From: Utlima Thule
I don't think it's gamey for the Allies to use a deliberate attrition strategy against the Luftwaffe. Flying every day, flying day and night, using Fighter Command as barrier CAP, this was much of the essence of the Combined Bomber Offensive.
I fully agree, its not gamey, its a perfectly valid strategy well based on the historical goals of the Allies in 1943.
Just I personally tend to the opposite of your framing. Yours is kill the Luftwaffe in 1943 so you have operational freedom in 1944 (I realise I vastly over-simplify here), mine is bomb stuff in 1943 and deal with the Luftwaffe in 1944.
I don't think either is right or wrong or definitive .
I will do a test - I make 2 AD SB on the same city - 1. AD day 1 and 2, I send a small force very few 2-3 bombers bad quality
day 3 I send my main attack on the second AD 75 bombers in a strike, if the luftwaffe burns all airmiles on day 1 and 2, I have done a very gamey thing
As Cary says, the AI will match off to your effort - it uses auto intercept most of the time. So you need to start with something that will encourage it to come and play (ie you take losses). Its not gamey, as you are not encouraging the AI to fly for nothing, it will only fly when you offer it something to engage with
< Message edited by loki100 -- 5/19/2020 7:47:50 AM >