From: Halifax, Canada
funny it took me this long to clue in about the upgrading! it's a shame then that i can't do anything about the upgrade cheating, but oh well - both sides have equal advantage in that one. so, i guess we have a new problem - if i upgrade the Pz-38(t)f to marder III, i guess that screws up the auto equip upgrades for the tank Bn's!
i was looking at the locked aircraft slots and i think the ju-87b has a locked slot too as you may not manually upgrade to the ju-87d with it.
the extra russian population comes from experience/experimenting playing russia - once i took out stalin and replace him first turn with zhukov to see what happens, and it wasn't until november in the game that i noticed i never got any new reinforcements, so i was going to play the rest of the game (against someone else) with only the units i had on 6/22/41! so through conservative defense i lost only 70-75,000 troops by dec 1st 1941, and by the time spring '42 rolled around i lost mabe 90-95,000 squads, all my units were pretty much at 90%, and i had 7,000 squads in the pool. when germany started attacking in may '42 it took 3 weeks for the pool to be back to '0' squads and my army was getting chewed to pieces since i didn't have enough units for any defence in depth. through experimenting i found that i lost 150 reinforcement units, 100 of which were new inf divisions and mabe 15% were already full of squads. of coarse there's no way all the divisions should be near full at any time, but even adding 150 population to the soviet side is not going to change anything for the soviets in '41 or '42 - germany has it's way with the defending soviets and no extra population is going to change much. i am going to give the soviets an extra 150 population - 100 on sevastopol and an extra 50 on moscow for 100 there, just to increase the value of those 2 cities and give germany the opportunity to knock off the extra population. but in the end what this accomplishes is that the new reinforcements can at least fill up with squads once, then after that moscow and likely sevastopol will fall so the soviets will be back to normal and will have to sink or swim on their losses. in my readme i have the part on the bottom showing how the soviets have less experience than originally and entreanchment is much less effective and harder to get compared to the original WiR, but no population #'s have ever changed and the soviets are the ones that got hurt the most by these rules since they are the ones on the defensive for 2 years!
pretty longwinded, and there is the possibilty i'm wrong, but i'm positive this will improve playbalance for PBEM. mabe i'll give germany an extra 25 too, to be fair...
so, should there be an 'axis bombers' and 'italian bombers' as well, or did only the italians build bombers?
< Message edited by Flanker Leader -- 9/18/2004 7:09:20 PM >