The Soviets get a 5 IPC bonus for being at war. In all of the global games I’ve played so far, the Soviet player has simply “declared war” on Japan on R1, regardless of whether or not they had plans to attack.
Is there any reason that the Soviets wouldn’t declare war on Japan as soon as they can? Is there any reason that being “at war” is a requirement of this NO if the Soviets can always be at war?
This has been addressed in the FAQ thread. The Soviets have to be at war with either Germany or Italy in order to receive the 5 IPC bonus. Of course, it would have been nice for the rulebook to say this directly.
Sometimes it is better for russia to hit and run then to hit and stay.
If you can take out a small army at the door you might want to strafe it ( take out 90% ) and then retreat towards your reinforcements.
Germany cannot hit your new army,
Your hitting power stays alive
Germany cannot move forward because you hit their next army.
If germany makes 1 little mistake and you get to hit them right at that point you can set back his invasion of russia by 2 turns in just 1 attack.
Those 2 turns is all you need to get + 6 UK planes in moscow
or get the invasion of france running
or build enough to defend moscow
or take out italy
or take out japan
Depending on your overal gameplan.
As for G42 it is geared toward tournament play, but it could be used as a way to teach Global more quickly. I like the idea of having nations like France having a role in WWII, but G42 short cuts much of the tedious wait because all the players are at war. It is a quickened version of G40, but it’s also a good alternative for players who need a shorter game session but like the complexity of Global.
I haven’t tried a F2F game yet but I would have an easier time getting a session in with the 42 set-up than Global. I also think G42 may pick up steam if it’s supported by the A&A community by and large due to the fact that we had five releases of the series less than than two years ago and won’t likey get another unless a second edition of 1914 is released.
Check out the set-up and if you like it show your support.
What stops US or UK placing 4-5 fighters in Gibraltar. Each would roll a 2 vs a 1 the escorting fighters if any(lack range i think) might get. Each Bombing raid would cost the attacker 1-2 bombers from defending fighters before you roll AA.