From: the Netherlands
ORIGINAL: Joel Billings
First off, let me set the record straight. Pavel (Helpless) has never supported the Soviet Doctrine rule. I think Gary added it in when Pavel was busy with other things and Pavel never focused on it before release. Once it came up after release, he was always in favor of removing the rule. However, he acknowledged it had play balance implications and couldn't be removed without some thought and additional work on other parts of the game. Gary is the one that continues to feel that there were doctrinal differences that could justify a rule, but Pavel has argued that morale/experience/leader skill and OB accounts for doctrinal differences. Gary has conceded that the public dislike of the rule justified altering it, although without Pavel's arguments there's a greater chance it would have remained unchanged. We have come to a tentative agreement to remove the rule sometime after the first winter, and I expect the change will be in the game before the 1.05 goes public. It will have an impact, but the exact impact is as of yet unknown. Be careful for what you wish for.
Joel, you have an excellent test team, and an excellent crowd (although at times a bit loudmouthed) to playtest it into dust once it comes out.. It will sort itself in the end...
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