From: St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Those aren't exploits . The rowboat corps is unpredictable at best. Flying a Mavis or three to a dot base, landing a 10-30 paratroopers for a day (keep in mind each point of AV is one SQUAD, not one MAN), and making sure the island is "secure" - as in no enemy presence, and now the game sees it as yours so your enemy has to do the same thing if they want to be sure you aren't using it as a base or staging area... that's all entirely realistic and doesn't taste at all like goat or duck or pheasant.
For myself, I've tended to use PBs or APDs with SNLF units, but it takes longer and burns fuel.
For example, here's Baker Island, which isn't even a dot base in the game. It's about 1.5km long and has 4.8km of coastline. One squad of 12 men could walk the entire island in a couple of hours. Most dot base islands are of similarly small size. Saying that you couldn't secure such a small piece of real estate (especially unoccupied real estate), in this game's terms of control, in a day is ridiculous.
Good example for that side of the argument.
But I was thinking more of the unoccupied bases in western OZ that are really towns with a populous that couldn't hope to be controlled by a squad.
Same is true for many unoccupied bases in India.
Yes I was using a bit of extreme hyperbole with the "4 soldiers" comment.
Personally, I play the AI and don't have to worry about ticking off an opponent who might garner the impression I am being gamey in my play.
I don't as a matter of practice do things with fragments of units unless they become fragmented naturally.
Wasn't condemning from a high horse seat of 'holier than thou'...was simply pointing out what opinions I have seen expressed here before.
< Message edited by HansBolter -- 10/8/2015 9:16:45 PM >