From: Cambridge, UK
Concur. We thought about it, but never used it. We felt like you don't need it. Besides, if you wanna be a warmonger...(WTF, this is a wargame, but...) right off the bat, then you pay with infantry. If you wanna wait for 4 months til the weather's better and you have some militia, then that's good too.
Also, the current setup allows for an Ottoman attack before others are ready. They get their freebie inf early, so that upsets that balance too.
On that note, I don't care if it's an optional. I would always fight against using it. But I would fight for easterner's right to have it as an optional too.
Where's Mardonius with his million optionals? I mean ME asked what he should work on next! Marrrr-DOOOOOH-nius...
I'm willing to see what changes do as much as the next guy. But, people on this thread are treating the 1804 econ phase like it's an absolute must. Our gaming group evaluated it, and decided not to play it, because it would very likely allow the central powers to start an immediate (pre-game) war. France wouldn't be much fun to play in that situation unless he pulls off a miracle.