Tech with planes seems just way to over powered.



  • OK so we have been playing non stop and its come down to everyone dumping money into research and building planes and who gets heavy bombers or fighters or long range, pretty much have been winning. and water boats are now never built cause they just die. And there isnt really any  research for water units other then subs and lower cost for boats, which both aint great, were thiking of adding a tech tree or changing out some with maybe battle ships get an extra attack against planes or and transports get to defend with a 1 things like these you could go on and on… but then at least water units would be worth building… we also were throwing the idea of making sea areas victory cities as well so you would have to fight for sea squares as well but thats still just an idea…  I was just wondering if any other people feel research and planes are over powering the game?



  • Play without tech, thats my suggestion  😉

    I know many players have fun playing with tech, and obviously this is good reason to play with tech, but tech is broken imo.
    The reason why I feel tech in A&A is broken is that if you play a game with tech, then you never know if your opponent will get heavybombers. If you then don’t get the same tech, then your opponent will have a very big advantage, so big that you probably loose the game because of this tech alone.



  • I think there are quite a few powerful techs in the game - HB is probably still the king but the gap between some of these techs is smaller now - the industrial tech (name escapes me) that adds +2 builds and halves the effects of SBR has some serious strategic implications, double strength AA is scary too if your opponent has gone airforce heavy. Theres more but I feel tech is better balanced now.



  • I’d agree that the techs for Air units are overpowered, while Sea techs are underpowered.  Combined that the increased size of the board and lowered cost of Bombers, and you have Air units excelling.

    Lets compare
    Air: Gets Heavy Bombers(Best Tech in the Game), Paratroopers(Powerful and Abusive), Long Range Aircraft(Powerful and Abusive), Jet Fighters(Powerful, but reasonable).
    Sea: Gets Improved Shipyards(Ships cost 15-20% less, which won’t pay itself off until you buy 60 or so IPCs worth of Ships, and doesn’t boost existing Air), and Super Subs(which is useful only if you are able to use Subs).



  • wodan, that’s totally my problem is that air is already very strong but once you add some techs to them, boats just dont even have a chance, and in all our last games no one will make boats knowing they will loose them all and the loss of 1 or 2 or even 3 transports along with them which is just money that goes down the drain… i would way rather make bombers then boats  bombers will kill ships and transports with them for alot less money loss plus when  ships arent around your bombers are helping attack land or bomb raids. while all ships really do is try to help escort and protect transports.



  • Improved Shipyards is replaced with Mobile Fleet: Carriers, Cruisers, and Subs have 3 Movement, and may move during noncombat even if they participated in a battle.
    Super Subs is replaced with Capital Ships: Battleships roll 2 Dice



  • I think that’s why the Allies have such a tough time in this game.  UK and USA require a blue water navy to operate.  For certain Italy needs to maintain a fortilla, but Japan is so well insulated, being able to halt any American movements with planes or through factory building in Asia.



  • Wodan thats not a bad idea cause really super subs are crap for allies anyways, its not like axis are going to build boats. I’m going to talk to the boys and see if they want to make those rule changes, but something has to be changed cause right now any fleet being build trying to excort transports are getting nuked by bombers and fighters.I think the whole  research lines should be fixed maybe thats what  we should start is a thread for New better research lines and get everyones ideas. i would love for carriers to be able to have 3 fighters on them, and AA guns on battle ships 😮



  • @packrat76:

    Wodan thats not a bad idea cause really super subs are crap for allies anyways, its not like axis are going to build boats.

    I disagree.  With US buying Subs, Japan will HAVE to buy some DD’s.
    Give the Subs some back up with a small carrier based fleet (loaded A/C, some DDs)

    I would hesitate to incorporate house rules until you’ve tried many different strategies.
    House rules should not compensate for poor strategies.



  • Japan or the usa just builds all bombers and fighters the other wont have boats. they all will be dead.



  • I agree that house rules should be used sparingly, and only after fully playtesting the game. But battleships having a tech to get two rolls is a good counterpart to heavy bombers. Battleships are slightly less useful with the advent of cruisers and this would compensate for that. Plus, Capitol Ships just sounds cool.  😄



  • Need to think about the capitol ship thing, when do they get two attacks?  Attacking, Defending and Shore bombardment?  If so does it always attack on a 4 on all those instances? Do you get two shore shots for one transport offload or do you need two for the extra shot?  HB’s attack on a 4 twice but definitely do not defend on a 4 and they don’t get shore bombardment.  Just some stuff to consider about what house rules you are making.



  • If Germany is buying all aircraft to kill Allied fleet builds, what on earth are the Soviets doing the whole time?  :?

    Red Army tanks should be rolling into Berlin within a couple turns…



  • @HannibalSW:

    Need to think about the capitol ship thing, when do they get two attacks?  Attacking, Defending and Shore bombardment?  If so does it always attack on a 4 on all those instances? Do you get two shore shots for one transport offload or do you need two for the extra shot?  HB’s attack on a 4 twice but definitely do not defend on a 4 and they don’t get shore bombardment.  Just some stuff to consider about what house rules you are making.

    Attack and Defense, not for Bombardment.  While Bombers only get the 4+4 on attack, they also cost 12, move 6, may participate in land battles, and can retreat from the frontline.  Battleships cost 20, move 2, may not participate in land battles for more than one, and are left exposed on the frontline when they attack.  Heavy Bombers is still better than Capital Ships.



  • So we played another game last night and all i did was build bombers, a few fighters and inf with germany, US had carriers and destroyers and battle ships and 2 transports,  We didnt play with research cause well its just broken ATM  This was the problem Carriers cost 14 they defend for 2, 2 fighters defend at 4’s if i attack with 1 fighter 2 bombers its same amount of money but odds are in my favour, let alone the free transports that go down and the other boats. i have around 10 bombers with a  few fighters on germany i dont have to worry about  gaurding my back land like france cause well there is never any boats.  rest of the time my planes and inf are moving up the lines and raid bombing the crap out of everyone.
    Now if you add research to all my planes well it’s lights out. Boats  as is can’t go up against planes and boats do nothing but transport and odd bombardment… planes Do it all!!! the research should of gone to mainly boats not planes… why would you give the most powerfull unit more power? If all those planes research went to boats you would have a fighting chance at least against planes. Any way as is  we just dont build boats… its a loss of over all money.



  • Here are my revised versions of the two replacement Naval Techs.

    Mobile Fleets: Your ships may move 1 during the non-combat phase in addition to their regular movement/attack.
    Capital Ships: Undamaged Battleships now roll two dice in Naval Battles.  Cruisers Attack and Defend on 4s.


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    Gunna have to agree, if your opponent has HB and or JF/LRA then you just build Radar Equipped AA Guns and Improved Manufacturing and negate most of their abilities.

    That’s the beautiful thing about AA50, all the techs are designed to reduce the effectiveness of the other techs!



  • boats have nothing good against planes thats the problem. Then you have to give battleships AA guns. it’s the only way to give boats a little fighting chance against planes.



  • @Cmdr:

    Gunna have to agree, if your opponent has HB and or JF/LRA then you just build Radar Equipped AA Guns and Improved Manufacturing and negate most of their abilities.

    That’s the beautiful thing about AA50, all the techs are designed to reduce the effectiveness of the other techs!

    Except that the odds of you getting the right defensive tech is low, given that Radar and Improved Manufacturing are in different branches.  Furthermore, neither of those techs helps Navies at all, or ground units much, all it does is protect against SBRs.



  • wodan would you rather navel movement or battleships with aa guns? i think i would rather a AA gun to at least knock downa  couple planes



  • I’d love to lower Air movement by 2 for fighters and Bombers (wait…whats that?  the villagers are coming with their pitchforks and torches!!!) I’ll have to be brief!  This makes getting long range aircraft more important and cuts down on the outrageous range of aircraft which in turn makes it less likely that people would buy so many.  Islands and Aircraft Carriers are now way more important and worth fighting for.  Of course you would lower the cost of fighters to say 8? but 12 IPC’s seems low enough for Bombers almost too low compared to 10 for fighters.

    Other than that Heavy bombers are here to stay and Battleships with AA guns?? I’m sure the guys at Pearl Harbor wish they had that much firepower also.  Increased movement for ships is nice but how does a sub outpace a destroyer? a 2 for movement works and keeps the Pacific a little more strategic and less gotcha moves.

    I did like the suggestion of two shots for Battleships that would make them really nasty



  • Ok Played another game tonight! and well boats got owned allies tried everything. and my bombers and fighters took over all the waters! then it hit me what if Carriers defended with a 3!!  so now you have 14 dollars that buy a carrier and 2 fighters for 20 bucks  so 34 dollars to 2 bombers and fighter attacking! same amount of money. You still got battle ships 20bucks but can take a hit but thats = to 2 fighters that roll 2 dice so pretty even, Destroyers cost 8 but only roll a 2, but can take a hit which is good seeing your going to have at least 1 or 2 transports in your fleet that cost you 7 or 14 dollars that dont defend so you have to add that cost into your fleet, so boats even with this still get the  bad end of the deal… but its getting better!! But research for planes is out of the question! you add heavy bomber or long range aircraft or jet fighters, then boats dont have a chance! so guys  Lets keep the ideas coming so we can make boats an actual part of the game.
    Cause once you loose your fleet you aint rebuilding it when axis has 10 bombers ready to attack your new fleet!



  • @packrat76:

    wodan would you rather navel movement or battleships with aa guns? i think i would rather a AA gun to at least knock downa  couple planes

    Are you honestly asking this?  You are saying that giving a situational power to a single expensive unit, that some argue should have that power by default, is more powerful than a tech which gives a significant power boost to your entire fleet?  Mobile Fleets allows your ships to move 50% faster, or to retreat after attacking.

    Also, why are you even associating naval movement with AA guns?  I was giving one tech to Battleships and one tech to Navies in general, so it wasn’t as if the Mobile Fleet tech was even holding the Battleship AA slot.  Not to mention that Capital Ships is much better than Battleship AA most of the time.



  • If I’m not mistaken…as I usually am…didn’t the Japanese think that Battleships “ruled” the oceans only to discover that the carriers/fighters did?

    I think most of the things I’ve read about the Pacific (not that I’ve read a lot) the fighters proved to be the decisive factor; fleets in WW2 rarely encountered each other in head to head battles as they had in past wars.  The new rules with transports and subs helps to imitate that better and it makes aircraft more viable against fleets, no one in there right mind would have sent just aircraft after fleets in AAC or AAR.

    I ran across a rule in the “enhance realism rules” (but I haven’t tried it yet) that makes it so ONLY fighters can attack sea units, which seems to make things more… “realistic” and “forces” players to use bombers as…well…bombers (units that drop bombs on large stationary targets).

    I’ve never felt that long range aircraft disrupt the game THAT much; so they can reach a place but they cant TAKE a place, you still need land units with aircraft SUPORT to do that.  With long range aircraft you CAN reach fleets easier but if you took out the bombers from “sea battles” this might offset the extra punch that can be dealt against fleets.

    A&A has such a LARGE and ABSTRACT game scale its hard to make EVEYTHING work out “just like in WW2” but the AA50 (just like AAR) is a great improvement over its predecessor.  Changes have been made that feel more “real” but are still in keeping with the games abstract scale.

    Fighters and heavy bombers don’t feel like that much of an over kill to me, and I think fighters only feel so much more powerful in sea battles in AA50 because of the new rules regarding transports and subs (once bullet catchers…now nothing).  If there was MORE ships, fighters might feel less powerful against fleets.

    Someone mentioned reducing the cost of fighters, wouldn’t that just encourage someone to build more of them?  Why not reduce the cost of ships instead; wouldn’t that encourage players to make more of them?

    The battle system for A&A, and correct me if I’m wrong, strongly favors the player with the most units in a battle (as it should) right?  So if fighters, a relatively low cost unit (compared to sea units) match ships one for one or two for one, doesn’t it make sense that they should/will win more in sea battles than ships do?  If ships out numbered air units instead of vice versa as it usually is in sea battles, wouldn’t the ships win/survive longer?

    I don’t feel that the game mechanics/air techs out balance the game as much as the abstract scale of the game does. I hate to use this word but I cant think of another one to use, but the balance of air and sea units when it comes to battles is…“poorly”… balanced for battles.

    Let me explain what I mean, infantry, artillery, tanks, fighters and bombers can be “balanced” better, faster and easier in land battles than sea and air units can “balance” out in sea battles.  I think this is in due in large part to the lower unit costs and close incremental attack/defense values of the land units when compared to air units and sea units. Heavy bombers seem to “upset” that balance in land battles (as they should…to a small degree) but I don’t think I’ve ever heard some one argue that regular bombers are TOO strong.  When it comes to sea power verses air power, that balance is harder to achieve and favors the fighters/bombers due in large part to their “low cost” and “high attack/defense” strength when compared to ships.  If ships were as “abundant” as land units are in land battles, things might balance out much faster and easier in sea battles.  Take bombers out of the sea battles and this might offset some of the strength of air power as the rules are played now. Reduce ship cost (making them more abundant) and this might further “balance” the strength of air power to more closely match their strength in land battles.

    However, if units costs are reduced too much, that could cause an entirely new problem, because now ships would stand the chance of be coming bullet catchers (like infantry in land battles and like transports and subs used to be) instead of something that players strive to protect; because they cost so much to rebuild and are so vulnerable to destruction.



  • @packrat76:

    Japan or the usa just builds all bombers and fighters the other wont have boats. they all will be dead.

    It sounds like you are using poorly designed fleets.  In real life carriers rule the seas because of their airplanes.  The only time a carrier is really threatened is when within range of another carrier… or land based air (the airplanes you are talking about).  If you are going to get within range of large numbers of enemy airplanes then you need to have a fleet strong enough to do it.  Much like defending Moscow with Fighters and Infantry, with the big 4’s from the fighters rolling over and over as the cheap infantry die, you want a fleet designed in a similar way.  You want the carrier’s fighters hammering away with their big 4’s while cheap subs die.  The enemy won’t want to trade fighters and bombers for subs and therefore won’t attack your fleet to begin with.

    A strong fleet in AA is built around 2 carriers with their 4 fighters.  An “Uber Fleet” is build around 3 carriers and their 6 fighters.  2 destroyers and 4 subs are the minimal escort for the carriers.  So the minimal fleet you should even consider going within range of large numbers of enemy planes is 2xCV, 2xDD, 4xSS.  I generally like to have at least 2 cruisers along for their big 3’s and shore bombardment, and 6 subs is better than 4.

    Your oppenent isn’t likely to be all that excited about trading fighters and bombers for your subs.


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