I felt like adding some advantages that I liked to the Global game. Some were taking from other people’s suggestions and others are my own.
Please let me know your thoughts on these advantages.
1.The Australian 1st Armoured Division - The 1st Armoured Division formed a key element of Australia’s defences against a feared Japanese invasion. ANZAC Tanks hit at a 4 or less when defending the Australian mainland.
2. Maroubra Force - Maroubra Force was the name given to the Australian infantry force that defended Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea from the Japanese. They successfully fought a month long delaying action through the debilitating terrain of the Owen Stanley Range, before being reinforced and finally driving off the Japanese just outside of Port Moresby. ANZAC infantry defending New Guinea and Dutch New Guinea take two hits to kill. Any infantry units that survive combat are immediately healed.
3. Australian Commandos - Australia formed several small-scale raiding and reconnaissance forces. One of these forces, Z Special Unit, conducted raids far behind the front line, including a successful raid on Singapore in September 1943.
Before the ANZAC combat phase of every turn, the ANZAC player may attempt to sabotage a Japanese air or naval base. Pay 3 ipcs and pick a single Japanese naval or Airbase. Roll 1d6/2 damage to the facility (minimum 1). Thus, a roll of 4 would result in two levels of damage to the facility.
4. Coastwatchers - The Coastwatchers were Allied military intelligence operatives stationed on remote Pacific islands during World War II to observe enemy movements and rescue stranded Allied personnel. They played a significant role in the Pacific Ocean theatre and South West Pacific theatre, particularly as an early warning network during the Guadalcanal campaign.
Once per game, when Japan finishes its combat move phase but before its conduct combat phase, you may make one special move. You may move any number of your units from an adjacent space into any one friendly space being attacked by Japan. Alternatively, you may move any number of your units from a space being attacked by Japan into an adjacent friendly space, but you must leave at least one unit behind. This special move otherwise follows the rules for a noncombat move. If your units survive, they remain in the space to which they were moved.
5. Brisbane Line - The Brisbane Line was a controversial defence proposal allegedly formulated by the Menzies government during World War II to concede the northern portion of the Australian continent in the event of an invasion by the Japanese.
Whenever Japan invades a province on the Australian mainland, the defending ANZAC forces may choose to retreat rather than fight. The Japanese automatically seize control of the province and the ANZAC forces may move to any allied controlled territory on the Australian mainland. If the Japanese were conducting an amphibious assault then they get to bombardment the fleeing Anzac troops with their battleships and cruisers.
6. Imperial War Cabinet - The Imperial War Cabinet was created by British Prime Minister David Lloyd George in the spring of 1917 as a means of co-ordinating the British Empire’s military policy during the First World War. Winston Churchill revived the Imperial War Cabinet during the Second World War at the insistence of Australian Prime Minister John Curtin.
ANZACS units in Europe make their combat and noncombat moves during the British player’s turn. This works like joint strike. The British player chooses casualties in joint operations and any territory taken by Anazac forces in Europe goes to the United Kingdom’s European income.
1.Burma Road - The British used the Burma Road to transport war materiel to China before Japan was at war with the British. In addition to normal rules involving the Road, the US or the United Kingdom may purchase 1 artillery unit for China on every turn that the road remains in allied hands. This unit must be placed on Szechwan.
2.Operation Zet - Operation Zet was a secret operation of the Soviet Union to provide military and technical resources to the Republic of China as a part of the Sino-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact. China may build fighters as long as it has a land link between Szechwan and the USSR. The max number of fighters that China may field at any given time is 3. Furthermore, Soviet and Japanese forces may clash in the Chinese interior (ie provinces that do not border the Soviet Union) without a declaration of war.
3.Eight Route Army - At the start of World War II, the 8th Route Army infiltrated itself behind Japanese lines in Northern China, where it established many bases of operations. It recruited Chinese semi-trained militia. In 1937, the army had 30,000~ 40,000 troops. It grew to 156,000 in 1938 and 400,000 in 1940, and 600,000 in 1945. If Chinese Infantry survive at least one round of combat when defending against a Japanese attack, then these units may choose to melt away into the countryside. For all intents and purposes treat this like when submarines submerge. The Japanese occupy the province and, on the next Chinese turn, the Chinese units are back in play. The Chinese player must either have these units attack the province or move on to another province. These units may chose to attack provinces behind the Japanese lines, causing Chaos in the rear.
4.Vinegar Joe - The Northern Combat Area Command was a mainly Sino-American formation that held the northern end of the Allied front in Burma during World War II. For much of its existence it was commanded by the acerbic General Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell, and controlled by his staff. Chinese infantry hit at a three or less when defending Burma Road provinces.
5.The Hump - The Hump was the name given by Allied pilots in the Second World War to the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains over which they flew military transport aircraft from India to China to resupply the Chinese war effort of Chiang Kai-shek and the units of the United States Army Air Forces based in China. The allied commitment to supply China enables the Chinese to resist even when the situation seems hopeless. The British empire and the United States may transfer up to 6ipcs in total to China every turn as long as India and Szechwan remain in allied hands. The Nationalist Chinese regime is corrupt, however, and the allies must spend two ipcs for every ipc that they wish to transfer to China.
6. The United Front - The war with Japan forced the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party to suspend the Chinese civil war and form an alliance. Once per game the nationalist may declare that the United Front is in effect. For that turn only an influx of communist guerilla fighters reduces the cost of Chinese infantry by 1 ipc.
1. Maginot Line – The Maginot Line was a line of concrete fortifications, tank obstacles, artillery casemates, machine gun posts, and other defenses, which France constructed along its borders with Germany and Italy. Land units attacking France from West Germany or Northern Italy do not get to roll during the first round of combat. Units attacking from Holland – Belgium roll normally. This advantage is lost after France falls. Please note that German tanks and mechanized units stationed in west Germany may move through Netherlands-Belgium to attack France.
2. Free France – Though driven from their homeland the Free French fought on from the colonies. Once France has fallen, you may establish a new capitol in French Equatorial Africa. This happens one full turn after Paris has been captured by the axis. From that point on you may begin collecting income again and purchasing units. Place a free minor industrial complex in French Equatorial Africa. Your capitol returns to France after it has been liberated.
3. The Béarn – The Béarn was a unique aircraft carrier which served with the Marine nationale (French Navy) in World War II and beyond. Place a free aircraft carrier and fighter in Seazone 93. Planes may ride on the Bearn carrier for a full two spaces before using any of their movement points.
4. Char B1 Tanks – The Char B1 tank was among the most powerfully armed and armoured tanks of its day. French tanks defend at a 4 or less during the first round of combat.
5. Le Fantasque class destroyer – The Fantasque was the fastest class of destroyer ever built. French destroyers roll at the same time as submarines. Any unit that they kill is immediately removed from play and does not get an opportunity to roll their attack or defense.
6. Joint Strike - The most powerful strike in the war was the joint Allied assault on Normandy. The planning required to launch this simultaneous invasion has never been equaled.
Once during the game at the start of a round (before the German turn), you may declare a joint strike. That round, you complete your turn as normal, except you must skip combat move, conduct combat, and noncombat move phases. On those phases of the U.S. turn, the U.S. player uses your units in his or her combat move, conduct combat, and noncombat move phases together with his own units. You and the U.S. player must agree on attacking casualties, or the opposing player gets to choose them. Antiaircraft fire is rolled separately against each nationality of air units; all anti-French dice are rolled before any anti-U.S. die is rolled. National advantages still only apply to the units of the power that gained the development or has the advantage. A joint strike may not be called off once it is declared.
1. Tankograd - In 1940 engineers in the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant began production of Soviet tanks (T-34, SU-152). Due to the rapid establishment of tank construction on a massive scale in 1941, Chelyabinsk gained the nickname Tankograd (‘Tank City’). In 1945 the plant was awarded the Order of Kutuzov, 1st Class, and other honours for its efforts in helping to defeat Nazi Germany. Soviet tanks cost 5 ipcs.
2. Katyusha Rockets - The Soviets were able to supplement the artillery with massed batteries of rocket launchers. The sheer volume of fire more than compensated for individual lack of accuracy.
Your artillery have a first-strike ability at an attack factor of 1. Any casualties are destroyed and removed from play, with no chance to counter-attack. This first-strike ability is for the first cycle of combat only and in succeeding cycles of combat, your artillery hit normally.
3. Sharashka – The secret Gulag research facilities developed many advanced designs for the USSR. The USSR gets one free tech dice to roll each turn.
4. Not one Step backwards – When the Red Army appeared to be on the ropes, Stalin made his famous “not one step backwards order” and turned the tide. When the Germans invade a Soviet victory city province(Stalingrad Leningrad, or Moscow) Soviet Infantry defend at a 4 or less for the first round of combat.
5.Partisans – Unconquerable Soviet Partisans continued fighting the Germans even when all hope seemed lost.
Soviet infantry may enter and pass through the Pripyet marshes. Additionally, Germans must leave at least one ground unit in any soviet starting territory in order to retain control of the province. At the end of the German turn any un-garrisoned province in the USSR’s starting territories will revert to Soviet control. Russia places a free infantry in any provinces liberated by partisans.
6. Heavy Industry – “We are fifty or a hundred years behind the advanced countries. We must make good this distance in ten years. Either we do it, or they will crush us.” – Joseph Stalin. Place a free minor industrial complex in Amur, Ukraine, and Novosibirsk. Additionally, you may chose one unit type (besides infantry) to mass produce. For the rest of the game that unit costs 1 ipc less than normal to build.
1. Joint Strike - The most powerful strike in the war was the joint Allied assault on Normandy. The planning required to launch this simultaneous invasion has never been equaled.
Once during the game at the start of a round (before the German turn), you may declare a joint strike. That round, you complete your turn as normal, except you must skip combat move, conduct combat, and noncombat move phases. On those phases of the U.S. turn, the U.S. player uses your units in his or her combat move, conduct combat, and noncombat move phases together with his own units. You and the U.S. player must agree on attacking casualties, or the opposing player gets to choose them. Antiaircraft fire is rolled separately against each nationality of air units; all anti-U.K. dice are rolled before any anti-U.S. die is rolled. National advantages still only apply to the units of the power that gained the development or has the advantage. A joint strike may not be called off once it is declared.
2. Fighter Command - A radar and fighter control system was essential for the Royal Air Force to win the Battle of Britain.
Your fighters on the United Kingdom, Scotland, or Eire may scramble as though the provinces were islands. You still need an airbase on a province in order to scramble planes.
3. Cripps Mission - The Cripps mission was an attempt in late March 1942 by the British government to secure Indian cooperation and support for their efforts in World War II. The purpose of the mission was to negotiate with the Indian National Congress a deal to obtain total co-operation during the war, in return of progressive devolution and distribution of power from the crown and the Viceroy to elected Indian legislature. However, the talks failed, having failed to address the key demand of a time frame towards self-government.
Once per game, during the British collect income phase, the British player may promise independence for India. India, West India, Burma, and Shan States immediately become neutral countries and any allied pieces in those territories move to the nearest allied controlled province. From that point on the UK’s European and Pacific incomes are combined and a free minor industrial complex is placed on British Columbia. If any of the Indian territories are attacked they receive ten infantry.
4. Chindits - The Chindits were a British India “Special Force” that served in Burma and India in 1943 and 1944 during the Burma Campaign in World War II. They were formed into long range penetration groups trained to operate deep behind Japanese lines. Your infantry may perform attacks for one round and immediately retreat from where they came. Japanese defenders do not fire back. This is only to be used in mainland Asia.
5. Canadian Patriotism - At the end of the Second World War, Canada possessed the third-largest navy and fourth-largest air force in the world, as well as the largest volunteer army ever fielded. Conscription for overseas service was introduced only near the end of the war, and only 2,400 conscripts actually made it into battle. Recieve a 2 ipc refund at the end of your turn for every unit (besides infantry) that you built in Canada.
6. Enigma Decoded - Working in a secret facility in Bletchley Park, Alan Turing’s cryptographers broke the codes of the Nazi Enigma machines. They could then send false messages back. Once per game, when Germany finishes its combat move phase but before its conduct combat phase, you may make one special move. You may move any number of your units from an adjacent space into any one friendly space being attacked by Germany. Alternatively, you may move any number of your units from a space being attacked by Germany into an adjacent friendly space, but you must leave at least one unit behind.
This special move otherwise follows the rules for a noncombat move. If your units survive, they remain in the space to which they were moved.
1. Liberty Ships- Liberty ships were cargo ships built in the United States during World War II. Though British in conception, they were adapted by the U.S. as they were cheap and quick to build, and came to symbolize U.S. wartime industrial output. The majority of these ships came from new yards built on the West Coast and operated by Henry J. Kaiser. During the war, a Liberty Ship could be built in a about two weeks at a Kaiser yard. Nationally, the average construction time was 42 days and by 1943, three Liberty Ships were being completed each day.
Receive one free transport for every three transports that you purchase during a single turn.
2. Mechanized Army - With its Fleets of trucks, the U.S. Army was the most mobile force of soldiers in World War II.
Your infantry and artillery have a move of 2 and may blitz when paired with a tank or mechanized infantry. Mechanized infantry may blitz without an attached tank.
3. Marines - “Send in the Marines!” was a popular U.S. rallying cry in World War II. Your infantry attacks on a 2 in the first cycle of the land combat portion of an amphibious assault.
4. Arsenal of Democracy - The U.S. mobilized its economy for war on a scale never before seen. Every resource of the country was tapped for the war effort. Rationing, war bonds and Rosie the Riveter became iconic parts of the American culture.
The West Coast territory’s ipc value jumps from 10 ipcs to 50 ipcs once it enters the war. The US may no longer benefit from its +30 ipc national objective. Additionally, the 50 ipcs is considered to be physically present in the West coast, so an axis player that captured the territory would see their income increase by +50 ipcs rather than + 10. Furthermore, the effects of the war bonds tech is doubled, so that you get 2D6 extra ipcs at the end of your turn, rather than 1d6.
5. The Fast Carrier Task Force - From the start of the Pacific War the US fleet contained what are referred to as “fast carrier task forces.” But the formation known as “The Fast Carrier Task Force” came into being in late 1943, after the arrival in the Central Pacific of the first ships of the Essex and Independence classes.
This force was the Pacific War’s equivalent of the great gun-armed battlefleets of earlier conflicts. By the time of the Battle for Leyte Gulf it had already proved itself to be one of the most potent instruments in the history of naval warfare -obliterating Japanese air power, and sweeping enemy warships and merchant shipping from the seas, wherever it had ventured.
Designate one fleet with at least one carrier as The Fast Carrier Task Force. Every vessel in this fleet has a move of three. The number of ships in the fleet is limited by the number of carriers in the fleet. You may bring along either one Battleship or two vessels of any other type for each carrier in the fleet. You may add additional ships to the fleet at anytime as long as there are enough carriers to support the new ships. If the Fast Carrier Task Force is destroyed, you may designate a new fleet as your Fast Carrier Task Force. You may only field 1 Fast Carrier Task Force at a time.
6. Superfortresses - The B-29 Superfortress Flew higher and packed more of a punch than any other plane in the U.S. arsenal. US bombers are immune to anti aircraft fire. They may still be shot down by fighters during strategic bombing raids. Additionally, US bombers take part in the dogfighting phase of strategic bombardments, they hit at a one or less.