The S7W saw at the beginning of the war an extremely trained Prussian infantry against a “normal” Austrian and French army, and ended with a poor quality (and extremely depleted) Prussian infantry, against a poor quality and depleted Austrian and French army. Not quite so in Rise of Prussia – the “depleted” part is there, but not the gradual loss of quality. Why ? Because all the units get trained to “elite” after only one battle.
Moreover, having a unit trained means it cannot receive “non-elite” replacement, which makes it a burden instead of a boon. Many players complained on this.
- Get rid of trained infantry altogether, and increase the speed at which a unit get experience.
I believe players should not be able to build depot BTN, and in exchange receive more replacements over the year. I believe depot BTN make the game less interesting. I will try to convince you of this.
I am pretty sure most players play RoP with a depleted replacement pool, at least from mid-1758 onward, and for the Infantry and Elite Infantry replacements. Thus, instead of creating new units, most players (including Baris and me) create depot BTN after depot BTN to get those replacements. It allows experienced units to fight again and are therefore the best option.
Because how much one can build is very limited (esp. for the Prussians due to the MP bug) neither players will build anything else than BTN (except the odd supply train / engineers / light infantry from time to time), even though there is quite a large array of buildable units, but those never get constructed. It is a waste, really, it narrows the number of strategies possible (should I build a cavalry force, more fixed guns, or more infantry ?) and it narrows the diversity of the game (less different units, as many of the types of units the Prussian can build are not available from start).
Moreover, creating depot BTN to get new replacements overlaps with the military options to do the same thing, which makes little sense in my opinion.
Finally, this could be a good way to make WSU useful, by rising the cost of buying replacements through the military options in WSU, but making that option opened more often. Right now, WSU is more or less useless, as the Prussian player is constrained by manpower and the Austrian player by money.
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