Version 2.5.4 available from map repository, normal way to download maps.
How to manually install: (Windows XP) C:\Documents and Settings\YourName\triplea\maps
(Windows 7) C:\Users\YourName\triplea\maps
Simply download the file with your webbrowser and move it to that folder. No need to unzip.
Those are just some images from the very good manual, which is always included in the map folder, make sure to read it carefully, it explains every detail of the map. Open Total_World_War.zip, open TotalWorldWarManual.pdf and save somewhere. Best to print it, cause it allows to have a look while playing easily.
Great news, looking at the manual now and yes, we will be delivering an AAR (after action report) based on a 2.5 game, as I think this great game should get maximum exposure. I just hope we can get it into a nice format and with good pictures.
Is the description of rockets on page 3 accurate? "Rockets may not be intercepted..."
This rule is still there, nothing changed here. You may not intercept Rockets still, cause the intercept takes place automatically by AA abilities of Fighters and AdvancedFighters vs. Rockets. The normal airbattle values are much to high for Fighters etc. If it is ok for you and your enemy, you can agree to intercept Rockets with the standard air attack/defense values those fighters etc. have, but the whole Rocket thing becomes more or less useless then. I hope some day it is possible to have a list of what should be intercepted and what not, but until then, do not intercept them.
First impressions after playing a few rounds as Axis:
1st. Shared Tech. is creating big unbalance, cuz it has a bigger impact for the Allies and by turn 5 we got 4 nations with around 8 tech's each.
My suggestion is to redesign this option to work only 1 way , for USA (USA recieves tech from UK,but UK dosent recive from USA) and Germany (Germany recives tech from Italy, but Italy dosent recive from Germany ). Like this we get only 2 tech. leading nations, wich in my opinion its normal and historical correct, and the justification for the for this 1 way shared tech is that the US had many joint reserch programs with the brits and but had programs and tech that they kept it for themself, same for Germany and Italy.... we didnt see Italian King Tigers or ME-262.
2nd. From my point of view the E.A. minor is creating big unbalance and ahistorical facts specialy in Africa and S-E Asia, this cuz of ther ability to build production buildings in protectorate terr. ( Congo and Java)
The Java problem is that if EA builds a BRks ther, Japan will never get it! Didnt know that the idonesians fighted for the allys, and that the dutch started to arme the locas! Usualy japan attackd and occupaid Java by round 5-6, now EA get a Brks ther by round 3-4.
Same thing is happening with Congo, overall Allys got 2 minors Africa (Egypt and S. Africa ), dont think that the allys really need 1 more minor in Africa to fight the Italyans !
Cheers, GREAT MAP!
Why stay and die, when you can retreat and fight a other day when the odds are favorable to you?