Diplo action allways forces the opponent to counter, therefore it`s just a question of time you`ll have to invest. Being the first to invest is better in every case. That`s not a gamble, it`s inevitable. As Axis player I wouldn`t invest in SU or US diplo, but if I`m forced to do, well, that's fine, even if it leads to a forced rush all the way to Casablanca. My counter would prevent the SU from joining too soon, providing the needed timeframe, if my few diplo investments into Spain don`t fire.
I don`t know about the balancing without the opportunity to get Spain into the Axis, I always did, and I was able to win in early autumn of 42 mostly. That`s a little early imho, if not to say unbalanced, and so far most of my opponents agreed.
The strategical meaning of Cairo is a matter of fact in the european theatre, I highly appreciate this is reflected in a strategy game.
quote: Gladly I`m at an age not to care any longer listening to "what the cool kids do". I guess winning is cool, and I bet most of the players would agree, even more, if it happens in a well balanced game.
'39 Blitz, buddy. That's what the cool kids do.