Command Ops Wish List For The Game Editors
I've created a number of scenarios now and I am beginning to feel like I understand the process. Along the way I've made a few notes about the game and the editor. Celow are four features I wish I as a scenario designer had access to as part of the editor.
1. The ability to assign unit objectives for reinforcements as part of the scenario creation. Example: The German player's 336th division is attacking a Soviet 5th Tank Corps formation that has seized Sovchos 79. The Army Group Don commander (under which the 336th is assigned) orders the reinforcing I Bn 105th PG Regt to assist in the attack but with an objective of cutting off the Soviet units at Sovchos 79 from the Chir River rather than a direct assault. The Axis player could alter the unit's orders once they appear on map but they might choose to let the attack proceed so they could focus on the 336th assault.
2. Timed or Triggered Messages: The triggers could be set up like an objective with a radius ring. When an Axis or Allied unit crossed inside the ring the message would appear inside the message filter. The "Scenario Message" could be used by a designer to add to the immersion. It might include Flash messages from the Army commander detailing what is occurring off map. Or a false intelligence report. If a triggered message is too hard, what about a timed message.
3. A detailed briefing screen that could include screenshots of the battlefield with Milsketch arrows designating the tactical plan.
4. In addition to assigning airstrikes I wish you could assign a number of aerial reconnaissance missions available to a player that would help provide better battlefield intelligence. Delivered at a key moment in the scenario, a detailed reconnaissance might alter a strategic plan dramatically. With scenarios stretching into days, it seems likely to me this kind of intelligence might be ordered and filter down to a commander on the battlefield, provided there were nearby airfields.