There is one serious bug. If, for example, Germany uses 3 Transports in the Baltic to amphibiously attack Norway, Karelia and Eastern Europe, and he also has a Battleship in the Baltic, all three battles will get a Bombardment attack from the BB.
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LRA Bombers in Hawaii cannot be replicated. They keep Japan free of transports.
Tech allows you to try to save a losing game with a five IPC investment.
USSR First Move
No tech, 8 bid Germany which goes to north Africa. What’s your opening?
I send 4 Inf to Sinkiang and stack 8 Inf in Yakut SSR. I leave 1 Inf in Karelia. I have recently been experimenting with attacking Norway, but I’m still unsure how much force to dedicate to that. The rest goes to West Russia. The aircraft land in Caucasus and I usually buy all Infantry.
I’m uncertain about building all Infantry, and I need to refine my Norway and Western Russia attacks.
RE: Basic strategies for Axis
As Japan, your first priority is to defend your transports. Second is to have four transports that are dedicated to Japan itself, and third is to send 8 units (mostly infantry) a turn over to the mainland. Attack China first turn and expand as quickly as you can SAFELY. First turn kill any and all ships you possibly can in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. That includes Pearl Harbor II, the British Indian and Australian fleets if possible, and any other ships in range. You are going to gobble up land in Asia nearly unopposed until you reach Moscow, and then you are going to take Moscow once you get enough troops piled up there (lots of guns and a few tanks at this point along with massive piles of infantry if Moscow is well guarded).
If the US and Brits are scrappy in the Pacific, you can defend your transports with fully loaded Carriers and as many Destroyers as you need to counter enemy Submarines. Those four Transports and eight land units are in range of Alaska, by the way. Every turn you have the option of amphibiously invading Alaska with eight ground units supported by Carriers and maybe a Battleship or two.
Oh, yes…as Germany - take Egypt first turn! You don’t want that British Indian fleet to make it into the Med. As Germany, I don’t recommend building ships unless you can eliminate the enemy fleet with aircraft first. However I don’t tend to shuttle troops through the Baltic much. The AAA that you moved forward to hit Russia may need to be recalled to Southern Euroe if you get pushed back.
RE: Basic strategies for Axis
As Germany, you are the shield of the Axis. As Japan you are the sword.
Therefore, Germany builds primarily Infantry. However you want Rockets as Germany. Once you get Rockets, the Southern Europe AA gun moves forward so it can hit Russia with Rockets. You can roll 2,3,4 or 5 dice per turn until you get it, depending on your preferences and what the USSR has done. If the USSR did not build almost all infantry, or has units in bad position, or failed to take your most advanced army or whatever else, you might use less dice. If you feel secure use more dice.
Those Rockets will drain an average of 10 IPCs from the Allies each turn. That means they pay for 2 dice of the Rockets research cost each turn they are firing on three ICs and after that it’s profit.
Put your aircraft all on Western Europe. Your primary objective is to hold Germany. Your secondary objective is to hold Southern Europe and Western Europe. The third objective is to go after Russia. Many new players don’t follow this thinking which means I make first turn landings in Western Europe as the Brits fairly often, and second turn landings in Southern Europe with the Americans. Sometimes I even have transports in position to drop on Germany itself. I did this recently, turning a losing game into a winning one.
RE: What to do for J1 when UK puts much pressure on you?
6 Russians @ Bury
UK bomber @ Nov
UK destroyer and carrier killes Japan tranny
UK uses one tranny load each, to take New Guinea and Borneo
UK sub survives, Japan sub dead.
UK puts fighter with Pearl fleet.
Maybe if SFE and Yakut are both empty, use an amphibious tank to take both (you can do this right?). If there’s one infantry in Yakut and everything’s empty behind you can try this too. But maybe it’s more useful for the sea battles.
Since GB is committing so many resources to the Pacific, Germany might be able to take the Atlantic. It’s interesting that GB sent the Carrier to help knock out the Transport. I prefer to send mine to Madagascar.
The Axis generally fights like a sword and shield, with Japan usually being the sword, and Germany the shield. In this case it’s reversed, so Germany needs to get aggressive. Some of the pressure’s been taken off him. However it’s been placed on Japan. To fight defensively Japan needs to go for naval superiority units. Kill the enemy ships! There are targets galore!
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RE: Strategic Bombing Raids in Revised…..completely pointless
It’s true that SBRs are nearly a break-even proposition. However, if they weren’t, they’d dominate the game.
The whole point of SBRs is inflicting damage that the enemy can’t afford. The US is the only country that can really afford an SBR campaign, simply because it can afford the losses, while Germany can’t. The US sacrifices its own income to suppress Germany’s so that the UK and USSR can take advantage of its weakened state. This is not really pointless.
If SBRs were a money-making proposition, there’s no way that the Axis could survive, since they start off economically inferior to the Allies. The Allies could simply build a few bombers to SBR with, then devote the rest of their income to defense. Eventually, the combined toll of the bombings would render the Axis powers bankrupt, then the Allies could move in for the kill. Doesn’t sound like a very fun game, does it?
The strategy you’re describing sounds perfectly viable to me.
RE: Strategic Bombing Raids in Revised…..completely pointless
While statistically they should be about a break even proposition I find they are not. For example on paper, an Axis SBR campaign using 3 bombers per turn should do 15 IPCs damage per turn to Russia.
If none of the bombers are shot down, they will destroy an average of 10-11 IPCs per turn, not 15. Where did you get 15? If BOTH Axis powers did this simultaneously, it would be an average of 21 per turn, except statistically you’ll lose one. That drops IPC damage down to 18-19.
I think I see your mistake. The average roll of a six sided die is 3.5, not 3. A bomber doing SBR will statistically destroy 18.5 IPCs before it’s shot down.
RE: Need some help with US strategy
When it’s my first turn as the US, the first thing I do is look at who did what. USSR/Germany: did we lose Caucasus? UK/Germany: who has naval dominance, and by how much (if either)? Does anyone have any tech upgrades (especially Gernamy)? What did GB due with her India fleet, and is there an IC in India? Did Russia reinforce China? Did Japan do Pearl Harbor II, and how many transports does she have? Etc.
How these things turned out determine my strategy as US. The US is highly flexible in how it responds to events due to going last, being rich, and being far away. However I find I most often abandon the Pacific entirely as both US and GB. I almost never island hop.
Since the Pacific seems to be your major concern, let’s look there first. Did Japan do Pearl Harbor II? Probably. Is the British India fleet dead or running away to Madagascar? Very likely. What about the British Australian sub? Is it still in the neighborhood? Probably not. Let’s assume Pearl Harbor II happened and the British fleets are gone. Japan has naval dominance in the Pacific.
One method of dealing with this situation for me is to completely ignore it, send a few extra infantry (or have Britain send his Canada troops) to defend Alaska from Japanese amphibious attacks, maybe put a fighter or two, maybe a bomber on Hawaii to keep some influence out there (especially if you choose to emphasize air technology - a Heavy Bomber on Hawaii keeps the Japanese fleet quite far away), keep an infantry in my hometown Los Angeles, and send all of the rest of my Pacific naval assets through the Panama Canal and into the Atlantic. Let Japan keep Pacific dominance. So what? Concentrate your forces as Napoleon taught us. Fight one front at a time. Smash Germany! Maybe throw an Industrial Complex in China if Russia has sent some troops to help hold it to help keep some pressure on Japan. Focus on technology maybe.
Heavy Bombers and/or Long Range Aircraft and/or Jet Fighters followed by lots of aircraft is BRUTAL! Just be careful not to over tech and never actually produce enough of the aircraft you’re getting all powered up.
Super Subs…this is a good tech to get if Pearl Harbor II does NOT happen. This allows you to go after Japan in a big way. Make masses of subs, concentrate all your surface ships and some subs around Hawaii and/or Los Angeles and wipe out his fleet once yours is strong enough. Until then use submarine wolfpacks for skirmishing. Destroy all transports near Japan when you can. Once you’ve done that (assuming you’ve also destroyed his fleet), you’ve beaten Japan. If he counters the subs with lots of aircraft start building and using more surface warships.
Combined Bombardment for a strategy involving lots of transports, destroyers and land forces east to land in Algeria or anywhere else.
Don’t get Rockets as USA. Rockets are best saved for German use.
Now, if one of your allies screwed up and lost the Caucasus or Atlantic naval dominance it’s your job to step in and help fix that mistake. For naval dominance simply send your battleship, destroyers, and anything else you have (Super Subs?) up from Panama and the East Coast in one unified battlegroup and clear out the hostile German ships. Aircraft sent to Great Britain itself, especially hi tech ones, can also contribute to this. Fighters in Gibraltar give some extra reach and protect the Rock as well. If Russia’s getting hammered, Africa’s being overrun, etc, send lots of transports full of troops (possibly escorted by Combined Bombardment destroyers).
Summary - Tech up, send initial Pacific naval forces through Panama, and choose one of:
- Take Pacific with Super Subs and other warships, ignoring islands
- Make sure GB controls the Atlantic, and once that’s established, send masses of transports east, ignoring the Pacific. Combined Bombardment?