From: Palma de Mallorca
i do well understand the aim of dev team to make a game under closest conditions than those of history. It is a success.
However, concerning the weather in Russia, it bothers me a bit.
When playing axis, everyone knows that winter will automatically be horrible.
Playing with random or non random weather doesn't change much because in both cases, there will be a large majority of blizzard turns in dec, jan and feb.
A lot of AAR show that axis players take very serious dispositions for winter even before mud.
As already said, it bothers me because it is like germans (and russians too) would have a claivoyance gift of what will happen.
Now, considering the fact that the 41-42 winter in Russia was an exceptionaly severe winter (in fact, the most severe winter in 150 years) and so is not representative of average weather conditions in Russia during winter, i wonder if it couln't be possible to choose an option at the beginning of a game in order to have a real random weather, including the possibility of a mild winter.
By mild winter, i mean a winter where snow dominates instead of blizzard.
In this way, they will probably be more various situations during this conflict.
The axis player would probably play with less fear of the next winter and not subordinate his strategy to this occurence.
And the russian player would not wait the next winter as the Messiah and not subordinate his strategy to this occurence too.
I think it shouln't be hard to do. A new option with a modified data table seen in section 22.2.2 (page 290).
PS: sorry for my random english
I agree completely. As every German player knows from June 1941 that there will be a First Winter Experience, it loses much of their historicity. The Russian also knows that, so perhaps it does not change the game balance too much. Besides, both sides know there will be a Panther tank, Lend-Lease, a Second Front, and that the Soviet population will not make revolts against Stalin. It seems impossible to make historic games placing you exactly in the same ignorant boots of your historic counterparts.