O.k. I just got done getting hammered by German Jet Power. Admitted, I had some crappy rolling – but, Germany rolled Jet Power on it’s first turn in LITE. I think they only lost 1 airframe the entire game. The allies were in a constant state of retreat and couldn’t do any SBR because the sky was littered with Jets.
US sent Russia some money which also got them Jet Power on turn 1, but it never panned out. I think the attack values are out of whack on this one. Even OOB only gave them an increase in defense of 1 (e.g., increase 4) vs. 5.
As far as I recall German jets never went on the offensive in WWII, but helped out immensely in defense – so I always thought this made sense.
The way it is balanced now, Jet Power will be the first thing researched. And with tech hitting on a 2 – there is no stopping the first power to get it.
At first I was overjoyed with the concept of air battles, but now I’m terrified of it’s awesome power. Once air superiority starts hammering your limited combat capabilities with +1 to tanks it just becomes a full rout. “Run away… run away”.
Perhaps the Air Supremacy bonus should be limited to a Combined Arms concept of INF + ART+ ARM + FTR in order to tone it down. Even with that the Jet Power is too much of a hammer. If it were indeed that awesome and available we’d all be speaking German right now.
Air power is dangerous enough without Jet Power. What kind of results have you all ended up with in the past?