this is a sequel to the Gizmotron user-mod for Axis and Allies. there will be new types of weather, more territory maps in skirmish mod, (larger maps in skirmish mode as well). new experience ranks and bonuses (regiments keep getting bonuses up to 2000 exp points). nearly 100 special ops, new water-based units like cruisers and submarines (with torpedo attacks). nations to be included are Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Communist China, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Nationalist China, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. more nations available for WW2 mode, see images for details. tentative Alpha-test release date is March 2014, the final version will hopefully be done by November 2014

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2 comments by Gizmotron on Aug 18th, 2014

eras have been done before-- like in Stukoke's excellent World at War Mod.
 the big problem was where to put everything and how to organize it.  if we were serious about dividing things into era there could be as many as three or four times as many division tents as what we already had!  some techs weren't even available early in the war.  so we had to think about making multiple copies of each faction... even tech buildings.
 the Corps HQ special op presents another complication.  which Corps would you use?  the op will only summon one actor every time.  in Stukoke's mod he had the default special op Corps HQ limited to JUST early war tech.  I understand why this was done-- because it penalizes players for losing.  but it doesn't really make sense to be playing in the year 1944 in an RMC map and then have to revert to 1938 units because you lost your Corps.  this becomes a major disaster in SP campaign games.
 
another problem is the WW2 Metagame.  Stukoke had players spend extra money on late-war armies.  this still didn't stop players from buying late war armies as early as 1941.  I figured the only way to discourage this was to use stacking tech limitations.  one year had to be researched before players could advance to the next year.  if advancing one year in tech cost $200 players would have to think hard about whether they wanted those late war units at the risk of having fewer armies.  one late-war army could defeat numerous early war armies.
 the challenge was how do we add multiple time periods but have it work in both SP campaigns AND in WW2 mode?
 the idea I came up with was a "Universal Corps HQ".
 the Universal Corps HQ that would recruit era-based Corps HQ trucks.  this building would have a year-based techs. players would start with 1938 techs and then have to invest each year in chronological order.  it would use the same layout as heavy tanks being required before super-heavy tanks.  you couldn't use 1943 units without first researching previous years.
 the advantage is that we could leave the tech buildings largely unchanged. we could limit the units available through era-based division tents recruited from era-based Corps HQs.  it would be confusing enough to have era-based division tents let alone era-based tech buildings.
 it would also require minimal changes to the Metagame.  we wouldn't need to add dozens of new period-based armies with different price tags.  players could simply purchase the normal armies and know that they were already limited by yearly tech.  it also prevents late-war units from being used in the Metagame too far ahead of schedule.
 the Universal Corps would become the default special op building.  players could summon a new Corps but wouldn't be forced to travel back in time.  they would also still be limited to the tech they had previously researched.  if they wanted to research their way into the future that would still be an option in RMCs.
 the plan was to divide each faction into roughly three eras.  (early, middle, and late)
 all that being said... we decided that we weren't going to do eras until after we finished the basic version of the mod for the whole war.  if we tried to implement it now it would probably push the project back about 6-8 months (at best).  it's not just the major nations now.  we currently have 20+ nations in this mod.  if we do eras it would have to nearly every country.

 

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Theharkonnen
Theharkonnen Jul 30 2014, 5:41pm says:

Excellent news. I managed to get a new territory into WWII mode.

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Droidekas
Droidekas Jul 30 2014, 9:15pm replied:

SWEET! That sounds like a major breakthrough!

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Theharkonnen
Theharkonnen Jul 29 2014, 4:37pm says:

Just a heads up for everyone, Gizmotron and I discussed the release of the new patch. We are thinking that the end of August is when we will release it.

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TheLastSterling
TheLastSterling Jul 29 2014, 6:51pm replied:

Great to hear. Also any plans to add in more units later like the panzer 2 Luchs, super pershing, etc?

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Theharkonnen
Theharkonnen Jul 29 2014, 7:12pm replied:

Well, we have added a bunch of new units already, not those specifically though (Although I thought the panzer 2 is already in there), mostly some new planes and building models. Well, I'm currently concentrating on new doodads so that Giz and I can start on the campaign starting with the next patch.

I'm also looking at WWII mode to see if I can code in new territories.

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TheLastSterling
TheLastSterling Jul 29 2014, 11:12pm replied:

Well the panzer 2 is in the game; the ausf. E variant. the Luchs is the ausf. L variant which is an improved recon tank. What I mean is any plans to add in even more units later on in addition to what the mod has now.One thing that did bother me when I downloaded the mod is that a lot of the files seems to be useless and just takes up space.

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Theharkonnen
Theharkonnen Jul 30 2014, 9:26am replied:

Yeah, we plan on organizing the mod better.

Yeah, I guess I could do the Luchs.

Well, we've added new units like the HE.177 Grief, Vickers Wellington Bomber, French MS.406, Ilyuskin IL4, French AMR-35 ZT3 and some others.

Mainly, I am focusing on things like trailers and improving some of the models we are using from the Chinese mod.

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Meyerm
Meyerm Jul 14 2014, 1:24am says:

Has any work been done on the Chinese communists? I'd like to see some preview shots.

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Sir-Scott219
Sir-Scott219 Jul 14 2014, 1:30pm replied:

The B-17 did actually kill about 235 planes in the war :)

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Theharkonnen
Theharkonnen Jul 15 2014, 8:48am replied:

Perhaps, but not in a single engagement.

Towards the end, the Germans threw hundreds of planes against the allies' thousands and the German pilots knew they couldn't do very much.

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