Pelton - IMO you won't be happy with WitE until the Axis can stomp all over Russia, they can build oodles of everything, have no historical limitations, have flying Panzers that can travels 1000's of miles continuously away from Railheads etc. My suggestion is you use the editor to make your version of the game and be happy with it.
Anyone who has read Pelton's stuff will have taken note that he has made suggestions to IMPROVE the Russian side (He was one of the first to call for a bump in the armaments multiplier after a new patch dropped it by a lot). This is no different than Flav and ComradeP who have made good suggestions for the Germans, although they are more associated with the "Russian side". While Pelton can sometimes get a bit passionate about the topic of the game, it would be a mistake to assume he wants the "I win" button. If you look at his record, he wins pretty regularly as it is.
As far as my view on this patch, I think it is a step back.
The Russians now are going to probably be able to continue to attack well into February if not all the way to the end of February. Right now, they start looking to wind it down the first part of February and certainly by the middle of the month, most Russian offensives are done. Nothing wrong, but the Russians now know the Germans probably can't do anything to them if they extend themselves.
I understand the desire to nerf the March counter offensives to tone them down some. Part of the issue is not the fact that the Germans are busy attacking, but that they have so much mobility to go with it. Do I have a suggested fix for it? Not really.
The Soviet command nerf is big. It will cause the Russians to either overload commands or have more poorer commanders in the line. In addition, the Russian "superstar" commanders will have fewer troops under their command and that will absolutely make a huge difference.
With the front being more inactive, it will give the Russians a chance to come up with more defense in depth as they will be able to get more fortifications into the field during the downtime and still build up to full AP's. In addition, the Russians will have more time to deploy new troops and get them better trained by the time the big fighting starts. While Flav makes a good point about the overall limit to the size of the Russian army, the Russians will have more time to recover from a disasterous 1941 and also make good their losses during the winter.
I have to say the patches and the constant massive changes they are triggering in the game have turned me off to the game to a point. I don't have any active games going at this time and I won't be starting one under this patch either, although I will be watching AAR's, etc to see how things go. One of the biggest turnoffs for me in this game has been the fact that it is either WW1 style or one side or the other gets the track shoes on and both armies spend far more time running than fighting.
< Message edited by Klydon -- 2/3/2012 10:17:09 PM >