Wow, some pretty amazing fleets have been assembled in previous posts! @The-Captain asked me to post a game report from our latest game. After 12 or so hours of play we shut things down to continue next weekend. We’re about to start Late 1942. Maybe we’re halfway through, hard to say? Full game of 6 people, and my son decided to take the minor countries (France, China, Anzac) as a 7th player.
As Japan I focused on eliminating China and going after India as my main objective. I succeeded in eliminating China, but as soon as I did the USA had started filtering troops into the Soviet Far East so Russia decided to finally break our truce and invade to the east of Mongolia taking 1 Chinese territory back. When we stopped play China now had 1 infantry on the board back in that territory. Even though my first attack against India failed I returned to bomb the industrial complex, rendering it useless. Interestingly the UK player chose not to repair it so without any reinforcements placed last turn I should finally be able to take India in my coming turn. It does come at a high price though as I’ve probably lost about half my air force and have precious few ground troops left to stop the new soviet invasion. In my rush to focus on China and India I ignored the money islands and Anzac so they’ve built up an incredibly large fleet (for them) - (3) Battleships, (4) Cruisers, Transport, (5) Destroyers. My original fleet is intact and has been sitting near India, though I’ve just sent several Cruisers and Subs back toward Japan. The Anzac fleet is currently sitting just off Australia. Since my fleet has been busy in the Indian Ocean the US has surrounded Japan with a fairly sizeable naval force, as well as several ships near Alaska. They don’t have the transports in place yet to try an invasion, but after my next turn I need to head back with my fleet and figure out how to deal with these two threats.
The US has focused more on the Pacific than Atlantic, so there isn’t any pending European invasion from the US at the moment. Russia is the only one who has decided to purchase mines, which are dug in at territories bordering Moscow. Germany has methodically been advancing towards Moscow since the beginning of the game. He’s not on the doorstep yet, but getting close, and will have to decide to go around (or over) the mines. Italy controls Egypt, and I find it amusing that I just landed a Japanese fighter there to help protect it. Instead of moving eastwards from India the UK decided to head in the other direction to capture the middle east and build a minor factory there. The UK navy was destroyed early on so the Germans have ruled the Atlantic. Recently the UK has been sending paratroopers to liberate Normandy, but Germany should have enough troops to quickly kick them out. Italy controls upper mid & east Africa, while the allies have the rest.
Just by taking Brazil and not losing any territory the US is pulling in 93 IPC a turn with its bonuses which is pretty sick. With everything else the US gets (National Gaurd, free ships) it may be worth reconsidering how much bonus income the US should get once it enters the war.
TO BE CONTINUED…