I’m writing from Brazil. I have been playing Axis&Allies for 20 years. Congratulations for yours gameboards!
Now, I played AAP40, AAE40 and AAG40 with Alpha+2 setup and I think, the balance of forces better a lot but, it continuos very favorable for Japan…
The problem is a strong and big number of japanese airplanes. When comparing with Germany, the number of japanese airplanes are two times higher. When the Battle for Great Britain began, Germans launched more than 3.000 planes in the air. In the beginnig of the Pacific war, Japan had 1.500 planes. I suggest:
In the Japan island there should be only 1 Fighter, 1 Tac Bomber and 1 Bomber.
Manchuria there should be 1 Fighter and 1 Tac Bomber.
Korea and Okinawa there should be without airplanes.
China continues very weakness. We need remember that Japan goes to the Pacific because the continental war with China was stagnated. Japan needs resources from Indonesia and Malaya to continuos the war with China. In Alpha+2 the japanese ground troops are more strong. It’s ok, because, in the end of 1939 more than 800.000 japanese soldier was in China. This sound is good but, I think that the terriotries contiguos to the japanese territories in China – Chahar, Anhwe and Huna needs 3 chinese infantry each. In this form, the japanese commander needs think a lot about what to do… and the chinese forces have a possibility to participate more realistically.
In number of ships and capital ships I think the Alpha+2 balance in Pacific is perfect.
Other considerations for the Pacific:
Reduce 1 Tac Bomber in India.
Reduce 1 Fighter in New Zealand.
Put 1 Bomber in Philippines.
Considerations for UK (Europe and Global):
Jointed the Mediterranean Fleet in ZS98 was perfect! Now we can reproduce the battle of Taranto! Very nice. But I think in the metropolitan waters, the fleet is very dispersed around the island of the Great Britain. Does the fleet is jointed in Cairo, why not in Great Britain? It’s a easy job for Germans destroy the fleet piece by piece around the island with submarines and planes…
Although this, my suggest is not radical:
Transfer the battleship in SZ110 to SZ109 and put a destroyer in ZS110 with the crusader. I think more satisfactory protect at least one battleship and so more realistic.
Thank you for the opportunity !
Nelson Maresca - from Brazil