Wow! For the first time ever we managed to complete the first game so quickly we could follow-on with a second.
We had 5 players and selected powers randomly for a game of 1942.2, the allies being afforded a 15 bid.
In the first game we had Dave & Adam (Private Panic) as Japan and Germany vs Mark (Credulous), Tomas (Dukla Passer) & Jeremy as UK, US and Russia respectively.
Russia attacked both West Russia and Ukraine, but failed in the latter. Germany countered by destroying the R stack in West Russia. Although all G air were allocated to that attack, G still managed to wipe out almost every allied ship in the Western hemisphere with few losses. :evil:
The allies never recovered from Private Panicâ€s military genius. :lol: Moscow fell in turn 3, with no prospect of a north Atlantic fleet to bring aid to Russia and Japanese divisions marching through China to attack Russia from the east.
The first game was over so quickly we decided to play another, but this time with a 5 minute limit of both the purchase/combat move phase and then also on the non-combat move phase. Powers were again allocated randomly with a 15 bid to the allies, this time with Mark & Dave as G and J vs Adam, Jeremy & Tomas as UK, US and Russia respectively.
By the end of turn six G had captured both Moscow and India, although much of the hard fighting was done by J, with G gaining the benefit. Thatâ€s what Dave, the Emperor of J, kept saying and we believed his every word. Despite this the Allies had a significant fleet off the coast of northern Europe, trading France, and had captured the money islands, so income was pretty level. The axis players convinced themselves they were winning regardless and fisticuffs would have resulted had not the allies, being gentlemen :-D, offered to allow the game to be decided by two battles â€“ in France and at Leyte Gulf â€“ in both of which the axis had the advantage.
The axis won both engagements and fisticuffs were avoided. The axis departed as winners, but the allies as the better men!
There may be some alternative views to this official history, but donâ€t believe them! :roll: