I love a good JDOW J1 because its a canned play with set moves that you don’t have do a lot of planning on you just hit the playbook and run it. I was strategizing for the Allies but its my turn to play Axis–so I need something simple cause its my turn and I’m on my second beer. To briefly recap how I use his opener,
CA FIG SB – BB in SZ 37
2 transports, 1 grand fleet or so, 1 carrier = Phillipines
2 units = Kwangtung
4 units 3 air = Yunnan (short 1 SB from normal)
2 units = Borneo
No Hunan, no guys in position to do it.
Advantages; Takes down UK PAC income from 17 to 10 to 7 (+4) the fastest way possible
Disadvantages; America is all over you. The open is locktight and you’ll win all your battles but all your Asia land army is zilch.
I’ve used this quite a few times and it works great, but last time I did it, USA (played by the Professor) imm. stepped up to Iwo, took it, and then moved up air and sea stacks, blew me completely apart Because I left too little on Japan to ward him off, I didn’t want to repeat the mistake.
This game I bought 1 CV 1 TT 1 INF on J, the buy is up to you. On J2, with 41~ I got subs, a destroyer, MiC etc. Since UKPAC income destruction is my goal, I SB’d him and lost 1 SB, and took Malaya, which he promptly took back.
The game is on G1 and things aren’t looking so great. China (Squidburns) is strong, USA (Maphead) is KJFin’g with the ANZAC Fighter combo. My ground units are dead–and the J1 didn’t give me any time to get land units built up. US used Anzac ships to screen me off USA island hopping fleet so Carolines is down.
I do have a chance to kill 5 allied ships this turn, and get my counterstrike on SZ 6 looking really nasty. By retaking Malaya, I can’t use the seabase to get home. My factory goes on HK instead, because I’m on the defensive right away.
J1/J2 are really popular, but its making me go back to the J3/J4 prospect to reduce China the old fashioned way. Any suggestions? Taam