ORIGINAL: Otto von Blotto
Following the FOW comments above I would add my 2 cents as follows:
1. I fully buy into the argument that the computer can be used to improve on areas that a board game cannot achieve and at some point in the distant future, maybe a FOW option could be introduced.
2. However, I do not think this is particularly necessary for two reasons:
a) The game aims to be a faithful reproduction of World in Flames the board game. There is no FOW in the board game and the board game is brilliant - so it’s not necessary here. Far more important would be ironing out bugs, getting netplay stable, producing an AI and writing the optional rules that it is intended to introduce. That is more than enough to be getting on with.
b) Secondly, at the strategic level, I am not sure FOW is really that important. What, at the strategic level was really unknown in WWII? Just two examples:
i) Stalin new full well about the German build-up in the East prior to Barbarossa. You cannot hide 3,000,000 men, their tanks, vehicles, aircraft etc.
ii) D-Day – there was no FOW in play here at the MWIF level. The Germans new an invasion would come – it was where the blow would fall that was the issue. With the North Sea sea box that does not alter; there will be a huge build-up of troops and aircraft in the UK. Where they land is something else.
Peal Harbour, Ardennes twice. ? ok maybe more operational rather than strategic.
Yes exactly - its separating the operational and the strategic. E.g Pearl Harbor. The Americans knew full well of the existence of the Kido Butai. Conspiracy theorists aside, they did not know where and when the Japanese would strike.
In MWIF, the American player knows full well the existence of the Kido Butai - he can see it right there on the map. But he doesn't know when/if the Japanese will declare war, he doesn't know what the initial targets will be if the Japanese do decide to attack the US first.
With the Ardennes, again the scale and turn length are the key factors here. The Germans can quite easily line up their forces in the west without specifically telegraphing where the main thrust will fall, be it through Belgium, over the Maginot Line or through southern Belgium between Reims and Metz.
Edit: Spelling and additional example re Ardennes.
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