Risk taught us when we were young that Irkutsk and Yakutsk are like the North and South Dakota of Soviet Russia. Have you not visited the region of Kamchatka before–by traveling on a bold line via Alaska? We all know that bold lines can support gigantic armies.
You might as well issue an R1 DoW against Japan; at our gaming group we generally assume that Russia is at war unless stated otherwise. So far I haven’t seen any reason in non-BM games to not opt for immediate war.
This makes perfect sense with experienced players, but I do remember a game where I, playing Russia, managed to delay a Japanese attack for quite a few turns by claiming that we had always been on good terms and that I had never done anything at all to damage Japan’s interests.
That only really works with players that dont know A&A at all.
@Sgt-Mclusky Unlike previous renditions of A+A I find that AA40 has so many options and paths to victory that were still playing it and seeing new strategies in my group. Granted I was late to the party with this version so I don’t have years of experience, but we do play an awful lot, and almost never see the same game twice.
The problem with that is if the US took Manchuria, it would revert to Chinese control so the US would not be able to use a factory there or even build one itself. Also, US would not get the 3 IPCs for Manchuria either.
However, USA could take Korea and put a minor there.
We do Portland vs Seattle every year. No reason we can’t also do Vancouver vs Seattle each year…
My family has a house in Vancouver. We’ll be up there in late August. Big basement, plenty of room for war games. Garg and I may put something together. Will let you know if you something comes together.