Lance did some exhaustive study of the weather, and we have a much richer Weather Table. There was a chance for rain and overcast to slow the Axis. By using two D6, and creating four blocks of rolls with varying probabilities, it was possible to introduce more nuance of probability for weather types. Overcast has a 1/12 chance on a roll of 2 or 3 in July and August (instead of Rain, which is too much trouble). Overcast means no CS. September brings a 25% chance of Inclement Weather (Rain or Mud). These results hurt CS, slow movement, limit Air recovery, and void Mobile Supply and Motorized LOC's through Leg ZOC's. In my current solitaire, it is Sep 3, '41, and the Germans were able to do a lot, thanks to Cloudy Weather. All three HQ's went into Attack Mode, and the Mechanized units remain in Supply up to 12 hexes out from the HQ's. The Germans were behind schedule, but rolled well and got some BT's. They would like to have an HQ closer to the front, so I am thinking of Relocating on Sep 4, using Army Organization on Oct 1 (when it can be drawn), hoping for a delayed Rasputista, and pressing on. With luck, Oct 2 will allow the Generals to be played, but that depends on the weather. Winter Prepping now costs two months of cards, and allows a build-up of Russians since HQ's must remain in Balanced Mode. I think they need to take Dnepropetrovsk, and maybe more, before it becomes really difficult--Frostbite will have to be endured.
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