Linked to Canny here: https://phoenixpoint.canny.io/feedback/p/rally-the-troops-needs-some-limits
Rally is currently OP. According to the maths done by others more competent than I, it is possible for a 6-soldier squad to gain more than 1 extra turn of Actions for all of its soldiers and for an 8-soldier squad to gain 4 or more extra turns if you abuse it completely. From my own personal experience, I can tell you that an 8-soldier squad with 4 Rallies gives everyone in the squad 2 full turns for every 1 turn of the Pandas.
However, Rally is also a vital survival tool, and nerfing it into the ground won’t do anyone any good, so I thought we might kill 2 birds with one stone, and as well as imposing some limits to Rally we could introduce Officers into the game - 'cos let’s face it: Rallying the troops is what Officers are supposed to do ;0)
The idea is that taking the Rally skill also promotes that Squaddie into an NCO. Every time a new squaddie takes Rally (s)he is promoted, and all the Officers above them are pushed one rung up the ladder as well. This does limit Officer classes to the Assault build - but in most modern armies, very few Specialists rise above NCO status anyway.
Officers can Rally anyone in their squad who is of a lower rank than they are. They cannot Rally anyone of higher rank.
So the number of Rallies available to PP as a whole is a hard limit based on the number of Officer slots on the ladder: if you want to limit it to 5, you have a Corporal, Sergeant, Sgt Major, Lieutenant and Captain. If you want to limit it to 8, you add a 2nd Lt, Major and Colonel into the mix, and so on. This could even be chosen as an Advanced Option at the start of any new game.
This allows you to still tailor your squad to enable 1 or 2 soldiers to get multiple turns from everyone above them using Rally, but conversely the highest-ranked Officer in the squad cannot be Rallied at all. So it lessens the overall effect of Rally without completely nerfing it, and gives players another thing to think about, which is no bad thing.
I’m adding this to Torinus’ Canny post about Rally, as I think that’s how the devs like things done: https://phoenixpoint.canny.io/feedback/p/rally-the-troops-needs-some-limits