So if USA takes Spain, then builds a factory and places 40 bucks worth of infantry each turn would this be allowed?
Not exactly. First, USA has a starting income of 3200. Spain adds 100, so that would be 3300 for 11 infantry (assuming Japan hasn’t invaded China). Second, there were no chips in this version! USA can never ever ever have more than twenty infantry total on the board and a given time.
This means if USA builds an invasion force on turn one, they can’t attack Spain till turn three. German subs can ambush the fleet on route, (subs are impervious to attack by any units in this version), and Germany should still have a decent counter attack against Spain.
So, while USA can build a factory in Spain and dump their entire economy there, it could take a very long time to secure this situation. If Russia has fallen by then, it could be too late. Remember too that Japan can build a factory as well But Japan actually starts with a foothold on the continent, and with a neutral China there is not much in resistance Asia. I’m not sure, but this looks to me like a quicker game than we are used to.
I’ve yet to actually play it, but it seems rather rash to think we can determine a fool proof Allied strategy without a more thorough analysis. If you haven’t played since the early eighties, you (and your opponent) may not have been employing optimal strategy. I can only assume that thirty years later you have a much better head for A&A?
This was a very early version of the game so it’s safe to assume that it is lopsided, and probably there are some silly and unrealistic rules. But all versions are like this to some degree. I’ve no doubt this is not as good as MB’s version - A&A tends to improve. But this little bookcase game was well enough loved to be bought (and revamped) by a large company, and to begin a legacy in hobby board gaming. How poor could it have been?
I can’t accept that the potential for a US factory breaks the game until I see exactly how they establish a foothold and hang on to Russia long enough to reap the rewards. Until I see that, the game’s afoot!
Wish me luck!