"Even modifying the defcon cost formula so it doesn't cost so much would help IMHO."
That would be great if possible. Maybe BG would consider it?
The crux of the issue for me is being forced into higher defcons when we can't afford it. I could care less about whether or not we can turn up our defcon on a whim. Its paying for defcon 3 the rest of the game because the U.S. declared war on syria or something similar that bothers me. 30 years later were still at defcon 3.
I think it just needs to be refined... I don't like its current implementation, but its not that I think it can't work with some tweaks etc.
BG has always been against random things that can majorly hurt you in the game. This is similar its a dynamic which we have no control over which can make or break your economy. I just think if we don't have any direct control over it.. it shouldn't be so expensive. I mean given the choice of being able to afford to build more units, or raising your defcon in many instances being able to afford more units is going to be far more effective and efficient way of spending your money.
Heck if we got a slider bar for preparedness, where the max spending is determined by current defcon I would be happy. As it is now once your defcon is turned up... if you want to reduce spending your only option is to reduce your military.. the total opposite effect of what a higher defcon should promote.
(were going bankrupt.. we need to reduce military spending. "but sir we attacked syria 30 years ago we can't skimp on preparedness spending"
As far as being able to game defcon... you couldn't set defcon 1 unless you were at war. You could have extended that to defcon 1 and 2 only being selectable when at war. As it is now once you declare war one time time against someone slightly leaning to the other sphere your stuck on defcon 3 forever anyway. Again I don't mind defcon rising according to situation. But defcon needs to go back down
when things cool off as well.
The U.S. has only been at defcon 3 or above 3 times in 50+ years, and never for longer than a month, the forever at defcon 3+ once you hit it is what drives me crazy.(if thats the way it worked we would still be at defcon 2 due to the Cuban missile crisis
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