Anniversary edition was released with two scenarios, I don’t think anyone minded then. Revised edition had many optional national advantages, they were not often used in my sessions, but they sure added flavor and I doubt many people objected to their existence.
I look at the other rule sets as additional scenarios for an impressive game.
To me its a non issue, as I play face to face games, and I don’t expect to play many global games until I can retire in the next 30 years.
The global games that I do play, over a span of weeks, are still fun with either version of the rules.
I applaud all the effort going into my favorite board game. This only gives me more options. Balance is in the eye of the beholder. Recently I played OOB Pacific 1940 as the allies (minus America) and fought the Japanese to a stand still, the Jap player resigned once the US entered the war. Yes, amongst people with the same play styles you might arrive at the same outcomes game after game. That is why it pays to play many types of people.
The true thrill is overcoming any obstacles in game and scratching out a win. Whether its a bad round of dice, a critical mistake, or a strategy that favors one side over the other, when you turn the game around and deliver an unexpected outcome anyway, that is true satisfaction.
Its why I never call a game, until its over. I can look at a game in progress round 4, and think it is going one way, and come back to that game round 9 and see it going another. That’s why we set up the pieces, toss the dice, and play.
Again, I applaud Larry, Keven and the countless masses that strive to enhance my experience with my favorite game. I pray that they have the time, desire, and energy to keep the games rolling out. I’ll keep buying them, and helping my community meet up and play them.