special Warfare ASAP pretty important for naval nations and would seem like maybe just making non-marine infantry very weak on amphib assaults might be better for more flexibility.

    The entire idea came from wanting to make Special Warfare a necessary pursuit as far as a tech research path. It was also really placed into the game as a way to achieve a more historical unit setup without destroying playability as it allowed us more freedom with starting units while still limiting what could be mobilized on turn 1 or 2 depending on research results... certain theaters really exemplify this... Japans first turn would be a smoke show if they could land any and all units... North Africa is slowed enough to allow the British time to muster defenses. I think if you really look at what you could do without this mechanism... many parts of the initial game balance would be severely impacted and not for the better. None-the-less I am designing GD with what you suggested... where non-marine infantry can amphibious assault from start but with stiff penalties to attack values.

    • -I think there are probably too many different terrain effects and some of them like "Coast" just don't seem that useful. Forest and Jungle should just be combined together as they have almost the same bonuses and adds another column to the unit vs terrain table. Overall, have a little too much complexity for the added depth and feel like it could be more streamlined some.
    • -Automatic unit placement events just seem kind of unnecessary. Seem like an extra system that adds complexity but adds very little depth or impact on the game. Also is one more symbol on an already complex map.

    The only terrains I am planning to change is coast. So many aspects of how it (coast) operates is problematic. It was included for a couple very specific technical reasons related to the Tech Tree... but I shall not go into the details. Needless to say, once again as you play more... the terrain effects become pretty much second nature... the specific impacts in battle are often offset by the fact that the battle calculator takes them into account. So really as long as you know what works well and what doesn't in any given terrain... you don't really have to sweat the details all that much.

    Production

    • +Very unique system with multiple different production facilities for different unit types which is interesting and adds depth.

    I agree. Making production a multifaceted part of the game makes a player have to truly think about how and where they are going to focus their energy and use their resources.

    • +Using materials/trucks/engineers to build structures is pretty interesting and really makes a player have to plan ahead as well as not allowing structures to just appear half a map away (say in Africa).

    That was the whole point. We designed it with the idea that there should be the possibility to say build certain units in a remote region... but that should really take a concerted effort on the part of a player... not just drop a factory French West Africa and start pumping Battleships out the very next turn.

    • -I really don't like the engineer unit and feel its somewhat unnecessary. It ends up being a headache to remember not to move/attack with them. I'd almost rather them be a noncombat unit like trucks or just removed entirely. I think most of the depth from the build system is from the materials and trucks not engineers.

    I get that... but we created a game where the player is required to think further ahead than just pushing stacks around. It does get easier as you get more familiar... but it can be challenging... that was intentional. I have altered the engineer for GD to make its role far more specific.

    Restricted Territory and Lend Lease

    • +Like that Allies can't just bring units into Russia or China
    • +L&L is a very cool concept and seems to work pretty well. Makes it kind of interesting for the Allies to need to clear certain areas to be able to supply Russia/China with units. Not just sending them PUs.

    That was the goal. I feel there are still opportunities in making it a little better... and that will come with GD.

    • -L&L unit restrictions for the various countries is difficult to remember and I end up having to look at the game manual again and again to remember what can be used per nation.

    That becomes second nature as you play more. If you continue playing you won't even have to look.

    Research

    • +Love the idea of having a tech tree though the TripleA support for this is terrible so you have to keep looking at the game manual. Like most of the bonuses overall and feel its probably the best research system of any map I've played.

    This is why we included a PDF inside the map folder. When printed on 8 1/2" x 14" legal paper the manual can be very helpful right beside the computer. 🙂 Once again, after you play for a while referring to it becomes less of a necessity.

    • -Kind of wish there were actually fewer options and a more dependent tree as having to choose from 10-12 options is kind of overwhelming and difficult to balance. I'm guessing there are a couple of pretty standard starting tech focuses as in particular Special Warfare and Improved Destroyers seem to be must haves more any naval nation.

    While there are some pretty consistent mainstays as far as priorities... I think if you play some experienced players you might be very surprised as to what is chosen as a priority. I think the only single one that is consistently done every game is Special Warfare by Japan. Other than that I know I personally have a number of different choices I make for any given nation based on what I see the opposition doing and achieving.

    Thanks for all the input. Looking forward to finally playing you in the lobby some time.


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    @Hepps Thanks for all the responses and that helps to understand some of the mechanics as well as your reasoning behind them. And I totally get that after you play a few full games, more things become second nature (just hard to get folks to that point). Looking forward to your setting recommendations and what you see as most popular (I'd be willing to help to help edit the manual to add those in if you want).

    Couple of Follow Up Questions

    1. Did you market/advertise/spread the word around TWW much? I'm guessing folks in the lobby and old dev forum knew about it but beyond that? It could almost be considered a standalone game itself given the quality and depth. I noticed you made a few posts on the old forum under 'L & H Studios' was that just a username or were you looking to create a company around it?
    2. At least at a high level, I would be interested in making a 'light' version that's potentially somewhat AI compatible. While there are a number of things higher on my list of TODOs, is it something you would be open to myself or others doing? My thought is essentially use the map, unit set, terrain effects, and nation setup then strip out construction system, research, L&L, Politics (these are the things are very unique and more trigger based).
    3. Theoretical: If you say had a couple of months to change/add/remove things from TWW what would you do? Or if say someone came a long and wanted to 'work for you' to further its vision while you gave them direction.
    4. Do you do PBF/PBEM? If so then I'd definitely be open to a game. I don't really play live games much as I don't have the continuous time (often end up with 30 mins here and there rather than a few hours to focus) and play very slowly especially when learning a new map. Otherwise if you know of any folks that do play it as PBF/PBEM that would be helpful as well.

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    @redrum
    I've been looking for someone newer to TWW to try and play with. I lose really badly on the lobby and feel like I could learn more playing someone who isn't so familiar


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    @redrum minor input since you are not a lobby player. TWW is the only triplea map i ever printed rules. Yes generally 1 is going on in lobby or asked for. @Hepps ONLY MAP that truly gave me a headache .... I do believe redrum is correct on the learning curve... It would be great if this map had a mini version perhaps a thought for future. EITHER WAY! Best map/game ever made on TripleA. TY! jmho Pras


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    @prastle I think your headaches are beer related... or rather the lack of beer when you stop drinking. AKA hangover. 🙂


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    @CrazyG If you want to learn you can play against me. I am very tender for beginners and try to help my opponent along while they develop their understanding of the game.

    I mean I WILL spank you.... but it will be more of a gentle fun spanking... and we can always adopt a safe word. 🙂


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    @Hepps
    Do you do PBEM? I don't get many opportunities to commit several hours to a lobby game these days


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    @CrazyG With all the scrambling checks I find it hard to maintain my attention in the PBEM or PBF format... since it means after every nations combat moves you have to send an email to see where you are going to scramble before you can even resolve the turn.

    I rather enjoy knowing my opponent is on the other side of the screen shaking in his boots.


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    @redrum said in Total World War (TWW):

    @Hepps Thanks for all the responses and that helps to understand some of the mechanics as well as your reasoning behind them. And I totally get that after you play a few full games, more things become second nature (just hard to get folks to that point). Looking forward to your setting recommendations and what you see as most popular (I'd be willing to help to help edit the manual to add those in if you want).

    Adding it to the manual is easy. No issue there.

    Couple of Follow Up Questions

    1. Did you market/advertise/spread the word around TWW much? I'm guessing folks in the lobby and old dev forum knew about it but beyond that? It could almost be considered a standalone game itself given the quality and depth. I noticed you made a few posts on the old forum under 'L & H Studios' was that just a username or were you looking to create a company around it?

    We never did anything other than using the forum and launching games in the lobby. We figured most players would try it based on seeing active games in the lobby and see the merits of the concept... hoping that a core group of players with a deep understanding of gameplay would eventually "pressure" others into learning.

    L&H Studios was just for fun. If we had gone into some commercial pursuits we'd probably have used it to create a partnership (discussed at one time). But mostly it was just me being an insomniac.

    1. At least at a high level, I would be interested in making a 'light' version that's potentially somewhat AI compatible. While there are a number of things higher on my list of TODOs, is it something you would be open to myself or others doing? My thought is essentially use the map, unit set, terrain effects, and nation setup then strip out construction system, research, L&L, Politics (these are the things are very unique and more trigger based).

    TWW is as open concept as any other map here... if you want to make a lite version... knock yourself out. I personally think its waste of time making yet another No Name generic vanilla flavour map, since we have 50 or so of those here already that rarely get played... but again... if you have interest... beat it to death like a cheap hooker.

    1. Theoretical: If you say had a couple of months to change/add/remove things from TWW what would you do? Or if say someone came a long and wanted to 'work for you' to further its vision while you gave them direction.

    I am always open to seeing it progress... I am just fully immersed in GD. I put GD aside initially to collaborate on TWW with the understanding we'd develop GD after TWW was complete. Since that never happened I am now 100% about GD. While I love the idea of flushing a few things out that never really came completely together to my satisfaction in TWW... I am simply done with making it a focus for myself until GD is the game to end all other turn-based games. GD has been 25 years in the making... I'm done with distractions and diversions.

    1. Do you do PBF/PBEM? If so then I'd definitely be open to a game. I don't really play live games much as I don't have the continuous time (often end up with 30 mins here and there rather than a few hours to focus) and play very slowly especially when learning a new map. Otherwise if you know of any folks that do play it as PBF/PBEM that would be helpful as well.

    As you can see from a response I already posted... no. I'd rather play a half hour at a time live than by any other method. Just the way I'm wired... I like the chat and the banter since it recons back to a time when I sat with friends around a board and flung verbal poo at each other like really sophisticated monkeys over a "couple" of beers. Alas they are all much too cool and important now (or at least their wives are) to "waste" time doing something we all love. So it's lobby play for me. If I wanted to have a 1 sided experience... I'd spend time with my wife. 🙂 😉


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    @Hepps gigglez u could be correct 🙂


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    @CrazyG Cool. Well since it seems @Hepps can't handle playing without the ability to intimate and mock his opponent in live play (j/k), I'd be glad to play a PBF/PBEM game with ya. I think I definitely qualify as 'newer to TWW' as I've never played more than 2 rounds against the AI on it. I tend to mostly do PBF over on A&A (http://www.axisandallies.org/forums/index.php?board=40.0) but open to doing PBF on this forum or directly doing PBEM (those are in order of preference but not a big deal either way). I'm also waiting for @Hepps to post what he considers the standard/most popular settings but if you have a good feel for those then we can setup it today.

    @Hepps Thanks again for the responses. I kind of feel TWW is a little different animal that most TripleA games so it would almost need a form of recruiting or marketing to spread awareness (helps that the map and manual are beautiful). Fair point on the lite version though we have very few maps that use terrain effects well and use that type of major/minor nation setup which IMO are 2 of my favorite aspects of it. I would kind of see it as a step between the true TWW and the 50 different A&A rules based clone maps. I'll try a game with CrazyG since it appears we are both more of PBF/PBEM type players. I also think you might be doing something wrong if its a 1 sided experience with your wife 😉


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    @redrum Ok. So if you are learning and want the most broadly accepted standard settings...

    National Tech Advancements On
    War vs Neutral Only On
    LL seems the preferred setting for most players, though truth be told it was designed for dice.
    Notifications are generally off as it was really just done for flair... doesn't really matter either way as they are simply aesthetic and don't affect game-play what-so-ever

    The choices in the map options are really personal preference...

    Select AA casualties is really matter of how much you like randomness since bombing runs can be really premeditated if you get to select your own casualties.

    Scramble to any amphibious assault is also just a preference. Once you start playing it really doesn't matter since both sides have to work with the setting.


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    Note... Borneo unit transfers.


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    Ok. So while testing for my new map I have been using the TWW XML as a base.

    Since I have been adding and removing things from this XML I figured I'd take the time to correct some issues and add a few new things.

    The plan is to release a new TWW 2.8.0.0. when the next Stable Engine is ready for release.

    The planned game changes are as follows....

    1. Removed all Advanced Units from the starting line up and replaced with normal units.

    2. Added the Strait of Messina to the map.

    3. Added Trains & Rail to the map. (Very limited additions for Trains). {will detail unit abilities and properties in a subsequent post}

    In addition to that I am either working on or have already fixed the following...

    A) Fixed remaining unit transfer issues between Major-Minor in Pacific. ie. Borneo-SZ 93, Queensland-152, etc. etc.

    😎 Trying to isolate support issues with Combat Engineer in Urban attacks.

    If there are any other things you can think of that are not functioning properly please let me know.

    Please keep these items limited to things that are a bug! I am not planning on changing any unit abilities or Stats at this time.


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    Any particular reason for removing the advanced units from the start up? I always thought it was a cool addition.


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    @crazyg

    We added the Advanced units to give people a taste of what was up the Tech Tree. It was really never meant to be permanent. Just something to draw people into the idea that there was something "down the road" and to enjoy learning the game.

    From a redesign or re-release standpoint... I kind of want to get the game back to having players rely on Tech development to achieve these units.

    Since I have both XML's still I suppose I can add both to the map release. Since the original is still entirely intact.


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    @hepps Rather than two games, you can have a trigger related custom option for placing those units at start game. You can copy the code for the "Stuka" of "World At War", mutatis mutandis.


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    @cernel I mean, the code that places 2 "Stuka" in Berlin at start game delegates. You can use it for placing whatever, with a custom option like the one it uses.


 

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