From: Republic of Texas
I agree its a good gimmick to catch someone off guard. It's not different than spamming low-level units in RTS games for an early rush. Not really all that interesting, and only works until people learn what you are about.
There is no question that its fair and a valid strategy - the game allows it.
I just don't think that it enhances the game or makes it more interesting to require massive cavalry buildup at the start of every game, just in case the other guy is pulling a "cavalry rush".
Vic is right though, they are expensive and very vulnerable to counterattack.
Hi Guys. I am almost certainly the guy that everyone is bitching about. :-)
I have been giving everyone a good look at the possibilities of maneuver warfare with cav being a big part of my maneuver groups.
Cav are not over powered. Sure, they hit hard, but they can't take a hit at all.
At the start of most games, almost every player that I have come across does the same thing.
Invest massively into production and then form a line and out produce the other guy. Yawn.
Several guys talk about cav being obselete by WW2, and ironically they treat this game as if they are stuck in WW1, form a line and artillery grind.
The game is fine just the way it is. If I have fighters, you guys don't complain that you have to build fighters. If I have cav, then you have to have cav. Just a fact of live, like rain and taxes.
Also, my aquaintences and myself have taken to squeezing the economy for a rush. If you choose to invest in infrastructure instead of a lot of cav and tanks at the start of the game, then you are probably going to loose a few cities in the rush. That is the fault of your decision, it is not because cav is hitting too hard. I have seen guys burn tons of fuel, bombing and straffing my cav and hunting them down with armored cars, and it thrills me. If they just build enough cav to hit back with, it would neutralize my own cav. Instead they piss away all of their oil and then I hit them with my tanks.
I will not build big armies that look like everyone elses just because that is what everyone else is doing.
I am just trying to add maneuvere and mobility to my style of play. If I had to sit and artillery grind every tile away from the enemy, I would quit playing this game and look for something else.
This game is perfect. Vic, please don't change a thing. I think they should name a holiday after you for what you did with this game.
Thanks and cheers.