Hello! First post, longtime reader. I’d like to start by thanking the whole community; I’ve very much enjoyed reading this forum since playing my first game of Axis and Allies Revised Edition a few years back.
I belong to a gaming group here in my home town, and we occasionally play Global 1940 (we’re mainly a role-playing group, though I’d imagine a few of us would say A&A is our all-time favorite game). The problem is, most of us have families and limited free-time, and some of us are a little slow to take turns. To point, we have never actually seen a game to completion. There have been many decisive victories early on turns 3 and 4, while being hours into the game, and we’ve called it. There’s been a few others where it was too close to call, and we just throw in the towel, not having the option of leaving the board up. For some reason we never thought to write down troop placements or get one of the few spreadsheets I’ve seen out there, and pick it up again later. Yesterday, however, we had almost a whole day for four of us to play, and we swore we were going to finish the game. Hours later, while reaching a point where it could have literally gone either way, I accidentally bumped the 2nd board, spilling all of Europe’s contents into a nice jumbled pile of Russian, German and Italian pieces. This was heartbreaking. After talking, we decided we’d try to find a mid game setup on the internet, agreeing on it, and setting it up, to continue from there on turn 4 or 5. I have yet to find one. I see there are spreadsheets for people to keep for themselves, but not one being shared. So… I turn to this forum. Does anyone have a saved mid-game setup spreadsheet they can throw up on this topic for me to try? I’d prefer it to be during a game that was generally balanced, with no clear gleaned outcome. However, anything would do at this point.
If this isn’t plausible, how about you just throw me some ideas on what I can do to redeem myself for ruining my group’s last attempt at finishing a game. I’m not sure they can muster starting anew.