From: Kinmel bay
Just o add something else to this debate, I really think that the Axis objectives really dont help with this. I'm afraid I'm not near the game now so dont remember the names, but I've had two objectives now that have forced me to cross the Don below Voronezh and sweep North Eastwards in force. I had just taken the first objective and decided to withdraw from it to a shorter line when I got the orders for the second one even further North East pushing towards Saratov. Now, I'm playing against the AI and although I dont want to replicate Case Blue I would still like to get a flavour of the actual campaign. So I will do the same again, take the obj and then withdraw to my defensive line I've already decided on.
The trouble is, it is a stage of the game (middle of August) when the Russians are at their weakest, if I was playing a human player would I really want to give up those objectives or would I be tempted to push on to the northern border and Saratov? Hmmm...
I definitely think some tinkering is needed around the edges of this. You cant really blame somebody in a human vs human game going for the north when there are a succession of objectives pointing them in that direction and by moving the forces needed back south may end up giving the Russian a valuable breathing space. If it was me, rather than bringing down more forces from Moscow fronts (which may unbalance the game the other way) I would just say have an arbitrary cut off line for where objectives will be on the northern edge of the map. Yes OKH and Hitler would get more ambitious, but surely this would still be within the confines of Case Blue, going for earlier objectives down south and also the area around Stalingrad.
I'll look fully at the may when I get home, but if you follow the Don on the east bank down from Voronezh there is a railway line that leads virtually directly to Stalingrad. Now that and a few hexes east of it say (to protect the supply route) does seem a reasonable area to have northern objective, I just dont reckon it should go much further north form that line.
If you still get human players taking the northern edge of the map then at least they will not be getting any prestige points for it and it owuld hopefully mean that they are missing out on points to the south.
Having said all that, it is only a minor point in the overall game (although I'm sure it could be come a major point in human vs human games), I'm still having an absolute blast at this game! My first ever PC strategy game campaign (excluding Panzer Corps), just reached the middle of August and am thoroughly addicted