The split phased turn system is really an artificial result of there being very little tacAI in PCK. There is now some TacAI that responds to events around a unit in PCO, so I see little use of the split system. I use 40s and 60s turns.
I really think its a artifact of the turn-based minatures game Pazer Wars that PCO came from. I still see no reason why in one 40s stretch you can issue these orders, but in the next 40s stretch you can't. It is all very forced and artificial to me.
I understand that point of view. The feedback about the orders system over time is one reason why we want to overhaul it for the next release. The current one works and can give realistic results, but it's not intuitive for new players and can feel forced until you really get used to it. The goal is to have an orders system for the next release that lets us model command and control better without the forced feeling and while also allowing an intuitive simple orders mode.
With that said, I hope gamers will be willing to climb that learning curve (it's not that steep) as there is IMHO a great game there and the extra work of learning the orders system shouldn't stop you from enjoying it.
The regular Orders phase represents the input of a long winded detail orders. Would these really happen every 60 or 80 seconds? Probabaly not but this is a game. Somewhere after that a tank may run down a road and get in a situation where it needs to abort that original order or take advantage of its new position. In a RT game you could pause and redo your orders. The reaction phase just is an opportunity to do that. The longer 80 second turns makes you think ahead and plan more but the reaction phase allows you to recover from un-expected events faster.
[Edit]Oh, yeah. One additional difference. To reinforce the above difference the Reaction phase order is a one unit order. It only applies to one individual not the entire platoon like the regular Orders phase order. So if you order withdraw it only applies to the tank(s) that you give it to not the entire platoon.
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However, I switched to the alternative option of just having a minutes worth of turns. This works fine for me in most circumstances. I never was a big fan of the double phases, especially in PBEM games.
It's been said before but I'll repeat it. MR was the biggest pain in the asp about adding 60 second turns to PCO. When we finally got them, MR was so use to having the ability to intervene at 40 seconds that he never uses it.
Against a human opponent i would definitely want to make adjustments as often as possible but against the AI i think 60 second turns is more than frequent enough.
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