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Subject: Curious why Moscow isn't difficult terrain... rss

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Witch Lord
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I was wondering why Moscow isn't shown as difficult terrain on the map. Balancing perhaps? Or is there some historical reason that I'm not aware of?

Because personally, I would have thought that throughout the modern period, Moscow (with its surroundings) repeatedly proved itself as one of the hardest terrains for some of the strongest armies of all time...
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Ian Brody
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Yes, but it covers a large area and the majority isn't nearly as tough as some of the other areas from a topo map perspective - just a judgement call. Remember, Napoleon walked right in.

Moscow became more precious over time as it became the most significant rail hub, and was more stoutly defended than other areas, for this and cultural reasons.

You could house rule that says in any turn that precedes a scoring round, Moscow is difficult terrain, to simulate winter!

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Jeffrey Owen
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IanBrody wrote:
You could house rule that says in any turn that precedes a scoring round, Moscow is difficult terrain, to simulate winter!


Winter is coming.
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Andy Daglish
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Witch Lord wrote:
Because personally, I would have thought that throughout the modern period, Moscow (with its surroundings) repeatedly proved itself as one of the hardest terrains for some of the strongest armies of all time...


In 1941 the Germans advanced against the city every day until they ran out of men in early December. There are some water features, but they also shield attackers. Stalin had virtually everyone digging anti-tank ditches in ranks, which suggests what went before wasn't much of an obstacle.
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It does? Stalin doesn't strike me as the type of individual who would say, "The terrain is not so favorable for an attacker, let's not bother to improve our defenses."
 
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