I hope you all had a great Christmas and are preparing to celebrate the new year. As 2019 draws nearer, I thought it would be a splendid idea to breathe even more life into the game we all love and care about. One good way to accomplish this is by adding more ways for players to customize their armies that reflect the uniqueness of their factions and their personal playstyles.
In order for this to work, I believe that the current intel bulletins need a thorough and comprehensive rework. At the moment, the bonuses that most bulletins confer are so small to the point that they are more or less insiginificant. For example, let's take a look at "Punching Above Your Weight" which boosts the penetration of M9 Bazooka by 2%. The American Bazooka has a penetration stat of 130/120/110 (Short/Mid/Long). Applying the 2% bonus will only raise the base stat to 132.6/122.4/112.2. Another example is "Flak Armor Support", which increases the armor values of the Sd.Kfz.251/17 FlaK Half-track by 5%. Five percent may sound like a lot but the base armor values for the OKW half-track is 11/5.5 (Front/Rear). Doing the math will give you a meagre 11.55/5.775.
Furthermore, in my opinion, another problem with the current bulletin system is this: Not enough bulletins. Take the Soviet T-34/85 as an example. It currently has 3 bulletins boosting ramming range, veterancy speed, and armour. I often ask myself why does the T-34/85 not have bulletins for reload speed, turret traverse, hull traverse, maximum speed, accuracy, etc.? If we create bulletins covering every characteristic of a given unit, we would have more options and a place to spend our supply points.
There are more aspects of the bulletin system that we can improve. I really think redesigning and remaking the intel bulletins can make CoH2 even more fun