From: Beloit, USA
I just started playing it (against the computer opponent)....2 campaigns as allies, one as Axis.
First game (Allies, 1939)
I made lots of mistakes.
France fell, Germany immediately DOWed Vichy France, after that it went after Spain and Portugal - resulting in me losing Gibraltar.
I was slowly pushing the Axis out of North Africa when the USSR joined in May 1942 and after that, it became a slaughter.
Finland fell quickly, the Germans screwed up royally - their attempts to encircle red army troops repeatedly resulted in armored and mechanized units being cut off behind my lines.
After lots of mistakes, Germany capitulated in late 1943, followed by Italy in 1944.
Second game (Allies, 1939)
I send more British troops to France, resulting in France not falling.
As France did not fall, Italy and the Axis minors never joined the war.
So, in May 1942, the USSR entered the war with most of the German forces on the western front....the rest is history.
Third Game (Axis, 1939)
From the two allied games, I learnt that the USSR will be unstoppable in 1942.
So, I did a semi-historic game - conquering Poland, Denmark, Luxembourg, Belgium, The Netherlands and finally Paris, triggering Vichy and the Italian entry into the Axis.
I did NOT go for Norway and I let the Italian Ground troops fend for themselves in North Africa.
I started Barbarossa in late April 1941.
Leningrad fell in late 1941, Moscow in February 1942.
D-Day happened on July 2nd, 1943.
The Soviet Union capitulated on July 30th (after I finally got that hex on (241,75)).
After that, the allies were kicked out quickly (from France) and I am not sure if I will continue this game....there is no way that the allies will be able to do a successful D-Day.
And declaring war on Iraq (and maybe Turkey) in order to push through the middle east and into Egypt doesn't sound like fun.
Here are my suggestions for AI improvements:
- If the Soviets push into Finland, Germany should either move enough troops into Finland to stop the red army or evacuate it's troops - anything else results in the loss of whatever Germany sends to Finland
- The Axis AI should not try a "Mediterranean" strategy. If France falls, it should NOT go after Vichy and Spain, but prepare Barbarossa - otherwise, the Axis might take Gibraltar, but Stalin will take Berlin.
- When the USSR falls (or is close to falling), it would make sense for the British to send troops to Persia. Mountainous Terrain, only one line of communication for the Axis - it is a far better use of resources than trying to liberate France.
- The Soviet AI repeatedly left important cities unguarded.
I was able to take Sevastopol by simply moving am armored corps into it.
After the fall of Moscow, Stalingrad became the new capital - and it was left empty. Again, I was able to simply walk in.
Furthermore, I was repeatedly able to overrun multiple air units - overrunning air units was the norm, not the exception. .
USS Bullhead was commissioned in late 1944. It doesn't make sense that the US has a SS Grp named "Bullhead" in September 1939.
Just my $0.02