The system of prestige points is really a good idea but it is too manichean.
For example, you play with German and Uranus and Stalingrad must be held until January 20 1943 and you earn 16 prestige points if you are successful.
Now, there are two types of behavior of German player.
The first does not care about orders and decides to withdraw the 6th Army before it is too late.
He lose Stalingrad in november 42 and lose 16 prestige points.
The other tries to follow the order and is fighting to keep the 6th Army at Stalingrad.
He managed to keep it until december 24 but ended up losing anyway the city: so in the current game, he immediately loses 16 prestige points.
From this perspective, the game is not fair with the second player because he kept the city much longer.
So I think he should be rewarded because he tried to follow orders.
A linear and very simpler system of reward can be imagined.
I continue with the same example.
18 november 42: 16 prestige points if Stalingrad still german the january 20 1943.
So, if german player loses Stalingrad the november 18, he loses 16 prestige points.
If he loses Stalingrad the november 20, he loses 15 prestige points.
The 22, 14 prestige points.
The 24, 13 prestige points.
And so on.
The december 20 1942, the counter is at 0.
If he loses the city at this moment, he doesn't earn or lose any prestige points.
But from the december 22, he begins to be able to earn points: 1 point if he loses Stalingrad this day.
The 24, 2 prestige points if he loses Stalingrad this day.
The 26, 3 prestige points if he loses Stalingrad this day.
And so on until january 20 where he earns 16 points if Stalingrad is still in german hands.
That's an example.
The same can be used for orders to capture some places.
You have to take Rostov the july 20 1942 in order to gain 8 pts.
If you have taken Rostov this day or before, very good, you earn 8 pts.
But if you take it the july 22, you earn 6 pts only.
If you take it the july 24, you earn 4 pts and so on until the july 28 where you don't earn or lose anything.
Now, if you take the town the july 30, you lose 2 pts.
But if you take it the august 2, you lose 4 pts.
If you take it the august 4, you lose 6 pts but if you fail to take it this day, you lose definitively 8 prestige points.
The game should show us each day the changing valor of prestige points associated to a town.
< Message edited by rominet -- 8/11/2012 9:05:45 AM >