I never do CAP, mostly because I don’t think about it. The few times I do I don’t want to risk my fighters. I’ve never seen it done in any games I’ve played. I do think it could be useful so I’ve thought about adding it again to my house rules but I am striving for simplicity right now.
[AA50 & AA42.2] Redeploy non-capital starting ICs
_Here’s a rule with two aims:
1. Safeguard Russian production (with some historical precedent) from relatively easy/early/immediate German poaching
2. More setup variety and more interesting potential play at the periphery of the map._
3. Enable/strengthen KJF and bilateral games.
During setup, do not automatically place any ICs in non-capital territories. Instead, those ICs (and up to one AA unit/gun that accompanies it) may be placed in any territory controlled by their owner. The choice of where to place any starting ICs can be discussed openly, but should be made in secret and revealed simultaneously by all players.
Optional: If the UK does not start with at least one non-capital IC, allow it to place an IC+AA unit as well.
I think this works best with some of kind of mild incentive to encourage creative placements, so here are two versions of a bonus (pick one):
Bonus version A: Wherever a starting, non-capital IC is placed, permanently increase the IPC value of that territory by one (but not above 3).
Bonus version B: Whenever ANY non-capital IC is built or placed (for the duration of the game), permanently increase the IPC value of that territory by one (but not above 3).