So do we know why tech tokens arent part of this set of rules? I really liked the effect in AA50, but even there we didnt use techs due to some of the more ridiculously unbalancing ones.
The techs in AAE40/G seem much more balanced, but the way you GET the techs is back to the single-turn crapshoot.
I’m very much in favor of just going back and using the tech tokens from AA50 but I’m a little concerned that they might have been removed for balance reasons or somesuch. If that is the case, then I’d likely have to make other adjustments. But if it was just something stupid like not wanting to include the extra counter sheet or something, then I’d definitely start using the rule in our next game.
Sooo, has anyone heard the reason why the tech was moved back to the crapshoot from the tech tokens?
I’d say it’s because most powers have a lot more money than in AA50. Do you really want USA with 82 IPC’s per turn to get tech tokens (for example)?
Shoot, play it however you want - Krieg said to feel free to house rule it, too. But I think the answer to your question is probably more money, and an early scenario date (1940, not 1942). What I mean is, without tech tokens it’s less likely ANZAC will get heavy bombers, jets or rockets in 1940 (you know - highly unrealistic).
It just makes tech more awesome, since it’s harder to get. I just got radar with Germany for 5 IPC’s in round 2, and I’m pretty happy with that. The USA should usually be the most teched up nation after 10-20 rounds. In AA50, I played in numerous games where Italy had more tech than any other power. One game my opponent quit as soon as I got long range paratroopers with Italy. I was threatening EUS from Libya, for crying out loud.
I for one, am happy they got rid of the tokens.
So, I would say the reasons are:
- Everyone has more money, so 5 IPC’s is relatively cheaper than in AA50 (and 5 IPC’s won’t even buy you a tank)
2) It’s 1940 and the war is just starting (basically). It’s not Spring of 1942.
3) Tech now favors the rich and safe countries (USA) who can afford to research, and doesn’t disproportionately bless the weak (ANZAC), although ANZAC still has the chance to spend 5 IPC’s on round 1 and get war bonds (adding about 30% to their income for the rest of the game :lol:) Like ANZAC war bonds would be worth the same as the USA’s… LOL