1. Well good grief....how did I manage to miss that?
Well, in fact I think you have a good idea there: giving some SPs to the leaders. It could be a nice optional rule to use, replacing the current one (Shock or Blitz on the reverse side of the counter). I like it.
2. That's the way I'd been playing it but wanted to make sure. Thanks for the speedy reply. I have all 3 NR Games. They are all great. And it also seems to me that Italy is the best. So..you are getting better with each game as far as I'm concerned.
Thanks for the good words. Italy was certainly the design that needed the most work, albeit a lot of gamers would not agree with you that is the best of the three... It was an exceedingly difficult project.
IMHO you will not be disappointed by the next title, No Retreat 3: The French and Polish Fronts. If you want more details about it sent me a Geek Mail, I'll give you the web links to all the .pdf files for that game, the Vassal module and the rules; it'as currently in Beta testing.
Edit: I'm also starting a new game series: Absolute War!: The Attack on Russia 1941-45.