Shannon V. OKeets
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
ORIGINAL: Peeking Duck?
Is there a way to share set up files or something? Possibly someone has a very vanilla yet somewhat standard set up for the scenarios that can be shared?
A new game of WIF includes drawing a lot of random units (e.g., most of the land and all of the air units). That makes it impossible to have a "standard setup" since the units may be different.
However, some of the units are always the same (assuming you are using a given set of optional rules). For instance, the convoy counters are generic, and you always get the same number of those. And all the naval units which have names are also either included/excluded depending on the scenario specifications/rules.
So what MWIF does is permit players to have what is called a "Saved Setup", but it only applies to the units that are NOT randomly selected. A button on the Setup Tray lets you restore a Saved Setup. Selecting one of those (they are named for the different major powers) will set up all the non-random units on the map, according to the wisdom of some experienced player (a beta tester).
However, even if you use a saved setup, you will still need to decide about and place the air and land units on the map.
Alternatively, you can use a Fast Start saved game. Saved games store all the unit locations, so when a saved game is restored, all the units are placed on the map. But note that the units will not have been randomly selected, and the optional rules will be whatever the person who created the saved game decided on.
The choice is up to you:
1 - choose the optional rules and get a fresh group of randomly selected units, then use a Saved Setup to place roughly half the units on the map (the navy) and then place the rest on the map yourself,
2 - use a Fast Start Saved Game.
Perfection is an elusive goal.