1 Submarine makes it so you can have 2 submarines in SZ 106, SZ 110 and SZ 111.
I used to bid 2 submarines, so I had one for the cruiser in SZ 91, but given the changes to the game, I no longer need 7 submarines, 6 is plenty. It really feels a lot more balanced now, at least in the 4 games I’ve completed and 3 games I am currently engaged in online.
I think I ought to review those threads and see what you are doing (and verify that all moves are legal). A sixth submarine helps, but it’s really just an insurance policy for 110 of some sort. Not a game changer on a gigantic map like this.
At the slightest Axis mistake, my feeling is that they become in trouble. The allies can make some mistakes on the other hand, it appears.
I dont think Alpha 2 or Alpha 3 need “game changers” to balance them out. OOB I would say that the allies needed 80+ IPC for me to feel comfortable taking them (all of it British), but then, I have paranoias about OOB rules.
Alpha 2 a submarine shot at the cruiser in SZ 91 was always nice, even if it failed, it was a bid unit and the second submarine made SZ 106 almost feel like it’d never fail.
Alpha 3, since you dont need to fret about England anymore (its a null personality in the game for the first, oh, 7 rounds at least) you dont need the shot at the Cruiser in SZ 91, but you do still want that destroyer in SZ 106, so the second one helps. With no bid, I give up shooting at both battleships so I can crush both destroyers, with a bid of one submarine I’ll try for one of the battleships. It’s more a security blanket. Honestly, as far as this game is, Alpha 3 is the most balanced to come out yet.
It is my personal opinion all these ridiculously high bids are knee-jerk reactions to not have Sea Lion be virtually guarenteed like it was in Alpha 2. Despite the fact that Russia is SOO much easier to take out now. (6 Infantry, 2 Artillery, 2 Armor, AA Gun in two or three stacks and Russia has no recourse but to retreat allowing you to enter it faster.) So you activate Mongolia if you attack Amur. Whoopity do dah. +6 Infantry for Russia. And your point is what, exactly? France has an AA Gun? Everyone stop the presses, you mean A MAJOR EUROPEAN CITY HAS SOME AIR DEFENSE!?!?! Let’s ignore the historical aspects for a moment, you dont NEED aircraft to take France! You probably shouldn’t even use aircraft to take France. The only way I could see it being needed is if you are being greedy and/or trying for Sea Lion anyway, despite the fact that 2 submarines negate England and you have no objectives there anymore anyway. If you look at history, I’m sure SOMEONE in France had an old WWI AA Gun. Maybe that one guy got lucky and shot down a plane (that shouldnt have been there in the first place, if you ask me.) Japan, uh, well, you have a lot more AA Guns there too. Put yourself in India’s shoes. You can hit a stack of 7 infantry, 2 artillery and an Armor and probably win, but dang, there’s an AA Gun there, do you want to risk your fighters and tactical bomber? Russia, do you want to attack Japan and give up any treaty defense?
I am not going to say the game is balanced, but I am going to say that the axis were severely beefed up. Yes, the allies got more units, technically, but they are in bad places. 4 Guns in England? What are they going to do but fire off fireworks? 4 Guns on the Continental United States? Really? I guess they look cute and all, those funny white pieces (mine are white, deal with it) but will they impact the game? Not in the least. The Russian guns, the German guns, teh Italian guns, the Japanese guns and the Indian guns are going to have an impact and if you’ll notice that’s only 1.5 allied countries getting more units compared to 3 axis countries getting them. +4 Guns Allies, +7 Axis (not counting france, that gun is as useless as a screendoor on a submarine).
Sorry, had to vent. All this crying about Sea Lion being a little bit (emphasis on the little) is really irritating me now. The game is not 15 IPC out of balance, it is not 30 IPC out of balance. If anything, another submarine is NICE, not NEEDED. IMHO.