Updated rules slightly, added rules to first post
Research and Development House Rules
Does anybody have some cool HRs for R&D? Nobody really ever uses them in my game unless the game is pretty much over. I’ve seen some where nations get them from completing objectives or at a historically accurate turn they unlock them. Any suggestions on how to increase the use of them? I just find R&D such a cool idea on paper but in game it really isn’t done much and I’d hate for it to go to waste.
@tin-can-of-the-sea Der Kuenstler has some good ones here.
Also gargantua’s 'Research Facility" is pretty cool.
@barnee Thanks for the advice. I really like the research facility idea there. The other is also really cool especially that you can buy it on HBG but my games never last that long so it wouldn’t work that well.
The simplest and easiest tech rules I’ve seen (This assumes a five power game (e.g. A&A 1942)):
At the start of the game, all powers but the Soviet Union roll one die against the tech chart. What ever result they land on is now theirs, even in the case of repeats. Jet Fighters for all four rollers is possible, if statistically unlikely.
Short, sweet, random, and the tech is used for the whole game. Why not the Soviets? “Should not have purged your scientists, Stalin!” Real reason: letting the Soviets roll would allow the Allies to have an extra tech over the Axis.
One could even use this in the bid process: I’ll take the underdog, but I get (two rolls | targeted roll | I get to pick my tech) for doing so.
P.S. Minor text edit.
@midnight_reaper that’s a cool idea and I might have to try it. However I don’t like the idea of getting advancements for free, which is why I like some sort of facility to buy. Since the G40 R&D board seems to have the better advances on one side I’d say you have to roll a 1-4 to get the 1 column, and 5-6 to get the second. Maybe even through in an added cost to get 1-3 & 4-6. But again with that, I think countries should have to build the facilities in their capitol instead of anywhere and starting with them.