Dave Hauth and I are engaged in a playing of RBCGI: Into the Factory. I'm the Reds. He's the Jerries.
We're each maintaining a blog correspondence as the game progresses. We've a Gentleman's Agreement that neither of us will read his opponent's blog until given express permission to do so.
Readers are encouraged to comment! Speak your piece! Just be sure not to inadvertently reveal any information about Dave's plan to me or vice-versa.
You can read earlier episodes of my account:
"When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield"
The above quotation is from the Roman rhetorician, Quintillian. I find it sufficient to express my sentiments now that I have conceded defeat in this great game that Dave and I have played.
Day 8 was a nightmare for me. Dave's purchase of Assault Engineers (on-board, no less!) caught me by surprise and I had no answer for the overwhelming firepower that he brought to bear.
He was careful not to activate my reserve units, which meant I was fighting a battle at a 1 to 2 disadvantage.
And while I did my best dealing out 6, 8, or 12 firepower attacks, I was subjected to attacks of 24 and 30 firepower, directed by ruthless German leaders. It was hopeless. A count of CVP at the point of concession showed that Dave was on track not to double, but triple my score.
|Approximate perimeter at the point of concession|
I think I made a couple mistakes that contributed to my defeat.
- I was too cavalier with my big tanks. I lost 4 of my 6 best tanks due to carelessness. (Please refer to the Aftermath of Day 6.)
- On the last game day, I should have purchased my reinforcements on-board. I think I was still playing a game of position, while Dave had correctly made the transition to a game of attrition.
Thanks for following this game, everybody. Maybe I'll see some of you at Enfilade this May.