Anniversary vs. Spring '42



  • I didn’t see a topic discussing this; if there is one, please feel free to refer me to that one and I will make use of the information in there.

    We currently own Global '40 & Spring '42. Both games have their pros and cons. I think our main problem with Spring '42 was that we felt the number of good moves was limited and that our gameplay became somewhat repetitive.

    My question is: how does Anniversary compare to Spring '42?

    EDIT: The Spring '42 I mentioned is 1st edition.



  • @Ozymandiac:

    We currently own Global '40 & Spring '42. Both games have their pros and cons. I think our main problem with Spring '42 was that we felt the number of good moves was limited and that our gameplay became somewhat repetitive.

    My question is: how does Anniversary compare to Spring '42?

    Better in every way hands-down.

    Like you, I owned both Global and 1942 (and 1941 if it matters)… Anniversary is a step between 1942 and Global… it’s bigger in every way to 1942, and smaller in every way to Global… Anniversary also has separate set-ups for 1941 and 1942 deployments, so right off the bat, it already opens at least twice as many opening strategies than 1942 does… Italy is a separate power, Italy doesn’t exist in 1942… China has rules much more akin to Global than 1942, so China is a more important entity… our group really just loves Anniversary way more than 1942. Finally, the initial setups in Anniversary imho are just better balanced, and possibly the most balanced of any A&A game when not using bids.

    If you’re a fan of A&A (and if you play Global, I dont know how you can’t be), then you really owe it to yourself to get Anniversary… especially if you currently use 1942 as your “not as long as Global” method of play… I think you’ll find Anniversary does a much better job of playing A&A without the time commitment of Global.



  • @Nowhere:

    Better in every way hands-down.

    Like you, I owned both Global and 1942 (and 1941 if it matters)… Anniversary is a step between 1942 and Global… it’s bigger in every way to 1942, and smaller in every way to Global… Anniversary also has separate set-ups for 1941 and 1942 deployments, so right off the bat, it already opens at least twice as many opening strategies than 1942 does… Italy is a separate power, Italy doesn’t exist in 1942… China has rules much more akin to Global than 1942, so China is a more important entity… our group really just loves Anniversary way more than 1942. Finally, the initial setups in Anniversary imho are just better balanced, and possibly the most balanced of any A&A game when not using bids.

    If you’re a fan of A&A (and if you play Global, I dont know how you can’t be), then you really owe it to yourself to get Anniversary… especially if you currently use 1942 as your “not as long as Global” method of play… I think you’ll find Anniversary does a much better job of playing A&A without the time commitment of Global.

    Thanks! It sounds like Anniversary might fill the gap between Spring 42 and G40 I’m missing.

    We have been playing G40 with '42 scenario to shorten the game and get right into the action. The problem we still had sometimes with G40 & G42 was that we felt like playing A&A but “it was already 11 o’clock.”



  • I have every axis and allies game and anniversary is by far and away my favorite. My only wish for the game would’ve been that he could’ve incorporated the national advantages from the original revised and put them in anniversary. Other than that it’s the best one ever. There’s a reason they reprinted the game. Money number one and second because it’s the best one.  Do yourself a favor and get it. You won’t be sorry you did.



  • Thanks Slapshot. Sounds like it’s definitely worth a try.


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    Yup, I’m a big convert to Anniversary. I own both games, and I’ve played more Spring '42 2nd Edition (1942.2) than I have Anniversary, but that will change over the next couple of years, because now I almost exclusively play Anniversary.

    1942.2 is maybe one hour shorter than Anniversary on average, but the price you pay to save that hour is having to put up with ridiculous sea zone configurations (America typically needs three separate stacks of transports to be effective in Europe) and weird, crunchy flight paths that force you to send fighters from California on turn 1 through Australia and India so that they can reach West Russia in time to stop the German advance.

    1942.2 does have some interestingly tight/sharp trading in eastern Europe; I like the territory divisions in Eastern Europe better in 1942.2 than in Anniversary. Instead of being rapidly forced back to Moscow, Russia has a real chance to stack in West Russia or Archangel through the middlegame, and the Germans can be defeated if they over-invest in the pricey 6 IPC tanks and then let those tanks be killed by efficient stacks of Russian infantry and fighters.

    There are also interesting possibilities in 1942.2 if you adopt a “US goes first with a non-combat turn and extra purchase,” which tends to re-arrange the entire board and perhaps even allow for a small Axis bid.

    That said, the well-designed eastern european front is not enough to save 1942.2 from its otherwise terrible starting setup. With no bid, the Allies will be pushed out of Egypt, China, Siberia, the central Pacific, and the north Atlantic sea zones no matter what they try to do about it. The British are wedded to their disaster of a factory in India, which deprives them of the income needed to make a real contribution in the Atlantic. Because Australia, China, Malaya, Burma, and Hawaii are all 1-IPC territories, the Allies have nowhere in the Pacific that makes sense a a place to build a factory as a forward base. Meanwhile, the Japanese have no reason at all to go south or east, and so in every game they either seize the British Indian factory and use it as a base to attack Stalingrad, or plow through China/Siberia and attack Moscow. There is no Battle of Midway or Battle of the Coral Sea or Battle of Guadalcanal; instead the Japanese get to do a bizarre repeat of the Pearl Harbor attacks, even though it’s supposed to be Spring 1942 instead of December 1941. There is no Battle of El Alamein or Battle of Kasserine Pass; instead the British get thrown out of Egypt and the American Atlantic fleet is sunk in its entirety by German subs before the Americans even get a turn, which means that when the Americans finally do make it to Morocco, they land with overwhelming force. The setup is rigid, unbalanced, ahistorical, and ultimately unrewarding.



  • I think why it’s a great game is it’s the perfect size. Global is massive but 42 doesn’t have China or Italy which I like. I like the way technology works as well.  Solid game



  • @Slapshot86:

    My only wish for the game would’ve been that he could’ve incorporated the national advantages from the original revised and put them in anniversary. Other than that it’s the best one ever.

    We’ve done this as part of our Chicago House Rules:

    https://www.axisandallies.org/forums/index.php?topic=41066.0

    There are Tech rules for the Chicago Rules as well as the ‘base’ Chicago Rules.
    Both are also in the House rules section


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