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Barry Miller
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Does anyone have advice for the American player, who facing a late French entry (no earlier than 1780), is finding it difficult to deal with large concentrations of British forces?

Whenever the Brits attack, it's always with the maximum number of blocks that limits will allow. And when attacking by sea, they ALWAYS attack with a strong force of three ground blocks, each usually at max strength. So the best choice that faces the American player for just about every battle is to retreat.

Plus the American player is hesitant to attack the British because of superior numbers on the British side. Also, the Americans have their forces spread thing along all the ports, to prevent a British landing on most of the port cities. So the American player is feeling like there's nothing that can be done, and as a matter of fact, skips several actions for that very reason.

Any advice?
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The Americans should not garrison every port city. Doing so is just inviting the loss of your units, one by one. You should pick a few cities and try to concentrate your units in them. Yes, that means some cities will easily fall to the British; however, then the Brits have a dilemma - if they just hunker down in a few cities where they've captured them 'for free' they won't gain enough points to win; if they leave small garrison forces behind and march on more strongly held American cities, American units from other nearby cities can concentrate on the garrison and eliminate it.

Basically, to win, the British must eventually spread out. If you've allowed them to destroy most of your Americans before this point (by weakly defending many cities), the Brits have little to fear. But if 2 or 3 strong American stacks remain, the Brits spreading out will be susceptible to being ambushed & wiped out one by one (just like your thinly spread Americans).

I will concede, though, that a good strategy is to roll well and pray for French entry

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Just the sort of answer I was looking for! Thanks!

Plus I'll add that the American player wonders why this game is reported as being favored toward the Americans, given that the British forces seem so much stronger.



 
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You're welcome.

The Brits should win most of the battles, but the Americans can pop up more easily and sweep in behind a spread-out British player to take back key locations. Remember, as the Americans you basically have to deny a Brit victory to win.
 
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cannoneer wrote:
Remember, as the Americans you basically have to deny a Brit victory to win.


A huge point. The American mission is not to defend. It is to survive... minimize casualties and find opportunities to snatch back VP's when the Brits concentrate in other areas.

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I think those last two posts really do a nice job of putting the American strategy into a nutshell! Basically, the Americans shouldn't fret so much over facing superior forces, and instead concentrate on being "smartly nimble" so to deny the Brits their victory.

Got it!

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