Oh, this is no more ahistoric than Italy being able to take Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and the rest of the Mediteranean when they could even beat the Greek army with their entire military. Not to mention one of the most significant ahistorical flaws of G40, which is that the French troops in Aremain loyal to the Allies for some reason, not Axis Vichy… and, if they are not at war, why are they killing Brits mercilessly on Italy 1? Don’t get me started on the whole “orginally owned” territory nonesense either, the Germans can buld a major IC in Norway and the UK can build one in Malaya, but the Japanses cannot build one in Shanghai; the Japanese were the first to build factories in Shanghai around 1900 after the First Sino-Japanese War, and by 1937, when they fully officially occupied the city, it had more manufacturing power than the rest of Southeast Asia combined! Dice Gods forbid the Japs actually being able to make a major IC in an actual manufacturing center that they originally created 😉
Ahistoric… hmpf! Nothing like an instant 10 tnps build by the Germans and the dissappearance of essentially the entire Royal Navy in the Spring of 1940 to make you give up on all the historical aspects of the game we love…
All good points, but directed more at game mechanics than historical accuracy. I agree that the production cycle is not accurate to real life, it should take 3-4 turns for a BB to be built, but the game is not made for that scale. All units you can build are placed almost immediately. Both the US and UK fleets are severely nerfed, most likely in order to give the axis a chance that they didn’t have in RL.
As for the other issues, I understand why Vichy is not in the game, you have to draw the line somewhere and Larry choose to add France but have them be inert, while China is also hamstrung. Otherwise you get a community of people clamoring on the BBS from Bulgaria wanting special Bulgarian rules or some other nonsense.
I have played a game where Japan could build a major in China and it did seem overpowered. It was maxed on production and China was quickly swallowed up. It took massive US naval builds and tenuous fighting from India to stall the Japs. Japan was also able to not build many trns in that game and still concentrate on the Pacific islands.
Thanks for going over the Abandon London moves again James. One would assume they became even more potent in A3, have you had the opportunity to try it yet? It’s playing the allies like the Axis, creating the initiative and then keeping it long enough to sack Italy…hopefully.