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Serbia '14
03-29-2020, 04:25 AM,
Serbia '14
The new game Serbia '14 is now available.
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03-29-2020, 05:10 AM,
RE: Serbia '14
Purchased, thanks for the heads up!

I didn't expect the release to be this imminent. The second time JTS/WDS surprised me recently, the Japan '46 also came a bit out of the blue.
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03-29-2020, 05:13 AM,
RE: Serbia '14
The designer notes are 189 pages.
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03-29-2020, 05:16 AM,
RE: Serbia '14
Thanks for the info however I am not wasting my money on it.
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03-29-2020, 05:30 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-29-2020, 05:31 AM by ComradeP.)
RE: Serbia '14
Quote:The designer notes are 189 pages.

Volcano Man and for the rest of the titles Strela and others are some of the most underrated writers of our time.
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03-29-2020, 05:41 AM,
RE: Serbia '14
I have started digging through and this is fascinating. There is so much in here, especially for the 4th Invasion and Allied interventions. Going to start with some small scenarios from the 1st Invasion.
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03-29-2020, 05:57 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-29-2020, 05:58 AM by PzKw43.)
RE: Serbia '14
4 years from now we might have AH vs Russia in Galicia.
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03-29-2020, 07:12 AM,
RE: Serbia '14
(03-29-2020, 04:25 AM)PzKw43 Wrote: The new game Serbia '14 is now available.

doing the happy dance TEEHEE
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03-29-2020, 07:49 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-29-2020, 10:49 AM by Mr Grumpy.)
RE: Serbia '14
Yes we finally made it to release day, a huge project to design a game that recreates this theatre of WW1 that has been almost completely overlooked by historians who tend to focus just on the western front, a real David vs Goliath story with plucky Serbia repelling three AH invasions before succumbing to the intervention of German forces and of course the "stab in the back" by Bulgaria which sealed Serbia's fate. 

As well as the extensive designer notes which are a must read, if you want to read about the initial campaigns then I can highly recommend James Lyon's book "Serbia And The Balkan Front 1914" which only runs to 300 pages and is inexpensive to buy. 
[Image: Serbia%20book.jpg]

There have been many updates and new features added to Serbia 14, these changes will also be carried over to both F14 and EP14 in patch's that hopefully will be available soon, this will ensure that all three titles are equal in that regard, here is a list of the main changes..............

[b]Game engine changes/ updates[/b]
Limited Objectives
 These are objectives that expire after a set number of turns. When an objective expires, the side that held it at the moment it expired will gain the points and the objectives will then be removed from the map. When objectives are removed from the map then they can no longer change ownership, the ownership and points awarded are permanent. If an objective is a Limited Objective, then the Objectives Dialog will now display an "L" and a number. The "L" stands for "Limited" and the number listed is the turn number that the objective will expire (the objective will expire after that turn has been completed).
Rail Capacity Variation
 This allows the rail capacity of both sides to be adjusted on certain dates during the scenario. Any changes in rail capacity will be listed in the Command Report dialog.
Replacement Rate Modifier
 This is a Parameter data value in the PDT, which allows the overall replacement rate of both sides to be reduced or increased depending on campaign specific considerations. After this change, standard replacement rates will now be 1/2 in general, but in Serbia '14 specifically replacement rates are very low, or non existent due to the theatre.
In certain scenarios it is now possible to build bunkers, there has to be a percentage value greater than zero for bunker probability in the PDT table.
Field gun units
Change to Field Guns so that they are now always in Low Ammo status if Local Supply is < 20%, due to that fact that these rapid fire guns would not have enough ammo in that condition to ever be considered to operate at full capacity.
Field guns can now choose a specific target when firing alone, rather than the target unit being chosen randomly, also when a Field gun unit is fired upon there is an increase in the probability that Field Gun type units will be disrupted by enemy fire.
Lastly Field Guns and Machine Guns are now a little more effective at long range fire (firing at enemy units that are 2 or more hexes away).
Water mine hex’s
Mine hex’s that did not appear in either F ’14 or EP ’14 are included in Serbia ’14, they are located in full river hex’s to represent minefields located on the Danube river, they can add fatigue or reduce the strength of Riverbarge units that move into such hex’s.
These mine hex’s are very effective at damaging and eventually sinking River barge units, so be aware of this if you attempt to enter such a hex before it has been cleared by a minesweeping unit (if you have any).
Partisan effects
Change so that disrupted partisan units will not exert the Deception Range feature (only non-disrupted partisan units will have this ability).
Change so that Machine Gun type units cannot go into "Patrolling" status.
Detached units
Change so that detached units will no longer gain replacements.
Night movement
 Change so that it is now possible for units to move tactically at night without becoming disrupted (70% chance of disruption per hex, rather than 100% in the first two titles), mainly in order to allow for night assaults, but also short emergency movements.
The 70% disruption percentage is modified up and down by the quality of the unit attempting night movement (see manual).
Movement at night in T mode via road or rail lines where units where not disrupted (provided they did not exceed road stacking limits) is unaffected by this change.
Engineers ferrying
 Engineer units can now ferry units who utilise foot/horse/bicycle/ski movement class across rivers/canals and full water hex’s if the engineer unit has the "Has Boats" tag.
No ferrying of units is now possible during storm turns.
Recon Aircraft
 Change so that recon aircraft are no longer "high flying" in the First World War Campaigns series, which means they can now be fired at by light AA guns.
Siege Guns
Change so that Siege Guns have 10x their nominal fire value when firing at bunkers, rather than having no increase. That said, Siege Guns are still less effective versus bunkers than redoubts and forts, because bunkers are much smaller targets to hit.
HQ units
HQ units with 50 men or less no longer go Out Of Command when they move (but will still go Out of Command when moving in T mode). Larger HQ units are unaffected by this change and will go Out Of Command whenever they move.
Elevation combat modifier
This modifier has been increased from -10 to -20 per 100m of elevation between firing unit and target unit, this will make direct fire at units at a higher elevation much more ineffective (note that Mountain units only suffer half this effect).
Digging in modifier
The digging in modifier can now be a decimal number to reflect that in the early days of WW1 there was not a doctrine to dig in nor did troops have the necessary equipment to complete such an action, there is now a 1% chance for a battalion to dig in early 1914 which will increase to 1.5% in late 1914 and then 2% in 1915 scenarios.
Remember that engineer units digging in with a unit boost this percentage by x3.
Pontoon storm effects
Pontoon bridges cannot be completed during storm turns (the process is put on hold), nor can units cross a pontoon bridge during storm turns.
New unit types
Mountain Units
 This is a flag which can be given to all types of units. Mountain Units have...
* The ability to move through cliff hex sides
* 1/2 the normal combat modifier associated with terrain elevation differences
* 1/2 movement penalty associated with embankment and escarpment hex sides
 * 1/2 the movement penalty associated with moving up terrain elevations
 * 1.5 times higher VP value than normal infantry
Irregular Infantry units
In Serbia ’14 Irregular infantry refers to Montenegrin Infantry units, Irregular units represent unconventional military forces, similar to partisans, but slightly different abilities.
They are mainly used in hit and run tactics, attacking where enemy lines are thin and retreating when those positions are reinforced. Irregular units do not have a Zone-of-Control and do not interfere with the movement of enemy forces. They never suffer Low Ammo or Low Fuel,
nor can they become Isolated, but they can become detached. Unlike partisans, Irregular units can be used to spot for indirect fire or air strikes.
 *Do not have a ZOC
 *Ignore enemy ZOC
 *Cannot become low on ammo or fuel
 *Cannot become isolated
 *Can spot for air and artillery strikes
 *Can become detached from their HQ
 *Do not disrupt enemy movement
Chetnik Partisan Units
Chetniks were Serbian guerilla forces that did everything from partisan activities such as raids and disruption and sabotage of enemy rear areas and supply lines, to reconnaissance. They even donned captured Austro-Hungarian uniforms to disrupt enemy movement. Because of all this, the Chetnik units in Serbia '14 are very powerful.
*Can disrupt enemy Travel Mode Movement up to three hex’s away (provided they are not disrupted themselves)
*Cannot suffer from isolation or low ammo
*Cannot be detached from their HQ
*Ignore enemy ZOC
*Cannot be isolated
*Can disrupt enemy bridge demolitions (in the 1915 scenarios where wired bridges will not be used)
*Do not have a ZOC
*Cannot spot for artillery or air

River Barge units
These are similar to Naval units but represent river monitors , river steam boats and torpedo boats and they come with a variety of soft/hard attack and defensive values, unlike Naval units they exist only on full river hex’s and unlike Naval units do have the ability to use opportunity fire.
Barge units will be attacked by minefields located in full river hex’s when they move into such hex’s.
Some of these units are minesweepers and can remove minefields that are located in full river hex’s.
Barge units can move past friendly pontoon bridges at the cost of all their movement points, they can also destroy enemy pontoon bridges by expending all their movement points to enter the pontoon hex provided there is no enemy units located on the bridge.

Enjoy the new game!  Big Grin
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03-29-2020, 07:53 AM,
RE: Serbia '14
(03-29-2020, 05:57 AM)PzKw43 Wrote: 4 years from now we might have AH vs Russia in Galicia.

We have a plan to try to speed up the rate of development so hopefully you will not have to wait that long?
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