marines aren't getting the +1 def in coast/island for having advanced special warfare tech.
no one got adv sw in that game
My comments were about SW with shared tech. In that case I think it is more important to go for logistics and production before SW with Italy. With UK/US sharing Italy doesn't have the time to research techs which it needs but Germany already has. That is lost time....
Imo Italy can do pretty good without SW. The only place where it might be useful is Malta. Building some marines early might pay off. Other than Malta my main objective is to get as much units into North Africa as possible. For landings in Syria, Cyprus etc single marines are sufficent and they usually only happen in later rounds.
@wirkey i think i usually go for special warfare first with either sides shared tech.
I don't think Italy needs sw that early so I prefer having them research logistics and production. Germany doesn't need sw either, so they can go for land warfare for example and produce adv artillery by round 4 or 5 and move them to the front quickly
@wirkey The manual says Germany shares tech with Italy (and UK with US) but doesn’t explicitly mention vide versa. Does tech sharing work in both directions?
(And is it recommended to turn it on or off?)
Italy gives Germany, UK gives US.
Most games I play without it, but it can be fun to try it once in a while
@wirkey i think the main weakness in shared tech for the allies is that production is already activated for us and uk has so many free materials at the beginning there is not much reason to go for that early but it is possibly the best tech to go for early and for the uk, allowing minors to build air transports, especially early would be a big advantage in terms of the previously mentioned free materials.
With shared tech I usually don't go for production with UK early. Go for the techs both UK and US need: logistics, special warfare. After that UK usually goes for air techs while US is researching naval.
Most people would likely agree with you that production is the best tech early. But I prefer logistics. Those +1 movement for trucks and trains and the scrambling option for carriers can have a huge impact.
yeah, if you research something during Italy rnd x Germany can only use it in rnd x+2. That's why I think shared tech, if used correctly, favors the Allies a lot. US gets to use it shared techs in x+1 if UK gets it in x. Besides that UK and US can use pretty much the same techs while Italy could use different ones than Germany, once it has the basics (logistics, production)