• We playtested the changes a bit this week.  The air force reduction is noticable, but not detrimental- it simply evens the playing field between Japan and UK/ANZAC.  By the time Japan had “rebought” those planes and moved everything in position, India had a decent small counter airforce and I (I was playing ANZAC) was able to bring the Kiwi air force over to Java to support India, as well as build more in Queensland.

    The 10 IPCs- I don’t know.  It allowed our Japan player to do something totally unexpected.  He was using those extra 10 to help buy a Transport and 2 Infantry every turn as well as his normal purchases.  But he was just stacking them in Japan, not moving.  By the end of J3, he had 6 Transports stacked in the Sea of Japan, with Infantry to match. (Some Artillery tossed in as well).  UK3, UK moves into China to ssave her and goes on the offensive.  USA 3, they declare war as per rules.

    J4 opens, and Japan moves all half dozen Transports AND Infantry (with 3 supported DDs) to ALASKA.  Everyone looked at him and was “lol wut??”.  We all thought it was nuts… until our USA player spent the next 3 turns totally fixated on the frozen north, barely buying a navy, sinking almost all his money into Tanks and Fighters.  We stopped at turn 7, Manilla and Honolulu had fallen, and the USA had just gotten Alaska back but had no way to challenge the Imperial Navy, yet.

  • '10

    @SAS:

    Thinking about it a little more I suppose it basically compensates Japan for removing the 1 or 2 planes from the setup (build a fighter for each of the 2 turns Japan will get the NO until the US comes in turn 3) and forces them to be further back from the front lines when they are built.  At least the Japanese only will get the NO for 2 turns pretty much.

    So essentially the changes keep the Japanese initially the same, just with a little less airforce available immediately, and boosts the Allies a little bit.  I suppose with that explanation and the historical basis of the embargo on Japan after they began attacking I’m feeling a little more comfortable with it.

    Larrys suggestion takes away a total of five aircraft from Japan at the start. The 10 IPC NO for Japan lasts only for two rounds at the most as they must go to war by the third round or they might as well throw in the towel. In my current game in progress I declared war as Japan on the second turn and find myself just hanging on. It is going to be a close contest in which I cannot afford to make any more mistakes.


  • I still think the simplest solution to balancing the Pacific theater is to not allow Japan to attack any power but China its first turn. It forces the Japanese player to set specific plans for future attacks and reposition its forces accordingly. It allows the Allies a turn to build up some and reposition as well. Japan may have a powerful navy and airforce but when those fleets split up to quickly take targets like the DEI and the Phillipines, they become exposed, easy targets for Allied units with reckless abandon.
    Has anyone tried this rule with any success?

  • '17 '16 '15 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    I still think the simplest solution to balancing the Pacific theater is to not allow Japan to attack any power but China its first turn.

    I said this too except for the first 3 turns. By that time the allies got enough and Japan wont capitalize on its strongest advantage with is on J1, followed by J2 and J3.

    You don’t need any changes in the set up and it is the most KISS idea proposed. All these changes are based on a faulty setup from design. It is not historical and so japanese assets are too far forward at this stage in the war and it leads to all sorts of complications because it is too tempting.

    Of course nobody tried to address this other than me and now you.

    Japan was not in a position to attack USA or UK in 1939, nor Russia. They just got started with full scale war in China since 1937.  The representation of her air-forces is totally ridiculous. I can’t believe the playtesters didn’t say something about this, because it makes no sence for them to have so many planes.

    I don’t know but for some reason these games always have some problem about them requiring ‘fixes’. Perhaps the games are coming out too fast and since they don’t want realistic rules, the candyland approach causes many problems in the final outcome because its a faulty foundation with cards built on top and it can’t be sustained. If its not a production issue then you get this.

    Really only MB AA had good balance ( sort of)


  • @Imperious:

    I still think the simplest solution to balancing the Pacific theater is to not allow Japan to attack any power but China its first turn.

    I said this too except for the first 3 turns. By that time the allies got enough and Japan wont capitalize on its strongest advantage with is on J1, followed by J2 and J3.

    You don’t need any changes in the set up and it is the most KISS idea proposed. All these changes are based on a faulty setup from design. It is not historical and so japanese assets are too far forward at this stage in the war and it leads to all sorts of complications because it is too tempting.

    Of course nobody tried to address this other than me and now you.

    Japan was not in a position to attack USA or UK in 1939, nor Russia. They just got started with full scale war in China since 1937.  The representation of her air-forces is totally ridiculous. I can’t believe the playtesters didn’t say something about this, because it makes no sence for them to have so many planes.

    I don’t know but for some reason these games always have some problem about them requiring ‘fixes’. Perhaps the games are coming out too fast and since they don’t want realistic rules, the candyland approach causes many problems in the final outcome because its a faulty foundation with cards built on top and it can’t be sustained. If its not a production issue then you get this.

    Really only MB AA had good balance ( sort of)

    MB AA was allied-broken


  • @Imperious:

    I still think the simplest solution to balancing the Pacific theater is to not allow Japan to attack any power but China its first turn.

    I said this too except for the first 3 turns. By that time the allies got enough and Japan wont capitalize on its strongest advantage with is on J1, followed by J2 and J3.

    You don’t need any changes in the set up and it is the most KISS idea proposed. All these changes are based on a faulty setup from design. It is not historical and so japanese assets are too far forward at this stage in the war and it leads to all sorts of complications because it is too tempting.

    Of course nobody tried to address this other than me and now you.

    Japan was not in a position to attack USA or UK in 1939, nor Russia. They just got started with full scale war in China since 1937.  The representation of her air-forces is totally ridiculous. I can’t believe the playtesters didn’t say something about this, because it makes no sence for them to have so many planes.

    I don’t know but for some reason these games always have some problem about them requiring ‘fixes’. Perhaps the games are coming out too fast and since they don’t want realistic rules, the candyland approach causes many problems in the final outcome because its a faulty foundation with cards built on top and it can’t be sustained. If its not a production issue then you get this.

    You should be a play tester. That would fix a ton of issues. How do you become one?


  • I’d say AA50 is very balanced. Do agree Pacific40 is horribly UNbalanced and I don’t get that either how playtesters did not spot that…

    Like the"Attack China only on turn 1" variant!


  • @Koningstiger:

    Do agree Pacific40 is horribly UNbalanced and I don’t get that either how playtesters did not spot that…

    I still think many allied players give up too fast. Japan starts as a monster, but getting all the needed victory cities is not thàt simple. India falls if Japan wishes so, yes… but that last victory city is usually a big problem.

  • Official Q&A

    @The:

    You should be a play tester. That would fix a ton of issues. How do you become one?

    You become one by invitation.  Right now Larry is asking for people to playtest his proposed adjustments to AAP40 and give him feedback.  The discussion is in this thread.  Everyone is welcome to participate in this effort.


  • @Fishmoto37:

    @Zarnak:

    There’s quite a few suggestions for balance all around.  My game buddy won’t help me test any of them until AAE40 comes out.  He’s all about the global game.   😛

    Here’s what I’ve seen that I’ve liked so far:
    5 extra China infantry.
    2 extra American Infantry in the Phillipines.
    Move a UK transport to sea zone 39. 
    Add a naval base to South Wales.

    I don’t like the idea of taking away from the Japanese air force.  The global game has two allied warships off of Africa that can reinforce India.  The USSR pressence alone would seem to discourage the J3 India crush.  The more subtle the changes the better.  I just don’t know if you can balance AAP40 perfectly by itself w/o the Russians.

    I think that Larrys suggestions are probably for AAP1940 as a stand alone game.

    @Krieghund:

    Any changes made would have to work for both games.

  • '10

    @Fishmoto37:

    I played two AAP1940 games today using Larrys suggestions. A total of five planes were removed from Japan, the extra infantry were give to China, the UK transport was moved to India, the extra sea base was added to ANZAC and the 10 IPC bonus was given to Japan for not declaring war the first two rounds. The fellow playing Japan did not buy any transports or ICs the first or second round. (Very BAD BAD and BAD) He got the NOs the first two rounds and declared war in the third round. I fell back with the Chinese until I got more infantry and artillary by keeping the Burma road open. Then when he was spread thin I counter attacked and took back almost everything. I have never seen so many Chinese in one of these games. This game ended early as Japan was getting creamed. In the second game I took the Japanese side and purchased two transports and four infantry the first round. Took a couple of Chinese territories, positioned my southern navy and got 10 IPC bonus for not declaring war. I did buy a minor IC for the China coast on the second turn. But I had a case of brain fade or senior moment as I attacked a destroyer and a transport with two infantry that was escaping from the Phil. islands. I lost my 10 IPC bonus as I did not intend to declare war until the third round. The Americans were very aggressive and we had two large sea battles and I won both times but lost a lot of units. I kept a good supply of infantry and tanks in China. Got China down to one territory but the UK built up a sizable force as I tried to rebuild my navy. ANZAC had mostly fighters that could not reach me. All my planes were very busy going from here to there in support of my attacks. I felt like I was hanging on by my fingernails. I did not get the east indies as quick as I wanted to but finally did. As we stopped the game I was up to 60 IPCs. but was being out produced by the combined allies. This is a very close game and we plan to resume next tuesday.

    Well we resumed this game today and the allied player was doing so good that I thought that I was on the verge of losing the war for Japan. But then it happened. The U.S. had nine B17s within range of one of my two fleets which was in sea zone #20. So he attacked with all bombers but without any fighter escort. All bombers were lost in one round of combat. 108 IPCs down the drain. Then he proceeded to leave his fleet where it was within range of both of mine. (sea zone #34) My other navy was in sea zone #6. On Japans turn I attacked and the U.S. fleet was toast. Minimum losses in both actions for Japan. At this point China was defeated, U.K. was still holding on with no navy, ANZAC had a good air force but no navy and the U.S. had a good income but no navy and no air force to speak of. So the allies threw in the towel. Game over. Again this game was started with Larrys suggested changes. Seems that the suggested changes have made it a little tougher for Japan. This game just shows that one must remain focused at all times.


  • Well, I started a game using the set up changes (-fighter, Tac, Bomb Japan, -Bomb Manch, total 5 inf added to China, UK transports moved to India, NSW naval base) and I have to say the game looks very very good for the allies.

    Japan did not attack J1, DEI got snapped up by UK + ANZAC and Japan was forced to attack J2.

    Japan decided to move fleet down to DEI territory. Even managed to take Queensland with India very tenuously held.

    UK made its stand in Sumatra with fighters/AB so no NO for Japan. USA built up invasion fleet and by turn 3 had them stationed in Midway (with NB, my personal favorite allied build).

    Japan forced to retreat fighters to Japan but could not stop US Korea landing.

    Stopped the game at that point: Overall the change that had the most effect was moving the transports to India.

    The China reinforcement seemed a bit of an overkill.
    Having DEI in allied hands by the end of turn 1 was a huge boost for the allies.

    Japan rapidly falls behind in income. Very, very tough to make it back.


  • Better to just get the game right the first time 😞

  • Customizer

    Better to just get the game right the first time

    I agree.  I didn’t pay money for this game so I could have the honour of being a playtester.

    I did playtest some of his early changes, but he has so many different ideas he has going on right now that to play test them all in all the combinations would take a lot of games.  I have since lost interest in trying out all his proposed cahges, and will wait for Stoney’s map or play with a bid.  At least until Larry finally comes up with his finalized set-up.


  • The only changes i paid attention to was…

    Russia getting the 18 infantry in the east (for the global game)
    Downgrading Aussie’s Complex
    Adding Air/Sea ports in Phillipeans

  • '10

    @Van_Trump:

    Well, I started a game using the set up changes (-fighter, Tac, Bomb Japan, -Bomb Manch, total 5 inf added to China, UK transports moved to India, NSW naval base) and I have to say the game looks very very good for the allies.

    Japan did not attack J1, DEI got snapped up by UK + ANZAC and Japan was forced to attack J2.

    Japan decided to move fleet down to DEI territory. Even managed to take Queensland with India very tenuously held.

    UK made its stand in Sumatra with fighters/AB so no NO for Japan. USA built up invasion fleet and by turn 3 had them stationed in Midway (with NB, my personal favorite allied build).

    Japan forced to retreat fighters to Japan but could not stop US Korea landing.

    Stopped the game at that point: Overall the change that had the most effect was moving the transports to India.

    The China reinforcement seemed a bit of an overkill.
    Having DEI in allied hands by the end of turn 1 was a huge boost for the allies.

    Japan rapidly falls behind in income. Very, very tough to make it back.

    Only one transport is to be moved to India.


  • Just so that everyone knows< we’re coming very close to a finalized set of changes.  And Jim, if you wouldn’t have perfected such a devastating set of moves we wouldn’t have to do this.  😛

  • 2020 '18 '16 '13 '12

    There is a new one up. I’m keen to try this via forum ASAP. Please let me know if you would like to have a game.

    Here is the link:

    http://www.harrisgamedesign.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2531

    Here is the Setup:

    **Adjust your normal setup by doing the following:

    Remove the following air units:

    Japan
    1 fighter, 1 tac bomber, 1 bomber from Manchuria
    3 fighters and 1tac bomber from Japan

    Allies
    1 UK fighter from India
    2 ANZC fighters from New Zealand
    1 US bomber from the Philippines
    1 US fighter, and 1 US tac bomber from WUS
    1 US tac bomber from Hawaii

    In addition the aircraft I have also moved some units around on the map:
    Move 1 US infantry from WUS to the Philippines
    Move 1 UK transport from sz39 to sz37
    Move 1 Japanese transport, and 1 battleship from sz33 to sz19

    Add 3 Japanese infantry on Manchuria
    Add 4 Chinese infantry: 1 on Hunan, 1 on Szechwan, 1 on Shensi, and 1 on Yunnan

    Add 1 naval base on New South Wales

    Remove 1 UK infantry from Malaya

    That’s it… nothing else should be changed from the established setup.

    I’d be very happy if this new setup cannot be broken. Are there any volunteers willing to BREAK this game? If so, be my guest, by all means.

    Think Global too…**


  • If I might make a casual observation, it seems to me that LHPC (Larry Harris Pacific Changes, lol feel free to make fun of that name) have caused Japan to have a more desperate war than OOB. It seems that Victory is still possible, but now, like original Pacific, requires more calculated moves, and for one to make the most usage of their units. Having played with LHPC, I found it much more desperate and sometimes even felt like it was almost historical in it’s difficulty. Well, not entirely, but I think you catch my drift.

    And if all that is true, then it looks like they’ve done their job. It doesn’t make Japan’s job impossible (as we’ve seen), just more difficult, which is ideal, cause OOB was simply ridiculous. I fully support the current changes, but I wouldn’t mind slightly more.

    That’s just me though. I’m interested to see your opinions on LHPC.

    Also, has anyone playtested the new setup with Global?


  • why are the Allies having all those aircraft removed??? I thought the problem was that Japan was too strong… :?


  • The game by it’s nature is difficult to balance.  The allies historically didn’t know that Japan was going to attack.  Here it’s only a question of which turn.  The allies begin to aggressively position their forces for an onslaught they know is coming if Japan does not attack turn one.  J1 attack is the only one that catches the allies with their pants down.

    I added the other suggested changes to a global game - 5 extra chinese infantry and a naval base in South Wales - that’s it.  In the global, Germany and Italy are better off if Japan does NOT attack the first turn.  I chose to attack the 2nd turn.  It turned into an incredibly desparate struggle that I might pull off only because the US player can’t seem to stick to any one battle plan.

    The plus to this setup is that with three less planes and minus an infantry in Malaya it will be more difficult for the UK/ANZAC player to fortify the DEI if Japan does not attack the first turn.  It will also take the US longer to get into the fray with the loss of four aircraft.

    The four extra Chinamen and the loss of seven aircraft make me wince though.  😮

  • Official Q&A

    If you have comments or playtest results to report, it would be most helpful if you would please post them in the original thread on Larry’s site.

  • Customizer

    these aren’t tweaks

    this is a whole new game… call it axis and allies pacific 1939 december or something

    it looks like he is taking a sledgehammer to the balance instead of a scalpel

    not that that is bad or anything, just that i’d prefer small tweaks to completely re-doing the unit placement


  • @Krieghund:

    If you have comments or playtest results to report, it would be most helpful if you would please post them in the original thread on Larry’s site.

    Bleh, Krieg I just spent $70.00 on the game (as of today haha), I’d like to hear how this works out. I’ve visited Larrys site one time (and saw 100 different sub-topics to go to, I perfer this site). Please let people feel free to post their opinions and ideas on this thread so others like myself who use this as their primary site don’t feel it necessary to go through the hassle of finding and navigating to another site to get the same exact answers. Or if the same topics have been brought up, simply delete or sticky one thread to keep it simple (I do see 2 of the same topic on these threads).

    By the way, Larrys thread is SEVENTY THREE pages long. Not sure about you but I’d rather get to the point in this 5 page thread.

  • Customizer

    I just checked out the changes to the AAP40 setup and I have to say they make more sense to me.
    1> I’ve always wondered why NSW didn’t have a naval base.
    2> 3 fighters on New Zealand just didn’t seem right to me.
    3> The US always seemed a little too heavily equipped compared to how things really were in Spring 1940.
    4> While I know that Japan did build a very strong war machine, it seemed dispropotionately plane heavy in the original setup.
    5> I’ve always thought that China was too weak.  Sure they were struggling with Japan and rather backwards in equipment, but they had a lot of men.

    As for the rest of the changes, I’m sure they make better sense too.  I look forward to trying these out in my next AAP40 game or Global 40 game since I guess they work for both.
    Any word on if the special NO for Japan is a part of this new setup?  How about the garrison of Manchuria?  I haven’t seen how many units Japan is expected to keep there.

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