ORIGINAL: Michael T
The problem is merely hindsight.
Even historically there is an opening to hit the west before the end of the year. It is, of course, open to debate how ready the Wehrmacht was for that. Hitler thought so, others did not.
So, regardless of whether or not they were actually historically ready is irrelevant to the fact that in GAMING TERMS the player needs the same sort of options as their historical counterparts.
This is how you deal with hindsight--at least to some degree. Sometimes you need things to be just slightly ahistorical in order to provide the threat or emotion of the event. Sealion is a great example. Naturally, most of think--due to hindsight--that Sealion is folly. But it was considered--again the seriousness of the consideration is irrelevant because most importantly is that both sides thought it was at least possible.
So in a game, these options need to be at least possible (the difficultly of course is another issue).
As far as specifically to this case of the railroad, I suspect players are flying--rather than railing--their air units. That's fine. Pay in oil. You'll feel that later. But it does have the side effect of getting perhaps a little bit more combat power over there than was historical.
They'll likely also be conducting more air missions in bad weather. Huge waste. That's fine. Pay in oil. You'll feel that later.
I rail my air and land. By mid Nov I feel like I have enough combat power to start a limited western campaign but am usually hit by weather so I haven't tried yet. I also like to hit more with a punch than dragging campaigns out (something I think Warplan rewards via it's supply and readiness system).
Also, what do those early campaigns look like?
If that had happened historically, I doubt the campaign would have looked anything like what it actually did. My bet would be more of a Schlieffin Plan with a heavy infantry right wing smashing Belgium (probably leave Netherlands alone) but getting stopped by weather. The campaign picking up again in the spring with a panzer dive straight to Paris. So France falling early to mid spring. In my opinion Allied air power would have performed much better in this scenario as well.
What are the players seeing?
Also, if they are getting this kind of prolonged campaign, how much oil are they spending with a prolonged--and likely very intense--air campaign?
Maybe that's the trade off. I guess it depends on what their campaigns look like.
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