For starters I feel as though everything is just completely out of control in a skirmish, units leaving formation constantly, enemy troops waltzing into my town in columns and they scatter leaving me to deal with hundreds of mindless soldiers walking about. Massive Volleys doing literally no damage to an enemy (completely understand the muskets and the reason for volleys) yet the enemy columns front few ranks can obliterate and scatter my line in one go....of course you can get on top of this with a few lines of infantry but the columns keep coming and the soldiers just eventually disperse.
I suggest read some useful tactics which can help you fight even against AI.
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It's really easy game and there are many ways to avoid some bad things and keep everything under control in skirmish games.
My soldiers in C2 very rare leaving or breaking formations. It happend, but it looks quite realistic when soldiers run away in some cases.
However I do not like these stupid and crazy killings around military buildings.
I thinkt that some volleys are too powerful now. It can inflict huge demage. Even one massive volley delivered timely at right range can destroy formation.
Several remnants you could easly finish with bayonets or leave them alone. Let's they walking before they get back to their base. It needs time and little bit influence on enemy's population which of course needs some dwellings.
Do not forget that attacking columns during NW made many troubles for defenders.
However British found fine tactic against French columns. They used reverse slope tactic, but this is hard implement into this game.
Nevertheless artillery in C2 can destroy columns very well.
Then you should use some atillery cannons and howitzers, they effectively help you weaken and destroy enemy formations and fortifications.
a serious lack of skirmish mode options, set wealth options etc to maybe make things take a bit longer to get instead of the AI and myself spewing out units and a stupid rate. Just a general serious lack of options for anything really annoys me and the only way to get a fairly good game is with another player.
I wonder what for you need more options when you have some problems with this simple game.
More options, more troubles, then better is less options and less troubles.
I doubt that set wealth options makes game better.
You can enjoy the game playing even against AI now. You can play fairly good games there. Humans players sometime used quite strange and unrealistic tactics in C2, therefore I prefer play against computer. It is more predictable and never cheating too much.