From: Alien spacecraft
You might not consider being a devloper as being God-like, but to we , your worshippers.... I would consider your view to be much more than informed, I'd consider you an authority! (And be forewarned! Now I know who to contact when I need an "informed" opinion! ). And again, thank you , both for your work on this game that means so much to us, and for your continued assistance!
Aww......warm fuzzy feelings.
Andre and I came up with rule. No large scale night bombing till 30 June 1943.After that no restrictions. Prior to that , no more than 24 planes , only bombing when moon is 50% or greater. Does that sound reasonable to you?
Yes. a number of players have similar rules. I know Joe wanted a tighter restriction because in some of our games we saw very metholodical destruction of assets (death by slow attrition) by even small numbers of planes (particularily B-17's with their large bomb loads). For example, daily NB visits to Rabaul would many times often hit the airfield enough to destroy a plane or two. By itself that wasn't much, but repeated night by night it added up and gave him coniptions.
As I hadn't been convinced that it was a problem (I am now) I'd argued that the RAF had been doing strategic night bombing since 1941 en masse , there was no reason they couldn't do it by 1943 in the IO. I also intended it to be Night strategic bombing (Although airfields are pretty easy to hit , so air fields could be hit). I had in mind Wellingtons, Liberators, B-24's and later B-29s. Andre and I try to be as "historically reasonable" (that is , not to do the same thing that was historically done, but what was reasonably historically possible). Would that fit in with what you would consider a reasonable house rule?
Yes, the RAF had been doing it actually since 1939-40 after it was deemed too costly to stage [unescorted] day raids. However the 39-41 period was one largely of learning the hard way and the attacks, against city sized targets, was largely ineffective. Tactical targets were out of the question. WitP makes tactical targeting of airfields, ports, anchored ships and LCU's (night or day) [basically anything coupled with a "Base"] far more easy than it was in RL in general. If you'd like a taste of this, read Fortress Against the Sun. Its very enlightening to see how and why the B-17's in the SRA were used and how effective they "thought" they were being bombing stationary targets, even in the daytime much less at night. In reality it was extremely difficult, variable in actual rsults (claiming was consistant) and exhausting to both men and machines.