From: Madrid, Spain
I'm used to playing with the Mwif ruleset over the last few years and I thought it was based on Raw 7. Evidently not from what you indicate above.
It is pretty easy in MWiF to send a few French cruisers into the Baltic on impulse 2 of turn 1, I've done it several times. Sure they eventually die, but if you do it right they can be a major pain for a couple turns forcing the Germans to react to you. You can't do that at all now unless the allies control Copenhagen. Also I've been able to move German subs into BoB thru the channel. I've done it as has my opponent.
Maybe I didn't explaim myself well, I meant you couldn't do it except in the only case that you mention, to do it in impulse 2 (1st allied impulse). Afterwards GE takes Copenhagen and it cannot be done. Unless you need to wait for another later impulse if you have very very bad luck with weather.
However, as you say, once there there is no retreat, which means after a maximum of 3 turns, with decreasing convoy finding opportunities they are dead. I find much more useful to save these escorts for FF on escort operations, with their own actions, where they can be much more help.
Of course the GE use to send a couple of rusty BB to escort them when they have a naval move free.
As far as those new militias..yep, they are reserve units and they are present even in many of the minor countries now. Poland gets 2, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, and Norway each get 1 just to name a few.
I know there are a number of reserves, including Minors, but you mentioned DK gets now a Militia in Copenhague, but didn't specify it was a reserve, that's why I asked because in our last game with WIF CE. me playing GE(and in this one with CW) that militia we didn't deploy. It seemed it was not a Reserve. Maybe we got it wrong, couldn't tell, because I don't own a WIF CE, we were playing with a friend's and he is on holiday so I cannot check.
MWIF follows RAW7 except for specific changes that Steve chose because of playabiity. I can not see why he should have changed the transit to BoB so it would look like a bug.
As for Italy, as I mentioned there are NO Italian Major ports in the western Med nor Eastern med. There are a couple minor ports in Sicily, one in each of those sea zones that could be used but they are easily bombed from Malta.
Well, there are for sure major ports in Eastern Med and I guess in Western Med; again I don't have a map here to check it but it seems to me very difficult to believe that Genoa and La Specia are no longer Major ports. And I played GE + IT some months ago and didn't notice that. Maybe somebody can confirm?
As for other ports, there is Corsica, which is not so easy to bomb from Malta, and anyway, for the earlier turns the Navs are lowly many times in range, the others in power, so in case they reach they will only abort a sub pack in most cases.
The German player can now select a naval and a land action using a few offensive points and move all of his subs to sea without impacting his plans on land. Being able to buy 5 offensive points at a time rather than 15 in the old chit type no longer breaks the bank either. All kinds of new possibilities with this new system.
Yeah, but as I tried to prove with my calculations, even with the cheap price of the subs you may lose more build points than you sink. Besides, every sub sunk means paying BPO to rebuild if you decide to, and 1 year of time, while Conv are gotten for free with FF, NE, DK, BE, GR, YU ... invasions, plus the arrival of the spare US ones.
In this circumstances to spend 1 more BP each time you want to move your subs or start a search makes it even less rewarding. Less point to have subs if it needs to be this way. Remeber that 3 BP equal to a INF corps and 2 to a GARR or MIL, and the early turns production is like 10 BP or less for GE. 1, 2, 3 BPs spent in this, is a lot.
The USA - IT trade doesn't spend so many, and it's half and half of a 4? seas of 3 conv. Besides, it usually lasts less than a year, sometimes only a couple of turns, depending on IT declaration of war on CW, FR or both, or stayng neutral.
< Message edited by Joseignacio -- 8/22/2018 9:45:35 AM >