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New Kharkov '43 Campaign Variants
05-20-2012, 01:48 PM,
New Kharkov '43 Campaign Variants
Kharkov '43 Mods - Variant 1 Forum

Please follow the link above to download the new Variant campaigns for Kharkov '43.

Kharkov ’43 Variant 1 Release - From the Kharkov ’43 Design team

After 18 months of play, experienced players are finding that the campaigns are weighted too heavily towards the Germans in the initial phase. This is preventing the Soviets from having a chance to attain their historical achievements. Particularly in the south of the map, the German armour is in a position to immediately counterattack the Soviets and never allow them to close with their objectives. Variant 1 has taken into account much of the communities’ commentary and these new releases should play out closer to the historical result.

The included files are :

PDT Kharkov43_Variant
OOB Kharkov43_Variant

#0202_01s_Operation Star_Variant_1
#0202_02s_Operation Gallop_Variant_1
#0202_03s_Initial Soviet Offensive_Variant_1
#0202_08s_Kharkov '43 Grand Campaign_Variant_1

Read Me Kharkov ’43 Variant 1 Notes

The latest Kharkov ’43 patch must be applied for these scenarios to work. As at release this is version 1.01a

Change Log : Initial Release

1. PDT file : Foot speed dropped back to 4 (from 5). This will slow all German motorized units and will prevent two step movement. I know people would prefer faster Soviet movement but the current rate is historical and some of the below changes fix up some of the loopholes.
2. PDT File : Bunker probability is 0.5%
3. PDT File : Night move disruption is set at 60%.
4. PDT File : Rubble creation has been doubled to 10,000. Most PzC games use 1,000 as the base value.
5. PDT File : Unit Recovery loss is now set to 0% for both sides (see OOB below)
6. PDT File : Wired bridges are in play with a 20% chance for both small and large bridges. NOTE : Only bridges on rivers are wired, all others (streams etc) will not blow. This should allow VST to work properly.
7. PDT File : Range effect modifier is now 1.5 (from 3). This increases the emphasis on ranged fire.
8. PDT File : Various movement rates adjusted. Particularly Cav/Ski in forest and motorised in villages.
9. OOB File: Replacement rate set to 1% for both sides. This is a key change as it is impacted by supply levels (if it is less than 50), rather than by quality.
10. Scenario : No German reinforcements by rail
11. Scenario : Most German Panzer Divisions have had all formations (other than tanks) dropped to between 60% - 88% strength. This change is to prevent the German player immediately going onto the offensive. It is necessary to rest Panzer forces to get them to a level that is viable for the Backhand Blow. This impacts, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 11th, 17th, 19th & 27th Panzer Divisions as well as Wiking. This could be justified as these formations had retreated back from the Caucasus and had little time to rest or reorganize.
12. Scenario : German 7th, 19th & 27th Panzer Divisions have been fixed for the first day.
13. Scenario : Most German Infantry Divisions have been set at 75% of their nominal strength.
14. Scenario : Soviet forces are untouched. The Soviet Tank Corps are as crappy as they appear – they managed to advance as far as they did in the main due to the Germans having nothing to stop them with. They had very little supporting arms and a major change in their structure now has a very big impact on all scenarios. Toning the Germans down will see these forces improve.
15. Scenario : Supply adjusted to 100 for the Soviets and 80 for the Germans. The Germans are steady for the whole scenario, the Russians drop to 70% on Feb 19th.
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05-20-2012, 03:46 PM,
RE: New Kharkov '43 Campaign Variants
Hi All,

Apologies to the 3 people that have been quick off the mark and downloaded the new campaigns. We found that there was a problem with the wired bridges in the Grand Campaign and have put a fix in place. There is now a new zip uploaded on the link. Please use that one.

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05-21-2012, 04:50 AM,
RE: New Kharkov '43 Campaign Variants
Agree with the changes...I am in day 6 of the old campaign as the Soviets in the south...and I'm fighting for my life!!

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05-22-2012, 11:25 PM,
RE: New Kharkov '43 Campaign Variants
Note to self NEVER rush a release. Indragnir who has been one of the testers for these campaigns has just pointed out that I have inconsistently released troops in a number of the scenarios. This unfortunately was a late change just before release and my personal quality control was awry.

So though only small changes, the error around unreleased units would have a big impact so we have updated the files.

Apologies for any that may have started games.

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