Cheers Myth! Yeah I get the whole concept... I was just wondering if it was limiting or not (and hoping not!). Phew!
Still bummed about the lack of tech teams, but everything does look so very well done
Well, for once I won't regret the research system of HOI1. This is much, much, more.
Haven't read the whole thread, but has anyone noticed that there's a practical value for small ships but no theoretical value (unlike capital ships, carriers and subs, which have both)?
Perhaps that's thought of as in the 'naval engineering theory'
This is honestly really great
One question remains : how will we get Leadership?
I'm sure techs and laws and whatnot will play a role, but is it province based akin to manpower and IC or something else?
I will still miss tech teams. I feel like HOI3 is going more in the direction of a strategy game versus a historical simulation.
what might the theory tab contain? don't think there was anything comparable in HOI2
Something odd, but forgiveable:
the 'equipment' techs to the right bottom all have the symbol of the theory 'individual courage' in HoI2, which probably means it's the practical value you gain from 'general combat' (DevDiary3).
This means that you get better at researching "artic warfare equipment" as Saudi-Arabia from fighting solely in the desert
(not entirely of course, since you also need the theory 'large unit tactics' )
Which isn't that unrealistic at all, but kinda strange
You get better at researching a doctrine for battleships from fighting only with subs
But the second theoretical value will always be different, so it's still realistic.
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What's the purpose of the supply consumption increase for every increase in tech level? What says that newer weapons consume more ammo, need more maintenance etc.? I would say that the opposite often is true.
It may also cause balancing issues. Lower-tech troops should not be better IC-wise.
I think that the only costs of upgrading should be the cost of researching the tech and the cost of upgrading the specific unit.
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Otherwise you get the snowball effect: you produce lots of infantry, so your practical value goes up, so you get better at researching new infantry and better at building more infantry. So far so good
But, once you research that new infantry tech, you will still be good at building infantry AND at researching better infantry, since your practical value is still high. So by upping the price, you don't produce the new infantry as fast as you did the old infantry.
Which isn't right
How about this: each time you research a new tech, example: infantry small arms, your practical value DECREASES, to simulate the retooling of your industry for the new equipment.
So add a line:
on_completion = -infantry_practical
to the txt file for infantry small arms.
By lowering the practical value, you also add a very realistic and strategic choice:
do I keep producing the same Shermans or Churchills, since I can already produce them rapidly and in great numbers, or do I go for the better M26 Pershing or Centurion, which I can't produce as fast?
This was a real choice the British made, to postpone the development of the Centurion, so they could build more Churchills to quickly outfit their new tank divisions.
Looks great guys!! I do have a question though.
Back in the Production DD, you mentioned that in order for Practical to be maintained, you need to continue producing, as it will decay over time. But say later in the war, some nations might be low on MP and/or Leadership and are not gonna really be cranking out Infantry. However, seeking to maintain advantage, Germany plunges itself into a tech race and wishes to develope advanced equipment and small arms. However, despite this effort, Germany's Infantry Practical would decay because it's not producing any new Infantry Brigades, correct??
Should upgrading count for some sort of Practicals retention??
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This is brilliant.
Someone mentioned Leadership percentage, perhaps a percentage of population? Perhaps modified by industry?
Capital... what is that, can't be capital ships because those will be in Naval...
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