I voted for Germany……The possibilty of changing history always excites me. :evil:
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RE: Imperious leader’s best moves for AAE40/ AAG40:
What does Ap mean?
I am confused all the time with new names for ships etc.
There are BS,SS DS,AC,CR,TR, what I used too know…
AP is naval terminology for Transport.
A & A 50 Replay….Part 1
Well, it’s been a ‘wild’ week. I started this week with 9 players that were going to show for our little mini-tourney, BUT, by weeks end that number dwindled down to 3. (Scratch six from my X-mas card list.) Saturday morning I pulled myself out of bed, went over the rulebbok, just one more time, drove to the store & prepared myself for what I thought would be a totally ‘crappy’ day. I was wrong!
The store opened at noon & my first two players were already waiting. (Sorry Carl & Jim, next time I’ll post store hours.) They had been there since 10:00 am. We did our introductions, set up the game & waited for our third to arrive. During set up another gamer,Dan, who was there for a ‘Texas Hold Em’ tourney, asked if he could join. (I wanted to hug him!) All the players involved said sure. Our fourth, Brian, got there around 1:00 and after a brief go over of the rules we began……
I picked the 1942 scenario, as I believe this is the most balanced. In this four player game I decided to have Germany/Italy & United Kingdom/USA each be played by single players. The draw worked out great! Carl & Jim were the most experienced players, Carl got UK/USA & Jim was playing Ger/Italy. Brian pulled Russia & Dan, who admitted he hadn’t played A & A in about twenty years, drew Japan.
Turn 1… Japan went first & Emperor Dan was ‘rusty’, but with some coaching from Jim he decided to buy two transports & an IC (industrial complex). He totally destroyed the Hawaian Fleet & advanced into French Indo-China, which is where he placed his IC. He left the British India fleet untouched, & this would come back to haunt him!
…Russia went next & Comrade Brian was ‘SEEING RED." Brian built 8 infantry (normal reaction) & proceeded to push the Nazi’s back from where they came. He attacked into Belorussia, Eastern Ukraine & the Ukraine. All attacks were successful, but Russia’s loses were extreme. (Die rolls sucked!) His frontline was ‘shakey’ at best. I think I would have let Germany grind it claws on my defence for a turn, or two, before launching Operation Mars.
…Furher Jim came back with a vengence. His purchased 5 infantry, 2 armor & 3 artillery. (Remembering he could only place 10 units in germany.) Jim then counter-attacked into the territories Russia had just reclaimed, plus took Karelia. (Lenningrad falls.) If infantry hit on ‘sixes’ Comrade Brian would have been very pleased. The Furher also did two, “what the hell” attacks by moving his subs from sea zones 8 to sz 10 & sz 7 to sz1 in hopes of eliminating each allied fleet in these locations. “What the hell,” it didn’t work. I think these two subs, plus some air support & the destroyer from sz 13 should have been used to obliterate the UK fleet off of Gibralter, but what do I know. During his non-combat move Jim left Norway undefended & pushed most of his ground forces east.
…Prime Minister Carl didn’t look worried. All of his at-start forces were still intact. (HUH?!) Britain hadn’t been touched! (RRHUT?!-my best scooby-doo.) PM Carl built some ground pounders & an IC. (Industrial complex.) He moved the India fleet, remember them, into the East Indies & promptly kicked the snot out of the one Jap infantry defending it. Also, at this time, we decided to change sz 14’s name to ‘Iron Bottom Sound’. Carl attacked the Regia Marina with two destroyers, a cruiser & air support. ALL units on both sides were GONE!! All that was left was one italian transport. At turns’ end he placed his IC, where else, INDIA.
The Prime Minister smiled…
…El Duca (Jim) was in tears. From his palace window he had just watched his Grand Fleet slip beneath the waves. His vision of dominating Africa sunk with it. With his ‘whopping’ 10 IPC he bought 2 infantry & 1 artillery. (My best Italian joke). He transported an infantry & armor to the Ukraine, via the Black Sea, where he had some protection by joining the German fleet of 1 destroyer & 1 transport which had retreated there during the Furhers’ turn. Italys’ turn was over.
…President Carl smiled.(Funny, he looks alot like the Prime Minister, I wonder if their related?) The US built two destroyers & a battleship. With a Japanese fleet sitting in sz 53 the Presidents’ mind was made-up. ATTACK!!! With the west coast fleet & a couple of bombers from the mainland, & some really bad defensive rolls by Japan, the US fleet slid into Pearl Harbor with minamal damage. The Japs had lost 1 sub, 1 destroyer, a cruiser 2 fighters & a carrier. OUCH!!! The Chinese, with help from the Flying Tigers, were also successful at liberating Burma. The President ordered his new purchases to be placed on the west coast. More blood would soon be spilt in the Pacific…and it wouldn’t be his.
RE: USA … Have it yet?
I GOT IT!!! I GOT IT!!! Arrived at my local hobby store on monday, but they’re CLOSED on mondays.So I picked it up today. A-W-E-S-O-M-E!! Now for a cup of cocoa & settle down with some serious rules reading. AH Heaven! BTW: Delavan,Wi. Heroes Ink.
RE: What about Malta?
I was thinking about having x1 inf, x1 art, x1 fighter & x1 anti-air based on malta. Also, it would still require italy to invade to take malta or forever have a possible airbase for the uk to utilize for bomber attacks against her fleet. Just a thought.
RE: ITALY - Tactics and Strategy
Italy should take Gibraltar on I1, but stage for Egypt on I2 in Libya on her first turn.
Italy has a decision to make with the UK fleet outside the medd, which depends on what Germany will do or not finish. Other than that she should rid the medd of UK fleet on her first turn as far as naval moves go.
I think she has an outside chance to attack the Soviets on her first turn but this depends on what Germany does to take the pressure off any counter against her success against these targets.
with 10 IPC on I1, i would buy a transport or fighter because she has too many goods on the continent and she needs them quickly deployed in Africa, if Italy can do well in Africa it would deflect against her own insecurity in defending her mainland territories and force the fight away from Italy. So the most she can do to deplete UK IPC would be a much better idea than helping Germany attack the Soviets.
I’m unsure on the new rulebook, but, if the german transport in sz13 can be used to transport italian inf(x2) from the balkans to libya, on G1, then italy is in a good position to load up her trans on I1 & make an amphib into egypt with support from libya & don’t forget the BB & two CAs bombardment. There goes UK’s african connection.
What about Malta?
Just wondering why Malta doesn’t appear on the mapboard? (Photo on BGG.) This tiny little island was a major thorn in Italy’s toes. (Get it?! Boot! Toes! Har!! Har!!) It should of been placed on the map. Come on Larry! Oh, well. I have crayons.