I’m not exactly certain what your last point is, but it seems like you’re still asserting that the objective terrain in the Payload scenario is not an objective. Which, relevant to the original topic, means players could place Defenses within 3" of objective terrain, or even within objective terrain.
I am crafting the following reply to the assumed assertion above. If it is the case that you still disagree, this will be my absolute last word on this topic. If that is not the case; my apologies! I’m not trying to be argumentative; I’m just trying to explain in the clearest possible terms why it works the way it works.
Here’s what the January 10 Steamroller packet says about Scenario Elements:
Objective terrain is a scenario element. Yes?
(Yes, by definition)
Here’s what the Objective Terrain scenario element does. The highlighted sentence is especially important.
Is Objective Terrain still a scenario element?
Yes. It is a scenario element, by definition.
Is Objective Terrain, according to the definition given above, an objective?
Yes. It is an objective, by definition.
Can players secure objective terrain?
Yes. Players can secure objective terrain, by definition.
Do any of the rules provided so far mention victory points at all?
No. Victory Points are not mentioned at all in the definitions for Objectives, Objective Terrain, or Caches. Nothing has changed regarding objective terrain’s status as an objective.
The only time VPs are mentioned at all in the Scenario Elements section at all is the part about how VPs stand as scored even if there was a positioning error, which is not relevant to the discussion at hand.
So, because the rules so far have not given any further, contradictory definitions for objective terrain, the definitions above stand.
I’m not going to quote anything from Payload itself, because it’s irrelevant. Absolutely nothing in Payload says anything that changes the definition of objective terrain. Payload would need to provide a definition for objective terrain that supersedes the base objective terrain rules, and it does not.
Objective terrain is an objective, by definition, and thus players cannot place Defenses within 3" of it. I hesitate to say “Q.E.D.” here, but it is very appropriate.
And if you want the absolute, tippy-top, very last word on the topic, please see Septic’s direct quote of Loren who specifically says that you can’t place defenses within 3" of objective terrain. And if you want to argue that with the person who wrote the rule, best of luck to you!