1) Determining supplies required. Say I want to keep my Manchuria garrison supplied. Where do I see the amount of supplies that all forces in Manchuria (Kwangtung Army) require? Do I need to get out a pen and paper and write down what each base in Manchuria requires and then add it all up? Should I use multiple ports or will one Hiroshima-Moppo convoy take care of it? How many supplies are being lost on the roads from Moppo to the inland forces? I read somewhere that you only need to send 1/3rd of the supplies required? How much more should I send for units that will be in combat? Does the "supplies required" number on the base screen take into account construction, damage, etc..? Or does it just represent what the current garrison requires?
2) Resources Where can I see how many resources are being produced in Sakhalin? Hokkaido or in the home islands? The total resources produced figures on the industrial screen are quite useless. They work for things like airframes and engines which magically appear in bases but not for resources and fuel that need to be in a certain location to have an effect. Do I need to get out a pen and paper and write down what all of the bases in those specific areas are producing and add them up? I have no idea how many ships I'm going to need in order to get the right amount of resources from the Empire to the Home Islands. Going through each base individually is not my idea of fun. Especially in 2015 and especially when a simple geographical sorting could make the whole thing much easier. What am I missing here? Oh and what does it mean when something is producing "20-400" resources/HI/LI, etc... A few well placed pop-ups or some very basic infographics would go miles in a game like this which makes their absence even more infuriating.
3) OOB Where is it? Right now I am going through individual HQs and hitting the "ground units" button to show all the ground units within that HQ. Do I really have to get out a pen and paper and write down what my OOB is? HoI had a nice little tool that I could click on and gave me a nice tiered menu showing who belongs to what all the way from regiment (X) to Command HQ (XXXXXX) in one screen. Where is that?
I feel like I understand the game (after weeks of research) but now that I'm ready to begin an actual turn the vast majority of my time is occupied with busy work. I can specify what altitude air groups can fly at (ridiculously unneccessary level of granularity, isn't that what the air group commander is for?) but I have no idea how many resources are being produced in China and what roads they are on or what port they are going to. I guess I put "stockpile resources" on Shanghai but I have absolutely no idea if this is going to collect all the resources in China in an efficient manner.
Does WITP tracker help? I want to play the game as it was designed and intended and am reticent to use a third party tool. But certainly the player wasn't intended to go through each base on the map one by one adding up numbers?
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE! I'm hoping that many of these problems are "turn 1" problems and that I just have to bite the bullet and get on with it but I honestly see the problem getting worse. I have no idea how many supplies a unit actually requires or how many resources are being produced in China. What happens when the OpTempo picks up and I've got to figure out what is in Borneo, Java, etc...? Do I need to get the pen and paper out again and go back to adding everything up by individual bases? Isn't that what computers are for? Heck, isn't it less realistic the way it currently is? I wonder if MacArthur ever asked his staff how many supplies were required by forces on the main Philippine Island and was told "Well sir, better get out there and start counting!"
edit: Oh, and one last question (kudos to you for reading this far and not hating me yet), do all aircraft require only 1 pilot (no co-pilots, navigators, gunners)? My DB/TB groups seem to have the same manpower requirements as my fighter groups.. and my level bomber groups for that matter. WAD?
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