• So, in considering adding many of the HR unit types discussed her (Anti-tank Guns, Escort Carriers, Tank Destroyers, Assault Guns, etc.) I ran into a problem: I don’t have enough money to buy 30+ new units for at least 6 Nations from HBG. So to cut costs and add some possible uniqueness to each nation, I considered only adding one new unit for each country, but making the unit added different for each one.

    Example: Germany can build Stug Tank Destroyers, UK can build Priest SP Artillery, Russia can build Katyusa Rockets, etc…

    What would this do to game balance? Assuming all units are balanced compared to OOB units, and the game would be balanced if everyone could build Stugs, etc, would the game still be balanced if each unit was limited to only one side?

    Any thoughts on what units, if any should be unique?

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    One low-cost way for you to experiment with this concept to see if it works, and to then help you decide if you should invest more money in the way you described to give each nation  its own special HBG unit, would  be to:

    • Pick up a copy of A&A 1941

    • Extract from it the unique sculpts that represent weapons which were actually used by the nations which produced them, and ignore the ones which are “national mismatches” (American IS-2 tanks, and so forth)

    • Designate them as special units and create (or find) house rules to govern them

    To give some examples:

    • The tank sculpts in 1941 represent German Tiger and Russian IS-2 tanks, both of which were heavy tanks.  Those two nations would therefore have the ability to build heavy tank units.

    • The battleship sculpts in 1941 represent the British Hood class and the Japanese Kongo class, bot of which were battlecruisers.  Those two nations would therefore have the ability to build battlecruisers.

    • The other units aren’t as clear-cut as examples, but you could use a similar technique.  The American Sumner-class destroyer could be used to represent destroyer escorts (which, I admit, they weren’t).  The British  Lancaster could be used to represent a bomber with a super-heavy lift capacity, the Lanc being the only Allied bomber which was long enough and powerful enough to carry the Grand Slam super-heavy bomb.  And so forth.  The point is that one single copy of this game, which is fairly inexpensive, would give you lots of unit types with which to test your concept.


  • @CWO:

    One low-cost way for you to experiment with this concept to see if it works, and to then help you decide if you should invest more money in the way you described to give each nation  its own special HBG unit, would  be to:

    • Pick up a copy of A&A 1941

    • Extract from it the unique sculpts that represent weapons which were actually used by the nations which produced them, and ignore the ones which are “national mismatches” (American IS-2 tanks, and so forth)

    • Designate them as special units and create (or find) house rules to govern them

    To give some examples:

    • The tank sculpts in 1941 represent German Tiger and Russian IS-2 tanks, both of which were heavy tanks.  Those two nations would therefore have the ability to build heavy tank units.

    • The battleship sculpts in 1941 represent the British Hood class and the Japanese Kongo class, bot of which were battlecruisers.  Those two nations would therefore have the ability to build battlecruisers.

    • The other units aren’t as clear-cut as examples, but you could use a similar technique.  The American Sumner-class destroyer could be used to represent destroyer escorts (which, I admit, they weren’t).  The British  Lancaster could be used to represent a bomber with a super-heavy lift capacity, the Lanc being the only Allied bomber which was long enough and powerful enough to carry the Grand Slam super-heavy bomb.  And so forth.  The point is that one single copy of this game, which is fairly inexpensive, would give you lots of unit types with which to test your concept.

    Interestingly enough, I actually had a new 1941 at one time (I got it as a Christmas Present), but returned it for the very reason that each nation didn’t have unique sculpts. I grabbed the Seafarers expansion for Catan instead.

    But thanks for the idea.

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