I prefer to limit NAs to one per nation. Â If I can only have one, I vote for:
Russia – Lend-Lease. Â Yes, even nerfed, as Jennifer says, it can make a big difference. Â I totally agree Non-Aggression Pact is a double-edged sword and potentially harmful to the Allies. Â The rest of 'em produce big yawns.
Germany – I like Panzerblitz, but others are cool too. Â Luftwaffe Dive-Bomber is very tempting. Â U-Boat Interdiction or Wolf Packs would be fun to try, but I think subs are too easy to kill. Â Atlantic Wall and Fortress Europe sound OK, but they are kind of boring. Â Germany’s NA choice depends so much on style of play, and I am not even clear on how to play Germany, so this is a tough choice! Â
UK – first, can we agree French Resistance is very lame? Â I mean, 3inf does not come close to most other NA. Â Radar seems quite weak. Â I can see how a clever player might make good use of Mid-East Oil or Enigma Decoded, but the latter is too limted as a one-shot use. Â That leaves Colonial Garrison, which not only is worth 15IPCs but is especially broken considering the game favors the Allies in the first place. Â I would love to play Colonial Garrison but would feel like I’m cheating! Â That leaves Joint Strike, which earns my vote because it captures the true spirit of what “the Allies” are about, and it is not broken because it’s a one-shot use. Â Don’t you hate when the US is ready for Normandy, but UK on that turn was not quite ready to go, but together you think you have a chance, so you UK declares Joint Strike and you’re all happy now? Â Come on, don’t you love that feeling?!
Japan – first time my friend and I played Revised, at a convention, I was G and he was J, and our opponents LAUGHED OUT LOUD when we even mentioned Kamikaze. Â They practically begged us to take it!!! Â We did not seriously consider it, to say the least. Â Kaiten Torpedoes sounds OK until you realize after UK1 you may not even have any subs on the board, and if you build them the Allies may be squirming with delight. Â Dug-In Defenders – Huh? Â OK if you have already given up. Â Banzai is too much of a double-edged sword; what, only good if I don’t use arm, ftr, or anything else I normally like to use when attacking? Â That leaves Tokyo Express and Most Powerful Battleships. Â The latter is actually quite weak, because it affects 2 units, and if you build more, again the Allies will probably thank you for not building 3 trn. Â Tokyo Express wins by default? Â Again, affects very few units. Â This is a lousy lot of NA. Â I guess I would commit hari-kari, eat my double-edged sword and take Banzai. Â Not sure about this at all.
US – At first I like Mechanized Infantry the best; very nice. Â Then I realized Superfortress OOB was broken. Â Even nerfed, Superfortress means what, a 1 in 18 chance of a hit by AA, is that right? Â I hate when my bomber gets shot down, so I may still go with that. Chinese Divisions, hmmm, too boring. Â I don’t even understand Island Bases, could someone explain that one? Â Fast Carriers, well, too limited given that after J1 you probably have no AC. Â Marines are cool, no doubt, semper fi, so that’s a possibility.