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Rise or Fall of German Seapower: a Rule the Waves 2 AAR
« on: February 14, 2020, 11:48:40 PM »
So, I really want to be playing C# Aurora right now, but it’s not out yet and there’s not a whole lot of other games that scratch the same itch. One that does, at least when it comes to designing ships and making them battle, is Rule the Waves 2. On the off-chance that you’ve never heard of this game before, it’s a strategy wargame where you play as a Jackie Fisher-type Grand Admiral in one of the world’s navies between 1900-1950. Like Aurora, it has a tremendously detailed shipbuilding system and the visual appeal of 1990’s tax software. The game has a turn-based strategy layer with real time tactical battles.

For this game, I’ll be playing as the German Empire. The options I chose are: 1900 start, super large fleet size, historical resources, harsher peace deals, 100% research, and manual build of legacy fleet. The "historical resources" option is basically hard mode, since it basically lowers income for everyone except Great Britain. I don't really know how this is gonna turn out. Hence the title.

So without further ado:

The Rise or Fall of German Seapower - Introduction

Balance of Power, January 1900

At the turn of the century, the Kaiserliche Marine occupies the middle ground among the seven premier naval powers, slightly less well-funded than regional rivals France and Russia, and with about a third of the budget of Great Britain. They have two fewer battleships in service than France, although that will soon change as three more are slated for commissioning by the end of the year. France and Russia do enjoy a considerable lead in armoured cruiser tonnage, however.

Order of Battle

Zähringen-class battleship
Ships in service: Zähringen, Weissenburg, Wörth, Schwaben
Commissioned in the early 1890s, these ships make up the bulk of the German battle line at the turn of the century. Limited by their low freeboard and lack of range, these are more suited to coastal defense than true oceangoing battleships. Complement: 792 officers and men.

Wettin-class battleship
Ships in service: Wettin
Ships under construction: Wittelsbach, Mecklenburg, Elsass
Recently-commissioned Wettin is the most modern ship in the Imperial German fleet. Compared to the preceding Zähringen-class, she enjoys better seakeeping, range, and substantially improved protection; in fact, with a 10” armour belt, Wettin is probably the best-protected battleship in the world, if not the best armed; at this time, the Germans lack the 12” gun models of other nations. Complement: 798.

Hertha-class armoured cruiser
Ships in service: Hertha, Freya, Vineta
Like the Zähringen-class, the Hertha-class cruisers were designed with low freeboard and short range in order to save weight. While admittedly also more suited to coastal defense, they at least pack a decent amount of firepower at their displacement. Complement: 686.

Victoria Louise-class armoured cruiser
Ships under construction: Victoria Louise, Fürst Bismarck
The two Victoria Louise-class cruisers were still under construction at the turn of the century, with Fürst Bismarck’s fate in jeopardy, as lack of funding had led to construction being halted. When complete, these cruisers were to provide the German Navy an answer to large foreign cruisers over 10,000 tons, such as the French Montcalm or Russian Pamyat Azova. While not substantially better-armed or protected, with a top speed of 22 knots, they were planned to be able to outrun anything they couldn’t outgun. Complement: 780.

Gefion-class protected cruiser
Ships in service: Gefion, Gazelle, Nymphe
At nearly 6,000 tons, the Gefion-class were very capable protected cruisers for their era, with a good mix of speed, armament, and protection. Complement: 485.

Hela-class protected cruiser
Ships in service: Hela, Ariadne, Niobe, Thetis, Amazone, Frauenlob
The Hela-class cruisers, on the other hand, were not particularly capable ships; the smallest protected cruisers in service in a major navy, these ships were already showing their age by 1900 and no longer considered suitable for front-line combat. They remained useful, however, for trade protection, commerce raiding, and showing the flag in Germany’s overseas colonies. They at least remained fast enough to run away if need be. Complement: 255.

V2-class torpedo boat
Ships in service: 12
A dozen of the V2 class were constructed shortly before 1900. The torpedo boat destroyer, and later, just destroyer, of other navies continued to be called ‘torpedo boats’ in German service despite being basically equivalent to foreign destroyer types. Complement: 78.

The year begins with a rocky start as a trade dispute with Great Britain causes a sudden and dramatic spike in tensions in March. Luckily for Germany, this begins to ease by May. The German government, seeing the weakness of the navy's destroyer forces, demands more  destroyers in April; work is suspendend on Victoria Louise and Wittelsbach to free up funds for 15 more V2-type torpedo boats. Tensions spike with Italy in June after the Kaiser makes an ill-considered statement about that country, but nothing ultimately comes of it.

By December, Battleship Elsass is in active service, as are the last of the V2 class.

Battleship Mecklenburg and armoured cruiser Victoria Louise commission in January. Victoria Louise easily surpasses her design speed on sea trials, reaching 23 knots; this makes her the fastest armoured cruiser of her size in the world. With the success of the design, a third ship, Prinz Heinrich, is laid down. Germany has matched France in active battleship tonnage, but is still behind in armoured cruisers.

In April, the Russian government agrees to sell the plans for their 12" guns to Germany. This is a technological coup for Germany, as they as of yet had lacked a workable design for a gun of that caliber.

Tensions with Great Britain and France spike after the German admiralty successfully derails an attempt by the reichstag to reign in arms expenditures, but tensions with France relax after a German company enters a mutual technology-sharing agreement with the French.

An improvement of the V2 class, three V28-class destroyers are ordered in November. These destroyers improve on their predecessors with better speed and armament. Complement: 93.

At the end of the year, another round of fighting in the Balkans breaks out, with Germany blaming Russia's influence and once again inflating tension between the two countries. At about the same time, Wittelsbach is commissioned.

Fürst Bismarck is commissioned in January. Russia and France are quickly catching up to Germany in battleship tonnage and to make matters worse, Great Britain has a build program of four 15,600-ton Barfleur-class battleships well underway. In order to keep from falling behind, Germany begins drafting plans for a follow-on to the Wettin-class battleships.

That design, the Lothringen-class battleship, is ordered in March, with two ships, Lothringen and Hessen, laid down. The main innovation of the class is the addition of a heavy secondary battery of 6 9” guns, as well as an extremely heavy 20-gun 6” tertiary battery. With the increase in firepower, these battleships belong to a type that will eventually be called “semi-dreadnoughts”. Complement: 943.

Tensions with Great Britain and Russia remain elevated throughout the year following the grounding of a German cruiser while conducting an illicit intelligence operation. Rather than losing face by apologizing, or sending a squadron to demand the ship's release, the German leadership compromises and allows the local government to examine her.

International tensions have ebbed and flowed over the last two years, but remain elevated with Russia. Russian relations heat up again in June 1902, leading Admiral Tirpitz to denounce Russia in a speech before the Navy League. With tensions reaching a critical level, the German Navy mobilizes, and begins conducting a major training exercise in preparation for imminent conflict. Unfortunately, their mobilization further inflames the situation, and by August, war seems inevitable. There is domestic opposition to war with Russia, however, with popular anti-military protests later in the year, but the capture of a Russian agent, apparently on a mission of sabotage, forces Germany's hand. In November, Germany declares war on Russia.
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Re: Rise or Fall of German Seapower: a Rule the Waves 2 AAR
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2020, 12:05:27 PM »
Ohoho, war already! Great post, keep it up.

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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2020, 07:57:51 PM »
Action of 25 November 1902
With the outbreak of hostilities, the German Navy's strategy is to institute a blockade of Russian European ports. At this time of year the Russian arctic ports are mostly choked with ice, and so both sides' naval strategies hinge on control of the Baltic. The first direct combat of the war begins on 25 November. The battleships Wittelsbach, Wettin and [iMecklenburg[/i] are on patrol off Gotland, supported by the cruisers Furst Bismarck, Victoria Louise, Vineta, and a number of protected cruisers and destroyers. Unbeknownst to them, a squadron of three Russian battleships, Imperator Pavel I, Imperator Nikolai I, and Evstafi, with their own escort, is lurking nearby.

At 1650Z, the German commander orders a course change to the south east to remain within their patrol sector. At 1818, the scouting cruiser Gefion sights an unknown ship passing in front to the southwest, but before she can ascertain her identity she spots a line of ships she identifies as Russian destroyers. Gefion opens fire, scoring a single hit and suffering two in return, before turning back towards the German battle line, safely out of torpedo range. She signals the German fleet, and the battleships change course due south, being now approximately 10,000 yards north-by-northwest of her position. She briefly reestablishes contact with the enemy a few minutes later, but neither side scores any hits. At 1852, Gazelle, screening the head of the German battleline, spots an enemy destroyer. By 1900, the German fleet is sailing roughly south, with a parallel line of enemy destroyers about 3,000 yards to port. With the range of a destroyer's torpedo only about 2,000 yards, the Germans are able to shadow the enemy within visual range and keep firing effectively. The Russian destroyers are making about 20 knots, leading the German commander to believe that they must be screening a squadron of cruisers. Shells from the battleships' quick-firing guns inflict heavy damage on several Russian destroyers, but they begin to pull away. At about 1955Z, the Russian destroyer Veseli is hit by a salvo of 6" shells from Wettin and explodes with all hands.

The Germans continue the chase until finally losing contact with the enemy completely. They turn southeast, in the direction of Swinemunde, before turning back east at about 0045. At 0210, they are steaming northeast a few miles north of Kolberg when Gazelle again spots an enemy warship - this time, a cruiser. The Russians pass in front of the German line at close range, and despite immediate evasive action the battleship Wittelsbach is suddenly struck by a torpedo amidships that floods her engine room. Fortunately, damage control parties are able to control the flooding within just a few minutes, but she is now only able to make 10 knots and is sitting precariously low in the water, with water coming in faster than her pumps can handle. The German task force commander transfers his flag aboard Wettin and sends Wittelsbach back to Kolberg without incident. The Germans search through the night for the Russian force, but do not encounter them again.

Despite the damage to Wittelsbach, the Germans claim victory, having prevented the Russian force from any attack on German shipping and having sunk the destroyer Veseli and badly damaging five others. There is no damage to the Germans other than the torpedo hit to Wittelsbach and a single 3" shell hit on Gefion. Wittelsbach will require a month of repair, then resume blockade duties.

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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2020, 09:23:26 PM »
12/23/1902 - Battle of Gotland
A German force is once again steaming at twilight off the coast of Gotland waiting for the Russians to challenge them. this time it is made up of six battleships: Worth, Zahringen, Weissenburg, Mecklenburg, Wettin, and Elsass. At 1448, just as the light fails, Furst Bismarck and Victoria Louise, scouting ahead of the German line, spot a pair of Russian warships on a head-on course. The Germans change course, headed due north, to intercept. At 1508, Worth, at the head of the line, spots the enemy formation and has to make an evasive turn, passing within perhaps a hundred yards of the 6,600-ton armoured cruiser Rossiya. The German line turns to starboard, with all the guns of the first battleship division trained on the enemy cruiser.

A second cruiser appears; the Germans realize that the main enemy force has passed to the north and that they are now engaged with their scouting force. At 1547, Worth identifies the enemy as the 11,400-ton Pamyat Azova, and engages her, with the range falling to less than a thousand yards. The Russian manages to pull away, but ends up turning back towards the Rossiya, which puts her in range again of the German battleships. At 1636, the main Russian force, having circled back, passes northeast again, crossing the Germans' T, but a rain squall means they're in visual contact only for a minute or two and no hits are landed. At 1636, an 11" shell from Elsass, fired from only about 130 yards, strikes the Rossiya's forward turret and causes a flash fire that detonates the ship's magazine, momentarily illuminating the overcast night sky. With the range of visibilty only about the same as the range of Russian torpedos, the Germans refrain from engaging the main enemy force and continue chasing the now-helpless Pamyat Azova, which is now clearly silhouetted against the night sky as her superstructure is engulfed in flame. German destroyers finish off the smoking wreck and she sinks at around 1815. The Germans again search through the night but fail to reacquire the main enemy force; the Germans search towards the south, as the Russians had gone that way in the previous battle, but this time they had actually turned northwest, skirting the coast of Gotland. The final casualty of the night is the Russian destroyer Bedovi, which, having been hit by a 6" shell when the main force passed the Germans after Rossiya's destruction, founders at 0211.

The Germans have won a major victory, having sunk a pair of armoured cruisers and a destroyer with little damage in return; Worth having been struck only by a pair of 7" shells. The only other ship to be hit during the battle was the Russian protected cruiser Pamyat Merkuriya, which took a single 6" shell from Mecklenburg that destroyed her bridge, killing or wounding everyone inside. With no one at the helm, she fell out of line and away from the Germans, ironically perhaps sparing her from a worse fate. On the other hand, the Germans have missed a second opportunity for a decisive battleship action, but the blockade continues.

Action of 23 January 1903
A squadron of five German torpedo boats attack the Russian Baltic coast, sinking a pair of merchantmen, but are forced to withdraw when confronted by 9 Russian destroyers. Torpedo boat V29 is lightly damaged as the two sides pass each other.

Action of 22 February 1903
Gazelle and Gefion are confronted by a trio of 3,000-ton Russian protected cruisers. Each force leads a destroyer flotilla. Although outnumbered, the heavier, better-armed German cruisers are able to sink the Velikii Knyaz Konstantin and badly damage the Pamyat Merkuriya and Nadezhda and three destroyers before withdrawing, having expended almost all their ammunition. Both ships are only lightly damaged.

March 1903
Less than four months after the outbreak of hostilities, a peace deal is reached, with Germany gaining some minor concessions from Russia. The Kaiser overruled the navy's position to continue the war, perhaps due to the increasing risk of France intervening on the Russian side.

Nevertheless, the Kaiserliche Marine acquitted itself well in the brief conflict, having sunk two armoured cruisers, two destroyers, and successfully blockaded the largest country in Europe.
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2020, 11:48:38 PM »
Prinz Heinrich is commissioned in early 1903. That year Germany also completed the design of the Carsten-class minesweeper and August Pieper-class colonial gunboats; the latter were intended to show the flag in Germany's overseas colonies, freeing up the Hela-class cruisers for raiding and trade protection in case of war. By 1906, six Carsten and 9 August Pieper-class ships would be in service.

Lothringen and Hessen commissioned by the end of 1904. Germany's next order was for a new class of armoured cruisers. Two Friedrich Carl-class armoured cruisers, Friedrich Carl and Yorck, were laid down in October 1904. Displacing a thousand tons more than the preceding Victoria Louise, these ships kept the 23-knot top speed but improved on armament, mounting 10 8" guns in two dual and six single turrets, giving a broadside of 7 guns. Experience was quickly showing that large batteries of a single caliber were more useful in practice than mixed batteries of large and small guns, and a seven-gun broadside was almost twice the firepower of a contemporary cruiser, with the 8" guns also being considerably faster-firing than the 9". The idea was that the class would be able to chase down and destroy any contemporary armoured cruiser with a hail of shells.

In early 1905, the German fleet began rebuilding with newly-developed central fire control systems. Advances in fire control were making long-range shooting possible; therefore, in May 1905, when the Kaiser personally demands three more battleships be built, German designers draw up plans for a ship with unprecedented firepower. The design, which will become the Brandenburg-class battleship, boasts 6 12" dual turrets in a hexagonal layout, giving her twice the broadside of a contemporary battleship. But the Brandenburg class stretches the limits of available technology, and German shipbuilding; she will be 6,000 tons heavier than the preceding Lothringen-class and no better-armoured, with the only secondary armament being 24 4" quick-firing guns in unarmoured deck mounts. Earlier in the year, German spies had captured the plans for the new Russian Imperator Aleksandr II-class battleship, which revealed she would be capable of 20 knots. As such, Brandenburg would have to be capable of 21 knots on triple-expansion engines, in itself a feat of engineering. The Brandenburg class would be the first 'dreadnought' battleships laid down, but not the first commissioned. The design had a troubled development; midway through the design period, an improved 12" gun was developed and the design had to be amended to make use of it. The delay in production infuriated the Kaiser and caused the Admiralty a considerable loss of face. Two ships would finally be ordered in October 1905, Brandenburg and Preussen, with a third, Hannover, ordered in January, funded by popular subscription.

But construction of the battleships was continually threatened by budget cuts and competing government interests. Even by mid-1906, Germany's navy budget had fallen to almost 80% of France's, and a mere quarter of Great Britain's budget. Desparate to secure more funding, the German Admiralty did its best to inflame and maintain international tensions, causing a minor crisis with Italy, but although at one point another war seemed imminent, relations eventually normalized on their own.

The next threat to the battleship program was the German Naval Secretary; infatuated with the French Jeune Ecole school of thought, and faced with the fact that Great Britain was now building 8 large battleships of a similar design, he demanded cancelling the battleship program in favor of more cruisers. Facing a demand for 9 additional cruisers, the navy had no choice but to temporarily suspend work on the Brandenburgs. The Arcona class cruiser was a compromise design; the lack of budget mandated a class of inexpensive protected cruisers. The Arconas were designed with decent speed and long range; they might not be able to stand up in a gunnery duel, but they would make decent raiders and be more capable than the existing Hela class. Nine ships were laid down in June 1907: Arcona, Medusa, Bremen, Undine, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Danzig, and Lubeck. Although designed to be cheap, by September, further budget cuts had resulted in work halting on everything but the unwanted Arcona class. In turn, January 1908 saw work on these ships halted in order to continue production of the now considerably delayed Brandenburgs, once the Naval Secretary's attention had wandered elsewhere.

Ultimately this meant that HMS London beat the Brandenburgs to the water as the first dreadnought battleship. Although slightly better protected, London and the similar Venerable-class battleships would be, by German intelligence estimates, only capable of 17 knots, slower even than Germany's existing pre-dreadnought battle line - making them significantly less practical.

Preussen and Brandenburg would finally be commissioned in July 1908, as tensions across the continent began to surge once again. Tensions first arose after yet another round of fighting in the Balkans, eventually leading Germany to fully mobilize by the end of the year; tensions remained high in January 1909 when Germany attempted, unsuccessfully, to add Northern Korea to their colonial empire. This ill-considered move raised tensions considerably with France, Russia, and Japan, each of whom fancied themselves as rightful master of the Pacific. The crisis with France could not be averted, and in January 1909, France declared war on Germany.
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2020, 05:25:47 PM »
1/29/1909 - The Battle of Jutland

Germany has established a naval blockade of France's Atlantic coast. On 29 January, the new dreadnoughts Preussen and Brandenburg, followed by battleships Lothringen, Hessen, and Schwaben, are patrolling between Denmark and the coast of northern England on convoy escort duty. Intelligence has indicated that the French may attempt a sortie.

At 1244 the German squadron is following a southerly course, when the scouting element, armoured cruisers Victoria Louise, Furst Bismarck, and Prinz Heinrich spot the vanguard of the enemy force. The weather is partly cloudy and somewhat windy with heavy seas. By 1300, the cruiser Nymphe reports a line of enemy armoured cruisers approaching from the south on a northwesterly course; 20 minutes later, four French battleships are spotted following behind them: Redoutable, Colbert, Solferino, and Magenta.

The sea state prohibits the Germans from using their 21-knot speed to decisive advantage. The dreadnoughts open up on the enemy's cruiser screen, but their battleships are still too far away and the range is closing slowly. At 1400, both sides are steaming roughly west, and the German dreadnoughts begin firing at the French battleships, although the pre-dreadnoughts following them are unable to close within range.

By 1424, the range has fallen to about 7,000 yards. The trailing predreadnoughts are in action with their forward turrets, but to little effect, while the pair of dreadnoughts and the French line are both scoring a few hits on each other, although the increasing wind is making gunnery more difficult. Night begins to fall at 1545, with neither side having suffered any major damage. The French have now turned south, and the German predreadnoughts have fallen behind to the point that the enemy is no longer in visual range.

Meanwhile, the German armoured cruisers, now tailing the main force, briefly trade fire with the French armoured cruisers, before nightfall puts an end to this engagement. At 1635, the Germans score a critical hit on Colbert that knocks out her machinery and forces her out of line. It is now fully dark and the sighting distance is only 3,600 yards, about the same as maximum torpedo range. The German dreadnoughts score a few close-range hits on the stricken French battleship. But the French have decided to reverse course, and minutes later, the predreadnought division, about 6,000 yards behind, runs head-on into the rest of the French force, passing close enough for Hessen to launch a torpedo at a French battleship, which misses.

The French turn away to port, away from the predreadnoughts, but this puts them in close contact with Preussen and Brandenburg, who have followed the French fleet's turn. The dreadnoughts begin pounding Colbert, scoring several devastating close-range hits with their 12" guns in rapid succession. The German destroyer division tasked with supporting the battle line makes a textbook torpedo attack as the dreadnoughts pass the stricken French battleship, scoring two hits. Meanwhile, screening protected cruisers Gefion, Gazelle and Nymphe have run into the remaining French battleships, with Gefion taking some damage from their quick-firing guns before launching her own torpedoes to cover her escape.

At 1711, the dreadnoughts catch the rest of the French force, scoring hits on the battleship Solferino. The French battleline has scattered; The Germans chase Magenta and Redoutable north, while Solferino runs away to the southeast. At 1736, battleship Lothringen is torpedoed by the destroyer Arc when she passes too close, although the flooding is quickly brought under control. Arc is blasted apart by at least one 12" shell hit and several near misses by Lothringen and Hessen and sinks.

By 1744, Preussen and Brandenburg are steaming roughly east, enveloped by Magenta and Redoutable to the north and Solferino to the south. The range is close enough for Preussen to launch her own torpedo, which misses. Under fire from both sides, the German dreadnoughts turn starboard, focusing fire on the now completely isolated Solferino. At 1811, Preussen and Brandenburg launch more torpedos at her, as the burning wreck of Colbert can be seen sinking about 3,000 yards west. The torpedos miss, but Solferino is set on fire and loses power, slowing to a stop just a few hundred meters from the site of Colbert's sinking, where she is finished off by a German destroyer's torpedo.

At 1836, the German predreadnoughts, now having lost contact with Preussen and Brandenburg, begin trading fire with more enemy ships about 15,000 yards to the south. The German dreadnoughts, moving southwest to assist, run into French ships at 1914, identifying them as destroyers and light cruisers, and turn away to avoid torpedos. At 1940, the German predreadnoughts and dreadnoughts are finally back in formation, and reducing speed to escort the stricken Lothringen, begin heading for home, but turn back at 2200 when a French armoured cruiser is spotted on a parallel course. Giving chase, the Germans sink the destroyers Dard and Carabine, but unable to match their speed, lose sight of the armoured cruiser.

Unknown to the Germans, the French battleship Redoutable, has taken a critical below-waterline hit, and, shipping water in the heavy seas, founders before reaching port. The final tally is three French battleships and three destroyers sunk, in exchange for one predreadnought and a destroyer moderately damaged. There is only light damage to Preussen and Brandenburg, despite having been hit by 7 and 5 12" shells respectively. Magenta is the only survivor of the French battleship squadron.
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2020, 07:50:43 AM »
Really interesting AAR. I may have to get this game (in April :) )
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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2020, 08:19:36 AM »
Like your project, RTW2 is kind of a passion project but by a small team of guys doing it on the fly.  The ship design portion of it is the very best part - at tech level 0 when you do the 1900 start, the options are kind of limited but the more you research the more this portion of the game takes the prize for being the most interesting.  The best part of it is you have imperfect intelligence on your adversaries and given the lead time it takes to make ships, you are essentially guessing that the fleet you are building at great expense will be suitable in the future - and it will be quickly made obsolete by the very next fleet your opponent is constructing.  The strategic game also has interesting choices with invasion ranges, political intrigue, and the necessity to have bases everywhere if you want power projection.

The downsides of the game though become evident the longer you play it.  The AI I felt was kind of rudimentary - I get it, any game AI is eventually rendered dumb and susceptible to player actions on a long enough curve but this AI appears to be on the very basic and dumb side and frankly after a game or two world conquest is I felt ridiculously easy - you have all these brilliant choices on the design side but than you get to the actual battles and there isn't a lot there.  Also, the developers didn't generate the ability for your opposing powers to go to war with each other.  Tensions will rise and fall but they won't actually fight each other and hence it really does feel like an empty sandbox when it comes to strategic play - frankly, I think the developers would have been better served dropping the battle engine and just focusing on design and fully featured strategic/operational combat and it would have made for a more compelling game.  Finally, it appears that the developers haven't been really active on their forums - the last update for the game was like in May last year I believe and there are still bugs and oddities and half features which were never iterated on.  Obviously I have a lot of regard for 'hobby projects' - this game really does feel like a labor of love much like Aurora - but given that they charged 39.95USD for it, I was expecting a bit more on the support and feature side.

I will this comment though - like Aurora, RTW2 is a GREAT story generator and you can look past some of the design choices, you can really have a lot of fun with it separate from the 'game' portion of it.  Use to play a game a long time ago called Space Empires 4.  The AI was a 'little' better than RTW but still easy to figure out and destroy it.  BUT if you were willing to discipline yourself with some rules - I generated countless hours of stories with that game and definitely got my monies worth.
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