Hi JudgeDredd and welcome to the game and the forums.
I agree with everything hugi said except his statement, "The most people play with the second mode. I thinks its faster and also nicer. You have more possibilities. The reason the boardgame has not this rules is the limitation of a physical boardgame vs. a computer game." While most people playing the PC game might use Persistent AP mode, I feel Classic AP mode (the board game version) is superior when it comes to tactics and strategy execution.
There reasons I stated in another thread on these forums so instead of rewriting them, here's my introduction on why I feel Classic AP is superior and then the link to the rest of my response. When my buds play the PC game with me, we use Classic AP mode. Definitely try both modes and realize Classic APs will take a little more digging/learning to get down but imo, the rewards are greater for doing so. Have fun!
"Classic AP mode versus Persistent AP mode is an interesting question. I know in the BoardGameGeek forum where they cover the board game (obviously), people are biased towards the Classic AP system as one would expect. Both have merits and I've played with both systems extensively. I feel at the end of the day , Classic AP is a more tactical system and rewards long term planning. You have to be thinking ahead and what you want to accomplish and then execute that plan. When something unforeseen happens, you have to decide the best way to deal with it and there are many, many options (most with pros and cons). With Persistent AP mode, you really don't have to deal with this since it has absolute flexibility and there is rarely if any, repercussions to switching on and off units."
More at: http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/fb.asp?m=3237156
< Message edited by VR_IronFist -- 1/30/2013 11:29:56 PM >