Sorry, busy with work as of late. I''l continue this game when things settle down.
There are 2 start dates - fall 1939 and spring 1941. I have been wanting to get a set-up for spring 1943 but haven't had time.
There are now 2 sets of rules. Basic is very much like A&A while advanced is quite a bit different. The game I am outlining here is using the advanced rules. Basic was introduced because there were those who didn't care for the deviation from the A&A mechanics and the complexity was a bit much for them.
Map size is 70 cm by 110 cm. It is printed on vinyl.
My group has found that it is pretty balanced - especially the 1941 scenario. So far there have been no 'buy this and do this and you win the game.
Mind you, we have played it enough that we have refined our tactics. New players will take some time to figure out the nuances of the game.
Thanks. A bit of complexity is no problem. Like I said, I really like the added terrain. If there are some rules about the advanced version I should really dislike (which i don't expect) I could always leave them out, I suppose or simplify them. OK, I'll wait for HBG's European distributor to have it available. Considerably cheaper shipping and no import duties.