Jap trannie bid is pretty nice indeed. It makes Polar Express very very quick and that’s good news for axis. I tried z50 with great success, but probably eind is also nice
I’ve played mostly KGF style games but have only once faced anything like a Polar Express. It was a live game several months ago and even though Japan was forced out of Alaska, I lost. At the time, I had no skill in managing German navies as the Allies and was logistically stupid with the USA so I can’t give my opponents all the credit for the victory, my play was inferior. Right now, the only times I’ll invade North America as Japan is if I grabbed LA from right under their noses because they’re too busy in Europe to watch my Pacific transports. Then by taking Alaska and West Canada I’m able to trade LA for a while for the income and shuck distraction.
When you do play as Axis, you must be setting yourself up for either a Kill Russia First or a Polar Express by buying transports and then committing to a strategy depending on Allied moves. What are the main factors in the decision between KRF and Polar Express? US in the Pacific would probably be a good reason not to Polar Express for instance. If the USA sets up a West US shuck, does that automatically rule out a Polar Express? If USA sets up an East US shuck, does that automatically mean Polar Express? Suppose the UK decides to unite fleets in z30, then how can Japan sail over to North America and keep the UK from sailing the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean?
Let’s say that you determine conditions are favorable for a Polar Express. When is the first North American landing, J2-3? Does Japan usually have a mainland Asia factory in addition to the Alaskan one? How much ground does Japan gain in Asia if the bulk of their income is going towards America?
Have you been more or less successful with Polar Express than KRF or a more typical Axis strategy? Do you attribute a lot of that success to the opponents being inexperienced in playing against that Japanese strategy? What sort of bids best suit this sort of Axis strategy, the traditional units to Libya/Europe or a Japanese transport?
Polar Express is something I’ve been curious about for a while but Func, you’re about the only person I’ve seen talking about. Can you shed some light on the strategy and post a link if there’s a good game that demonstrates the merits of a Polar Express.