Currently playing 1v1 with a friend. And we’re both competent veteran players of the older AA games. I’m Axis. Now, first in the other theater of the world, Japan is doing ok. A lot of my navy left over there and fighting with US navy while at same time I setup a factory in Manchuria and India to steadily pump infantry/tanks west trying to help either reenforce Africa or help take out Russia. I tell you this because if I wasn’t pressuring Russia like this, then Germany would be even harder to play.
So now to my question. Any half competent player, playing as the UK/US is going to have bombers parked on UK and every turn will be Industry bombing Germany. This is really a necessity to do if you play Allies. So of course he’s doing that to me. Per turn he brings 3 British bombers, and he’s got 2 American bombers there. So per turn I lose 17-20 IPC’s from this as I’ve also been a little unlucky on the AA rolls. I’ve only shot down 1 bomber after 4-5 turns. So he hammers my factory so bad that, as Germany, I only have about 7-10 IPC left each turn. This is even INCLUDING the bonus money that I get per turn. Because of this aspect of the game that Germany has no defense for, I don’t have the money to take Russia, where as Russica continues to have 25-30 IPC per turn to push me back.
So of course, I’ve lost ground and been reduced to making lots of Infantry and just defending. I simply cannot afford anything and it’s only a matter of time when Germany will fall.
My question is I simply don’t understand how Germany is playable with this going on. It’s too much power. Germany only has 1 factory so each turn I’m REQUIRED to repair the damage or I can’t bring in any new units. Russia isn’t hindered by this, so even if I tried to bomb Russia with my own bombers to try and do to them what UK is doing to me……I can’t.
My bombers, I think, can only reach the north Russian factory and that’s only an IPC value of 2…meaning I can only do a max of 4 damage to that territory. That’s nothing compared to what UK/US are doing to me.
Trying to take Africa takes time and Britian has already killed off my navy in the med. Italy is actually doing ok and is helping defend Germany with infantry while at same time managed to take Egypt at the moment. I couldn’t take my Italians further down south and take Africa because the British/US fleet controls the Med and western Africa seazones not to mention they have a big presense now on Algeria. So I’m forced to keep my Italians (they even have a factory) in Eygpt to help defend that from the forces soon to come from Algeria.
==== HERE’S MY POINT ====
This bombing from UK, any half competent player should be doing this to Germany, but with AA only being a 1/6 chance to shoot down, I complained and complained that he was destroying 90% of my income and he wasn’t having to pay for that power. He isn’t losing enough bombers. I’m not complaining about the damage…(as this happened in real life)…as much as I’m complaining that I don’t think 1/6 is enough of a chance. I told him that in the war, we lost a ton of bombers prior to mustang escorts. He hasn’t lost hardly any and that doesn’t seem balanced. I figured if he’s going to keep doing this to me, he should have to put more IPC’s towards that power.
So I convinced him that, JUST for the purposes of industrial bombing, we need to give the AA a 20% chance instead of 16.5%. So we use 10 sided dice for this purpose and a 1 or 2 kills the bomber. So since doing that, it’s been a little more balanced and thusly I take a little less damage, he is paying for another bomber or two. I think that’s balanced.
I just simply don’t understand how Germany can even function with this heavy bombing on a 1/6 AA dice roll. Imagine if UK/US had heavy bombers? What am I doing wrong as Germany to be in this situation?
We’re using bonus income (which I’ve noticed gives the Allies the advantage as he’s getting lots of IPC’s from this), and we started with 1941 scenario, which again is Allies advantage. I even took off right away with Germany and raced ahead into Russia as best I could. I took 3-4 territories at first and Russia looked as if it would fall, but then the heavy bombing was so bad that I’ve since been fought back and lost ground cuz I simply can’t replace what I’ve lost. Russia still can be because they don’t have a factory as vulnerable as Germany’s.