From: The Imperial Palace.
Good thread. I have several of my own house rules too. Of them, this is one of the most important:
No replaying turns even if the KB surprises you and sinks 4 CVs
People forget that humans have one huge advantage over any AI -- we can choose a do-over by reloading an earlier saved game. The AI can't. I never reload saved games against the AI. Other rules:
I play on Very Hard.
I don't deviate wildly from the historical war. That means I don't, for example, invade Hawaii as Japan, and I don't start taking the Kuriles in 1942 when I play as the Allies.
I give my subs R&R when they return to port.
I make my bombardment TFs use a major base to refuel and rearm. Ditto with carriers.
No unescorted convoys, ever.
All units attacking amphibiously must prep significantly for the target, though I don't enforce a 100-prep rule against myself. (Maybe I should!)
I keep some sort of garrison in many places, even when I know the AI won't attack, because that's what would've been done in RL. As Japan, for example, I garrison Manila after I take Luzon. (AE will require us to keep a division there, I understand.)
I repair ships with damage over 10-15.
I play one-day turns, but maybe I should try 3-day turns.
Occasionally the AI does something foolish with a surface TF or carrier TF. E.g., it sails an unescorted ship right up to my land-based air. Sometimes I'll pretend I didn't notice and stand down my bombers for a turn or two. On the other hand, if the AI's TF is actually achieving something, then I feel free to let loose.
I don't bomb "dot" bases or gain XP by one-hex supply transport missions, but I do permit myself target practice against units or bases that are plausible targets. E.g., I'll repeatedly bomb ground units in China.
In general, I roleplay. I also post an AAR of my games somewhere, to foster this roleplaying. Right now I'm posting my current AAR in another forum, but I post my PBEM AARs here -- just haven't done a PBEM in a year or so.
I don't look at sigint. As much because I'm lazy as anything else, but if it helps the AI, cool.
My ASW TFs have no more than 5 ships in them.
< Message edited by Grotius -- 2/7/2009 11:34:06 PM >