Steel said:Hi Steven, which game difficulty level did you play on and which option did you pick in the additional difficulty level setup event?
About the impact of the events on the game, some are flavour only while others are very significant. Some events are 'worth' tens of thousands of IC in gained units, tech etc while others might just tweak your influence or provide some immersion factor.
Mega-stacks of ground attack aircraft is a recognised issue, as I'm sure you know the air stacking penalties in HoI are asymmetrical (applied to air-to-air but not air-to-ground) which allows large stacks to achieve ahistorical results. While we could tweak units stats to prevent this it would render smaller (historical size) air units ineffective which is not desirable.
I am playing with CORE on the hardest CORE setting, and HOI on Normal/Aggressive. I don't like playing a Mod the first time with HOI set for anything other than Normal; the "Hard" setting in HOI is only a combat penalty, it wouldn't have had much effect.
Mega-Air to ground stacks are only broken if they aren't fighting Mega-ground stacks. But to fight a Mega-ground stack you need to have lots of planes. SRP/HSR make air units really expensive, and take a long time to make; combined with giving the AI units for free. This makes the balance of air-ground more even.
I use "groups" of bombers, a stack of 3 plus a stack of 9; this lets me adjust the number of planes in a combat, which is very important if enemy planes show up. It is a way to mitigate the air-to-air penalties.
Should I be building something other than air units early? The CORE tech tree makes it a LONG time to get anything better than Basic air units; the techs just take a long time to research. So there is nothing else to do besides build lots of planes?
It also takes a long time to research "good" tanks, say Imp Mdm 70mm, so you can't start building them until early 1940 or so. And Mech takes even longer to research? Building more than a few Inf-E, or other infantry type units is a waste of manpower (expect for Paras).
I conquered Lebanon, Syria and Egypt with one Paratroop, 12 Dive Bombers and 4 Tac Bombers. I could easily conquer all of England with the same force? There are only 4-5 divisions in all of England, none in London, etc. I could probably conquer England without the Dive Bombers (and use 4 Fighters instead, in case there are any air units around).
Just seems the AI changes, and the events to help the AI from Stony Road could be added to all of CORE's nice tech and historical changes?