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Subject: About the Patrol Assignments rss

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I don't know whether the [P1] v2.5 available in BGG is currently the latest version of the Patrol Assignment chart and whether playtesters have commented it, but there might be some questions possibly worth pondering.

On the [P1] chart, a chance to roll "British Isles" patrol during the periods of "1944 Aug - Dec" and "1945 Jan - Apr" is a standard 8.3% - as high as in any other period. On the other hand, IRL, after the U-boats lost/left their bases on the Bay of Biscay (around August 1944), the waters around the British Isles became the main area of U-boat activity (once again).

One lesser point... For the most of the [P1] periods, a probability of rolling "Atlantic" (with or without "(W)") is at least 50% (much higher for Type VII), including period "1943 Jul - Dec". IRL, after the shock of May 1943, the U-Boats were withdrawn from North Atlantic and when they tried to make a comeback in July, the boats were dispersed to expected sweet spots - West African Coast, Brazilian Coast, Carribean. (The latter patrol area isn't available on the [P1] chart for the mentioned period... nor is Arctic - there were operations in the area at that time too.) AFAIK the U-boats returned to the center of North Atlantic in the second half of September 1943 (Atlantic in a game's sense - i.e. not including "coastal" areas which are named separately). Those couple of inactive months could tone down period's "Atlantic" patrol roll chance average. (The first patrol of the game starts normally in July 1943 and it could presumably represent at least half of the patrols in the period of "1943 Jul - Dec".) The uboat.net seems to suggest also slightly more balanced patrol mix for that period.

(Of course, increasing Brazilian Coast and Carribean patrols' share would lead - due to high proportion of unescorted targets - to greater average exchange rate (sunk merchants vs sunk U-boats). On the other hand, many convoy encounters currently available in the Atlantic lead presumably to higher average total tonnage (due to an option to choose a target). Both could give relatively nice results compared to historical misery.)

And one more point... On average around 25% of patrols are "Atlantic (W)" patrols. It appears that IRL already from the start of the year 1944, almost all the wolfpacks were formed and operating in the "Arctic" area only.

Maybe it was/is considered to be unimportant, but I mention these few things anyway, just in case.
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Hello Steel,
All valid points, but realize those are even remotely the final versions of those charts. I pretty much just put in the invasion special assignments and not much else so we could have a "workable" prototype.

So yes, some fine tuning will occur before publication

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Greg! thumbsup

Scared a bit by the news that you are working on your next project(s) and the fact that The Hunted has already gathered almost 400 orders on the P500, I suspected that there won't be much time left to make suggestions (as the artists have to start their work in some point). I hoped the feedback wasn't too late and I took the risk of possibly stating the obvious.

This forum has a lot of erudition, so I dreamed, once again, that maybe opening a "discussion thread" could be a nice and useful thing.

(Due to different sources available, limited time and a possibility of making mistakes, tuning Patrol Assignments, Encounters and other similar tasks - "soft" from the game mechanics point of view and yet based on "hard" historical facts - could have been tackled effectively by crowdsourcing. One could considered it as pre-modding a vanilla game before its release, "getting it right from the beginning", or something like that. But it was up to folks - at least the opportunity was offered by the designer/publisher and it was out there.)

Anyway, I'm excited about the game and wish the whole team good luck.
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