Shannon V. OKeets
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Are Leaders\Commanders modeled at all in the game?
It's an optional rule that MWIF doesn't presently support.
As written the presence of a Leader counter gives a stack of units additional capabilities beyond what they would normally have. I forget all the particulars, but from a programming point of view it struck me to be a nightmare. Numerous rules could be violated because there was a leader counter present. That means the code for all those rules would need additional checks to see if leaders were present, and if the player controlling the leader wanted to make use of it capabilities (or not).
There are 102 different 'abilities' and each of the 50+ leader counters has its own set. Abilities affect an enormous number of rules: being able to ignore ZOC, being able to advance an extra hex on a 'breakthrough' (3 instead of 2), improving the defensive strength of units within range (e.g., 3 hexes) that are defending behind a river, when a corps sized loss is taken within range of a leader, a replacement militia or garrison unit can immediately appear at a friendly factory within range of the leader, ...
As I said, there are 102 of these, each creating more code throughout the game, primarily in the movement and combat phases.
Perfection is an elusive goal.