Always had Germany play Italy, as it’s the extra play where in AAR it wasn’t a case to think about what to do with the teritory in Italy that Germany had. Think just comes as a norm.
Or…let the two Axis plan Italy together, be more team bonding.
It’s like if it’s 2 playing Allies… the UK player would play America, or play US as a team.
Sounds interesting, though my fighters stay OK on top of my carriers (others have mentioned having a problem, though). I’ve been a bit interested in magnetic wargames since reading about the strips in the Avalon Hill catalog back in the day. I’ve never done it (I like normal tabletop games just fine, including AA50), but I imagine it’d be pretty cool-looking to have a wall-mounted wargame with magnetic pieces.
Learning to differentiate the various ships took a little time; I was tempted to mark them some way, too. It doesn’t help that the German/Italian cruisers are so big (like battleships) with flat sterns (like destroyers), or that their transports don’t have cranes, but I think I have all the ships sorted now. And now that I’m used to all the pieces, I rather like them.
and that 33/67 split is going to be actually more historical for that opening of the war as well. Europe was the stated first objective, then Japan from the US standpoint, so more money did go that way at the start.