Since Alpha + 3 won't be released as soon as expected, i will try to contribute to this thread with my game play report .
Before i get to start, i just want to point out something : i'm a noob to play by forum, just started a few weeks ago in here, but been playing intensively since then. I see myself as an average player, nothing more (or maybe slightly above average, well i hope so anyway
With few words, this is what happens in my games with that Kill Japan First strat that has been presented by Cmdr Jennifer : Japan gets crushed. That's a fact. I won't even try to deny it.
But on the europe theater, Germany ALONE
is able to patiently build a stack and push into Russia to the point where when finally US decide to swing to Europe theater, it is usually too late to save Russia, and once moscou falls, there is no taking it back. Ever.
Here are 7 links to my finished games on this site.
I was Axis on 5 of these 7 games. My only loss comes from a Kill italy first strategy (game 2) where my oponent found himself incapable of cracking it and reversed to hammer Japan when Africa was too strongly holded by UK for the Italians to become a threat for a while. Germany has spent so much to protect the Italians that the Russian became a really too tough nut to crack.
On all the other games where i was Axis (game 1, 3, 4, 5) my oponent went for the Kill Japan First Strat, and while my Japan is really under heavy pressure, i'm doing well on the Europe theater.
Game 4, IMO, is interesting. We just have about all the components of the KJF strat underlined in this thread. Japan has finally been kicked off his precious sz6 and is completely dominated buy the allies (lol US has 12 bmb in the pacific), even if a big italian fleet is there to help. Russia has exactly the kind of stack we are talking about here : over 70 inf on the board, some art, 12 planes !! Still, i think that this game cannot be salvaged by the allies now. The german ofensive is just too powerful and will get rid fo Moscou within a few rounds.
Game 7: i was Allies and tryed myself the KJF strat. I must say : my oponent has totally outplayed me in the early rounds with superior positional play, and the salvage of this game was a miracle. I must not have played the KJF correctly i guess...
From home live games, i can say that our group hasn't find either the KJF strat as strong as described in this thread, but i must admit we only tryed it twice in live games.
At my level of play, i can say this : CLEARLY, the KJF strat is not the most dangerous strat for the Axis from my gameplay experience.
My worst nightmare when i play Axis is this : an oponent who will spend at least 40% of his US income in the Atlantic each turn, starting round 2 AND stay in control in the pacific. And by staying in control i mean whatever it takes to just deny victory to Japan, not trying to be the big boss in the pacific.