I’ve played around 20 or so games thus far, and it seems like I am one of the few that would prefer to play with the CP. Winning is a grind, but I can pull it off most of the time. The only alteration to the OOB rules that we play is that ground troops can move 2 through friendly territory and to reinforce, but can only attack from 1. I won’t use other adjustments I’ve read about (limiting FR navy, limiting India, factory in Munich, etc…) as they would only further help the CP. We also don’t play the RR or economic collapse rules. I don’t mind a 6-8 hour game…it’s better than TV.
My CP strategy is fairly well set in stone. Here are the basics:
1. Equally split GR on east and west
2. 70/30 split of AH…favor the east. Get everyone to Galicia in R1.
3. Pray for OTT…hope for a stalemate, but is expected to slowly be overtaken. (Guaranteed victory if OTT can overpower GB)
This makes the fight against IT and FR a temporary stalemate, but RU is in trouble and usually goes under in round 5. Once gone, all but 5 or 6 guys head west. Those that remain stay in Karelia in case someone tries to come in over the top.
4. Use GR navy wisely, but I don’t expect them to last more than 2 or 3 rounds. I have no use for AH or OTT navies. I usually leave them in place and wait to be attacked. AH may come out, depends on who is creeping through the Med.
5. By round 5, GR IPC will be anywhere between 48-55 (depends on who captured Moscow) and AH will be 35-40. Either way, press west.
By round 7 or 8, the Allies should have 4 or 5 battleships, 3 or 4 cruisers, and 8-10 transports roaming around the North ATL. Meanwhile, GR and AH are pressing.
6. Keep AH press on full force, but buy 4 or 5 battleships (usually 4) for GR for 2 consecutive rounds in rounds 7/8 or 8/9…depends on situation at the western front. GR either kicks ass and scares off/captures transports or forces GB and/or US to buy more ships. Either way, the flood of GB and US guys into FR stops. IT is usually gone by now, so AH is probably in Burgundy and GR is hopefully holding their own in Picardy. FR is doomed.
Of course, variables arise…poor dice, OTT die quickly, etc… I can recall losing with the CP once when GB steamrolled through CON. GB was knocking on Vienna, and GR couldn’t hold the west. Sh*t happens, but this is not common.
So, why Bobby Fischer? I usually play my daughter who is only 14, but is exceptionally bright, or I play a friend and his college aged son, both of whom are sharp. All 3 are worthy competitors, but I had to see for myself. So, I recently finished my first solo game, doing my best Fischer imitation, trying to play both sides equally fair. Round 12, AH proudly rose their flag in Paris. GR usually ends up doing most of the grunt work while AH takes all the glory.
I do science for a living, and clearly understand that a sample size of 1 is worthless, however, if and when I go for solo #2, I’d predict similar results.
Has anyone else had good luck with and/or prefer the CP? Would anyone like to discuss my CP strategy, especially #6?
Best to all.