i dislike nukes. i dislike the willingness of the ai to use them. i do like the "pffft" sound when sdi intercepts an icbm. anyway, i'm in a late game with two other major combatants on seperate continents, the americans and the egyptians. there was a long peace. i'm not sure what the ai was doing but i was building up for two major invasions as the ams and egyptians had this continuing mpp going. i also built around 50 icbms. i don't like using them and hold them only for retaliation. when it was time to roll, i saved and tried a couple things. first, i did a limited invasion of america. i took three cities, sunk several battleships, and stealthed many improvements and then stopped and hit end turn. the americans counterattacked with conventional units and regained some lost territory. the egyptions whacked all my naval vessels it could reach. then i reloaded and hit america hard. i took over half their cities, noticing some icbm's going under as i captured the cities. i did nothing to the egyptions. after i ended the turn, egypt declared war on me and whacked some of my ships. america launched. 10 icbms landed and maybe half were aborted by my sdi. as i said, i don't like using nukes. there's no strategy involved. just whack whack whack. i can safely say at this point in the game i can knock both opponents into the stone age before they can fire a shot. big woo. i win. it's not what i want. i want a protracted land/sea war where strategy comes in. i love using masses of marines and battleships to take out enemy ports, thus limiting the chance of new battleships coming out. i love using paratroopers, flanking invasions, feints, working for a position of interior lines, and rampaging armor. but by the time you can get to that in a game, good old nukes show up.
ok, rant over