NEW BREAKTHROUGH CHARTS



  • This topic is about to collect all good ideas about techs. I will update and expand this list according to any good ideas!


    BREAKTHROUGH CHART LAND & ECONOMIC - Defensive

    1. Heavy Artillery NEW
    Your artillery defends on a 3 or less.

    2. Heavy Tanks NEW
    Every third tank you have in each combat cycle, attack or defend on a 4.

    3. War Economy
    During your Collect Income phase, roll one die and collect that many additional IPC’s.

    4. Military Conscription NEW
    During your Mobilize New Units phase, you place one of your infantry for free in addition to the group of units you just purchased. This infantry unit may be placed in any territory you have controlled since the start of your turn.

    5. Radar
    Your antiaircraft guns hit air units on a roll of 2 or less.

    BREAKTHROUGH CHART  AIR UNITS

    1. Paratroopers
    Each of your bombers can act as a transport for one infantry, but it must stop in the first hostile territory it enters, ending its combat movement. Both units must begin their movement in the same territory. The infantry is dropped after any antiaircraft fire is resolved, so if the bomber is hit, the infantry it carries is also destroyed. The bomber may still attack during the Conduct Combat phase, but it cannot make a strategic bombing run in a turn that it transports an infantry unit. The infantry unit may retreat normally to a friendly adjacent space during combat.

    2. Jet Fighters NEW
    Your fighters are now immune to aniaircraft fire and fire in the opening fire step, whether on attack or defense. Any casualties are destroyed and removed from play, with no chance to counterattack.

    3. Long-Range Aircraft
    Your fighters are now long-range fighters, and your bombers are now long-range bombers. Your fighters’ and bombers’ range increases to 6 and 8 respectively.

    4. Heavy Bombers
    Your bombers are now heavy bombers. You roll two dice for each bomber when you attack or make a strategic bombing raid. On defense, your bombers still roll only a single die.

    5. Rockets
    Your antiaircraft guns are now rocket launchers. In addition to its normal combat function, during the strategic bombing raid step of your Conduct Combat phase, each of your antiaircraft guns can make a single rocket attack against an enemy industrial complex within 3 spaces of it. In each turn, only one antiaircraft gun per territory may launch rockets, and each industrial complex can be attacked by only one rocket launcher.This attack does 1d6 damage to that complex.

    BREAKTHROUGH CHART SEA UNITS

    1. Super Submarines
    Your submarines are now super submarines. The attack value of your submarines is now 3 instead of 2. The defense value of your submarines remains at 1.

    2. Anti-Submarine Warfare NEW
    Your aircraft may now attack enemy submarines and cancels the Surprise Strike of enemy submarines.

    3. Improved Shipyards
    Your sea units are now cheaper to build. Cost reductions are just like the box rules.

    4. Super Carriers NEW
    Your aircraft carriers are now super carriers. They can carry up to three fighters and requires two hits to destroy, just like battleships.

    5. Fast Capital Ships NEW
    Your aircraft carriers and cruisers are now faster and have a move of 3.


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    Super Carriers
    Your aircraft carriers are now super carriers and requires two hits to destroy, just like battleships.They also can now carry 3 fighters.

    id make this change on these.



  • @Imperious:

    Super Carriers
    Your aircraft carriers are now super carriers and requires two hits to destroy, just like battleships.They also can now carry 3 fighters.

    id make this change on these.

    Done, and you are so right. If you are going to use a lot of carriers, this can now be worth researching. However this tech is generally not worth pursuing if you don’t already have at least three carriers and want a better alternative to buy another two. A fully loaded carrier cost 34 IPCs about the same as one would need to spend on average (30 IPCs) to develop supercarriers. Remember that a two hit supercarrier and three fighters is more versatile than a carrier and two fighters due to its the ability to hit ground targets with the fighters and soak up hits with the hull of the supercarrier.

    However I do also think that supercarriers should be able to roll two dice each in defens and attack, see stats below. A fourth supercarrier will definitely make supercarriers worth pursuing. Supercarriers along with a destroyer will be the ultimate naval defense. The cost of supercarrier tech (about 30 IPCs) plus one destroyer (8 IPCs) plus three fighters (30 IPCs), if one already has three fully loaded carriers, is the same as the cost for two new fully loaded regular carriers (28+40 IPCs).

    Loaded Carrier (regular)

    5 CA + 10 FTR (14 IPCs/CA & 10 IPCs/FTR)

    Cost: 514+ 1010 = 160 IPCs
    Att: 15+310 = 35
    Def: 25+410 = 50
    Hits = 15

    Loaded Super Carrier (regular)
    3 CA + 9 FTR (14 IPCs/CA & 10 IPCs/FTR)

    Cost: 30+314+910 = 162 IPCs (extra cost of 30 for R&D + 30 IPCs for 3 FTR if one already have 3 CA)
    Att: 132+39 = 33
    Def: 2
    32+49 = 48
    Hits = 15 (3 “soak up” hits)



  • 6. Heavy Armor
    Tanks defend at four

    6. Dive Bombers
    On a roll of 1, Fighters chooses what opposing unit is taken as a causaulty


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    1. Radar
    Any adjacent planes from targeted factories of strategic bombing runs can defend against such attacks in addition to fighters located in the target territory.



  • What about this one?

    Superior Capital Ships
    Your aircraft carriers and cruisers are now upgraded. Your aircraft carriers requires two hits to destroy, and your cruisers defend and attack on a 4.

    or this one?

    Fast Capital Ships
    Your aircraft carriers and cruisers range increases to 3. When a destroyer move along with an aircraft carrier, the destroyer’s movement is also increased to 3. This pairing is on a one-to-one basis. The destroyer and the aircraft carrier unit must leave from and end up in the same sea zone.



  • @Emperor_Taiki:

    6. Heavy Armor
    Tanks defend at four

    6. Dive Bombers
    On a roll of 1, Fighters chooses what opposing unit is taken as a causaulty

    Well, I don’t like Dive Bombers at all. However Heavy Armor is more historical correct than Mechanized Infantry as a development, but Heavy Armor is a game breaker with a defence roll of 4 or less. A 4 in defense make amor a better piece than infantry in every aspect, armor will simply dominate infantry. That is why I prefer Mech Inf.

    When it comes to your number “6”. I deliberately left this number because I want the player to choose any technology/development of her/his choice on a roll of 6, from the prespecified breakthrough chart.


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    Fast Capital Ships
    Your aircraft carriers and cruisers range increases to 3. When a destroyer move along with an aircraft carrier, the destroyer’s movement is also increased to 3. This pairing is on a one-to-one basis. The destroyer and the aircraft carrier unit must leave from and end up in the same sea zone.

    I would prefer to see this, except having fast carriers is not previously one of your techs.

    I might make this move 3 cruiser under the Battlecruisers tech because these also represent pocket battleships which would appear out of nowhere, sink a lonely ship and then hide before a cruiser group could catch it. I would not make the BC a 4 attack unit.

    I don’t like the idea of 3 different types of units potentially moving 3, because it makes the BB even less viable. Even though the carrier should be the best deal w 2 fighters, i still like the other ships having some value and not getting beaten by all sorts of fast moving ships.

    The only ships that should move fast is carriers and cruisers/battlecruisers


  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    You guys think that stuff is cool?  I created an Empire builders version with my play group a few years ago,  We had 10 different countries, each one with specific national abilities, in 5 categories ( Air, Land, Sea, Economic, SUPER) Done over many attempts with many lessons learned,

    It was actually incredibly balanced, and made for some intense games! We used laminated maps from Napolean at war so we could Color in our Empires with dry-erase markers as we expanded, and often battled it out with 300-400 IPC a turn incomes. What a bloodbath! Absolutely incredible! … But anyways.  I thought I would share a few of the Excellent techs/abilites we developed.

    Keep in mind these were all country specific, but they could be adapted to TECH.

    Here’s a few that I remember

    LAND

    (CAN) - Crack troops, 5 of your infantry a game round get to roll 2 dice
    (CAN) - Volunteers, You can place up to 3 inf on the front line, in a territory you have controlled from the beginning of the game.
    (JAP) - Crazed Island Defenders, 1 jap inf always hits on the first round of combat on defense.

    NAVAL

    (GER) - Really Super Subs - Subs move 3  (These were for convoy use)  Became an incredible tool in any game with Convoys.
    (UK) - Flagships (British Battleships ALWAYS hit on the first round of naval combat.  (Not on Bombard)

    AIR

    (JAP) - Flaming Glory - fgts lost roll 1d2 to make a kill after taken as a casualty. (Deadly :D)
    (GBR) - Ejection seats - if fgt is lost adjacent to friendly territory, place a free inf there.

    ECONOMIC
    *This seems to be REALLY missing from alot of peoples variants, it really balances the game dynamics.

    (JAP) Tech-Factory - All Your current and future factoriers produce 3 IPC’s a turn for you

    (RUS) Infantry-Factory - All Your current and future factoriers produce an infantry a turn (As long as there are less then 5 infantry there)

    (GER) Tank-Factory - cost 20, makes a free tank a turn for you, and adds the territory value to your production limit for Tanks. (so Germany at 10 IPC’s can now buildup to 10 arm 10 anything else)

    (USA) 1 super complex.  You can build 1 factory at 1 point in a territory that can produce unlimited prodution.

    (USA) Buy Neutral Countries - You can spend 3 IPC’s a turn for a die (1 or 2) to have a Neutral join your side Economically. (est 3 ipc per neutral, they can be captured by the enemy)

    SUPER

    Anti-air / Anti-tank guns - Your AA Guns can now either choose to shoot at Air or at Armor - This is from the old Xeno Games days.

    (JAP) Kamikaze’s - pay 6 IPC’s for each, can place up to 3 under any of your Ind cmplx’s, can choose to pre-emptive attack on yours or your opponents turn, against targets you disern.  Roll 1d2.

    The gf wants me to go so I gotta jet, but I hope someone else gets some enjoyment out of these.



  • @Gargantua:

    You guys think that stuff is cool?  I created an Empire builders version…

    … But anyways.  I thought I would share a few of the Excellent techs/abilites we developed.

    Thank you, but no thank you! Too much ganja  :mrgreen: in those techs, hence no reality and game balance. Not cool enough for me. Come up with a balanced and historical tech for navy and I will be very  😄



  • @Imperious:

    …I might make this move 3 cruiser under the Battlecruisers tech because these also represent pocket battleships which would appear out of nowhere, sink a lonely ship and then hide before a cruiser group could catch it. I would not make the BC a 4 attack unit.

    The battlecruiser is a ship as large as a battleship, with the big guns of a battleship, and the sea speed of the fleetest cruiser, but with considerably less armor than a battleship. They were to revolutionize cruiser design. After this new type of capital ship came into service all previous armored cruisers were instantly obsolete.

    They would scout for the battle fleet (in which role they could brush aside the armored cruisers that the enemy customarily deployed to foil such scouts), they could equally prevent enemy scout cruisers from approaching the battle fleet. They could chase and dispatch “cripples” after a battle. They would also be tremendously useful in running down and destroying enemy commerce raiders on the high seas.

    From the beginning, battlecruisers had their detractors. They were criticized for being too big, too expensive, and too lightly armored. They were called “white elephants” and “deviates”. But when the Germans, and later the Japanese, started laying down improved (and much better protected) versions in response to the British battlecruisers, the type was clearly here to stay. Except for the pure battlecruiser there are other battlecruiser-style ships, sometimes called “super cruisers,” “large cruisers” or “pocket battleships”.

    The first battlecruisers (the Invincibles) were contemporary to the Dreadnought, the first modern battleship; the last battlecruisers (the Alaskas) were contemporaries of the last battleships, the Iowas. As the improved battlecruisers got bigger and better protected, the improved Dreadnoughts got bigger and faster, until finally the two types merged into the third generation fast battleships of World War II. Ships so large that they could combine the heavy armor of battleships, and the speed of battlecruisers, in the same hull.

    So Impy, why not attack and defend on 4 as well as as a move of 3. What is your suggestion to make battlecruisers worth pursuing?



  • One variant of Fast Capital Ships that would be historical correct is:

    Fast Capital Ships
    Your aircraft carriers, cruisers and battleships are now faster and have a move of 3.

    This might be a better tech than Battlecruisers, what do you think?

    Battlecruisers
    Your cruisers are now battlecruisers. Your cruisers defend and attack on a 4. They also have a move of 3.



  • I would like to see some kind of AA ability for the three capital ships. Only one would get a shot @ 1 per sz (fleet), similar to AA guns.



  • @WILD:

    I would like to see some kind of AA ability for the three capital ships. Only one would get a shot @ 1 per sz (fleet), similar to AA guns.

    I had a tech named Naval Antiair before a so callad AA Cruiser with a AA ability, but it is simply not worth persuing. Remeber that it costs 30 IPCs to develop a tech on average! I would take one BB and a FTR for those IPCs any time. More over in World War II, pure naval firepower didn’t mean a thing unless one have the planes to back it up. Surface ships without air protection were simply vulnerable to air attacks. The Japanese gave a very convincing demonstration of this early in the war, sinking two armored British warships (Repulse and Prince of Wales). And unlike Pearl Harbor, The British ships were at sea and underway, capable of maneuver and prepared for air defense. And yet they were sunk … quickly.

    I think about a variant of ASW (anti-submarine warfare) for planes as the fifth naval tech.

    Anti-Submarine Warfare
    Your aircraft may now attack enemy submarines and cancels the Surprise Strike of enemy submarines.


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    Anti-Submarine Warfare NEW
    Your aircraft may now attack enemy submarines and cancels the Surprise Strike of enemy submarines.

    i would add that cruisers are ASW units as well. Also the ASW units only cancel out the subs first strike at a 1:1 basis.

    I am not in favor of ‘fast battleships’ , but only cruisers and carriers. Leave DD and BB as 2 movers.


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    The battlecruiser is a ship as large as a battleship, with the big guns of a battleship, and the sea speed of the fleetest cruiser, but with considerably less armor than a battleship. They were to revolutionize cruiser design. After this new type of capital ship came into service all previous armored cruisers were instantly obsolete.

    yes from this its understood that only have one hit, but the guns could be at 4…ok make it a 4-3 unit because the armor we still like a cruiser…not a 4-4 unit, but a 4-3 unit moving 3.

    Also, allow it to use any remaining movement points it has left after combat to move the balance after combat…to simulate the idea that it gets away after it sinks…

    example: the BC moves one space and sinks a cruiser, then moves 2 more spaces in NCM away to avoid getting attacked by the enemy …this make is a good surface raider.



  • @Imperious:

    Anti-Submarine Warfare NEW
    Your aircraft may now attack enemy submarines and cancels the Surprise Strike of enemy submarines.

    i would add that cruisers are ASW units as well. Also the ASW units only cancel out the subs first strike at a 1:1 basis.

    I am not in favor of ‘fast battleships’ , but only cruisers and carriers. Leave DD and BB as 2 movers.

    Ok, I will think about the addion of cruisers for the ASW. It might be good. But your comment on BBs for Fast Capital Ships is worthless if you don´t give a good argument for your stand point. I did gave a strong reson to why BBs should be included i the text above, for historical resons! Moreover it is a more balanced tech if one can bring in BBs to soak up hits.



  • @Imperious:

    …ok make it a 4-3 unit because the armor we still like a cruiser…not a 4-4 unit, but a 4-3 unit moving 3.

    Also, allow it to use any remaining movement points it has left after combat to move the balance after combat…to simulate the idea that it gets away after it sinks…

    example: the BC moves one space and sinks a cruiser, then moves 2 more spaces in NCM away to avoid getting attacked by the enemy …this make is a good surface raider.

    I don´t like the 4-3 idea because it still only takes a singel hit to destroy a cruiser and the tech will hardly be worth persuing at 4-3. Bottomline is that your idea is not balanced, do the math. However I like your idea of special movement in NCM. How about this variant:

    Battlecruisers
    Your cruisers are now battlecruisers. Your cruisers defend and attack on a 4. If your attacking forces destroy all defending units in a territory in one cycle of combat, any of your surviving cruisers in the attacking forces may move 1 territory during the noncombat move phase.

    However I still like the tech Fast Capital Ships more than Battlecruisers!  😉


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    I agree that the rules must be realistic, but they also must be balanced and not throw out the other pieces and reduce their value. The Battleship moving three represents that they also have long range as well as speed. They do not have long range, rather this is a trait of cruisers and possible carriers. Battleships suck up too much fuel to patrol the distance of 3 sea zones unless they carry tankers and that never happens when they are in battle because tankers move very slow and if the tanker is sunk the Battleship is helpless in the middle of the ocean. Also, warships need to move a high rate of speed when in battle and suck up fuel even worse.

    Cruiser by definition of their name ‘cruise’ long distances and have a much lighter frame that allows them to move fast and carriers are mostly build on a cruiser hull template.

    IN the game having 3 ships out or 5 moving 3 is not balanced and reduces the value of the other two ships.

    Realistically submarines should not be able to move 2 sea zones from a friendly port, unless these are long range submarines and most nations didn’t have many of these. Most of them were called ‘coastal submarines’ and should even not be able to move away from adjacent sea zones from land. This would be realistic as well, but hardly a decent AA rule because it would totally invalidate the submarine. The point is you cannot JUST do things that are historical and realistic if they don’t make sence in the game. SO naturally you just take the glaring unrealistic items and make them more realistic, but not at the detriment of the game play.


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    I don´t like the 4-3 idea because it still only takes a singel hit to destroy a cruiser and the tech will hardly be worth persuing at 4-3. Bottomline is that your idea is not balanced, do the math. However I like your idea of special movement in NCM. How about this variant:

    Battlecruisers
    Your cruisers are now battlecruisers. Your cruisers defend and attack on a 4. If your attacking forces destroy all defending units in a territory in one cycle of combat, any of your surviving cruisers in the attacking forces may move 1 territory during the noncombat move phase.

    How does the “math” apply here considering this is technology? Technology introduces a new advantage so how does the math favor a 4-4 unit and not a 4-3 unit?

    The movement must also be considered as an advantage to bring up the value of the technology equal to the loss of defense from 4 to 3. Also why did you post that the armor of a BC is like a cruiser, but rate the defense like a battleship?

    That is not realistic.



  • @Imperious:

    How does the “math” apply here considering this is technology? Technology introduces a new advantage so how does the math favor a 4-4 unit and not a 4-3 unit?

    Math is game balance. I has always been the one of us talking about balance when you talk about history, this will be fun. The thing is that Tech is math as well, even if the dude that designed this game has not not realized it yet! On average one spend 30 IPCs to develop a tech and there is a rsik premium as well, since one can not choose the tech you want. So the reward one are looking for to put IPCs on R&D is actually higher than 30 IPCs, depending on how many of the techs that will be valuable for the player. This is the basics. If there are lousy techs the riskpremium gets higher. Lets say Russia only want four out of six techs since the other two are more or less wothless to him. The payback the Russian player would be looking for to develop tech would be 40 IPCs (30 IPCs plus 2/6 times 30 IPCs).

    There are three factors that will count for techs and those are; attack, defens and special abilities like movement and hits etc. The easiest way to find out if a tech is balanced is to compare the cost of the new tech and see if will be costeffective in attack and defens capability. And then look at any special abilities that will be of any strategic value and try to put a price on that. This will be different from time to time dependant on the mix of your and your enemies force. But the bottom line is that a tech should be worth persuing and that is at least 30 IPCs of investing instead of purchasing normal units for the IPCs.

    Talking about game breakers and tech, you self advocate a A-Bomb tech. One could argument that such a super tech would compensate for lousy techs on the breakthrough charts. Fair enough, but I think that the R&D is risky as it is and does not need to be more of a gambling, but rather more strategic. I think it would be better to have different charts for land, air and sea. This would reduce the riskpremium I talked about before. More over I think that any tech should not be a definitive game breaker. One should stay with the back bone of the game, and that is that it must always be cheaper to defend than to attack. No unit shall be better than an infantry in defens. Ok, must stop there.


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    Your post does not answer the question.

    If these cruisers you propose with the new technology as a 4-4 unit moving 3  VS:

    A Cruiser with ASW capabilities , a 4-3 unit that moves 3 spaces and can allocate its remaining movement after combat gives this second choice enough glitz to make technology investment worthwhile.

    If i had a choice i would easily take the second choice. It offers greater utility to the cruiser.

    Also, each researcher invested keeps rolling so your not spending 30 IPC to get a technology. ON average spending just 5 IPC will generate a 50 % chance of getting a technology after 3 turns, so its hardly a valid point to make about “the math” making the second candidate a useless technology.



  • @Imperious:

    …The Battleship moving three represents that they also have long range as well as speed. They do not have long range, rather this is a trait of cruisers and possible carriers. Battleships suck up too much fuel to patrol the distance of 3 sea zones unless they carry tankers and that never happens when they are in battle because tankers move very slow and if the tanker is sunk the Battleship is helpless in the middle of the ocean. Also, warships need to move a high rate of speed when in battle and suck up fuel even worse.

    Cruiser by definition of their name ‘cruise’ long distances and have a much lighter frame that allows them to move fast and carriers are mostly build on a cruiser hull template.

    IN the game having 3 ships out or 5 moving 3 is not balanced and reduces the value of the other two ships.

    Range and speed is not the same thing. I agree with you here and has acted accordingly…

    By the way, when it comes to tech the hole idea is to make a unit more valuable and hence reduce the value of other units.



  • @Imperious:

    Your post does not answer the question.

    If these cruisers you propose with the new technology as a 4-4 unit moving 3  VS:

    A Cruiser with ASW capabilities , a 4-3 unit that moves 3 spaces and can allocate its remaining movement after combat gives this second choice enough glitz to make technology investment worthwhile.

    If i had a choice i would easily take the second choice. It offers greater utility to the cruiser.

    I would choose the same as you here, but the ASW capability is not the purpose for battlecruisers. I like the special NCM ability, as I told you before.



  • @Imperious:

    …Also, each researcher invested keeps rolling so your not spending 30 IPC to get a technology. On average spending just 5 IPCs will generate a 50 % chance of getting a technology after 3 turns, so its hardly a valid point to make about “the math” making the second candidate a useless technology.

    About the math I was wrong, it is 15 IPCs on average. I was stuck in the old days, sorry. This means that I will need to change me techs, any suggestions?


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