From: Dallas Texas
I am the Soviet player in the game IdahoNyer is talking about, and there has been a drastic change in the losses I am experiancing from assaulting the fortifications. This change came about virtually in one turn. Its definately not my troops gaining experaince, and finally becoming worldbeaters, as they have been decimated by losses earlier taking on the German forts.
I will say that the game since 1942 has really felt more like a WWI game, its sending the boys over the top, if I gain a level 3 or 4 position, its a success, even if I lose 6-7k of men. But, with these new improved Soviets, I can plod forward and lose 1-1 or 2-1...
I am not sure how far the game was tested, as it has taken months for us to reach the point we are at playing at a good clip, but I am not sure the simulation is behaving as it should. For the Soviets (and the Germans complained about this in early '42) the entrenchments are too numnerous, too difficult to get through as far as losses go, and the artillary and air advantages I have are not telling. I am short guns, but have thousands of tanks in the pools, I have more planes than I could ever use, but can get enough rocket launchers to field my rocket BN's, I have 1200 or so sapper squads in the pools, but they won't feed out to the units.... The production systee just feels off, especially with plentiful stored equipment not making it out to the troops in the field, I could go on...but I will try and wait until we finish the game, from start to end, before giving my impressions in total.