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Alpha 3.9 Favors Axis


  • 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    After playing Alpha 3.9 numerous times on the forum and off against many players, I draw the conclusion that Alpha 3.9 favors the Axis decisively for one reasons:

    The Allies cannot effectively stop a USSR crush.

    The USSR is too under powered to stop it, and the other allies cannot get in there fast enough to stop it without losing to Japan.  The allies either have to KJF and hope they can rerout once that’s done to hold on to Cairo or to just hope Japan stumbles, giving them enough time to counter Germany.  Either way is a crap shoot and futile if Germany and Japan really hammer the USSR.



  • From my experience- I’m not convinced of the that yet.


  • TripleA

    dude this is why people bid for allies.


  • TripleA

    you got to pull out all the hat tricks to save russia.

    USA can get bombers into russia in two turns from east usa via east usa -> north africa->russia.



  • You must need better allied players.


  • TripleA

    mmmmmm the germany owning russia goes pretty much like clockwork now a days.


  • 2019 2018 2017

    I’ve played Global 1940 only once, and I think we used an older version of the rules (I don’t own the game).

    By what German turn do you reckon that Moscow would fall if the USSR received no significant help from its allies?


  • Sponsor

    Seems balanced to me, with co-equal players.


  • TripleA

    round 8-10 depends how rushed axis are and if waiting increases odds or not.

    aa50 is balanced but people still bid for allies, because otherwise the only time axis lose is when they get diced. 🙂

    global is balanced and needs a similar small bid.

    suggesting 6 bid for dice games. I am sure a sub or tank won’t change the game, but give allies a small breather. especially since sz 97 shoots up from 85% to 95%.

    hate gettin diced there. 1/20 games sounds about right.


  • 2019 2018 2017

    @Cow:

    round 8-10 depends how rushed axis are and if waiting increases odds or not.

    Thanks. The reason I asked is that you mentioned the possibility of sending US bombers to Russia through North Africa. Bombers can arrive in two turns, but they are poor defenders.
    So I figured that US fighters could make it to Russia in three turns (taking the Pacific route), if only they arrive in time. And I’d say that should be possible by round 8.



  • UK generally sends ftrs to Russia at some point in our games when there is an all out assault on the Soviets. The RAF can send ftrs from Scotland to Russian soil (territories that boarder sz 127), then to Moscow if done before Germany takes all the northern “Red” territories. UK can also funnel up fast moving ground units and air through the Mid East from India/Egypt. This may only halt them for a turn or two, but that may be all you need to pressure Germany from other fronts, its all about delay. If you can stall the march to Moscow, the US can generally get into position to do its part. The allies have to see this coming, and plan for it.


  • 2019 2018 2017

    True, but the US can more easily afford the purchase of such fighters, and they could reach Russia in time unless Japan previously captures the USSR’s eastern territories where the fighters would need to land in between. The idea would be, to place some 10-12 fighters on Midway and the Aleutians (10-12 as a total, not 10-12 at either location) while the US is at peace, then fly into Soviet territory as soon as the war breaks out, and continue on towards Moscow. I’d say it would be very difficult for Germany to crack a big Soviet infantry stack backed up by a grand total of some 15 fighters.

    So my next question would be: does the “USSR crush” typically also involve an all-out Japanese thrust into Amur and further, while simultaneously avoiding an early US entry into the war, and can Japan afford to do that and also maintain a good position in China?


  • TripleA

    idk the whole KJF thing does not work if japan gets india and holds out as long as possible. if the fighters leave to go to russia to defend that, you can then blow up again in the pacific.

    also usa in russia does not stop germany from taking egypt and without a fleet in the atlantic… germany still makes enough to sea lion UK.



  • If Germany builds 10 infantry on turn 1 and follows that up with tanks
    Turn 2 infantry stacks move to Poland and Rumania, turn 3 East poland turn 4 Belarus Turn 5 Smolensk Turn 6 Moscow falls.
    That means the 6 infantry from Buryatia will be 1 turn short of Moscow and the other 12 will be 1 turn behind that, meanwhile Japan eats up as much Russian income as possible which will cost Russia 6 to 9 infantry for the defense of moscow.


  • 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    Fighters from UK generally don’t change the equation.  I’ve seen up to 9 UK fighter in play in Russia and the Allies still saw the writing on the wall and evacuated Russia.

    I am not saying that Alpha 3.9 favors the Axis by a wide margin, but in a very narrow way that the allies can’t really counter.



  • Way too early IMHO to claim who has advantage in this game.  I need to challenge (through more gameplay) some of you on some of these claimed unstoppable Axis strategies/assumptions.  I’m gonna try some TripleA soon.



  • Eh, I dunno.
    It wasn’t a whole lot more time than this that many of us were convinced how “unbalanced” A2 was towards the Allies.
    Just saying.


  • 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    One last thing about this….

    The Axis advantage could be negated by some really small adjustments such as:

    1. Airbase in Gibraltar/Malta;
    2. 8 Russian inf scattered around Siberia, central Asia;
    3. Return to the USA 30+ no instead of the peace-meal nos; or,
    4. more US units at start.

    I am one of those who thinks balance shouldn’t be the objective anyway.  The allies should always be favored, at least economically. The Axis should start out militarily superior but economically inferior and have to move quickly to secure their positions.  In the current version the two sides are almost balanced economically once Japan moves into the DEI, which is insane in my view.


  • TripleA

    Karl7, just play with a 9 bid.

    If I were to suggest LH make some changes, it would be to add a russian bomber on russia.


  • 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    hm, not sure what a bomber would do for USSR.  But bid 9 would help for allies.

    If I had time I would declare open challenge with me Axis vs any allies player… alas time constraints (not to mention I probably too many games going anyway… 😉)


  • TripleA

    I believe you. 😄


  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    Improve your allied play, and PLAY MORE GAMES, before you jump to this kind of conclusion.

    I can garuntee neither of you has played more than 25 games as the allies.  Yet you are pontificating that it is imbalanced.

    With so many options, and so many IPC’s already available, the allies can do alot of different things in response to the Axis.  You just need to figure out what works best for you.

    And you can start by asking, HOW do the axis win MOST of the time? and Where?


  • TripleA

    Gargantua, I think it is as balanced as AA50 and Revised. 9 bid is fine.


  • TripleA

    Revised, the minimum bid I would take for germany was an infantry in ukraine, though I preferred minimum artillery for libya.

    AA50, I guess it’d be an infantry in egypt… lowest I recall, but I really did not feel like playing axis that day.

    I played V4 a few times without bid… prefer revised rules.

    Classic I prefer original classic rules, but I do attack karelia round 1 (guys stranded in norway so may as well take a stab at karelia)… I think 10 was the lowest I went. Man been awhile since I played classic.
    ~
    I have taken allies at 0 against newer opponents and won. Same for AA50 when it first came out. Revised rules same thing when it first came out.

    The bid system takes time to flesh out. I believe in 1 unit per territory, also 1-9 is relatively small enough that you could play with or without it.

    For all A&A games I prefer to play with a bid or against an opponent who takes a bid. It changes the game up.


  • TripleA

    Gargantua

    Thing is, for global, if there were ever to be a tournament for it, the first round would have to be played in low luck (germany loses to france 1 in every 100 games).

    Also this is not the product of my gameplay or Karl7’s or anyone’s for that matter. It is the result of the sample data from all finished games on the forum. It makes sense to gives allies a bid when axis win 57% of the time.

    small bid would only drop axis win ratio to 52%, which is a bit better, at least that is what bids traditionally have done.

    TripleA ladder for aa50 changed dramatically when AA50 was released to the +13 for Low Luck games… that happened because the axis win loss ratio was about 60% for dice games and 70% for low luck. Then the 9 bid took hold for a year, the axis win ratio was 55%, so it went to 13 for allies and the axis win ratio was 51%… (they play 1 unit per territory).

    For dice games bids always varied but there was an upward trend for dice game bids over the years, couple years ago if you started the bid at 13 people would call you crazy and bid lower at 7… now a days they would go 12 and you go 11 and maybe you give it to them at 10. Game is even at 8-11 IMO.

    HOWEVER that is using 1 unit per territory rules. 2 artillery in eastern ukraine, results in roughly the same attack power as having a tank somewhere and an artillery in eastern ukraine (as far as hitting ukraine and east poland was concerned)… also dropping 3 inf in egypt is kind of lame, because then germany cannot gamble for egypt… 1 unit per territory gives germany 50/50 on egypt, which is fair for those players who feel like taking a risk. also encourages armor buys over artillery as far as russia is concerned. So that explains the higher bid on triple A, has nothing to do with inferior allies play, just different bid rules.
    ~

    For global, I would prefer 1 unit per territory bids, because 2 units in amur is cheap sauce for slamming korea. or stacking 2 inf on france hoping for some dice… that might be cheap sauce or result in a wasted bid.
    ~
    I remember suggesting 11 bids for AA50 low luck games when it first came out, no one insulted me, they just gave it try and played as the allies with it.

    Like if someone joins my game and starts checking the allies boxes and wants to just play… I just give them a 9 bid spread out to the countries they want it for and I take axis.

    I actually test these bids out.

    I started seeing what 6 would do, I am at 9… not sure how I like the 3 added inf in africa… it is a bit cheesy… but I have not played enough people who did that.

    9 seems fine so far, but I only played 3 people who got a 9 bid. I lost twice out of three games to it… but I made a big mistake with japan in both of those games… yeah I slammed into the USA fleet at 70% odds to win and I got crushed. I missed with all my tacticals and bombers… hell yeah that was glorious… and I misbought for one of them (should have bought 10 inf for japan to defend it, but I didn’t notice midway 6 fighters and a bomber… so yeah I lost, but I got to get some sleep at least.

    I don’t have enough sample data to suggest a 9 bid at this moment.

    I might suggest 6 for your games and seeing how the allies fare with a little extra firepower. It is enough to make a difference.


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