Hey, I’ve been asking myself the same question, why do axis have a huge advantage. My friends and I don’t have that feeling (rather 55-45 for axis). But we never play with victory cities. Our games usually ends with axis victory when:
- Axis take moscow with a huge amount of troops remaining and Allies have no solid ground in Europe and with japan still going wild)
- Axis have a huge advantage in total IPC revenue per round per player (for exemple when germany and italy have a decent revenue and Japan is still controlling money islands).
I think in the long run (10-15 turns) the allied will gain an advantag (if they gain more IPC per round than axis), so i think most people play with victory cities on the short-middle run (7-8 turns).
But yet again, this is my experience (playing for 14 years for 2 games a month) on the board, i don’t play on triple A.