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Ultimate General: Civil War – General Skills (How to Distribute Career Points)

16 July 2017, Sunday, 13:14:24

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General Skills (How to Distribute Career Points)
Politics: Hands down the most important skill in a general’s arsenal. I personally max this skill out first, with some to army organization when possible. When maxed out early, politics allows a player to build a larger army, fast. While he or she might not be able to equip them all or train them with the best weapons, politics greatest value is that it gives flexibility. It gives money and manpower, which allows one to recover losses, and the reputation points can be spent on manpower, money, generals or weapons. It’s important to note that general with maxed out politics probably acquires more men than one with maxed Medicine, mainly because it isn’t reliant on the number of men lost.

 

Economy: Sort of important. It’s one of those skills necessary for the maintenance of veteran brigades with high cost weapons, but at the same time, a lot of those weapons you can get by capturing them. Have a few points here when you can spare them, but it isn’t a priority stat to increase. Good way to just get some is to pick the “Artillery” option for your general’s initial skill set.

 

Medicine: Important, particularly in Lategame, but not so much in early game. Why? Well, Medicine allows a brigade that has lost men to recover a percentage of those men (they don’t go into manpower, they go directly back into said brigade automatically) and the equipment they hold, as well as their veterancy. It isn’t good for growing a large army early on in a player’s career because it’s reliant on the number of losses their army takes.

It is vital though to to max Medicine out later in the game (I personally suggest by Stones River) in order to preserve the veterancy of your elite units, and all important manpower after minor and Grand Battles. Since training and new weapons cost money, medicine is a powerful passive ability of sorts that mitigates the manpower and money losses a player’s armies will take, especially in Grand Battles.

 

Army Organization: Mind you, this is also important as it allows a general to field more men on the battle, which enables more flexibility in tactics. Important to note though it doesn’t affect how much men you actually get to put into your army. For that you need politics. That being said, an expanding army requires increased army organization, so level up only when required/possible. However, it’s possible to survive the battles on level 6 organization up to even Stones River, so players should just ensure enough organization to fulfil the minimum “required corps” slots for the Grand Battles (1 for Bull Run, Shiloh, 2 for Gaines Mill, Malvern Hill and 2nd Manassus, 3 for Antietam, Fredericksburg, Stones River and Chancelloresville). That being said, having more organization early can be useful as a larger 1st Corps or 1st Division can be useful for minor battles or certain Grand Battles, (Cold Harbour).

 

Training: Cheapens the recruitment of veterans for elite brigades. Useful to have some early, and an absolutely necessary general stat to have in later campaigns. A player should start increasing the state gradually (max it out by Chancelloresville I think) as it allows the player/you to grow some majorly dangerous units, and maintain the dangerous nature of your elite unites. This is particularly important in lategame, when your recruitment rewards reduce… because you need to fallback onto maintaining 2 Star veteran units just to ensure you have a way to combat the AI’s elites.

 

Logistics: Sort of useful and sortof not. It means you can rely less on supply wagons, but at the same time can be mitigated by the traits of corps generals and artillery brigade traits. Take 2 (with the Artillery trait) early on, but don’t feel the need to max this. It IS more useful than Reconnaissance at the moment.

 

Reconnaissance: The skill will probably be reworked later on by the developers because right now it’s not a particularly vital skill to the rapid growth of a large army.

More precisely, Reconnaissance is an intrinsic skill. A general with good reconnaissance is useful as it allows them to know the numbers of the enemy army, get a power bar on the size of the enemy army as the battle goes on, and even their weapon load-outs at higher Reconnaissance levels. However, most people look at the Reconnaissance skill, see that it doesn’t help them build a larger army or maintain it on the battlefield, and ignore it.

Take this if you want to have a different experience, a more tactical way to play. I personally have done decently all the way to Chancelloresville without a single point in it. I still don’t have any points in it in fact.

An important note, reconnaissance skill buffs occur only after every 2 points invested.

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