I saw some comments on the other current D21 thread and it said had to help the PO sometimes
Hello, I hope you don't mind me chiming in here, since I am helping Elmer in D21. Just wanted to note reasons why.
This is not a "dig" at the creators of the scene, only my meager observations. I don't know how the PO works "under the hood".
When I "took over" the Soviets at turn 40 or so, to bolster the defenses of Leningrad and Kharkov, I was having problems w/ my system. Changing to Win7 compatibility (and turning "New Turn Rules" OFF) seems to have cured whatever was crashing the game on my system.
When I did look at Elmer's results up to then, I (as a stickler for formation and strategy) found that there were some things I would have done differently as a Soviet player. Don't get me wrong, Elmer was a challenge for me (but I'm just a Patzer ...)
Two things stood out, though: (1) Elmer seemed to have spent a lot of rail points moving up flak and engineers from the Far East .... whereas I would have chosen to focus on getting the infantry and armor up first, and, (2) Elmer seemed to "boondoggle" the formations to a certain extent, that is, he sent formations to positions that were not as "tight" as I would have liked to see them.
For example, I have spent much of the last Soviet move "re-forming" the 29th, 30th, and 31st Soviet Armys, so that they are in better communication and supply w/ their HQ and each other.
Don't get me wrong, Elmer is a fair opponent ... but, he is not human, and as a result does not have that "human quality" that makes a fleshly opponent so much more challenging and unpredictable.
I hope this helps! It is a fun scenario, please don't let my comments dissuade you from trying it!