From: San Diego (Lives in Indianapolis)
I mean, why not just make this a North Atlantic game (or full Atlantic) a la Great Naval Battles? I would use an Atlantic map, including the Baltic and the French coasts. You could make the land units static and build in (if it is possible) VP based on the amount of supply that reaches Europe from Capetown and the Eastern US.
If you really wanted you could build in base changes by script, OR try and model some (or all, but it would be hard,) land combat. In the first case you could assume a German invasion of Norway and have ships that need to be withdrawn on both sides for the operation, with return dates that reflect the damage they would take and repair times.
I say this because:
1. I actually think this is a good idea that captures what you are trying to do
2. What people are really going to care about here is the naval war (or at least I would)
3. You could include the Royal Navy
4. It would be a realistic depiction of how the corresponding fleets would have been actually used during the war. The French and Royal Navy need to try to enforce a blockade AND protect shipping all across the Atlantic, and the Germans have a much more powerful surface fleet, but cannot win in a general fleet engagement. So instead they must use their ships wisely, strike when they can, and commerce raid, commerce raid, commerce raid.
All that said, while a game based on this would be extremely interesting to me, I wonder if air detection and surface interdiction based on air detection works too well in the game, and thus wouldn't really simulate the Germans ability to slip ships past the Allied blockade.
But if you were really being bold you could run a scenario with an active United States where the Germans have captured part of the French fleet and put these ships into service for the Kriegsmarine. You could even assume a partially successful Sealion where a small part of the Royal Navy is taken by the Germans (all for balance of course), and the convoys are heading to Allied controlled Scotland (Glasgow/Edinburgh).
Either way, you could include the American Montanas and really give people a go with a "what-if-planned big gun ships were built and important in the European theatre."
< Message edited by Revthought -- 4/25/2017 5:15:07 PM >
Playing at war is a far better vocation than making people fight in them.