HOI3 Custom Game Mode, and why it's broken.

Author: Mattekillert
Published: 2017-02-01
I have seen a lot of questions and AAR's concerning the Custom Game Mode in HOI 3. Now a lot of people may not have used this mode or are inexperienced with HOI 3 so I figured I would show you just how broken it is.
I have seen a lot of questions and AAR's concerning the Custom Game Mode in HOI 3. Now a lot of people may not have used this mode or are inexperienced with HOI 3 so I figured I would show you just how broken it is.
We skip the diplomacy part since it's just lowering neutrality and move on to techs.

Here are the main screens where I spent the majority of my research.
By ignoring certain things like naval techs and being more effective with your research you can go ahead in the stuff that matters. This is even broken in the 36 start since you can over invest in this like Mechanical computing machine for research efficiency which will give you an even greater advantage.
I have deleted all my units which has freed up a lot of points.
But screw the maginot line and all my ports and airfields!
I want 50 advanced armor divisions that nobody in the world can penetrate! It is also among the fastest in the world so it can overrun enemy units very easily.
You ready for this Germany?
I just let the AI do all the fighting in this game so it would be even worse if a player was controlling the units...
About half the German divisions in the west are dead. Simply being overrun by my fast and super strong armor divisions.
choo choo.
I am out of fuel since the start date gave me like none and the UK is refusing to go into debt so I can buy oil from them. But hey if 50% of my divisions gets fuel it's fine
rip Berlin
almost there..
Voila.
But France is not done yet there are no breaks on the CGM rape train.
I really need fuel..
Soviet units are overrun just like the German ones. If they try to stop the divisions they get massacred.
choo choo
gib fuel
Soviets no longer have enough divisions to even attempt to halt me
Getting there
aaaaaaaand RIP.
I hoped this showed people just how ridiculous the CGM is in HOI 3. A great idea that failed due to the insane imbalance it provides.

I also want to point out that this is not even the worst offender. That would be Germany in the 1941 scenario where you can just remove all the IC and ports from occupied territory and move them into Germany giving you an insane amount of IC.

Even worse is what this does to navies. Japan as a prime example can simply get rid of all of her old battleships and cruisers and by going ahead in tech get 1942 or 1944 carriers by 1940.

Now this is obviously going extreme with the CGM and you can try to limit it to be more balanced. But say you delete all your units as the Soviet Union because you don't want to do an OOB. You just dodged upgrading your entire army for 2-3 tech levels. Even small things can change a lot.

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