Whats the difference between the standard 1861 campaign and the 1861 balanced economy campaign btw?
You're asking about the two July scenarios? The one that isn't "balanced" -- a term that actually refers to less of an economic gap between the two sides, but not actual equality -- is like November's "Southern Steel" scenario, in that the North is given much greater economic advantage over the South. The OOB's are the same, though.
We've written this in the forum many times, but since there are quite a few new players around these days it's worth my pointing out that both the balanced and imbalanced scenarios are historically accurate in terms of the economic numbers we used to create them, but that in the balanced scenarios whenever these numbers are uncertain we went with the estimates that favor the South and disfavor the North, while for the imbalanced scenarios we did the opposite. When the game was first released there were some people complaining that the North's economy wasn't strong enough, so we added "Southern Steel" and the imbalanced July scenario. We had originally gone with the more balanced approach simply to make the game playable for both sides, but adding the imbalanced scenarios was a good decision, since it makes for a much greater challenge when playing the South.
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