We found that the new game gives a large advantage to the invaders. Two cities that used to be hard to get are placed within easy reach in the lower left hand corner. We found that if the red and blue players head straight for each other in the south and south east then move north in parallel they are unstopable. Meanwhile the yellow forces take the west, the rockies and some of the cities in the western portion of the south. This is a strategy we are finding difficult to stop.
Also the new cards for the invaders are very deadly. There is a card for red that allows the attackers to fire first in one battle. That almost guarentees victory if you use it properly. The best card for the U.S. of course is the airlift card just as in the old edition. Once the invader knows the card exists (i did not know it existed the first time i played the invaders, what a shocker that was) he can easily set up his forces to ensure the US does not jump behind him. Over all i think the invaders had a huge advantage the in the old game and now they are virtually unbeatable for and 18 cities objective game.
I would recommend requiring invaders to gain 21 cities to win or giving US 3 reinforcement cards per turn instead of 2. Anyone else find the invaders that over powered?
Would like to read alternate opinions or strategies.
Thanks in advance.