1940 Global: 1st turn, 3 players = Having fun



  • Hello everyone,

    I’m new here (new to this forum and very new to A&A).

    I’m almost 45 and father of a 15 and a 12 year old boys who decided to get A&A for Christmas.

    So far we had a blast (and we played only 1 turn).

    In the last month I studied both rule books, watched almost all YoungGrasshopper videos on YouTube (thanks so much for this), browse this forum heavily, printed additional materials (from this forum mostly) and even purchased additional materials from Historical Board Gaming.

    I’m playing Axis (as player 1), my older son is playing USSR, USA and China, my youngest is playing UK, ANZAC and France.  They do really like it so far, I’m explaining rules as we go (purposely omitting some at the beginning) and so far our 1st turn was long (almost 2 hours) but enjoyable.

    I’m glad I was able to stir them from their xBox and computer game a little.

    I have no particular question (so far), wanted to thanks this forum and the creator of the game as well as YG who has been a great help with his videos (and also helped me register to this forum).

    I have however one comment: I noticed (thru my browsing of this forum) a lot of dead links: sometime to pictures or even materials but considering some of these posts are over 5 years old it is not surprising.  However I found very helpful the fact that a lot of prints are still available thru mediafire download website and for this thank you.

    My first impression of the game is great and can’t wait for this weekend for round 2.

    Thierry
    A fan from Portland OR, USA


  • 2018 2017 2016

    Welcome to this Forum Thierry.
    I am glad you like it and the triple a.
    One day I will be in your situation and hopefully teaching my son triple a.
    Feel free to ask us anything about triple a.
    I am sure we can help you here.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '13 Moderator

    It is great to hear compliments and love fro the game from new players, so thank you too.
    Enjoy the following turns. T1 can be very slow, but that is to be expected.


  • 2018 2017

    My son is 5 and we are already measuring and moving our pieces to learn wargames.  Axis and Allies is the realization of all of those ads on the back of 1950s and 1960s comics;  3000 piece set of army men, tanks, obstacles everything;  thousands of tiny army men but wait!  There are rules!  You replay world war 2?

    Who wouldn’t be in?


  • 2015

    Welcome to the board!  Glad to hear you’re enjoying the game with your sons.  Just wait until you find some local gamers and can team up with them



  • so that’s how you get people to play with you!  I just have to make them myself  :lol:  welcome to the board!  Have fun!



  • I love hearing great strories like this. Amazingly, fathers fighting the digital war that claim sons is more common that we might think… I happen to know many fathers playing A&A with their children, wether it’s to free them from the tyranny of television, or to eslave them as puppet soldiers for dad’s new hobby (most say the television thing).

    Welcome Thierry… and enjoy the ride.



  • I play with my 14 year old son at our local Denver-area meetup G40 gaming group.  The opponents are not happy that we are always on a team.  They complain that we have mastered the game too much… Having the forum advice and the experience of 40 play-by-email games puts us way ahead of the competition.  If you ever want to get your skills higher, play some games on the forum against seasoned players.  I have learned so much, and continue to learn good strategies each time I play (still usually get beaten).  The game gets to be much faster once you have played it several times and know standard openings and overall game strategy.



  • Greetings friend!
    Great to know that I am not alone! I am 15 myself. I play with my dad, siblings, uncle, and cousins as well as many friends!  We have got everybody form 9 years to 52. How old are your sons? We might just get lucky and be in the same area!



  • My boys are 15 and 12.  Going to school in the portland area.

    We just started, it is a family thing right now, My older son might invite his friends for a play someday, have not figure that one out yet.

    Thierry



  • Great to hear that you’re enjoying this great game. Good luck in all your future conquests!


  • 2015

    Welcome to the board! Judging by the flood of responses (I’ll pile mine on), we’ll all be happy to help in any way we can.

    While I am overjoyed you’re teaching your sons about A&A, I am terrified that you might also teach them “thru” is an acceptable form of “through”. It is not. Ever.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016

    As I have previously welcomed you to the board Thierry I wasn’t going to repeat myself. But I am feeling left out!

    No children but I know plenty of men with the mental age of a young child, so that’s no problem! I include myself of course.



  • @teslas:

    Welcome to the board! Judging by the flood of responses (I’ll pile mine on), we’ll all be happy to help in any way we can.

    While I am overjoyed you’re teaching your sons about A&A, I am terrified that you might also teach them “thru” is an acceptable form of “through”. It is not. Ever.

    Teslas,

    I will plead the fact that English is my second language (and French being my native), I do appreciate correction from my peers, it is true that “thru” and “through” has been a struggle for me.

    Looking forward to learn more.
    Thierry


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016

    Well - according to dictionary.com it is an acceptable informal spelling of through:

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/thru

    Not that I ever use it myself. But English is so widely used by different cultures and peoples that the variations are endless and beyond control by the spelling and grammar police. What is unacceptable today is common usage tomorrow ……


  • 2015

    @Thierry:

    @teslas:

    Stuff I said.

    Teslas,

    I will plead the fact that English is my second language (and French being my native), I do appreciate correction from my peers, it is true that “thru” and “through” has been a struggle for me.

    Looking forward to learn more.
    Thierry

    I must be ashamed for my countrymen (Americans), as it is their fault that the abomination “thru” has been spread.

    Hopefully I can teach you something about A&A at some point, and not just English pedantry  😛



  • @teslas:

    @Thierry:

    @teslas:

    Stuff I said.

    Teslas,

    I will plead the fact that English is my second language (and French being my native), I do appreciate correction from my peers, it is true that “thru” and “through” has been a struggle for me.

    Looking forward to learn more.
    Thierry

    I must be ashamed for my countrymen (Americans), as it is their fault that the abomination “thru” has been spread.

    Hopefully I can teach you something about A&A at some point, and not just English pedantry  😛

    No harm done, I always appreciate some help.  I will always appreciate A&A help as well.

    Thanks
    Thierry



  • I don’t know what all the fuss is aboot eh?



  • I blame Canada.



  • I say Canada is great and faultless here  😉



  • Ok now that we got “thru” the language thing how is your game going Thierry? Give us an update and some details of rounds 2……3…



  • @WILD:

    Ok now that we got “thru” the language thing how is your game going Thierry? Give us an update and some details of rounds 2……3…

    Only Round 1 was done so far.  Working on round 2 for this weekend.  I made sure on round 1 that each of us had only 1 attack per country (if needed).  On round 2 I will introduce airplane scramble and round 3 probably “convoy”.

    I know I probably upset some veterans out there for not having all the rules set from the get go, but I’m trying to explain the rules as I go so I probably will forget some (trying not to).  Also I need to read again about convoy.

    I use some of the customizations that are recommended by the people on the forum and YG videos:

    1. Got some paper money from HBG
    2. Got nice printouts from this site that show each country objectives/military setup and some political facts that the boys were able to read before we played
    3. Got some black chips to help us identify damages in boats and IC
    4. finally an income tracker and couple of other printouts that help us in order of turns and sequences.

    Fun game but a lot of rules to remember/understand.

    I will keep you posted to see where we are in after round 2 and 3 over the weekend.

    Cheers
    Thierry


  • 2017 2016 Customizer

    @teslas:

    @Thierry:

    @teslas:

    Stuff I said.

    Teslas,

    I will plead the fact that English is my second language (and French being my native), I do appreciate correction from my peers, it is true that “thru” and “through” has been a struggle for me.

    Looking forward to learn more.
    Thierry

    I must be ashamed for my countrymen (Americans), as it is their fault that the abomination “thru” has been spread.

    Hopefully I can teach you something about A&A at some point, and not just English pedantry  😛

    Actually, THRU is an abbreviation of the word through. It’s used on engineering drawings. Example: a hole dimension might read Ø.125 THRU which means drill a 1/8" hole all the way through. There’s your drafting standards lesson for the day.  😉

    To the OP of this thread, welcome to the wonderful world of Axis & Allies! I, like you, taught my children how to play and we have had lots of fun together over the years. I converted my basement family room into a game room we call “The Bunker”. I built a Global table, dice towers, magnetic score board and other fun items. My youngest son & I still get a game in. I have some fellow players I met THRU (pun intended) this great forum that game w/ me from time to time. It’ll take some time for you to completely grasp all the rules. But it sure is fun learning!

    Warm regards!


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016

    @Thierry:

    Fun game but a lot of rules to remember/understand.

    Just so you know Thierry - there are simpler and shorter versions of the game also played by us on this forum:

    • 1941 can be played in an evening.
    • 1942 2nd Edition in a day.

    You have gone straight to the most complex version.

    Many of us own multiple versions and play them all!

    Cheers
    PP



  • The A&A.org members are a great group of WW2 passionate folks. I love the camaraderie.

    I even enjoy the grammar police.  🙂


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