I don't want to involve too much in the discussion as I'm not an expert player. But the viewpoint of an intermediate player can provide some insights in the discussion, since the game is not directed only toward expert players.
I've played 15 games so far, always as the soviet. On these games, only 1 has gone toward 1942 (the current one vs bitburger). In all other games except one, the german player resigned because he wasn't able to advance sufficiently. On several occasions, the German player stopped on turn 2 to 5, very early. If he sees that he does not destroy the soviet southfront, he often stops the game (while if we talk about history, south front was very difficult for Germany, and that was only the coming forces from the AGC that helped to advance)
I do play forward defense, and it was very difficult for every beginner to intermediate player to advance toward rising russian troops if they do not destroy many of them early. In the remaining game, it's me that did not respond to the first german turn. It was Bendeer who played it, and before having the possibility to move a single unit, the whole russian army was trapped on turn 1. There was no point to spend hundred of hours moving the soviet units knowing that without troops, you can't play.
So what I can see is that the game is very german oriented for top players, but playing the german is very very difficult for other players. A single look at the "Opponent wanted" section shows that the majority of them request a german opponent. And no russian player can tell that playing the soviet the first summer is particularly exciting.
Then a change in the rules of the game should only change small "exploits" (or gamey things or any name you want), that allows some players to make a super extended Lvov pocket, to optimize supply toward mobile units just by changing the HQ, to concentrate rail repair, to use Ports without restrictions and so on, while at the same time, not rising the difficulty for the 95% of german players remaining.
< Message edited by mouse707 -- 9/13/2018 2:50:25 PM >