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168 11/13/2019 12:56:00 PM Turn 7 USA Message Oh my, what a crazy ending to a crazy game!

First and foremost, I’d like to say Thanks! I really enjoyed our game. You were a great opponent and I would love to play another game or campaign game at some point in the future. And as I said last night, I loved your videos. I watched them before I even read the basic rules and they really taught me the game.

As far as our tournament game is concerned, no doubt that the random end of turn mechanic had a huge impact on our game. During the middle turns (3-5), I was thinking that the very short turns were a disadvantage for the Union, but considering how the final turn worked out, the short middle turns probably helped the Union. While the Union was not able to make much headway during turns 3-5, it did ensure that Hooker and Howard’s forces were not exhausted and fully organized when the final turn began. On the final turn, their status combined with 3 consecutive Union Inits allowed for Slocum’s corps to just barely make it to Smyrna station using forced marches. Even then, I assumed that we’d would be fighting over Smyrna station for several cycles going forward, hence my comment about the tension. But those crazy die rolls interceded again! While, I’ll take the win, I no doubt owe a debt to the mighty ACTS server!

Again, thank you very much for the game. You were a great opponent and I really enjoyed the game. I hope to see you around online or in person at some future GCACW events!

167 11/13/2019 8:28:00 AM Turn 7 CSA Message And another 10vp for the church!
166 11/12/2019 10:16:00 PM Turn 6 CSA End Turn
165 11/12/2019 10:15:00 PM Turn 6 CSA Message Final tabulations

Union +50 vp for Smyrna
-14 vp in Manpower losses
+36

CSA -15 vp manpower losses

USA +51 VP Final
164 11/12/2019 10:13:00 PM Turn 6 CSA Message Turn 6 ends. Hood loses Smyrna station.

Congratulations!

The Union have carried you to the next round, Jeff!
163 11/12/2019 10:12:00 PM Turn 6 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from CSA:
Possible end of Turn 6.

+3 added to roll.
162 11/12/2019 10:12:00 PM Turn 6 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
4


Message from CSA:
Just barely repulsed.

+1 result, D/1D

Init U/C
161 11/12/2019 10:11:00 PM Turn 6 CSA Edit Manpower Losses GM: from 0 to 0
USA: from 7 to 7
CSA: from 4 to 5
160 11/12/2019 10:09:00 PM Turn 6 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
3


Message from CSA:
Hood vs Wood:

USA
CSA +1 (+2 Tac, -1 arty @rolling)
159 11/12/2019 10:08:00 PM Turn 6 CSA Message Uses 4 mps to get to 1914.

Makes a Standard attack on Wood.
158 11/12/2019 10:06:00 PM Turn 6 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from CSA:
Hood activates Stevenson for march +2
157 11/12/2019 10:02:00 PM Turn 6 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
5


Message from CSA:
Flips to Disorg and loses 1 manpower. 3 mps added.

Hood Stevenson to 1813.

Init U/C
156 11/12/2019 9:59:00 PM Turn 6 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from CSA:
Hood uses 6mps to get to 1612.

Force marches
155 11/12/2019 9:55:00 PM Turn 6 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from CSA:
Hood activates Stevenson +2
154 11/12/2019 9:54:00 PM Turn 6 CSA Message Thank you for the kind words! I enjoyed making those videos. I hope to come back around and work on some advanced topics. I'm glad they helped you get started!

And... ouch! What a series of inits! Things are tense.
153 11/12/2019 8:50:00 PM Turn 6 USA Message Oh, the sweet tension!

CSA wins init 4, BTY...
152 11/12/2019 8:48:00 PM Turn 6 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
6


Message from USA:
+2 MP; 5 MP total
-1 MPV (7 to 6)

Wood Moves to 1814

roll for init 4 U/C


151 11/12/2019 8:45:00 PM Turn 6 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USA:
Newton will Force March

Newton to disorg

roll for Force March; d6
150 11/12/2019 8:40:00 PM Turn 6 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USA:
+4 MP; 7 MP total
-1 MPV (9 to 8)

Wood Moves to 2014

EM roll for Newton; d6+1
149 11/12/2019 8:37:00 PM Turn 6 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from USA:
EM=NE

Wood will Force March; Wood to disorg

Roll for Force March; d6
148 11/12/2019 8:33:00 PM Turn 6 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USA:
Stanley to disorg; Stanley moves 1 hex to 1715

EM roll for Wood; d6+1
147 11/12/2019 8:27:00 PM Turn 6 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from USA:
EM roll for Stanley; d6+1
146 11/12/2019 8:25:00 PM Turn 6 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USA:
Message from USA:
Activate Stanley, Newton, Wood w/ Howard

Stanley, Newton, Wood to F3

roll for MP; d6+1
145 11/12/2019 8:17:00 PM Turn 6 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
2


Message from USA:
Activate Stanley, Newton, Wood w/ Howard

Stanley, Newton, Wood to F2

Stanley, Newton, Wood all move 1 hex to 1716

Roll for init 3 U/C
144 11/12/2019 8:08:00 PM Turn 6 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
1


Message from USA:
Activate Stanley, Newton, Wood w/ Howard

Stanley, Newton, Wood to F1

Stanley, Newton, Wood all move 1 hex to 1616

Roll for init 2

143 11/12/2019 8:07:00 PM Turn 6 USA Message Hi Patrick. I am back now and am ready to continue. While at the compass games convention on Friday, I hung out with Ken Lee, Bruno Passacantando, and John Sleeper; all GCACW players. Ken pointed out that you were the guy who made the GCACW videos. I watched all of those videos a couple of years ago when I first learned GCACW. They were very good! I did not realize that I had the pleasure to be playing the creator of those videos. In any case, let me say “Thanks”, you did a really good job with them. Whenever anybody asks me about the game, I always recommend that they watch them to see what the game is about. You have had a good impact on our hobby and GCACW!

And now back to the war…

142 11/7/2019 9:36:00 AM Turn 6 CSA Message Union is up!
141 11/7/2019 9:36:00 AM Turn 6 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
3


Message from CSA:
No CSA Leader transfers.

Init 1 U/C:
140 11/7/2019 5:55:00 AM Turn 6 USA Message Hi Patrick. I want to let you know that I am heading to the Compass Games convention tomorrow and then to Pittsburgh this weekend. I will be returning home late Monday. Therefore, I may be able to get a move in tonight or tomorrow but then I will be off-line for a few days.

However, while I see some serious issues for me in our game, real time to complete is not one of them! :)

If I do not get a chance to make another play by tomorrow, have a good weekend and Veteran's Day and I'll be ready move early next week.
139 11/6/2019 8:41:00 PM Turn 5 USA End Turn
138 11/6/2019 8:41:00 PM Turn 5 USA Message Create new file "024_KM-Turn 5 - Recovery EOT.vlog"

Auto-recover

Auto-Recover looks good to me, let me know if you see anything

advance Turn Marker to June 27 (Turn 6)

Turn 6 US Leader Transfer: Sherman transfers to Stanley/Howard

BTY for Leader Transfers and init 1 roll...
137 11/6/2019 8:30:00 PM Turn 5 USA Message Turn 5 Ends! Union Boys are going to need to get moving one of these days!

I will save the file here before recovery.
136 11/6/2019 8:25:00 PM Turn 5 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from USA:
roll to see if turn ends; d6
135 11/6/2019 8:23:00 PM Turn 5 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
2


Message from USA:
init 4
activate Williams, Geary, Butterfield to Entrench w/Hooker
Williams, Geary, Butterfield to F1, abatis

roll for init 5 U/C
134 11/6/2019 5:18:00 PM Turn 5 CSA Message Union wins Init 4. Back to you.
133 11/6/2019 5:15:00 PM Turn 5 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
2


Message from CSA:
Johnston / Hardee transfer to Bate and they slide to 1415.

Init 4: U/C
132 11/6/2019 5:14:00 PM Turn 5 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from CSA:
Hardee activates Bate +2
131 11/6/2019 4:34:00 PM Turn 5 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
6


Message from CSA:
Hood activates both Clayton and Stevenson to entrench (abatis, f2).

Init U/C
130 11/6/2019 4:32:00 PM Turn 5 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
5


Message from CSA:
Both divisions move via 1614 > 1514 to 1515. 4 and 5 mps respectively.

Init U/C
129 11/6/2019 4:29:00 PM Turn 5 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from CSA:
Hood activates Clayton and Stevenson to march +2
128 11/6/2019 3:21:00 PM Turn 5 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
5


Message from CSA:
Init 1

U/C
127 11/6/2019 3:21:00 PM Turn 5 CSA Message CSA Leader Transfer:

Johnston / Hardee to Cheatham's Division (1416).
126 11/5/2019 6:58:00 PM Turn 5 USA Message Turn 5
US Leader Transfer: Sherman will transfer to Johnson

BTY for CSA Leader Transfers and init 1 roll...
125 11/5/2019 6:51:00 PM Turn 4 USA End Turn
124 11/5/2019 6:50:00 PM Turn 4 USA Message Auto-Recover

The only issue I see is with Clayton. Before recovery, he was at F2. However, after recovery, he went to org and normal. I will change back to disorg, exhausted. If you see any other issues or disagree with that change, let me know.

Advance turn marker to June 26 (Turn 5)
123 11/5/2019 6:37:00 PM Turn 4 USA Message I am going to continue with the recovery now.
122 11/5/2019 6:18:00 AM Turn 4 USA Message Providence intercedes again!, end of turn.

I need to head to the office, so I am going to save the game here. I can do the recovery today at lunch or tonight. If you would like to do the recovery and check yourself, then that is fine by me as well.

121 11/5/2019 6:14:00 AM Turn 4 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from USA:
roll for end of turn; d6
120 11/5/2019 6:08:00 AM Turn 4 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
2


Message from USA:
init 2
activate Williams, Geary, Butterfield w/Hooker
Hooker and Thomas attach to Williams
Sherman remains w/Stanley and Howard

Williams, Geary, Butterfield to F1

Williams, Geary, Butterfield move 1 hex to 1516

roll for init 3 U/C


119 11/4/2019 1:39:00 PM Turn 4 CSA Message Back to the Union. File 1 dropped.
118 11/4/2019 1:38:00 PM Turn 4 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
1


Message from CSA:
Clayton passes EM, slides 1 hex to 1615 to join Hood.

Init U/C
117 11/4/2019 1:35:00 PM Turn 4 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from CSA:
Hood Stevenson to 1615.

EM Clayton
116 11/4/2019 1:33:00 PM Turn 4 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from CSA:
Hood activates Stevenson and Clayton +2
115 11/4/2019 1:24:00 PM Turn 4 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
6


Message from CSA:
Hood transfers to Stevenson.

Init 1

U/C
114 11/3/2019 9:03:00 AM Turn 4 USA Message BTY for Leader Transfers and Init 1...
113 11/3/2019 9:03:00 AM Turn 3 USA End Turn
112 11/3/2019 9:03:00 AM Turn 3 USA Message Ha Ha Ha. Could have seen that coming. So, a very short Turn 3 in any case!

I'll save the Vassal Log before hitting the Auto-Recovery.

Auto Recovery looks good to me; let me know if you spot anything.

Advance Turn marker to Turn 4 (June 25) in Vassal.

Turn 4:
No Leader Transfers for US

111 11/3/2019 8:55:00 AM Turn 3 CSA Message Providence demands it!
110 11/3/2019 8:44:00 AM Turn 3 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USA:
roll to see if turn ends; d6
109 11/3/2019 8:35:00 AM Turn 4 CSA Change game turn Game turn changed to Turn 3
108 11/3/2019 8:35:00 AM Turn 4 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
6


Message from USA:
Open Vassal Log: "017_KM-Turn 3-Init 2.vlog"

I will keep the -1 MPV loss from Hood's attack w/ Davis.

Init 2
activate Geary, Williams, Butterfield w/Hooker
Geary, Williams, Butterfield to F1
Geary, Williams, Butterfield move 1 hex to 1517

roll for init 3 U/C
107 11/3/2019 8:28:00 AM Turn 4 USA Message OK, sounds good. Agreed, the file saved just before the recovery makes things easy.
106 11/3/2019 8:08:00 AM Turn 4 CSA Message No sweat. Go ahead. I missed that part of the special rules.

Glad I did the recovery like you did!
105 11/3/2019 7:05:00 AM Turn 4 USA Message On second thought, I am going to wait until I hear from back you. There is no reason to rush. Let me know if you agree with my rules interpretation and if you agree with the proposed solution.
104 11/3/2019 6:48:00 AM Turn 4 USA Message Hi Patrick. Gutsy Attack by Hood, just like History!

Since the Union has not won or passed on an initiative in Turn 2, the turn continues even though you rolled double 2s. You can see that specific rule listed as an “Exception” under “Special Rule” number 2.

Since you saved the vassal file right before pressing the auto-recovery, I propose:

1. We restart right from that point with the Union winning the init after the 2 2 roll.

2. We will ignore the end of turn roll from entry # 100

3. I have read somewhere that undoing a turn in ACTS can lead to problems, therefor leave the ACTS turn at 3 and do not adjust at the end of the turn.

I don’t believe that there is anything really contentious here so I am going to assume that you are good with that and make my move. However, if you disagree on any point please let me know and we can re-adjust if needed.
103 11/2/2019 10:50:00 PM Turn 3 CSA End Turn
102 11/2/2019 10:50:00 PM Turn 3 CSA Message Dropped the recovery file for you. Only Stevenson was erroneous this time. Ready for any USA Leader transfers.
101 11/2/2019 10:43:00 PM Turn 3 CSA Message Turn 3 ends. Processing recovery.

I'll do the separate logfiles like you have done and check for errors.
100 11/2/2019 10:42:00 PM Turn 3 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from CSA:
Possible end of turn.

+0 added
99 11/2/2019 10:42:00 PM Turn 3 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
2


Message from CSA:
Init U/C
98 11/2/2019 10:41:00 PM Turn 3 CSA Message I subtracted the 1 manpower from Davis, feel free to adjust.
97 11/2/2019 10:38:00 PM Turn 3 CSA Edit Manpower Losses GM: from 0 to 0
USA: from 6 to 7
CSA: from 3 to 4
96 11/2/2019 10:38:00 PM Turn 3 CSA Message -1 result, 1F/1D.
95 11/2/2019 10:36:00 PM Turn 3 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
2


Message from CSA:
Mods:

USA
CSA -2 (+1 aslt, +1 tac, -2 ratio, -2 arty 4:7@ rolling)
94 11/2/2019 10:33:00 PM Turn 3 CSA Message He goes it alone.
93 11/2/2019 10:33:00 PM Turn 3 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from CSA:
Proceeds.

Sends a courier to Johnston to request a Grand Assault.
92 11/2/2019 10:32:00 PM Turn 3 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from CSA:
Hood/Clayton will attempt an assault on Sherman's stack.

Command:
91 11/2/2019 10:29:00 PM Turn 3 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
5


Message from CSA:
NO CSA Leader transfers.

Init 1

U/C
90 11/2/2019 10:29:00 PM Turn 2 CSA End Turn
89 11/2/2019 7:10:00 AM Turn 2 USA Message I am going to save this file and open a new one for the recovery.

Saving "014_KM-Turn 2-Init 3.vlog"

Open "015_KM-Turn 2-recovery.vlog"

It looks like there were a few issues with this recovery. In 1316, Cleburne and Bate entrenched from Breastworks to Fort even though they were at F1. Also, it looks like Hindman added breastworks even though he was at F1.

Everything else looked good to me.

I will correct those entrenchments.
Cleburne, Bate back to breastworks
Hindman to no entrenchments

Advance turn marker to June 24 (Turn 3)

No Leader Transfers for the Union.

Let me know if you see any issues with the recovery or anything else, otherwise BTY for Turn 3 CSA leader Transfers and init 1...

88 11/2/2019 6:41:00 AM Turn 2 USA Message Sorry, it was Baird and Palmer who moved to 1518 (not Davis).

By the way, that mistake reminds me, good catch on Stevenson's fatigue at the start of your last turn, I missed that one! Thank!
87 11/2/2019 6:35:00 AM Turn 2 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from USA:
roll to see if turn ends; d6+1
86 11/2/2019 6:31:00 AM Turn 2 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
6


Message from USA:
4=NE; Davis moves to 1517
Davis moves to 1518

roll for init 4 U/C
85 11/2/2019 6:28:00 AM Turn 2 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USA:
EM for Davis; d6+2
84 11/2/2019 6:28:00 AM Turn 2 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USA:
init 3
activate Davis, Baird w/Palmer
Davis to F3, Baird to F1

roll for MP; d6+1
83 11/1/2019 4:18:00 PM Turn 2 CSA Message Back to the Union.
82 11/1/2019 4:16:00 PM Turn 2 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
3


Message from CSA:
Hood / Clayton f2 to 1516 (Mt. Zion Church)

Init U/C
81 11/1/2019 4:14:00 PM Turn 2 CSA Message Hood transfers to Clayton.
80 11/1/2019 4:14:00 PM Turn 2 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from CSA:
Hood activates Clayton +2
79 11/1/2019 4:12:00 PM Turn 2 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
4


Message from CSA:
Hood / Stevenson rout to 1714.

Init U/C
78 10/31/2019 9:02:00 PM Turn 2 USA Message BTY to retreat. After, Stanley (w/ Howard, Sherman), Newton, Wood will advance.

You can roll for init 2...
77 10/31/2019 9:01:00 PM Turn 2 USA Edit Manpower Losses GM: from 0 to 0
USA: from 3 to 6
CSA: from 2 to 3
76 10/31/2019 9:00:00 PM Turn 2 USA Message Result is +4: US 3fa; CSA 1DR

US Losses:
Stanley -1MPV (10-1=9)
Newton -1MPV (8-1=7)
Wood -1 MPV (10-1=9)

Geary, Williams to F2; Butterfield to F3
Stanley, Newton, Wood to F3; Davis to F2

Stanley (w/ Howard, Sherman), Newton, Wood will advance to 1517 after Hood retreats. Hooker's Corps and Davis will not advance

Stevenson loses 1 MPV (11-1=10), disorg, demoralized-1, and must retreat

US KIAs: 3+3=6
CSA KIAs: 2+1=3





75 10/31/2019 8:50:00 PM Turn 2 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
5


Message from USA:
Stanley, Newton, Wood, Davis in hex 1518 will join in assault

Stanley, Newton, Wood to F2; Davis to F1

DRMs: Art +1 (13v5), Assault +1, Ratio +2 (55v16.5) = net +4

roll for Battle; US +4/CSA
74 10/31/2019 8:44:00 PM Turn 2 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USA:
Geary, Williams, Butterfield all participate

Sherman will attempt a Grand Assault

roll for command; d6
73 10/31/2019 8:43:00 PM Turn 2 USA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from USA:
Time is short so no use beating around the bush.

Hooker will attempt to assault Hood with Geary, Williams, Butterfield
Geary, Williams to F1; Butterfield to F2

roll for command; d6

72 10/31/2019 8:04:00 PM Turn 2 USA Message Hi Patrick. After receiving Mark's note about the auto recovery issues, I went back and explicitly checked all of our "F3s" for exhaustion and "F1s" to ensure no entrenchments were added. Good news, auto-recovery made no errors in our game, everything looked good.
71 10/30/2019 10:45:00 AM Turn 2 CSA Message USA is up.
70 10/30/2019 10:45:00 AM Turn 2 CSA Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
3


Message from CSA:
No CSA Leader Transfers.

Init U/C
69 10/28/2019 8:42:00 PM Turn 2 USA Message No Leader Transfers for Union.

BTY for CSA Leader Transfers and init roll...

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