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Subject: Solo Question? Is there a Solo Ai bot situation? rss

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Geromino Pares
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So how does the solo version of this game play out??? Is there a bot? or do I play both sides??!
 
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Mark Evans
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The most recent version of the game provided an AI flowchart called ERASMUS. Written by Mark Herman.

Otherwise you have to play with open hands, right hand against the left.
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You vs You is one of the best ways to learn this game. It will force you to be aware of all the bad things the other side can do to interfere with your operations. I usually drew the cards for whoever was moving second after planning player one's first operation of the turn which gives you a little of the flavor of a real game.

John Steidl's videos on this forum are the other best learning tool I've found. They will get you up to speed on how to play and he explains a lot about why he moves and attacks the way he does.

It's a great game, but does have a steep learning curve.
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Damian DiLuzio
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I found the game beyond frustrating to learn with ERASMUS. I suggest you play in 1942 and read Empire of the Sun Japanese Opening Theory and Practices. This was my ERASMUS Lite and it helped me learn the game first and what ERASMUS is trying to do.

http://www.c3iopscenter.com/currentops/wp-content/uploads/20...

Follow the 7 strategies on page 6 for Japan. Don't worry about what ERASMUS covers with Task Forces and how many Combat Factors you need. Focus on learning activations, supplies and combat procedures. Then ERASMUS begins to make sense and then you can dive into it.

This is an amazing game. I was so excited to get it and tried to play it for over a month and put it away. I was determined this year to learn it and it has taken a lot of time and energy (this is not an easy game) but has been worth it.

If you're considering getting it, I would highly recommend doing so, but ignore ERASMUS until you feel like you know when you can move units and how they move and why you'll be moving them. Once there, ERASMUS will make much more sense and will be a good bot to use.
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Gary Logs
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I agree Erasmus assumes you know the system mechanics/effects.

I found the various videos helpful to those overall concepts and have been patiently working through the game, for quite a while now. I enjoy the analysis of objectives based operations which I think is really the heart of each card play. I observe from the seasoned pros that with time each card play value becomes immediately obvious and for the beginners it is just part of learning to swim.

I value Erasmus like you said, guidance for what is generally intended but not necessarily optimized learning for the situation at hand like a puzzle to be solved. It's pretty cool how EOTS integrates so many aspects of the Pacific theater concerns so you're never comfortable as either side in the war.
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