Yea, I never played the rule. But I can take what I have heard from others and apply my intellect and come up with a logical conclusion that they are an overly complex set of rules (the way I read them) that are not really needed given the other rules in the game.
I bet the same can be said about any rule. And to that I say, your conclusion is BUNK.
The ONLY way to tell if a rule is good or not is through game play testing, not brain waves making an interpretation, which is susceptible to subjection. Game play outcomes are objective, hard cold outcomes. Game play therefor is the only true way to tell if a rule is good or not.
I respect your opinion, but I disagree with it.
There’s no real way to win this argument for either of us. (Between whether or not you can see a rules, hear stories about it and make a decision or if you must play the rule before you can tell if it is good or not.)
What I can say is this:
The Rule is optional. That means it was not needed enough to make it mandatory. That tells me there is a strong consensus of players who think the rule is unneeded.
There are ways, in the game, to negate the impact of SBR without using Interceptors.
Revised:Enhances (and AA50:Enhanced) have a better solution, IMHO, to the SBR issue through the use of “interceptors” of a sort.
Even in games where the optional rule of Technology is not played, the cost benefit to SBR over thousands and thousands of games is minute at best. (1.5 IPC a round advantage per bomber.)
The suggestion of putting bombers back to 15 IPC (or I think someone said 14 IPC) reduces that cost benefit. If 15 IPC bombers then the cost benefit drops to 1 IPC a round advantage per bomber. IF 14 IPC bombers then the cost benefit drops to 1.2 IPC a round advantage per bomber.
We’re not talking a huge benefit over the course of many games. And remember, that’s just the average, you could find yourself losing a bomber every round and doing no damage, you could find yourself never shooting down a bomber and taking massive damage. It’s the blessings of using dice instead of Low Luck.