We have a play group that can usually get together 4 or 5 people for 1942.2 every few months. We’re not experts like most of the pros on here, but middle level players.
As everyone knows, the game OOB is unbalanced towards the Axis; Russia is not really fun to play in a 5 man match; and the Pacific gets largely ignored. I see there’s a 1942.3 rule mods, but we’ve been gradually refining our own mods. To shake things up, we added in the National Objectives (borrowed from Argothair), which made the game less predictable and got some more money on the board, which is fun. We’ve tweaked the NOs a bit as we’ve used them, and we have recently added in Paratroopers and a mechanic for Russia to convert Western allied fighters to Russian Fighters (which give them a lot more to play with in deadzoning) for 3 IPCs (sort of a Lend-Lease deal).
Bombers can drop one INF unit in combat, but only in support of amphibious assaults or ground assaults. First time we added in Paratroopers, they were just doing annoying unsupported drops all over Europe, which was sort of gamey, and ahistorical that the Allies would just paratroop guys deep into German territory to be killed the next turn. We did allow for unsupported paratroop drops onto islands (not Japan or Britain), in order to activate the Pacific somewhat. With the Japanese and American NOs in the Pacific we were trying to make it so their was more opportunity and incentive to island-hop. We also made Bombers able to drop 2 INF in non-combat, so there would be a little bit more depth. It was used by the US to reinforce Egypt from Gibraltar on US2, after Germany got diced in the G1 attack.
Anyway, we’ve played one game with this full set of rules. It was fun and seemed good for playability, but it is hard to tell from a sample set of one. The Allies went KJF, even after an unsuccessful SZ 37 attack, and a G1 naval build that got sunk on UK1, so that was a strange move to me. I was Japan and just doing the India crush until the US fleet (weaker fleet on the water, but supported by 5 bombers, with another 4 imminent) moved within two spaces of my main fleet, and I sunk the US fleet and the 9 bomber counter attack with some lucky dice. So hard to tell how a more normal game would go.
Anyway, I would love to hear some feedback, or maybe rules that appear too exploitable, or some suggestions for further improvements.
House Rules Summary
âˆ USSR starts the game with a bomber in Moscow
Russian Fighters (Purchase and Place Units Phases - USSR Only)
âˆ During the USSR’s ‘Purchase Units’ phase, for 3 IPCs they may remove 1 Allied fighter from the board if that fighter is located in an original USSR territory. The fighter is returned to the Allied player’s unit pool and a USSR fighter is placed in the mobilization zone along with their other purchased units.
âˆ During the USSR’s “Mobilize New Units” phase, the fighter purchased for 3 IPCs is placed in the territory that contained the Allied fighter at the beginning of the USSR’s turn.
Paratroopers (Combat Phase - Any Faction)
âˆ Paratroopers occur in combat phase
âˆ Each bomber tasked to transport paratroopers into combat can move one infantry provided they both start the turn in the same zone.
âˆ Paratroopers can be used in one of two situations:
i) in support of a combat movement involving other ground units, including amphibious assaults
ii) independent combat on a 1 zone island (e.g. Australia doesn’t count as it is 2 zones); CANNOT be used on Japan or Britain; BB and CA can provide bombardment support
Air Transport (Non-Combat Phase - Any Faction)
âˆ Air Transport can be used in the non-combat phase
âˆ Each bomber assigned to air transport can move two infantry provided they both start the turn in the same zone. Infantry can be air transported into territories captured during the player’s combat phase. Normal movement rules for bombers apply.
âˆ Bombers that have been previously used in the combat phase cannot be used for air transport
âˆ Alternate rule for consideration if the above is found to unbalance the game: Infantry can only be air lefted into territory controled by the faction at the beginning of their turn (i.e. cannot land in territory captured during the combat phase).
âˆ Victory is achieved when one side concedes defeat or the consensus when the game is ended due to time. Victory cities count for NOTHING!
“Lend-Lease Support: Allies control Archangel, and Sea Zones 3, 4, and 6 are clear of Axis submarines.”
"Trans-Siberian Railroad: Allies control at least 3 contiguous territories of Novosibirsk, Evenki, Yakut, and Buryatia. "
“Scandinavian Iron Ore: Axis have at least 1 unit in Norway.”
“Eastern Oil Supplies: Axis control at least 3 of Egypt, Trans-Jordan, Persia, and Caucasus.”
“Mare Nostrum: Allies have no ships in Sea Zones 14 through 17 (Mediterranean and Black Sea).”
“Mediterranean Campaign: Britain has at least one unit in Algeria, Italy, or Southern Europe.”
“Commonwealth Brigades: Allies controls at least 3 of India, South Africa, Eastern Australia, and Eastern Canada.”
“Chinese Hegemony: Allies have no units in Sinkiang, Anhwei, Szechuan, Yunnan, Kwangtung, Kiangsu, and Manchuria.”
“Secure Oil Routes: Japan has at least one unit in at least 3 of Borneo, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Caroline Islands.”
“Non-Aggression Pact: Russians have no units in orange territories, and Japanese have no units in red territories.”
“Pacific Island Bases: Allies control at least 3 of Iwo Jima, Wake Island, Hawaii, and Midway.”
“Liberation Army: Americans have at least one unit in France, Northwest Europe, or Italy.”