From: Winnipeg, MB
Took the plunge and bought the game. Haven't tinkered with any mods yet, but configured the shortcut to include the performance-increasing switches. This game is massive! With WitE you could jump in and play pretty quickly and learn as you go, but this game seems like every aspect requires a deep dive from the player. I sort of love that.
Still trying to wrap my head around air units (haven't played for that long). As far as I can tell you set their mission and the units follow the orders to the best of their ability. Like, I can't just tell a squadron to attack a specific base, right? There's no way to set destination? Sorry about the painfully newbish question, I'm just excited to learn everything.
Of course you can target a base - after you set the mission type and altitude and range, it's right there in the top right of the squadron screen - select target. And if you have multiple bomber units to assign you can click on "set all units at this base" and they all get the same orders (but that does not pick up other aircraft of different type - a fighter bomber or dive bomber is not a level bomber type).
Ship targets in a TF are different - you cannot target them directly because they have the chance to move before the air phase of the turn. You set the bombers to Naval Attack and give them the range limit and altitude, and the bombers wait until there is detection of the enemy TF before launching. That normally means an afternoon attack or, if there is no detection or poor weather, no attack at all!
Most of us trying the Grand Campaign played several turns and realized that we made many mistakes while learning how the game works (controls and consequences of our settings) and how we could have done better. So we restarted and changed things and tried again - two or three more times!
The big thing is to save your first turn setup and never overwrite it (slot 003 or higher). You can restart using that turn instead of from scratch and just change the things you want to.
No matter how bad a situation is, you can always make it worse. - Chris Hadfield : An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth