From: Phoenix, AZ
I probably shouldn't be even touching this issue, I might get sucked into something I don't wish to invite.
But why should rarity not be ruthlessly inforced?
In ASL, a tank bought in 1939, will not be the same cost necessarily when bought in 41, or 45 assuming it was even in use in all those years. Because they were NOT worth the same in differing years in some cases.
Of course, PBEM likely only demonstrates the same weakness you find in ASL's DYO system. A scenario not pre play tested has no reason to be expected to be play balanced period end of story.
I categorically refuse to play ASL via DYO (design your own) simply for that reason. Total waste of time.
To my knowledge, PBEM Steel Panthers is essentially playing Battle mode correct?
No better than an ASL DYO game though. Unplay tested, hence likely grossly unbalanced hence likely a waste of time.
Which probably explains why no one has been playing me online eh.
I would likely only want to play a human opponent a game of Steel Panthers if they were to select a scenario that was actually conciously and deliberately designed to be sensible credible, historical, and tested.
I actually would rather the prices be ruthlessly historical, ruthlessly rarity relevant, and if this kicks PBEM in the crotch, well I guess that would be what I would do to it.
Considering all the effort going into the game to make it "accurate" ie "realistic", making concessions to purchasing just so 4 tanks on my side equals 4 tanks on your side, seems to make a lot of the other work a pointless waste ot time.
Might as well just make all the tanks the same tank. Small ones, medium ones and big ones.
Les, I think you'd make a good Communist since you have clear ideas about what is best for everyone's gaming enjoyment.
As for make all the tanks the same; that is clearly NOT what performance pricing is about. You are implying that all tanks should be 50, 100 or 200 pts. PBEM players don't care how many different tanks there are (the more the better actually) as long as 1000 pts against 1000 pts is an equal battle.
It really isn't a difficult concept to grasp and anyone that tries to impose their desire for historical accuracy in force selection over game play is just not "getting it."
Everyone is a potential [PBEM] enemy, every place a potential [PBEM] battlefield. --Zensunni Wisdom