We play the game with a group of co-workers and have moved up from classic to a homemade version of AA50.
We like the '41 setup because it is so different from the setups of the older games. We don’t like NO’s, simply because of the tracking involved in keeping tabs on your own and your opponents targets. We had several new players in our group, so the extra rules and strategic considerations would have been too much.
Tech is also not used, but we might do that in the future to spice things up.
I personally do believe that 1941 WITH NO’s will be balanced towards the Axis, they can get al lot of extra income early.
On the other hand, I think that without them, the Axis have a really hard time winning the game. Japan is uber powerfull, but so are the Russians compared to Classic A&A. The Germans have quite a hard time with them.
In the first few games, I really got the feeling that the Axis could not win. In the last game, the 2 most experienced players (Myself and the guy who made the homemade version) took the Axis and were able to win for the first time. This was however, a game in which the US ignored europe in the beginning and D-Day came very late.
What do you guys think of the balance?