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Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 1/31/2017 2:55:10 AM   
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I am back to do a second AAR. Fall Weiss II is finally near 100% completion and I am play testing its balance. My mod is designed for both PvP and for challenging play vs the AI. Many scripts have been re-written, and decision and accompanying notes cleaned up for clarity.

Major changes from the base game:

German Economy: I feel the Allies are fairly represented with their convoys as a major source of MPP but the economic war against Germany was very lacking with only Strategic Bombing (and to a lesser extent Nordic convoy intervention). To change this I have made Germany more dependent on imports from neutral nations - (Greece, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Vichy France, Turkey, Switzerland). I feel this changes the diplomatic environment in which a single diplomacy chit, or decision can make a large difference. I have also incorporated expansion of the Ruhr industry, and Axis oil shortages and MPP transfers between Axis Majors.

Role of Minor Neutrals: Besides the economic benefits (MPP, Convoys) I have incorporated more interactions with neutral nations, some of which include lend lease agreements and transfers of military equipment to strengthen neutrals as the war unfolds around them, rather then keeping the status quo from 1939 to 1945. With more supporting events to sway the leaning of neutral nations diplomacy chit effectiveness (not the % chance of a hit) has been slightly reduced.

New Majors: I have removed Poland and added Romania and Finland as Majors. Why Romania and Finland? The war in some sense is won and lost on the Eastern Front so these two nations were logical choices for me. Romania in WW2 committed more troops to the Eastern Front then all of Germany's other allies combined and splitting the nation from Germany also creates the challenge of managing different nations (and manpower/MPP) on this front. Finland on the other hand was a nation at war with only USSR, and due to belligerency can fight her war only against USSR if the Axis player chooses.

North Africa: I have shameless given the AI a boost on this front, and while perhaps a bit unhistorical it is refreshing to have the Axis pushed back to El Aghelia only to be rescued by the Afrika Korps.

Research: Research effectiveness progressively slows down after reaching Level 2.

New Decisions: Aside from the diplomatic/economic events I have also included new events to help aide in different strategies


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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 1/31/2017 3:00:01 AM   
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I am playing on the only settings I have tested thus far, I would recommended to play with these settings as it will be most balanced against the AI:






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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 1/31/2017 3:08:13 AM   
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Turn 1 to follow tomorrow...

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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 1/31/2017 2:05:11 PM   
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Why do you recommend this setting?
What does exactly change in your mod concerning the AI?

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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 1/31/2017 2:36:12 PM   
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Well generally I believe the +20% income is required to offset the MPP the AI wastes operating units so this actually just puts you and the AI on equal footing.
Some scripts only fire on expert difficulty such as AI units.
The +1 experience and AI spotting is generally to give the AI a better chance at winning a war at sea and also helps the AI defend in USSR or allow the German AI advance in the east.

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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 1/31/2017 10:37:30 PM   
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Hours before the invasion of Poland.

Here is a quick look at the diplomatic leanings of Europe. Some nations have altered diplomatic leanings from the default campaign.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 1/31/2017 10:46:42 PM   
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Preview of Romania




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 1/31/2017 10:50:16 PM   
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Preview of Finland




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 1/31/2017 11:00:12 PM   
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Invasion Of Poland

Polish retreats, coupled with some higher then expected damage to my Bombers has somewhat soured my initial thrust into Poland. With any luck Warsaw will fall on the falling turn irregardless.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 1/31/2017 11:04:10 PM   
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The Atlantic

The German U-boats and both of the Battle Cruisers slip into the Norwegian Sea, destined to raid in the Atlantic.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 1/31/2017 11:17:10 PM   
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Civil Aid To Spain

I intend to bring Spain firmly into the Axis camp. Given that Spain is reduced to only 10% Axis leaning to start the campaign this is an excellent opportunity to guarantee Spain to lean more towards the Axis. I select Yes to this decision.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 1/31/2017 11:23:22 PM   
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Relations With Switzerland

While there is no initial benefit to this decision, other then Switzerland leaning towards the Axis, however a Pro-Axis Switzerland is necessary for Germany to establish future trade agreements with not only Switzerland but also Portugal. For these reasons I select yes.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 1/31/2017 11:31:09 PM   
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Fall out

At the end of the turn while UK and France have declared war on Germany, some other nations have taken a less heavy handed approach. Portugal has protested the invasion, Turkey has aligned herself defensively with the USSR, while Saudi Arabia has severed all diplomatic relations with Germany.

A look at Turn 1 Income

German imports are coming a from number of neutral European Nations that are not effected by the Allied embargo forthcoming against Germany.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/1/2017 10:43:48 PM   
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Allied Turn

The UK has begun what will hopefully be a long and difficult struggle to restrict imports To Germany. Britain has seemingly meddled in German-Greek affairs and convinced Greece to severe her economic ties with the Germans. Meanwhile Canada has declared for the Allies, while also falling victim to the first Atlantic U-boat raids of the campaign.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/1/2017 11:15:03 PM   
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Fall of Poland

The Red Army has crossed the border into Poland and Germany has captured Warsaw. Both Germany and USSR have agreed to divide Poland as per the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. As the secret protocol is made public, the Turkish government has publicly expressed discontent with the pact.

Germany has invested in Infantry Weapons and Diplomacy (Spain) this turn.

Civil Aid To Spain

Italy has decided to follow suit alongside her German ally and provide further supplies to improve Spanish favor towards the Axis.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/1/2017 11:18:31 PM   
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Why did you choose to remove Poland from Majors?

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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/1/2017 11:20:11 PM   
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Relations With Greece

Greek relations have certainly deteriorated in September 1939, and this is an opportunity to help improve the relations. However given my goal of having Spain join the war conflicts with diplomatic investment required to try to persuade Greece to lean towards the Axis, thus I have declined to pursue improving German-Greek relations.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/1/2017 11:23:27 PM   
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Why did you choose to remove Poland from Majors?


I felt Poland contributed very little to the campaign given her 2 turn life span. I also find Romania is often underrepresented for their contributions on the Eastern Front (in all WW2 games). Finland I find an interesting choice given as the nation was only ever at war with USSR, and by receiving minor-Major status can do so.

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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/1/2017 11:41:55 PM   
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Ok, but what was the problem to let Poland as major?

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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/1/2017 11:53:47 PM   
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There was no "problem" I just felt it was an opportunity to replace Poland with a nation that can actually contribute to the game beyond Sep 15, 1939.

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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/2/2017 12:10:35 AM   
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You could simply add Romania and Finland as major, without remove Poland. Playing your mod (you know) I had a problem to conquer Poland because it never surrended (I had to eliminate the last unit before to see Poland surrended. just an unlucky event that can happen sometime), but it was strange to see Danzig (that in that specific situation was conquered by the polish) with the english flag on it instead of polish flag. It is not very accurate.

By the way did you think to add also Spain in majors group?

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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/2/2017 12:26:06 AM   
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Well there is a limit of 8 Majors for a campaign, the addition of a nation such as Spain would be difficult as there is no guarantee they would ever join the war. The limit of 8 is also another reason I had to remove Poland. I am still looking at a solution to have Poland surender upon the Axis capturing Warsaw that will also trigger the split of Poland. I tried adding a surrender script but then the Molotov Pact would not trigger. A solution is out there I just have to figure It out.

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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/2/2017 10:34:45 PM   
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Allied Turn

The UK has sent the B.E.F. to France to help bolster the shaken morale of the French troops who have witnessed Poland crushed in a matter of weeks.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/2/2017 10:39:38 PM   
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Sitzkrieg Begins

German forces begin their March from Poland towards the French border. With the extra MPP plundered from the Polish surrender Germany invests in Advanced Tanks, Industrial Technology, as well invests 2 additional diplomacy chits towards Spain, while the Italians invest in Infantry Weapons.

In North Africa the Italian 5th Army has begun marching from Tripoli to join the Italian 10th Army currently stationed at Tobruk.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/2/2017 10:55:27 PM   
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Sale of Naval Assets

I have decided to sell some Italian Naval assets under construction. While the ship (ETNA Light Cruiser) that would be launched to represent the ships holds a higher cost then the MPP we will receive, Italian MPPs are scarce and are much welcomed.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/2/2017 10:58:55 PM   
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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/2/2017 11:05:08 PM   
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The Allies hunt the Graf Spee

The Allies (now by decision) have begun to hunt the Graf Spee, and provide naval protection in the South Atlantic from Axis Raiders which assures the Graf Spee's demise in the South Atlantic.

Germany and USSR have also agreed to revise the border agreement of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, while the UK have also seized some Irish ports.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/2/2017 11:15:19 PM   
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Diplomacy

Another overview of the diplomatic situation in Europe. Due to recent events Switzerland and Ireland have moved from their neutral status towards Axis Leaning, while Portugal, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia have begun to lean slightly towards the Allies.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/2/2017 11:27:16 PM   
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Invest in Regia Aeronautica

The total cost of this decision (700 MPP) can seem like a slam dunk for Italy but really requires a much larger investment into Italian technology (Ground Attack Weaponry, Advanced Aircraft etc.) to actually make the air force effective. As mentioned earlier, Italian MPP are limited and I have also mentioned the North African theater is tougher vs the Allied AI.

The decision is here to support overall Italian strategy, similar to how the previous ETNA decision was added to support Naval strategy if this fits with the overall Italian strategy. As my Italian strategy will be to focus on Ground Forces I decide No to this decision.




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RE: Fall Weiss II V2.1- AAR (8 Majors) - 2/2/2017 11:45:28 PM   
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The Allies Strike In the Atlantic

The Deutschland Heavy Cruiser which was already in the Atlantic when the war began must have been spotted by Allied intelligence and was nearly sunk as a result. The Deutschland was not raiding and all alone in the middle of the Atlantic. I am not quite sure how many naval units attacked Deutschland and I highly doubt the Southampton Light Cruiser was able to inflict 9 damage. I will have to take my chances on which way to attempt to sail to safety to avoid being detected by one of the initial attackers and sunk in the process.

Near Norway I also see the Allies have begun raiding the convoy route and have cancelled over 75% of the income I would have received from the Norwegian convoy.




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