Pps. Played another game of 2.0 with the 20 boost to Allies. This time I took control of all the Axis nations.
Went with a Sea Lion game for G, and India push for Japan. So far it feels pretty good. I'd say it's definitely challenging to take England and still prevent the Allies from rolling up on you as a result. The payoff isn't spectacular with only 5 PUs on England, but at least this way I don't have to worry about the RAF stacking up on me. Russia has plenty to distract them with Finland and Persia and such, so managing a defense of the East is possible, but they stack heavy and with all these German ships in the water fuel is still tough to come by haha. Instead I've taken to expanding the Luftwaffe with a few bombers and fighters to hopefully help us win the battle of the Atlantic.
Somehow I still feel like the British balance is a bit off. Or rather, that they still don't have many interesting choices to make. I kind of wish that all of the possible British Altanic stuff was brought together under one umbrella. Like the colonies in West Africa, maybe British Jamaica or Guiana, or Iceland. It feels a little disjointed how "France" is basically all of French Africa, but Britain is just Canada and the UK.
My thought was that maybe the "British Colonies" should be everything east of Egypt or the cape of could hope. And everything West of those would be "British." Then just have Egypt and British-India/Pacific play as a single faction and all the British Atlantic territories as a single faction?
You could then substitute all the British-India units for British-Colonies units. I think this would help to create a nice wedge at the center South, to compliment the center North (ie Russia). And would allow to still keep the regional feel without too much scrolling around. British Colonies would then be a truly credible naval power too, to deal with what Italy and Japan are likely to throw against them.
Maybe the same could just be done for the French Colonies? Where everything on the Atlantic side is "France" and everything East of Africa is "French Colonies." Right now the British Colonies and French Colonies are kind of all across the map anyway, so it's hard to see the difference between having it happen on the major players turn or the minor colony players turn. One way or another someone is still going to have to skip across the map during their turn, but it might feel more streamlined if the divide was between Atlantic and Pacific possessions.
This would free up another faction slot for the Allies, so you could include Canada if desired. It would look clean, since you could just use the British-India stuff for Canada (sans colonials.) Their flags already look pretty close anyway, or if you wanted it to be more accurate all you really have to do is make the field solid red (with the Union Jack) instead of the India circle, or put a Canadian emblem in its place.
Or even if you didn't have Canada, at least doing it that way its absence wouldn't seem so conspicuous, since you'd have a few other colonies to help round out the "British." I might consider ditching South Africa as a separate faction. That way all the dominions and Atlantic stuff is British and everything else is British Colonies. Along those same lines, I might make dutch Guiana Pro-Allied neutral so it matches Benelux.
In any case, I still think something like that would make Britain more interesting, and still preserve all the essential unit art, just with a few tweaks.
Here is an edit of 2.0 showing how it might look. Here I have all the Atlantic stuff (including Canada) as a single British player. And British-India + Egypt and East Africa as British-Colonies. The way it shakes down the Atlantic faction has around 100 PUs, and the Eastern Faction has around 60. I think something like that would create some interesting choices for each, because then you have to decide where to concentrate your builds. For example, the Colonies would have to make a choice between Egypt or India. The British would have to make a choice between Europe/Atlantic or Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Anyhow, that was my last thought for the night lol. Meantime, still trying to get my crush on with Axis. It's been pretty entertaining thus far. This save uses the vanilla 2.0 map.
Here we are in 1942...
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Here is the game after another 5 rounds. Its taken about this long for the Axis to start having an impact vs Russia. The +20 boost has definitely helped to keep the Allies in it. China and India have been holding steady for a while, and Anzac is starting to creep up into the mix. Most of Africa is under Italian control, but West Africa is still a hotbead of Allied activity. We made a solid push but got bogged down before we could crack Nigeria. Now the British Colonies are starting to fight back with an offensive of their own. A lot of aircraft waiting in the wings. I like it. Air seems to be the best bet for the AI to pull out some surprises or catch me off guard. Will probably keep it going for another few rounds, at least unit the nukes start flying lol
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After 14 rounds, Axis clinched the VC win when they finally snaked India and Leningrad...
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