• 2021 '20 '19 '18 '17 '16

    If the South Africa factory is to be used to produce units to defend Egypt and contest the Middle East, I suggest starting with three infantry there on turns two and three that slow walk to their destination before you start producing mechs. Producing mechs there on turn four will get them to Egypt at the same time as the turn two infantry and you’ll have saved six IPCs in the process.

    If you want another IC in the area, Iraq is modestly better than Persia despite the extra turn it takes for fighters produced there to arrive in Moscow – Iraq is just a little easier to hold.


  • I agree with JDOWs sentiment.

    However, a mIC in Iraq is usually a lot easier to hold than one in Persia. Doesn’t mean it can’t fall, but being closer to Cairo does make a huge difference in several ways.

    Usually UK can’t really expend 9 IPC for production in SA during the first two turns. There are several more relevant investments, like a mIC in Cairo, eventually also an ab, an ab in Gibraltar and keeping London safe.

  • 2021 '20 '18 '17

    @jdow @simon33

    Yes, that is why Middle Earth is an interesting idea, but not necessarily a great strategy (as taped) because it just focuses on a southshuck in isolation.

    And most people don’t even reply to the point JDOW is making because they don’t have enough experience to understand it, even though we’ve been saying it for years.

    JDOW built the JDOWJ1DOW strategy that I’ve copied for years–and its something you keep in your playbook based on your read of the enemy strategy, but its a plan that allocates every unit move.

    no plan survives first contact with the enemy -Moltke

    Back to Simon33’s question–rewatching GHG’s video he takes Iraq and Persia on UK1, he can bring armor, cruiser shot, infantry, arty, the planes from India (which can land in syria with the rest of the taranto surviving planes). Thats a blowout if you bring it all. He also activates persia.

    I never personally did it that way until I followed his more detailed plan to see how it works in practice–and I’m not in love with his overall plan or the timing, but I think its pretty easy to do both. And yes, you avoid Sumatra but that money goes to the weaker UKP and the idea here is to position UKE for the longer game.

  • 2022 '19 '18

    @aequitas-et-veritas Would you care to give us your list of spots? Just noticed this as a significant comment!

  • 2022 '19 '18

    @taamvan great thoughts there Taamvan!

  • '19 '17 '16

    @jdow said in We need an allied playbook.:

    I prefer none of Iraq or Persia. I do not say NEVER build it, but the only IC I would always advise is Egypt.

    If you do this, you can’t build both Iraq and Persia. This is a more defensive strategy. If I knew for sure that the Axis would concentrate on the German-Italian mechanised tag team, I would do so also.

    Whereas the Iraq+Persia combo supports the UK ranging into the Caucasus, if they don’t fall to the Nazis.

  • '19 '17 '16

    @taamvan said in We need an allied playbook.:

    Back to Simon33’s question–rewatching GHG’s video he takes Iraq and Persia on UK1, he can bring armor, cruiser shot, infantry, arty, the planes from India (which can land in syria with the rest of the taranto surviving planes). Thats a blowout if you bring it all. He also activates persia.

    Hold on, if you bring an arm+art you are using both transports so can’t activate Persia.

  • 2021 '20 '18 '17

    @simon33 arm comes via syria from egypt. mech is in alexandria so cant make it.

    Watch the video. For years I thought I understood it and his plan is dangerous overall (Sea Lion, Factory Take) but his opener and UK1-3 plan wasnt clear until I carefully watched what he did and tried to imitate it.

    All the best.

  • '19 '17 '16

    @taamvan said in We need an allied playbook.:

    @simon33 arm comes via syria from egypt. mech is in alexandria so cant make it.

    You have the setup wrong here. Arm starts in Alexandria while the mech starts in Egypt.

  • 2021 '20 '18 '17

    @simon33

    excuse you old friend—GHG has the setup wrong and I didnt bother to confirm it!

    BRING THAT BUGGY

    All the best!


  • @taamvan

    If there is no j1 declaration then I think the Iraq and Persia move is a good one if you want flexability. With war declared, those planes are out of position

  • 2022 2021 '20 '19 '18 '17 '16

    @taamvan could you post a link from this Video please?
    Thank you.


  • 2021 '20 '18 '17

    @squirecam

    Out of position to do what? They are not needed on UK1-3 to defend UKP, and Japan is usually so tough that 2 planes and a few ships don’t project much threat.

    Those planes ARE in position to defend the SB, TB and any other fighters that survive Taranto. One of the worst things that can happen to UK is to win taranto and then land the planes where the Italians can and should wipe them all out because there is only 1 or 0 infantry to protect the planes.


  • @taamvan

    email me. We can have a private test and I’ll show you what Im talking about.

  • 2021 '20 '18 '17

    @squirecam

    you can dm me but I dont mess with triple AAA its just too tedious for me. Thanks though and I love the discussion.


  • @taamvan

    Perhaps at Gencon then. Hope there is one.

  • '18

    @taamvan said in We need an allied playbook.:

    @squirecam

    Out of position to do what? They are not needed on UK1-3 to defend UKP, and Japan is usually so tough that 2 planes and a few ships don’t project much threat.

    Those planes ARE in position to defend the SB, TB and any other fighters that survive Taranto. One of the worst things that can happen to UK is to win taranto and then land the planes where the Italians can and should wipe them all out because there is only 1 or 0 infantry to protect the planes.

    i’ve gone away from Taranto because of losing the planes even if you win, but this is a very interesting scenario utilizing UKP for territory and protection!


  • @aaron_the_warmonger

    You could lose India though. Japan could have attacked J1 and moved south to attack India J3. Moving those units and fighters out could be the difference.

    I advise caution if Japan declared war J1.

  • 2021 '20 '18 '17

    @squirecam

    Its just the planes, after they take iraq they could all fly east if you wanted them to.

    The JDOWJ1 takes UKP money down as quickly as possible. If Japan builds both bases, brings most of his planes, and shuts off the money quickly, it can take India by suffocating its factory and it can do it without needing much luck.

    But, that does leave it vulnerable and it has awakened the sleeping giant of USA with extra income so Japan may have less money and position killing india first than otherwise.


  • @taamvan

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the middle earth version you talked about had UK taking Iraq and Persia on round 1. The Iraq attack uses the Egypt units but to get Persia you need to transport an infantry as well.

    Sure, you could simply transport that unit back. But then you are simply even. When instead you could have brought 4 units into India with those transports and have a better chance on India J3.

    The planes that attacked Iraq uk1 land in trans Jordan. Those cannot reach India until uk3. After Japan has already attacked.

    If japan declares war j1 and moves to the coast with all transports and air…do not take a single unit out of india. You are just asking Japan to crush it and helping them do so.

  • 2021 '20 '18 '17

    @squirecam

    They land in Syria–you have a free french infantry there. I don’t think you can reach TJ i dont remember

    If japan wants india, it can take it. You may want to make that difficult–but eventually, all those units are trapped there.

    The hopeful result is a) you have a roving army of planes that can protect persia/iraq from tha axis and eventually fly to moscow b) that if Japan “steps around the corner” SZ37? its out of position and the USA takes advantage of that by stepping up on the home islands.

    You really can’t stop Japan from taking India. You can make it costly in terms of units, time and position though.


  • @taamvan

    You are correct that they can land in Syria. And there is a french infantry there. But Syria is still to far to get back to India on turn 2. They can only make it to West India.

    Japan may or may not be able to take India. That depends upon alot of factors. However, they WILL get India if you remove planes from it and Japan attacks India J3. You have guaranteed a loss of your capital before USA/Anzac/Russia even has the chance to save it.

    I dont think it is a winning strategy to intentionally lose your capital on turn 3. But thats just me…

  • 2021 '20 '18 '17

    @squirecam

    Lets go back around the corner again so I can reiterate that I personally dont think the Middle Earth Plan as shown by GHG is a great plan. You will lose another capital (London) if you follow his instructions because you need to start putting infantry and fighters into that theatre starting on turn 1 or Germany will note this, bomb you into submission, and take your more important capital before you can fortify it.

    India isn’t a lost cause but the most direct Kill India First can’t be stopped barring really great luck. JDOWJ1 takes the income (borneo, hk, turn 1), you can go on to build and use the airbase to stratbomb them, they’re done-zo. That’s just not the best plan for Japan because it happens at the expense of China, Spice and USA.

    I believe in a flexible plan–but the OOB version is so tilted to the Axis with so many planes that something is going to have to give.

    And you don’t mean intentionally–even if I leave it r underprotected that’s not intent to lose it its simply asking or begging to lose it. I cant create intent for the other player, either. Imprudently is what I think you mean–or haplessly (luckless, though in this case “without requiring them to be lucky”, the reverse).


  • @taamvan

    Obviously if I declare war j1 and do those moves I’m looking to wipe out India. But I can still do those moves and not declare war j1. But moving those troops out causes me to attack india j3 instead of later.

    In any case you make it easier on your opponent, something I dont agree with. I would much rather kill the italian fleet, abandon Cairo for a bit and lose that rather than India. If I am going middle earth I can at least have a base of operations in Iraq or persia to swing down to india or swing back to egypt.

    Yes I agree you need troops in London uk1. But depending on what is going on you can afford a factory in persia or Iraq uk2. But you need to be aware of sea lion still.

    I think he also buys for the south African factory which is probably too early. That does risk a sea lion. But if you can protect london and you can shuck units, the middle east troops can get to Russia or india or egypt. So it can be flexible.

    My point though is that you cant have India falling J3. Are you saying that there is no way to prevent losing India J3 no matter what it builds or does or moves into India?

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