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New Version will include reworked transport ships, rebalanced infantry based units and a host of bug fixes and rebalances.

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After the release of 7.23 on top of 7.03 version the BICE team have kept busy.
A new version is in the works with further refinements to all the infantry based units stat balance. All infantry units from Communist Militia, to Luftwaffe infantry to mechanized infantry and air landing infantry are now upgraded by either a Light Infantry Branch tech, Standard Infantry Branch or a Special Forces Branch. This means it is possible to develop elite Special Forces and neglect your militia or cavalry units. A minor nation might choose to focus on ski troops and ignore standard infantry development.Also transport ships are being radically reworked. The normal transport ship unit will now be incapable of amphibious invasions. You will have to develop more specialised landing craft and assault ship units, or rely on the risky auxiliary vessels ( civilian ships such as barges and fishing vessels).Also work has been made on bug fixing and more game balance issues. For example the weather buildings effects have been substantially reduced. High level weather effects will still be problematic, but normal effects will be more a nuisance. Trade has also been made somewhat less harsh. Aiming for a release some time before Christmas ( and that's a promise :) )

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TheRomanRuler
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Great news!
-TheRomanRuler

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bundao54
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this mod is ******* great i love this mod

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Herr_Sturmführer
Herr_Sturmführer

- I also think Scandinavian nations should have the 'Arctic Warfare Equipment' tech already researched as standard in 1936.

- Fins should have anti-tank Infantry tech +1 above per standard in 1936.

- Poland should have +2 Cavalry tech per standard in 1936.

- Conscript Infantry should be re-added as a unit with 25% organisation and 5% strength before mobilization.

- British, Canadians, New Zealanders and Australians should get 'Territorial Infantry' as a conscript alternative with 50% organization and 20% strength before mobilization.

- All Military units that are reserve units should have a max strength of no more than 20% before mobilization.

- If Germany declares war on Yugoslavia Greece should get an event fired with 90% Ai chance of rescinding their guarantee of Independence for Yugoslavia. This will avoid the non-historical scenario of Greece going to war with Germany & Italy before May 1941.

- Bulgaria should have some form of event prior to the Yugoslavian Campaign, giving German and Italians units transit rights but also perhaps temporarily giving the border provinces with Yugoslavia to Germany for a limited time to allow Germans to attack Directly into Yugoslavia.

Sturm.

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cpt.franz
cpt.franz

good thing you mention the issue with greece and the balkans wars... I normally declare war on yugoslavia to gain croatia and serbia as a puppet so I get that strategic effect "regional puppet master" which helps a lot with research...

hey sturm, I have a question, just before posting this I've been reading about how the independent stat of Croatia was formed, and I'm kind of confused, according to wikipedia, and most sources, croatia was a puppet from both germany and italy, but with the Treaties of Rome on 18 May 1941 Croatia was Offcially an Italian protectorate (puppet), but it remained under military care and administration of germany... so I don't know if I should choose "italian sphere" or "german sphere" and then "make concessions" when asked about the fate of the balkans... also, according to the message we get in the vanilla HOI3 from the fall of yugoslavia, serbia was never created, because "the serbs couldn't be trusted" so should I, as a german player, create that government or not? I just want to play the game as close to reality as possible... except for the final outcome of course :D

oh and I'm a big fan of your mod "totaller krieg" it's so good!

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Herr_Sturmführer
Herr_Sturmführer

Hi Capt. Franz,

I think the historical approach would be to have Croatia an ally of Germany, puppet of Italy. Germany exploited the Croatian economy more so than the Italians and practically owned / monopolized most of the Croatian industry. Therefore I think Germany should get an event boosting their IC by +20 to symbolize their take over of the Croatian resources aswell as a Timber / Rare minerals strategic resource. Italy should get a +10 IC to symbolize their take over of the smaller industries plus they should get a new strategic resource of Ship Prefab building in Split. Germany should however 'annex' the rest of Yugoslavia, with Bulgaria gaining large cores to their West and South into Greece. Serbia should not exist. The Balkans was never a priority for Germany and prefered Italy to have hegemony, having the Bulgarians and Hungarians on hand to occupy the regions of former Yugoslavia and Greece.

Sturm

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Herr_Sturmführer
Herr_Sturmführer

- Germany should also be able to build in the battalion/brigade screen Landesschützenbatallione' being cheaper than garrisons, although with faster move speed, lower defense stats, very low anti-tank stats, lower personnel, quicker build time. Cheap garrison units / conscript alternatives.

If possible this unit should be come available via event as soon as Germany 'mobilizes' for war.

Sturm.

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nemostill
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Great!

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PANZEROO Author
PANZEROO

We might just make it too. Though the catch is the admins on ModDB will still need to approve the download link. So when 7.3 is released it will be out a day or two earlier on the paradox BICE sub forum and the BICE Facebook page

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LATE

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PANZEROO Author
PANZEROO

7.3 is out on the paradox forum. Waiting to check for reported bugs before releasing here and on the facebook page. At this stage there will be a 7.31 made within the next few hours anyway ;)

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voltar
voltar

Looking forward and IMO quality is king so take all the time you need.

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Guest
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Finished before christmas they said...

The war will be over before christmas they said...

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PANZEROO Author
PANZEROO

The 7.23/7.3 releases had a nasty save game crash which has taken a while to fix. The new version is being tested and once its 100% CTD free it will be uploaded here.

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voltar
voltar

Been playing 7.31 beta, and out of maybe 50 saves one CTD during an autosave.

Also Playing USA in 1943 Japan finally formed Nanjing Republic which somehowsomeway was simultaniously in Axis, allied with Japan and at war with Japan and puppet.

SF Doctrine techs don't effect unique units so no Morale bonus for unique Mountain infantry or Marines. Dunno if it intentional or not.

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voltar
voltar

Make that 2 autosave CTDs :-(

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djschlotte
djschlotte

Wow, you guys really put a lot of work into this. Thank you. You made the game much more interesting, even if I have to screw with my screen resolution in order to view all of the techs.

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Guest
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I feel that the British in North Africa are somewhat over powered

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PANZEROO Author
PANZEROO

Playing as Italy ? You will need to heavily reinforce your army and / or retreat out of Libya and the Afrika Korps will arrive to help by an event. However the key to winning is about who controls the supply convoys. If you can disrupt the UK supply lines the rest will be easy.

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hunter748
hunter748

So when can we expect 7.3....?????

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PANZEROO Author
PANZEROO

7.32 is out on the forum, however there has been reports of save game CTDs with it. So we are still trying to fix that before releasing it here. The paradox forums are much better suited for game and bugs reports. When its in a better shape we will release 7.4 here

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hunter748
hunter748

ok , I see, take your time...! deliver the best error-less version.

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Guest
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Take your time Panzeroo, it's not like we poor internet pirates have anything else to do.

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