National Advantages for A&A Europe Version 1.2


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    National Advantages for A&A Europe*
    Version 1.2

    By B. Andersson, Stockholm 2005

    *Method of Deployment

    · The Allies will have a total of 9 NAs and Germany will have a total of 6 NAs.

    · NAs do not come into effect until declared at the start of each nations respective turn.

    · During the 1st round, every country declares 2 NAs each. Germany goes first, the Allies as a group goes second. Â

    · During the 2nd round, Germany declare 2 NAs and the Allies as a group declare 1 NA. The Allies must decide which country that will get the NA.

    · During the 3rd and 4th round, Germany declare 1 NA and the Allies as a group declare 1 NA. Again the Allies must decide which country that will get the NA.

    Germany National Advantages

    1.  U-Boat Program
    During World War II, 1,162 U-Boats were built, and these U-Boats sank 14,687,231 tons of Allied shipping.
    Your submarines now cost 6 IPC’s.

    2.  Atlantic Wall
    The Germans fortified the European beaches with massive defensive concrete blockhouses that formed part of the German defensive “Atlantic Wall”.
    All your infantry defend on a 3 during the first cycle of combat in any amphibious assault against any of the following territories: Norway, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands-Belgium or France. Â

    3.  Panzergrenadiers
    During World War II, the Germans had troops that were designed for fighting alongside tanks. These were fully motorized units, so that they could at all times keep up with the tanks.
    Each of your tanks give one matching infantry one additional movement allowance. The tank and the infantry unit must leave from the same territory.

    4.  Wolf Packs
    Wolf packs of U-boats prowled the Atlantic, working together to down Allied convoys. The only sure thing about a U-boat was that there always was another nearby.
    Your subs attacks on a 3 or less if there is more than one of them at the start of the combat cycle. When there are less than two submarines at the start of a combat cycle, this ability is lost. The submarines may come from different sea zones, but they must attack the same sea zone.

    5.  Afrika Korps  
    The Axis forces in Africa relied upon supplies for weapons and most importantly panzers.
    Once per turn, you may reinforce Libya if you control it. Roll one die each turn during your non-combat movement phase. On a roll of 2 or less, you may move a maximum of two tanks and two artillery from your existing units in any tan territory to Libya.

    6.  V2 Rockets
    Guided missiles were one of Germany’s most important scientific achievements during World War II.
    You have one free rocket attack per turn against an industrial complex, fired from one of your antiaircraft guns with a range of 3. Roll one die to determine how many IPC’s the enemy must surrender to the bank.

    7.  Blitzkrieg
    German warfare combined the use of mobile units with the close support of airpower into a steel juggernaut emphasize speedy movement and maximization of battlefield opportunities.
    When a fighter attacks along with a tank, their attack increases to 4 respectively. This pairing is on a one-to-one basis. The increased attack ability is for the first cycle of combat only and is cancelled if defending fighters are present. Â

    8.  Fortress Europe
    By protecting the Third Reich on all sides, Germany built fortified defensive lines and established strongpoints on key terrain in Europe .
    Your artillery in brown and tan territories defends on a 3.

    9.  Jagdpanzers
    The Germans put their early war experience into the development of tank destroyers. These armor roamed the battlefields to ambush enemy tanks - armed with more powerful guns than similar tanks.
    Your tanks have a first-strike ability (defense only) at an defense factor of 2 as long as at least one enemy tank is present in combat. For each scored tank hit, the enemy must pick a tank as a casualty prior to any other unit. Any cassualties destroyed are removed from play, with no chance to attack. This first-strike ability is for the first cycle of combat only.

    Soviet Union National Advantages

    1.  Rasputista
    With heavy rains the landscape changed in a blurry mess of mud where vehicles and men got stuck and were unable to advance.
    Once during the game in your collect income phase, you can declare a Rasputista. Until the start of your next turn, no combat movement for land units is allowed in any red territory.

    2.  Scorched Earth
    Whilst withdrawing from the front, the Soviets came to fight a war were they destroyed anything that might be useful to the Germans.
    When the German player conquer any red territory, that territory has no value until the next round of play. The German player may not add a control marker on the just captured red territory, hence may not increase the National Production Chart correspondingly. If the territory is liberated during Russias turn, then the territory regains it’s value.

    3.  T-34 Tanks
    Soviet tank development was lead to a medium tank destined to become a war winner. It formed the bulk of Soviet tank strength and was superior to contemporary German tanks.
    Your tanks defends on a 3.

    4.  Conscripts
    The Red Army won many battles with their raw manpower, by using untrained infantry and many times unequipped.
    During your mobilize new units phase, you may place one of your infantry for free in any red territory if you control it. This free unit is in addition to the group of units you just purchased.

    5.  Katyusha Rockets
    The Soviets were able to supplement the artillery with massed batteries of rocket launchers. The sheer volume of fire more than compensated for individual lack of accuracy.
    Your artillery have a first-strike ability at an attack factor of 2. Any casualties are destroyed and removed from play, with no chance to counter-attack. This first-strike ability is for the first cycle of combat only and in succeeding cycles of combat, your artillery hit normally.

    6.  Siberian Reserves
    The Japanese decision to strike America, allowed the Soviets to shift the Siberian reserves westwards against the Wehrmacht.
    Once per game, you may reinforce Siberia if you control it. Roll one die each turn during your mobilize new units phase. On a roll of 2 or less, you place three of your infantry and two of your tanks for free in Siberia.

    United Kingdom National Advantages

    1.  Radar
    Britain’s radar alerted it to the threat of German planes crossing the channel.
    U.K. owned antiaircraft guns in green territories hit air units on a roll of 2 or less.

    2.  Joint Strike
    The most powerful strike in the war was the joint Allied assault on Normandy. The planning required to launch this simultaneous invasion has never been equaled.
    Once during the game at the start of a round (before the German turn), you may declare a joint strike. That round, you complete your turn as normal, except you must skip combat move, conduct combat, and noncombat move phases. On those phases of the U.S. turn, the U.S. player uses your units in his or her combat move, conduct combat, and noncombat move phases together with his own units. You and the U.S. player must agree on attacking casualties, or the opposing player gets to choose them. Antiaircraft fire is rolled separately against each nationality of air units; all anti-U.K. dice are rolled before any anti-U.S. die is rolled. Weapons developments or national advantages still only apply to the units of the power that gained the development or has the advantage. A joint strike may not be called off once it is declared.

    3.  Enigma Decoded
    Working in a secret facility in Bletchley Park, Alan Turing’s cryptographers broke the codes of the Nazi Enigma machines. They could then send false messages back.
    Once per game, when Germany finishes its combat move phase, but before its conduct combat phase, you may make one special move. You may move any number of your units from any one adjacent space into one friendly space being attacked by Germany (Germany moving sea units to an empty sea zone does not count). Alternatively, you may move any number of your units from a space being attacked by Germany into an adjacent friendly space, but you must leave at least one of your units behind. This special move otherwise follows the rules for a noncombat move. If your units survive, they remain in the space to which they were moved.

    4.  Commonwealth Troops
    The British Commonwealth Troops supported the British in the Desert Campaign in North Africa.
    During your mobilize new units phase, you may place one of your infantry for free in any yellow territory (Middle East) if allied controlled. This free unit is in addition to the group of units you just purchased.

    5.  French Resistance
    France fell quickly to the Germans. Thousands of French patriots who would otherwise have died in battle on the frontlines later rose up against the occupiers.
    Once per game, if the Allies control any territory in France (France, Vichy France, Eastern France), you may place four of your infantry there for free during the mobilize new units phase of your turn.

    6.  The Royal Navy
    The Royal Navy was the largest and most advanced navy in the European Theatre of Operations. As the war progressesed the Royal Navy expanded rapidly with large construction programmes, particularly destroyers.
    Your destroyers now cost 10 IPC’s. More over you may once per game place one of your destroyers in a sea zone adjacent to United Kingdom for free during the mobilize new units phase of your turn.

    United States National Advantages

    1.  Lend-Lease Program (replace the Patriotic War rule)
    During World War II, the U.S. military began administrating what became known as the “lend-lease program”. In this program, the U.S. gifted its allies with an array of military equipment and munitions, including ships.
    During your mobilize new units phase, you can convert any U.S. units to equivalent U.K. or Soviet units. The conversion can only take place on an allied territory or in a sea zone adjacent to an allied territory containing an industrial complex. Remove all affected units from play and replace them with the same unit of your allys´ color.

    2.  Long-Range Fighters
    The twin-boomed P-38 long range enabled it to escort bombers deep inside enemy territory.
    Your fighters´ range increases to 6.

    3.  Airborne Rangers
    The Rangers specialized in airborn, light-infantry and direct action operations to lead the way for the army.
    Your bombers can carry two infantry and may not perform any bombing missions for that turn. Bombers assigned for air transport have a reduced range of 4. The bomber and the infantry must embark from the same territory. If there are A/A guns in their path, these bombers can be fired upon. If a bomber is hit, it is immediatly removed from play along with the infantry unit. A paradropped infantry have a first-strike ability at an increased attack factor of 2. Any casualties are destroyed and removed from play, with no chance to counter-attack. This ability and increased attack factor is for the first cycle of combat only.

    4.  Mechanized Infantry
    With its fleet of trucks, the U.S. Army was the most mobile force of soldiers in World War II.
    Your infantry have a move of 2 and may blitz as tanks do.

    5.  Liberty Ship Program
    In 1941, the U.S. embarked on a massive expansion of the merchant marine fleet under the auspices of the Emergency Shipbuilding Program. The standard Liberty ship was the centerpiece of this program.
    Your transports now cost 6 IPC’s.

    6.  Superfortresses
    The B-29 Superfortress carried the biggest standard bomb load of any wartime bomber.
    Your bombers roll two dice each and defend on a 2, when conducting a strategic bombing raid only.


  • SFO Founder TripleA Admin

    Did you want me to update what’s online currently?


  • Customizer

    @djensen:

    Did you want me to update what’s online currently?

    Yes, I would be greatful if you replaced the ones that are A&A.org House Rules for Europe with these ones. So far there are only three votes, so I gues it is more or less now it has to be done. Thanks in advance of your respons!

    /B. Andersson


  • Customizer

    What about to replace Jet Fighters with Afrika Corps?

    Afrika Corps
    The Axis forces in Africa relied upon supplies for weapons and most importantly panzers.
    Once per game, you may reinforce Libya if you control it. Roll one die each turn during your mobilize new units phase. On a roll of 2 or less, you place two of your tanks and two of your artillery for free in Libya.

    Jet Fighters
    The jet fighter Me 262 gave German pilots a subperb fighting machine for which the Allies had no equal, significantly faster than conventional propeller-driven aircraft.
    Your fighters defend on a 5 except for carrier-based fighters. Fighters onboard an aircraft carrier still defend on a 4.



  • @B.:

    What about to replace Jet Fighters with Afrika Corps?

    Africa Corps for sure, but I would revise or replace the Wolfpack NA, since it would be very strong in combination with your U-Boat Program! One option is to replace the Wolfpack NA with Jet Fighters! More over the Sonar NA seems a bit puny and not that historical correct, since I supose this is already considered in the destroyer abilities! Otherwise I found your NAs for A&AE are great!

    What about Gibraltar Garrison or Gibraltar Fortress that we have discussed about before? I think the naval rule for Strait of Gibraltar has become a standard that everybody use by now. So I think these kind of NAs would be desirable in conjuction with the rule for Gibraltar!

    Strait of Gibraltar
    Ships may enter or exit the Mediterranean only if you or your allies control Gibraltar .

    Gibraltar Garrison
    You may place 2 destroyers for free in Strait of Gibraltar if you control Gibraltar

    Gibraltar Fortress
    Increases the defense of all infantry and artillery to a 3 or less


  • Customizer

    Nice Dread,
    I have revised the rules to incorporate some new NAs:

    2. Scorched Earth
    Whilst withdrawing from the front, the Soviets came to fight a war were they destroyed anything that might be useful to the Germans.
    When the German player conquer any red territory, that territory has no value until the next round of play. The German player may not add a control marker on the just captured red territory, hence may not increase the National Production Chart correspondingly. If the territory is liberated during Russias turn, then the territory regains it’s value.

    6. Gibraltar Garission
    The British defense of Gibraltar was of great strategic importance to the Royal Navy. It was a key point in order to gain control of the Mediterranean.
    Any German sea unit (except for submarines) that enter or exit the Strait of Gibraltar can be subjected to an artillery barrage fire from Gibraltar. Roll one die for each artillery in Gibraltar. This is a one-shot attack, a roll of 2 or less is a hit. Germany may chose any of their ships as a casualty, but only battleships and destroyers may counterattack on a 4 and a 2 respectively. Any artillery unit involved in a naval battle may also participate in a regular land combat, but first during the second cycle of combat. You begin the game with one antiaircraft gun and three artillery units in Gibraltar.


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    I think that axis should be allowed to move subs thru the straights of Gibratar, while the allies should not be able to move naval units into the Denmarck straights into the baltic unless Allies own norway and sweden (2nd edition) or perhaps never. Soviets should not be allowed to leave the baltic either.

    Also in the eastern medd if the axis land troops in afrika and dont control egypt or the suez they shold get a free shot from Malta garrison. Alot of the shipping was attacked by the Malta garrison. Obviously, its not possible to represent Malta so we assign Egypt as the focal point as an alternate choice.

    The shot should be one roll against each transport hitting on a “one”.

    Another thing is no ships in or out of turkish straights unless Turkey is conquered first.

    That is all for now.


  • Customizer

    @Imperious:

    I think that axis should be allowed to move subs thru the straights of Gibratar, while the allies should not be able to move naval units into the Denmarck straights into the baltic unless Allies own norway and sweden (2nd edition) or perhaps never. Soviets should not be allowed to leave the baltic either…

    Any suggestions to a rule for straits like Gibraltar. It should be something like the rules for cannals, I think. It could be like: Ships may enter or exit sea zone X only if you or your allies control territory Y (adjacent to sea zone X). This will however not work for A&AE since the strait of Gibraltar has it’s own sea zone! :-?


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    Ok on the surface of it i dont like the “guns of navarone” idea. If even one ship is sunk which is equal to saying “historically 10-25 warships were destroyed by the attempt to cross the straights of Gibrater due to the massive British gun called the -‘London gun’- with its huge 16” guns." This is totally inaccurate, however something simple like “your not allowed to move across unless you own Gibrater”… now thats more like it in my book. Remember these areas “straights” should not be confused with a canal. A canal requires the ability of shore based fixtures (e.g. men and equipment) to raise or lower the water levels to allow a safe passage so control of the adjacent land is important. Moving thru say the straights of Gibrater or Denmarck is basically 30 mile wide path of water with no mechanical obstructions of any type. The passage could be mined so the ships would have to travel in a zig zag pattern to get thru, all the while those “london guns” would be shooting salvos at you. The British didnt have this capability at Gibrater so i dont feel it should apply.

    Malta is different… as i stated that base harrased all the shipping moving to africa and cost the axis dearly. I like to represent this in the game because it did happen with some kind of small rule (optional of course).


  • Customizer

    @Imperious:

    Ok on the surface of it i dont like the “guns of navarone” idea…

    Malta is different… as i stated that base harassed all the shipping moving to Africa and cost the axis dearly. I like to represent this in the game because it did happen with some kind of small rule (optional of course).

    Fortress Malta
    Malta was of great strategic importance to the Royal Navy. It lies in the perfect strategic position to interdict Axis supplies destined for north Africa.
    You may use Malta as an unsinkable aircraft carrier and treat Malta as part of the Sicilian Sea. When a German unit enters the Sicilian Sea, combat or non-combat movement, you may chose to use your air units on Malta to defend the entire sea zone. Any air unit involved in a naval battle may not also participate in a regular land combat in Malta. More over it does not cost any movement to take off or land on Malta. Once this advantage has been declared, but only if you control Malta, you may place one anti-aircraft gun and one figther there for free during the mobilize new units phase of your turn.


  • Customizer

    I think this advantage is the best one, don’t you think Impy?

    Gibraltar Fortress
    The British defense of Gibraltar was of great strategic importance to the Royal Navy. It was a key point in order to gain control of the Mediterranean.
    Once this advantage has been declared, but only if you control Gibraltar and the Strait of Gibraltar, you may place one anti-aircraft gun and three artillery there for free during the mobilize new units phase of your turn. Your artillery in Gibraltar defends on a 3 and your anti-aircraft gun in Gibraltar defends the entire sea zone, Strait of Gibraltar, on a 2 or less. The AA-gun does not defend Gibraltar, but the Strait of Gibraltar, hence may not also participate in a regular land combat.


  • Moderator

    I also might allow for Malta the ability to participate in Defensive Naval Combat for Allied Fleets in Scicilian SZ… I like it better then Gibraltar… As far As Gibraltar it did serve as a base but making 2 Land based British Advantages in a game where Germany might avoid the Med is mindless suicide for the Brits… Give them another advantage type IMHO… How about:

    Naval Firepower
    The British Navy was the Largest and most Advanced Navy of the European Theatre of Operations
    British Battleships now get 2 dice when preforming Land Bombardment. Destroyers may now Land Bombard at 3 but only get 1 Dice.

    GG


  • Customizer

    @Guerrilla:

    I also might allow for Malta the ability to participate in Defensive Naval Combat for Allied Fleets in Sicilian SZ… I like it better then Gibraltar… As far As Gibraltar it did serve as a base but making 2 Land based British Advantages in a game where Germany might avoid the Med is mindless suicide for the Brits… Give them another advantage type IMHO… How about:

    Naval Firepower
    The British Navy was the Largest and most Advanced Navy of the European Theatre of Operations
    British Battleships now get 2 dice when preforming Land Bombardment. Destroyers may now Land Bombard at 3 but only get 1 Dice.

    GG

    The Q was wether it should be Gibraltar Garrison or Fortress Malta, not both? By the way, the NA for Fortress Malta says “you may chose to use your air units on Malta to defend the entire sea zone”, the Sicilian Sea. That includes the ability to participate in Defensive Naval Combat for Allied Fleets in the Sicilian Sea! So, once again, which one do you think would be the most balanced NA?


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    The Malta idea is by far the best solution, while Gibrater should not recieve the same merits. However, i hope you have a rule not allowing axis surface vessels crossing thru it unless the british fail to garrison it or the axis take it. The same should go for allies into the baltic w/o control of norway and finland.


  • Customizer

    @Imperious:

    The Malta idea is by far the best solution, while Gibrater should not recieve the same merits. However, i hope you have a rule not allowing axis surface vessels crossing thru it unless the british fail to garrison it or the axis take it. The same should go for allies into the baltic w/o control of norway and finland.

    Would you like to be more precis here? I want you to finish my NA for Malta and write down the new rule (not a NA) for the straits of Gibraltar and Denmark!


  • Moderator

    good idea… Straits should be a playable rule… And yes I like Malta better… And I would implement my Naval Firepower instead of French Resistance since Resistance units only fought in there home country…

    GG


  • Customizer

    @Guerrilla:

    good idea… Straits should be a playable rule… And yes I like Malta better… And I would implement my Naval Firepower instead of French Resistance since Resistance units only fought in there home country…

    GG

    Ok, Fortress Malta it is! You French Resistance are only for French territories, you only get those free infantry units if a French territory is liberated! Or was it something else? A bout your increased naval fire power, I think the fact that the destroyers may make a shore bombardment on a 2 (box rules) is good enough!  😉


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    the malta rule is good as you have stated. if you have another rule about gibrater let me know then we can go from there


  • Moderator

    @B.:

    @Guerrilla:

    good idea… Straits should be a playable rule… And yes I like Malta better… And I would implement my Naval Firepower instead of French Resistance since Resistance units only fought in there home country…

    GG

    Ok, Fortress Malta it is! You French Resistance are only for French territories, you only get those free infantry units if a French territory is liberated! Or was it something else? A bout your increased naval fire power, I think the fact that the destroyers may make a shore bombardment on a 2 (box rules) is good enough!  😉

    sorry, I haven’t played AaAE in a while… I thought that was Box rules for AaAP… Yes you get the units if the Territory is liberated but then you could move them and attack Germany… correct me if I am wrong but French Resistance units didn’t do that… Naval Superiority was the British Advantage and I think that you could capitalize on that since you have no Naval advantages for Britain…

    GG


  • Customizer

    Hmm… did not get agood response on the Gibraltar rule or Malta Fortress rule, so I ended up in this one for UK:

    6.  The Royal Navy
    The Royal Navy was the largest and most advanced navy in the European Theatre of Operations. As the war progressesed the Royal Navy expanded rapidly with large construction programmes, particularly destroyers.
    Your destroyers now cost 10 IPC’s. More over you may once per game place one of your destroyers in a sea zone adjacent to United Kingdom for free during the mobilize new units phase of your turn.


  • Customizer

    @djensen:

    Did you want me to update what’s online currently?

    Yes, I would be greatful if you replaced the ones that are A&A.org House Rules for Europe with these ones. So far there are only three votes, so I gues it is more or less now it has to be done. Thanks in advance of your respons!

    /B. Andersson


  • Customizer

    This new NA would be so nice, dont you think? Anyone?  :?

    Jagdpanzers
    The Germans put their early war experience into the development of tank destroyers. These armor roamed the battlefields to ambush enemy tanks - armed with more powerful guns than similar tanks.
    Your tanks have a first-strike ability (defense only) at an defense factor of 2 when attacked by enemy tanks. The enemy must pick tanks as casualties prior to any other units. Any cassualties destroyed are removed from play, with no chance to attack. This first-strike ability is for the first cycle of combat only.


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    Yes thats great! finally a NA about tank destroyers! need something for the Soviets. They both invested heavily in this type of unit.

    I would like to have your complete NA list in our project BTW.


  • Customizer

    @Imperious:

    Yes thats great! finally a NA about tank destroyers! need something for the Soviets. They both invested heavily in this type of unit.

    I would like to have your complete NA list in our project BTW.

    Well Impy, here you got my NAs for A&A:E. Some of these are not playable and balanced for A&A:R. So it´s not just about have all NAs into one big list. It’s about cherry picking. Many of my ideas have not been good enough by both historical reasons and playabillity. I think that the list for A&A:E is the most comprehensive and balanced so far, for A&A:E. You can read about the first one in house rules for A&A:E on the homepage for A&A.org!


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    OK i assume that is the most current version? also do you have any for Italy?


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