ORIGINAL: Shannon V. OKeets
Will you get a list or reply or something of your opponents moves? Because of the pan and scan way of looking at the map, I can see missing something important like a para trooper and a longrange ATR or a marine division moved somewhere on a cruiser.
I am not sure how to handle that.
There are conflicting demands on what appears on a player's screen: (1) he might want to see what his opponent sees, or (2) he might want to be examining something else and not be interrupted. There is also the problem of when several people are making moves on the opposing side, which major power's move do you see?
My original intent was to enable a 'replay' of moves, but that feature has been moved onto the ever-growing wish list for the future.
Anything that creates a land combat isn't going to be missed since there is the decision about notional units which precedes other possible responses by the non-phasing side (e.g., shore bombardment and ground support). Also, all impending land combats are indicated graphically.
But as for your opponent sneaking units around by sea, I have no ready solution.
Vassal has a preference setting that is "Center on Opponent's moves?". If turned on, then the map moves to where the opponent is doing something. It does not constantly re-center (that would be annoying), but only shifts and centers on it if what he does is off-screen.
Personally I leave that setting off because it seems to drag me off somewhere right when I'm concentrating or examining part of the map and would rather not be interrupted. I think the only fix for this is to take some time to look over the board before your own next move.
Also sitting and watching every single move of your opponent can get quite boring quite quickly, especially if they can't make up their mind for awhile and are using the "undo" function a lot. At least with MWiF you won't have to worry about them forgetting a weather zone is mud and making a bunch of moves off-screen that are illegal.
< Message edited by paulderynck -- 3/27/2012 6:44:52 AM >