the tech thing is still the bigger riddle for me
What happened is: the Allies had breakthroughs in Int. 1 + 2 at first, but the Axis in Int.3. That`s why his research especially with Russia was so fast. I reached tanks and fighters lvl. 5 at first, but that`s been too late to turn the tide. Russian Inf. at lvl 3 is ridiculously strong, the effort to destroy one of those ultracheap units is immense.
That itself wouldn't be decisive nevertheless, but not getting Spain, allthough already at 70% leaning very quickly, and therefore not being able to close the Med. overstretched my possibilties. It`s nearly impossible to conquer Casablanca against a capable opponent and allied sea superiority.
My air superiority has also been of limited use, he used his strat. bombers even without escorts, often being able to avoid damage, but dealing heavy damage to fighters who sadly lack this same ability. Imho too many decisive actions are depending on luck, and with the overall diminished attack values, also the randomisation of combat dices are increasingly annoying, turning a 0:1 prediction into a 1:0. This has been critizised through all the series, and in fact has been the reason I don`t play BreakthroughWW1 anymore in PbEM. Results simply shouldn´t differ more than 1 point from the prediction. We played more than half a year without randomization, and nobody complained.
But to make it clear: even if I had been a little luckier, stays the fact Fafnir is the better player. I couldn't name any area I'd prevail, neither tactical or strategical. I also refuse to read scripts (this is really ridiculous, either describe possible outcomes exactly in the manual, or leave it at all. I'd prefer the latter.), and try to avoid naval combat whereever I can. The latter is the worst part of the game ever since, and the reason is the lack of spotting opportunities. Ships can`t, and 2 mar. bombers are to few to scout and attack in the same turn. This is nevertheless not reflecting balancing, the Allies have their own issues, especially regarding Seelöwe.
Haven`t said that, SC3 is by far the best WW2 grand strategy game I know. It has also hugely improved compared to the predecessor, and it's been worth every single penny.