Sillyflower, I have to agree. I'm not at the upper levels of play, like Pelton or Michaelt. I know exactly what Iím doing up to turn 4. After that, I find myself bogged down waiting for rails. I use every trick I can with the rail lines, running two lines off a junction during the same turn, etc. But the supply just isnít there, especially in the south. I limit ground support for level bomber air transport, etc. I donít know what else to do.
In my two games against good players, Iím finding that I canít hasty attack against large hedgehog stacks, because the limit of one hex for a hasty attack, makes this type of attack too risky. I tried using panzers to isolate the hedgehogs, but didnít have enough fuel to do enough damage. Against defense in depth, hasty attacks have a higher chance of success but the second and third lines of defense are usually all in reserve mode which makes that a bit risky also. Carpet defense like these, and because reserve mode might be a bit too powerful, forces the Germans into making sure their panzers are fully stocked. Itís their only real weapon. So, Iím open to suggestions!
This is fundamentally the problem. The Germans are not forgiving and if you donít smash the red army or do enough damage to soviet production, the Germans are facing a huge red army in 42, an even bigger carpet defense, with the reserve layers of the defense all in reserve mode, and itís effectively game over. Thatís why there arenít enough German players. I must have received 15 PMs for my opponent wanted post. That shouldnít be happening.
So this entire discussion needs to move up a notch for WITE 2. The entire game needs to slow down and become a bit more forgiving for the Germans. Itís way too extreme right now, forcing extreme measures from the Germans and perfect play to overcome. Certainly fuel/supply are part of the discussion, but so is reducing Soviet production and APs. This includes Leningrad being too easy, LVOV pocket, blizzard affects overblown, etc. . This game needs to become less extreme on both sides.
< Message edited by vicberg -- 3/30/2012 3:06:43 PM >