So interesting game I’m playing right now (well not right now, but started yesterday to be continued later today)…
Turns 1-3 are pretty standard. In particular, the UK focuses on rebuilding its fleet and begins the alternating Picardy/Belgium drops with Karelia.
On turn 4, however, both the UK, and the US now in the war, shift heavily to taking out the Ottomans. Previously the UK was just playing tag in the middle east, and finishing up the Germans in Africa. Now, for the last several turns, most of the UK income has gone into Inida. Meanwhile, the US ignored Italy, and set up the shuck shuck going from Canada to Spanish Morroco to Egypt.
On the downside, for the Allies, Italy is going to fall in next 2-3 turns to AH.
On the plus side, the Ottomans have a single troop (contesting a large British stack with air & tanks) in Messopatamia and a single troop (contesting a large American stack, air but no tanks) in Trans-Jordan. Other than Bulgaria (and sometimes Arabia) the Ottomans have advanced nowhere else on the board. (They sent some troops into Russia early on, but those troops have since fallen.) They’re reinforcements are less than what the British build each turn, and about on par with what the Americans build. The only plausible scenario for their survival is Germany disengaging from the Russian fight, and heading South to bail them out, which of course would bail Russia out, while at the same time France is beginning to gain ground in the West.
This is a new game, Iâ€m sure both sides did not play this strategy optimally. But the basic Allied strategy of holding fast turns 1-3, then hitting the Ottomans hard with the Anglo-Saxon armies from both sides seems very interesting to me. Iâ€ll let you know how it turns out.