Larry’s games have progressively gotten better over the years, with the latest Global 1940 being the best of all time IMHO. However, there is still some room for improvement (Isn’t there always?). I am not at all complaining, only wishing to give everyone an opportunity to weigh in on how the game could be made better should a future version come out.
Larry has gradually made his games more complex over the years, which I (and many of you) appreciate. I mean I think most dedicated A&A players want their games to gradually get more complex. This would be just one more step in that direction. If you are new to A&A, this would not necessarily be for you. There are other versions out there for those with less experience or those who want a shorter game.
Even if this is unlikely to happen, lets pretend it could Even if only a handful of A&A players (several hundred or so??) would invest in something so grand, perhaps they could do a limited edition or something. I have a feeling though most in the community on here would eventually buy such a game, even if it would be the most expensive to date (Most of us have disposable income we put towards something ) And I am not talking about tomorrow either. This would be at least a couple years in the making I’m sure. Also, I have heard talk of Larry possibly going back to detailed theaters like North AFrica, etc. This is great, but I believe most players (majority) enjoy playing the more macro versions like Global (or Pacific/Europe).
Specifics/Comments from options above:
*Larger Map: Yes, even Bigger! I for one would be willing to pay a little more for and even grander game. I would settle for simply adding 2-3 inches around the entire border of the game (top, bottom, left, right).
*Addition of ‘Significant’ terrain features: Caucasus mountains, Finland, etc. I wouldnt mind seeing a built in defensive bonus similar to History of the World (add 1 to roll or tie to defender) and making it only passable by infantry or something like that.
*Include Oil on Map (symbol). Built in Bonus like old A&A Europe: Ploiesti, Caucasus; Middle East countries; etc.
*A few more territories in China: IMHO the interior of China should be difficult to conquer by Japan. Japan didnt have the manpower to go that far and I hate having to deal with that as Russia. Russia should only have to really focus on the western front. The terrain in many parts of china would have made armor nearly impossible to use by the Japs (see terrain)
*Add Sevastopol: This was a major pain for Germany to take and should be represented on the map
*Tobruk: Another pain in the butt for the Axis, lets represent it on the map.
*Split US income: Simple concept similar to UK. May help resolve KJF problem.
*National advantages: These historic advantages give great variety to the game while giving it more of a true WW2 feel. To me it gives more pride for playing various powers.
*Convoy representing Black Pit (Atlantic Gap): I realize this one may be hard with limited space but was the uboats ‘stomping’ grounds
*Medium factories: I like the idea of having factories that produce 5 or 6 units. Or possibly adding a barracks where infantry can be produced separate from having factories produce all of the equipment/hardware
Lets hear what you would like to see. You never know, Larry may give some thought to this at some point
BTW you can vote for multiple options.