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Dan Keeler
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Do friendly combat units block artillery LOS to target. For example, if Roman artillery is stationed behind the first line of cohorts, can that artillery fire at tribal units charging that first line of cohorts or do the cohorts block LOS?
 
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danberniekeeler wrote:
Do friendly combat units block artillery LOS to target. For example, if Roman artillery is stationed behind the first line of cohorts, can that artillery fire at tribal units charging that first line of cohorts or do the cohorts block LOS?


I'm pretty sure the standard LOS rules apply (8.16). "LOS is usually blocked by combat units, unless the blocking combat units are closer to the firer than the target and the firing unit is an archer." Artillery is not an archer, so any combat unit (including friendly) would block LOS.
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gallid wrote:
danberniekeeler wrote:
Do friendly combat units block artillery LOS to target. For example, if Roman artillery is stationed behind the first line of cohorts, can that artillery fire at tribal units charging that first line of cohorts or do the cohorts block LOS?


I'm pretty sure the standard LOS rules apply (8.16). "LOS is usually blocked by combat units, unless the blocking combat units are closer to the firer than the target and the firing unit is an archer." Artillery is not an archer, so any combat unit (including friendly) would block LOS.


Dan,
If this is the case, we were doing it wrong.
Tony
 
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Dan Keeler
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Tony,

I know. I decided to take another look at this rule as I've been continuing to slash my through the modified/expanded Sabis scenario. I keep looking for any way to reduce the Roman advantage. The modified rules allowing the tribes to attempt to recover cohesion hits has proved useless as the tribes simply can't wait around to expend the orders to make those attempts. Any waiting just allows the Romans to rally, recover, and attack.

I suspected that we did the artillery LOS wrong and I wanted to get another opinion. The Sabis scenario continues, but has become quite a mess. The Roman center has really taken a serious beating with the Romans up to nearly 200 rout points. But the entire Nervi tribe is in retreat. One major problem I've encountered: I forgot to track the barbarian rout points by tribe and have been tracking them in total. Since the extra units are Briton counters, I don't know now which tribe they came from. Not sure how more patience I have for continuing the scenario as it does become a hack-and-slash fest of barbarians just throwing themselves into the fray until they rout.

Dan
 
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Tony Hicks
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Maybe we should try Caesar: The Civil Wars. It is from the same era but Caesar has more competent opponents.
 
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