Someone suggested a while ago that I try a new move with Germany: taking Spain early.
I didn’t employ the move, buy my opponent did and here were the results:
Italy had to take Paris after a German Strafe (Germany took S.France and Normandy)
Japan DOW on J1, US entered war and went full Atlantic (Bombers)
Italy took Egypt on Round 4, UK liberated on UK5, Italy claimed it and Africa permanently in Round 5
I ended up losing the UK on G5
I ended up losing Calcutta on J6 permanently (I reclaimed it on UK5 via Afghan units)
Russia had to wait to R4 to declare war on the Axis. I was lucky and rolled two tech upgrades on R1 and R3 (Rockets and Improved Mech). Russia took Turkey and marched from the South along with 29 Infantry from Bel moving into EPoland (merge armies), then Poland. Russia took Norway, then lost it (with remnants of Sea Lion). With the German Army crushed, 10 Armor in Berlin and another 10 coming the Axis conceded in Europe.
Japan went bananas in the Pacific, but China keep frustrating the Japanese. At one point Japan was collecting 65+ IPC.
Anzac was basically helpless and turtled up to protect the VC (and spent most turns collecting only 10 IPC).
The US just stacked Hawaii with multiple Aircraft over 3 Inf and 1 Art and staged 14 SS outside of Japanese reach.
Japan was 2 rounds from taking Hawaii and claiming the Pacific, but with Berlin on the verge of collapse, the US final purchase was full Pacific to reinforce or liberate Hawaii if Japan took Hawaii and still had another round of purchases before the Japanese invasion happened.
All in all it was an insane game where nothing went to plan. J1 DOW, US flying Bombers to sink a German fleet lightly protected off Spain (Spain is a 1-turn move from EUSA if Gib falls), Russia winning the game for the Allies, 2 of 4 tech rolls worked (no darned Artillery!), Japan collecting more IPC than the US at one point yet could not contain the Chinese or win the Pacific.
I wouldn’t suggest taking Spain early as the Axis, and I wouldn’t recommend waiting for the Russians to DOW on the Axis - Russia gets big FAST with that +3 NO. At some point Japan has to ignore China and claim Hawaii / Sydney and just turtle up on the VC’s.