Hi folks, I`m back (sort of)!
1. I`m not Fafnir; surprisingly enough I could keep my nick through all the different forums, so I was Sugar at Battlefront as well. Fafnir`s name at Battlefront was Ultim@gno, and at the german Panzerliga it was Isnogud iirc (the notorious Terif and our Amadeus were also part of the Panzerliga, but not me). I began to play PbEMs in SC not before Breakthrough came out; there were just 2 opponents I couldn`t ever manage to beat in more than 150 games, Fafnir was and still is one of them.
2. That`s why I quitted playing the tourney. Fafnir is undoubtly the best, since he also has beaten the other player I couldn`t beat in the Battlefront tourney in both games on either side.
3. To topic: the assumption is wrong. The only reason allied units are dissolved in Algeria and Vichy is: they were placed there. If they weren`t, they wouldn`t be dissolved, no matter the decision of the Axis player. If you want to anticipate a possible "All of France" move, simply wait until it comes into play, and don`t complain otherwise.
The reason why it became a viable option is a strategic necessity for the Axis: if they can`t get Spain through diplo anymore like it is after the latest "updates", they`ll have to get to Gibraltar (and get Spain) otherwise. Taking Vichy and then DoWing Tunesia and Algeria isn´t an option as well, because it probably moves Spain further to the Allies.
But that`s not even near the whole story: the Allies can ahistorically sink the RM in port, and with the newly supply rules North Africa can simply be blocked from any supply.
The obvious work around is to take all of France. And that`s why I stopped playing PbEMs.
All the mentioned changes were completely unforced; the whole community agreed the game to be perfectly balanced in V 1.05. The reason can be seen here, all the comments are one-sided without even questioning the assumption.
Even veteran players don`t understand the supply rules anymore, not to speak of newbies; with following assumptions also misleading:
(AAR from an ongoing game of 2 SC-veterans) https://www.si-games.com/forum/showthread.php?t=30309&page=8
I`m back to Breakthrough SoE. Sad to say but it`s the better game right now, especially considering the things that were possible back then: Germany can field 10 tanks and 6 tac. bombers; there aren`t whole armies of heavy tanks and no med. bombers, with the right balance between tanks and bombers unlike now; and russian inf. doesn`t need to develop Inf. lvl 3 to compete.
Encirclements are possible! With one more action point to all units on a smaller map they are mandatory and effective. In WiE the mechanics had to be changed to do any damage to entrapped units, resulting in the fatal changes to the supply rules, instead of enabling units to reach the back of enemy lines like in SoE. Beside the ruined supply rules, the opportunity to comprehend operational manouevre warfare once attracted me to SoE and SC. Now HQs and their units are bound to cities and towns, with the distance between them not even reachable in one turn without costly motorization. That`s cabinet wars, not Panzer raids.
Many greetings and good luck to all of you, I`m out again.