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637 11/30/2023 11:38:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Yes, let's take a little break. A lot going on anyway! I just sent you a link to a google sheets where I saved the game log.
636 11/29/2023 8:15:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message This was a very good game indeed. I think the Japanese taking New Guinea and the Mandates made it very difficult for the Allies to make their PoW quota. The WiE status delay of reinforcements was also a big impediment.

Shows what a good design this game is, that each session can have a completely different, and unpredictable, narrative.

Absolutely, I'd love to switch sides and start another. Want to take a week or two before we start?
635 11/28/2023 8:23:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Steve, good game!

Once I realized that you probably didn't have a PW card, I knew that the only way you could still win was to take either DEI, or Malaya, or Philippines. So I pulled everything I could back to dig in there. That felt a little gamey, as I wouldn't otherwise have pulled back as aggressively. But the fact is that you were on the back foot, I think mostly through poor card draws, my luck in taking out your carriers early, and because of a really tough battle result in the CBI. It could have gone very differently.

What I found interesting about this game is that the Japanese only took DEI, Malaya, and the Philippines, and never the CBI nor pushed into India. But the JP did aggressively take New Guinea, which I felt really messed with the Allies. I hadn't experienced that before.

Anyway, great game, thank you for playing. I am open for starting another one if you want, although perhaps after a little break to clear our heads.
634 11/26/2023 4:02:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #37: 3 / Operation Galvanic: Gilbert Islands Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 Intelligence: Surprise Attack. Conditions: Only one ground unit (any size) may be activated during this Offensive. Banzai Charge: For the duration of this Offensive if ground combat occurs in a one hex island, the Allies add 2 to their ground combat die roll.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Last card - wont save me
633 11/26/2023 11:28:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message You have 1 more card to play. Will that make a difference?
632 11/26/2023 11:27:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Wow. Bloody showdown.

Couple of notes: The Allies defensive strength is halved because of the Amphibious Assault, meaning each step is only 6 hits.

Second, I think Allies would lose one more PW (16.45) for a US ground unit of division or corps size being wiped out in a ground battle in which the US are the attacker. Not that it matters here.
631 11/26/2023 11:01:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message That's it -- the Allies' will is broken, the public demands a negotiated end to the war.

Good game!

Are there any counters available to indicate when the Intrinsic defense is eliminated?
630 11/26/2023 10:59:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message AP: 7-2=5 (1.0 x 16) = 16 hits
Jpn: 9+3=11 (2.0 x 12) = 24 hits (critical)

AP: 1M Division is eliminated (critical)
Jpn: Intrinsic is eliminated
629 11/26/2023 10:56:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

7
9


Message from Allies:
Ground Battle D:
AP: 16, -2 (mixed terrain)
Jpn: 12, +3 (amphibious assault)
628 11/26/2023 10:55:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message AP: 0+0=0 (0.5 x 18) = 9 hits
Jpn: 1+3=4 (1.0 x 12) = 12 hits

AP: X Corps suffers step loss
Jpn: No effect
627 11/26/2023 10:52:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
1


Message from Allies:
Ground Battle C:
AP: 18, +2 (only carrier), -2 (mixed terrain) = 0 drm
Jpn: 12, +3 (amphibious assault)
626 11/26/2023 10:50:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message AP: 3+0=3 (1.0 x 12) = 12 hits
Jpn: 9+3=11 = (2.0 x 12) = 24 hits

AP: 2M division is eliminated
Jpn: Intrinsic is eliminated
625 11/26/2023 10:46:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Should be offensive player roll is first, so it's the other way around:

AP = 3
JPN = 9
624 11/26/2023 10:44:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

3
9


Message from Allies:
Now to the ground combat (gulp!):

Ground Battle A:
Jpn: 12,+3 (amphibious assault)
AP: 12, +2 (only carrier), -2 (mixed terrain) = 0 drm
623 11/26/2023 10:41:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Jpn: 8+0=3 = (1.0 x 8) = 8 hits
AP: N/A (surprise)

Jpn: No effect
AP: N/A

No "Battle G"
622 11/26/2023 10:41:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Allies:
A/N Battle E (JPN):
Jpn: 10, 0
AP: N/A (surprise)
621 11/26/2023 10:40:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Jpn: N/A (surprise)
AP: 3+4=7 (1.0 x 16) = 16 hits

Jpn: N/A (surprise)
AP: 22 AF suffers a step loss
620 11/26/2023 10:39:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

3


Message from Allies:
A/N Battle F:
Jpn: N/A (surprise)
AP: 16, +1 (1943) +3 (surprise) = +4
619 11/26/2023 10:38:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Jpn: 3+0=3 = (0.5 x 8) = 4 hits
AP: N/A (surprise)

Jpn: No effect
AP: N/A
618 11/26/2023 10:36:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

3


Message from Allies:
A/N Battle E (JPN):
Jpn: 8, 0
AP: N/A (surprise)
617 11/26/2023 10:35:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Jpn: N/A (surprise)
AP: 6+4=10 (1.0 x 16) = 16 hits

Jpn: N/A (surprise)
AP: 21 AF suffers a step loss
616 11/26/2023 10:33:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
A/N Battle E:
Jpn: N/A (surprise)
AP: 16, +1 (1943) +3 (surprise) = +4
615 11/26/2023 10:32:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Jpn: 9+0=9 (1.0 x 6) = 6 hits (critical)
AP: N/A

Jpn: San Jacinto suffers a step loss
AP: N/A
614 11/26/2023 10:27:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

9


Message from Allies:
A/N Battle B:
Jpn: 6,0
AP: N/A (surprise)
613 11/26/2023 10:26:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Jpn: N/A
AP: 1+4=5 (0.5 x 22) = 11 hits

Jpn: N/E
AP: CFL Zuiho suffers a step loss.
612 11/26/2023 10:24:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:
Howdy Manfred, hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

On to the battles.
Doing the A/N first:
A/N Battle A: No effect, intrinsic 12-12 is last step remaining

A/N Battle B:
Jpn: N/A (Surprise)
AP: 22, +1 (1943), +3 (surprise) = +4 drm
611 11/22/2023 2:07:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message You too, Happy Thanksgiving, Manfred!
610 11/22/2023 1:43:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Sounds good take your time. Happy Thanksgiving!
609 11/22/2023 11:49:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message !!

Sure, I can resolve. I've got a work deadline today so may not get to it until Friday or so ...
608 11/22/2023 9:39:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Surprise! Holy crap.

Do you want to resolve?
607 11/22/2023 9:38:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Japanese:
Here is the big one. EC 5. -2
606 11/22/2023 9:07:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Yep, I'm aware of that, thanks. I debated sending Enterprise there to pin them, but I think you'd be able to react with 5 units anyway regardless of that, so I opted to send Enterprise to cover the invasion of Honshu.

Good luck!
605 11/22/2023 9:03:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Ugh! Typing. Without the attack on Truk, my stack there will be unpinned and can react.
604 11/22/2023 9:02:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Okay, but just to be clear, what though the attack on Truck. Y entire stack there is unpinned and can react.
603 11/22/2023 8:56:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Yeah, this "Hail Mary" is almost certainly going to fail, but I found no other option, really. I don't have command range to go after Malaysia, and you have the Philippines too well protected. Yes indeed, well aware of the intrinsic 12-12. But let's see what happens!

Regarding the VF2-11, please "undo" battle G. I'll leave the move of that unit to Eniwetok but forgo the Battle.
602 11/21/2023 9:30:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Wow! Excellent. Very cool showdown.

Quick point before I react:
The VF-211 air unit cannot attack Truk, because it has moved from Wake (4 hexes) and an air unit with the range in parens (4) cannot use the extended range to attack after using it to move, see Glossary.

Also, just want to make sure you are aware of the intrinsic 12-12 ground units in Japan home Island hexes, see 13.94.

I'll wait with my reaction until after you've adjusted your move.
601 11/21/2023 5:16:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #74: 3 / Operation Iceberg: Okinawa Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 8 if US Central Pac HQ, for all others: 4 Conditions: An Allied ground unit must make an amphibious move to a hex within 10 hexes of Tokyo or this card may only be used as an OC.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
* 5808 (Oahu) : Cen Pac HQ (Agreement) Activates.

(Allies)> - Logistics 8 + (C Pac) 3 = 11 activations:
* 4612 (Wake) : VF-211 Activates.
* 4415 (Eniwetok) : 2M Division Activates.
* 4415 (Eniwetok) : CV Bunker Hill Activates.
* 4415 (Eniwetok) : CV Essex Activates.
* 4415 (Eniwetok) : X Corps Activates.
* 4415 (Eniwetok) : 1M Division Activates.
* 4415 (Eniwetok) : BB Washington Activates.
* 4415 (Eniwetok) : BB Massachusetts Activates.
* 4415 (Eniwetok) : CVL San Jacinto Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : SF Brigade Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : CV Enterprise Activates.

Movement:
* 4415 (Eniwetok): 2M Division, CV Bunker Hill moves to 3407 (Kure)
* 4415 (Eniwetok): X Corps, CV Essex moves to 3607 (Nagoya)
* 4415 (Eniwetok): 1M Division moves to 3705 (Ominato) (No ZOI here)
* 4715 (Kwajalein): SF Brigade moves to 3705 (Ominato)

* 4415 (Eniwetok): BB Washington moves to 3709 (Iwo Jima)
* 4415 (Eniwetok): BB Massachusetts moves to 3814 (Guam)
* 4415 (Eniwetok): CVL San Jacinto moves to 3507 (Osaka)
* 4715 (Kwajalein): CV Enterprise moves to 3507 (Osaka)
* 4612 (Wake): VF-211 moves to 4415 (Eniwetok)

* Stephen R Welch (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 3407 (Kure)
* Stephen R Welch (Allies) creates Battle Hex (B) in 3507 (Osaka)
* Stephen R Welch (Allies) creates Battle Hex (C) in 3607 (Nagoya)
* Stephen R Welch (Allies) creates Battle Hex (D) in 3705 (Ominato)
* Stephen R Welch (Allies) creates Battle Hex (E) in 3709 (Iwo Jima)
* Stephen R Welch (Allies) creates Battle Hex (F) in 3814 (Guam)
* Stephen R Welch (Allies) creates Battle Hex (G) in 4017 (Truk)
* 4415 (Eniwetok): VF-211 joins Battle G

Whew ... back to you
600 11/21/2023 4:03:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #39: 2 / Sextant Conference: Burma Road
This event ends a US inter-service rivalry. Flip the US Inter-Service Rivalry marker to its Strategic Agreement side. If the US Inter-Service Rivalry marker is already on Strategic Agreement side there is no additional effect. Bonus: In addition the Allied player immediately receives 3 Chinese ground and 1 Allied air replacement steps that must be used immediately (cannot be saved) on in supply units. Allied air units can be in the air units in China box. In addition, the Allies may immediately construct the Jarhat Trans Route for no cost. If Jarhat already constructed then either Ledo or Imphal may be constructed. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
* 5808 (Oahu) : Cen Pac HQ (Agreement) Activates.

Logistics 2 + (C Pac) 3 = 5 activations:
* 5808 (Oahu) : X Corps Activates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : 1M Division Activates.
* 5321 (Funafuti) : BB Washington Activates.
* 5321 (Funafuti) : BB Massachusetts Activates.
* 5321 (Funafuti) : CVL San Jacinto Activates.

Movement:
* 5808 (Oahu): X Corps moves to 4415 (Eniwetok)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): 1M Division moves to 4415 (Eniwetok)
- (strategic)
* 5321 (Funafuti): BB Washington, BB Massachusetts, CVL San Jacinto moves to 4415 (Eniwetok)

No battles
599 11/21/2023 1:21:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #49: 1 / JN25 Code Change
Intelligence: Intercept Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
For Ops.

Activating SS HQ for 1+2 = 3 activations.

* 3720 (Wewak) : 1 SN Bde Activates.
* 3720 (Wewak) : CA Aoba Activates.
* 2915 (Davao) : 2 SN Bde Activates.

Move:
* 3720 (Wewak): 1 SN Bde, CA Aoba moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 2915 (Davao): 2 SN Bde moves to 3813 (Saipan/Tinian)

Done. Back to you. I am also now out of cards for the turn...
598 11/21/2023 1:07:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Your last card play is unwound by the weather card, and Japan is up for the next card play.


597 11/21/2023 10:12:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card
596 11/21/2023 10:11:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #64: 2 / Weather: Halsey's Typhoon
Allied Offensive is canceled. All units are placed back at their starting locations. The Japanese player may reduce one full strength Allied CA or DD naval unit (Japanese player choice) that was activated for the canceled Offensive. This can only reduce, not eliminate, the naval unit. If none of the specified naval units are available, there is no additional effect. Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
For the event
595 11/20/2023 11:31:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #3: 1 / Prime Minister Curtin
2 Ground replacements: The Australians get two ground replacements that must be used immediately to bring Australian ground units from reduced to full strength, or from the eliminated plie to reduced strength or full strength, which are placed in any friendly Australian port. Any unused replacements are forfeit. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
* 3626 (Cairns) : SW Pac HQ (Agreement) Activates.

(Allies)> - Logistics 1 + (SW Pac) 2 = 3 activations:
* 3023 (Darwin) : BB New Jersey Activates.
* 3023 (Darwin) : CV Franklin Activates.
* 3023 (Darwin) : [CV Intrepid] Activates.

Movement:
* 3023 (Darwin): [CV Intrepid], CV Franklin, BB New Jersey moves to 3417
* 3417: BB New Jersey moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)

(Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 3416 (Palau Islands)
* 3417: [CV Intrepid] joins Battle B
* 3417: CV Franklin joins Battle A

Back to you
594 11/18/2023 11:41:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #21: 3 / Mahatma Gandhi: Worker Strikes in India
Can only be played in reaction to an Offensive activated by the SEAC HQ. Cancels a SEAC HQ offensive and the Allies must reduce one full strength Indian Corps (cannot eliminate a reduced unit, if none available, no additional effect). Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
For Ops.

* 4017 (Truk) : South Seas HQ (Rivalry) Activates. 3+2 = 5 activations. Under ISR, will only activate Army.

* 4024 (Gili Gili) : [17th Army] Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : [33rd Army] Activates.
* 3706 (Tokyo) : 1 AD Activates.
* 3706 (Tokyo) : ED Army Activates.
* 3014 (Samar/Leyte) : 10 AD Activates.

Move
* 3014 (Samar/Leyte): 10 AD moves to 3017 (Morotai) to 3319 (Biak)
* 4024 (Gili Gili): [17th Army] moves to 2915 (Davao) - strategic
* 4021 (Rabaul): [33rd Army] moves to 3014 (Samar/Leyte) - strategic
* 3706 (Tokyo): ED Army moves to 4600 (Attu/Kiska) - costs 2 ASP.
* Japanese ASP Marker (No Barges) uses 1/2 ASP
* Japanese ASP Marker (No Barges) uses 2/2 ASP
- Note: ASP Marker should say 2/3: JP have 3 ASPs remaining.
- used 2, 1 available this turn*
* 3706 (Tokyo): 1 AD moves to 3307 (Sasebo) to 2909 (Tainan) to 2813 (Manila/Corregidor) to 2715 (Jolo) to 3017 (Morotai) - strategic

No battles, no PBM.
*Note: I just remembered that the ASP counter is correct (it is now showing 2 used/2 available), because the Japanese are under ISR, which means they only have half of the ASPs available, rounded up, so 2 out of three, meaning I don't have any ASPs left this turn (gulp).

Over to you.
593 11/11/2023 11:51:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message ... and the control technically doesn't change on the two islands until the beginning of the PBM phase, I believe
(Allies)> - PBM:
* 4421: CV Enterprise moves to 4715 (Kwajalein)
* 4421: CV Bunker Hill, CV Essex moves to 4415 (Eniwetok)

Done, logfile dropped ... back to you
592 11/11/2023 11:50:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message No worries, take all the time you need. Where in Europe are you?

After dealing with our family issues this year, I'm looking forward to traveling again. So need to get away for a while ...
591 11/11/2023 4:35:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message AP: 3+1 = .5x = 20 hits, which flips and sinks the Ryujo.
JP: 6 = 1x = 6 hits, no effect.

No JP PBM, back to you.
590 11/11/2023 4:31:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

3
6


Message from Japanese:
A/N Battle for Guadalcanal.

AP: 40, +1 (1943)
JP: 6, 0
589 11/11/2023 4:29:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Intercept!

JP will not react, except to activate the Ryujo.
588 11/11/2023 4:27:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

3


Message from Japanese:
Sorry for the delay - still traveling in Europe. Will be back next week.

rolling for reaction. OC2, -2
587 11/8/2023 5:46:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Future Offensive card as Operations #12: 2 / Commander Rochefort: HYPO Success - JN25 Code break
Intelligence: Ambush. Bonus: During all battles of this Offensive, the Allied player achieves a critical hit result on all modified air-naval combat die rolls of 9 or greater. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
* 5808 (Oahu) : Cen Pac HQ (Agreement) Activates.

Logistics 2 + (C Pac) 3 = 5 activations:
* 4612 (Wake) : 2M Division Activates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : CV Bunker Hill Activates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : CV Essex Activates.
* 5321 (Funafuti) : SF Brigade Activates.
* 5321 (Funafuti) : CV Enterprise Activates.

Movement:
* 4612 (Wake): 2M Division moves to 4415 (Eniwetok)
* 4415 (Eniwetok) is now Allied controlled.
* Allies have captured 1 progress of war hexes
* 5321 (Funafuti): SF Brigade moves to 4715 (Kwajalein)
* 4715 (Kwajalein) is now Allied controlled.
* Allies have captured 2 progress of war hexes
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): CV Bunker Hill moves to 4421
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): CV Essex moves to 4421
* 5321 (Funafuti): CV Enterprise moves to 4421

(Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4421: CV Bunker Hill joins Battle A
* 4421: CV Essex joins Battle A
* 4421: CV Enterprise joins Battle A

Back to you for reaction ...
586 11/8/2023 5:17:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Hi Manfred!

Okay, I think I've figured out how I might, if I get some lucky die rolls, make it to the next Turn of the game. Of course, "no plan survives contact with the enemy" (or as Mike Tyson said, "everyone has a plan until they get punched in the nose"), but we'll see what happens.

Exciting and tense ... if the Allies lose, I'll look forward switching sides and playing the Japanese next time!

Logfile to follow shortly ...
585 11/3/2023 4:04:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Steve,
take all the time you need. It's a puzzler, and I have been puzzling over it, too. :-)
584 11/3/2023 3:57:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Yikes, the air unit had been in Darwin since the beginning of the turn, sorry.

I've a bit of pondering to do to figure out how/if I can hold on through one more turn ... may take me a couple days (and I had a deadline today, so no time for pondering today).
583 11/2/2023 8:33:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #28: 3 / Big Tokyo Express Operation: Battle of Cape Esperance
Acitvation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: Only one ground unit (of any size) may be activated. Bonus: Place the Tokyo Express marker in any Japanese controlled hex. See Emergency Supply Routes for the use of this marker.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
For the event.

Activating SS HQ for 4+2 = 6
* 4415 (Eniwetok) : BB Hiei Activates.
* 3813 (Saipan/Tinian) : 2 SN Bde Activates.
* 3813 (Saipan/Tinian) : CA Nachi Activates.
* 3520 (Hollandia) : 23 AF Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : 24 AF Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : [BB Yamato] Activates.

* 3813 (Saipan/Tinian): 2 SN Bde, CA Nachi moves to 2915 (Davao) - SGT port to port
* 4415 (Eniwetok): BB Hiei moves to 2916 to 2714 to 2813 (Manila/Corregidor)
* 4715 (Kwajalein): 24 AF moves to 4517 (Kusaie) to 4020 (Kavieng) to 3620 (Aitape) to 3119 (Sarong) to 2919 (Amboina)
* 4715 (Kwajalein): [BB Yamato] moves to 2915 (Davao)
* 3520 (Hollandia): 23 AF moves to 3119 (Sarong) to 2915 (Davao) to 2813 (Manila/Corregidor)

I am also placing the Tokyo Express marker, per event, in Attu Kiska.
* Japanese Reinforcement Schedule: Tokyo Express Marker moves to 4600 (Attu/Kiska)
* 4600 (Attu/Kiska): [35th Army] is in supply.

Logfile dropped. Over to you.
582 11/2/2023 8:18:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message I just noticed that the Allies are overstacked in Darwin: 3 ground units and an air unit. Under Rule 8.34 and 8.48, I will move the air unit to the turn track.


581 11/2/2023 12:45:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Allied PBM:
* 2921 (Moa): [CV Intrepid] moves to 3023 (Darwin)
* 3021 (Babar): CV Franklin moves to 3023 (Darwin)
* 3119 (Sarong): BB New Jersey moves to 3023 (Darwin)

Done, you're up next ...
580 11/2/2023 12:40:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
For subs.

Logfile dropped - over to you for PBM.
579 11/2/2023 12:40:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message AP: 6+4 = 10 = 1x = 10 hits, which takes out the JP unit.

2721 (Koepang): [4 AD] is eliminated.

No one left to fire back.


578 11/2/2023 12:35:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
5


Message from Japanese:
Battle B: A/N battle for Koepang

AP: 10, +4 (surprise, 43), fires first
JP: 10, 0
577 11/2/2023 12:31:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message AP 4+4 = 8 = 1x = 30 hits, which flips and eliminates the 27AF.

* 3119 (Sarong): [27 AF] is eliminated

No one left to fire back.
576 11/2/2023 12:28:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

4
4


Message from Japanese:
Battle A: A/N battle for Sarong.

AP: 30, +4 (+3 surprise, +1 1943), hits first.
JP: 10, 0
575 11/2/2023 12:24:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message CV Intrepid loses a step.

JP will not be playing a reaction card, so this will be surprise.

574 11/2/2023 12:21:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Japanese:
Targeting CV Intrepid, and this happens before combat.
573 11/2/2023 12:18:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #36: 1 / Submarine Attack
Play during an offensive before the beginning of the combat phase against any active Allied naval units or against any active Allied naval unit, if no battle hexes were declared during the Offensive. On a die roll of: 0-4: Allies lose one naval step (Japanese choice; can eliminate a unit). 5-9: No Effect. Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Submarines!
572 11/2/2023 12:16:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Makes sense re: 3NZ.
571 11/2/2023 11:36:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Yeah, but Sarong is out of command range of ANZAC -- if I put 3NZ there, it will be marooned out of command.
570 11/2/2023 11:17:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message See the new move, just a quick question: You have the 3NZ right there in AUS and it could reach Sarong, so you could have just replaced the marine unit with the 3NZ, move the CV into Sarong first, then AA the 3NZ. Only risk would be if I could react and get a naval unit into Sarong (JP would have to use a reaction card for that). Just making sure you are aware.
569 11/2/2023 10:56:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message ... surprise attack, unless you have a reaction card to play.
568 11/2/2023 10:54:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Playing #35: Operation Ash: Vella Lavella Invasion for event

* 3727 (Townsville) : ANZAC HQ (Agreement) Activates.
(Allies)> - Logistics 2 + (ANZAC) 1 = 3 activations:

* 3023 (Darwin) : CV Intrepid Activates.
* 3023 (Darwin) : CV Franklin Activates.
* 3023 (Darwin) : BB New Jersey Activates.

Movement:
* 3023 (Darwin): BB New Jersey moves to 3119 (Sarong)
* 3023 (Darwin): CV Franklin moves to 3021 (Babar)
* 3023 (Darwin): CV Intrepid moves to 2921 (Moa)

(Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 3119 (Sarong)
* 3021 (Babar): CV Franklin joins Battle A

* Stephen R Welch (Allies) creates Battle Hex (B) in 2721 (Koepang)
* 2921 (Moa): CV Intrepid joins Battle B

Done, back to you ...
567 11/2/2023 10:44:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message I enjoy the nail-biting quality to it ...

Argh, yes it was supposed to be 3NZ only. If you don't mind, I'll redo my move (and with ZOI off, sorry).
566 11/2/2023 9:44:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Also, could you turn off ZOIs before you save the log file? I couldn't turn them off just now when I loaded your logfile.
565 11/2/2023 9:42:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Hi Steve, I think you can only activate the 3NZ on that card, but you activated the 3M division.
564 11/2/2023 9:07:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #35: 2 / Operation Ash: Vella Lavella Invasion
Activate: Anzac HQ only. Logistic Value: 2 Intelligence: Surprise Attack. Conditions: Any air or naval units may be activated, but the only ground unit that can be activated is the 3rd NZ division.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
* 3727 (Townsville) : ANZAC HQ (Agreement) Activates.

Logistics 2 + (ANZAC) 1 = 3 activations:
* 3226 : 11AF Air Activates.
* 3023 (Darwin) : 3M Division Activates.
* 3023 (Darwin) : CV Intrepid Activates.

Movement:
* 3023 (Darwin): CV Intrepid moves to 3119 (Sarong)
* 3023 (Darwin): 3M Division moves to 3119 (Sarong)
* 3226: 11AF Air moves to 3023 (Darwin)

(Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 3119 (Sarong)
* 3023 (Darwin): 11AF Air joins Battle A

This is game turn 7, don't the Allies have 7 ASPs now?
* Strategic Record Track (6): Allied ASP Marker moves to Strategic Record Track (7)

Back to you for reaction ...
563 11/2/2023 8:46:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Steve, I feel your pain. I think the Japanese have been lucky in this game, and the Allies have had some tough turns and setbacks. I think you are in an okay position to win if you can survive this turn, but that is going to tricky. Either way, so much fun, and a nail biter as usual!
562 11/2/2023 8:41:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message This is going to be tough for the Allies -- my last two hands have been fairly abysmal, and being plagued with ISR for most of the turns, coupled with my blunders on the battlefield, have not helped. Pondering my options ...
561 11/2/2023 7:54:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Change US Political Will From 1 to 0
560 11/1/2023 9:12:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #74: 1 / Tokyo Rose: Mrs. Iva Ikuko D'Aquino
Reduce US Political Will by one. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
For the event.

... raising the stakes. The US public is close to demanding a negotiated peace.
559 11/1/2023 7:09:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #27: 1 / Operation Vengeance: The Death Of Yamamoto
Immediately remove the Japanese Yamamoto Combined Fleet HQ from its current hex location and replace it with the Japanese Ozawa Combined Fleet HQ in that location. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Yamamoto switched to Ozawa.
558 11/1/2023 6:03:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message JP will use their pass.

Logfile dropped.
557 11/1/2023 4:42:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Done, back to you
556 11/1/2023 4:41:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allies:
Per event, #43, Japanese Army/Navy Dispute
555 11/1/2023 4:40:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #43: 1 / Japanese Army/Navy Dispute
Flip the Japanese Inter-Service Rivalry Marker from its Strategic Agreement to its Inter-Service Rivalry side. No additional impact if Inter-Service Rivarly is already in effect. Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
(Allies) toggles Japanese ISR (Rivalry)
554 11/1/2023 1:36:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #40: 3 / Operation U-Go: Burma Offensive
Acivation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: Only Air and Ground units may be activated.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
First: Correction from last move:
* 2915 (Davao): SS Bde moves to 3319 (Biak) [could not reach Davao]

For the event.

Activating S HQ for 4+1+1 = 6
* 2108 (Kwai Bridge North) : [38th Army] Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : Korean Army Activates.
* 2015 (Singapore) : [25th Army] Activates.
* 3319 (Biak) : SS Bde Activates.
* 2719 (Kendari) : [37th Army] Activates.
* 2017 (Bangka) : 3 SN Bde Activates.

Move:
* 3319 (Biak): SS Bde moves to 2915 (Davao) - SGT
* 2015 (Singapore): [25th Army] moves to 2014 (Kuantan)
* 2108 (Kwai Bridge North): [38th Army] moves to 2015 (Singapore) - SGT to friendly port, less than 15
* 2008 (Rangoon): Korean Army moves to 2019 (Tjilatjap) - SGT
* 2017 (Bangka): 3 SN Bde moves to 1916 (Palembang)
* 2719 (Kendari): [37th Army] moves to 2415 (Miri) - SGT

No ASPs spent.
553 11/1/2023 10:53:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Ah right, I see in 8.44 that a unit can start on a coastal hex. This is good to know ... for some reason I had thought that it must start in a port.
552 11/1/2023 12:55:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message (I wrote the previous message several hours ago, don't know why it didn't post then, but now.)

So, I've looked up the rules. The relevant rules are 8.44 and 8.45.

Under 8.44, strategic ground transport (SGT) can start in any costal hex but must end in a friendly port, traveling the same distance that a naval unit would (so 15 hexes on a 3OC card). If also starting in a friendly port, the unit may travel double that. The unit must not enter an unneutralized ZOI, and can't end in a hex with an enemy unit. Does not cost an ASP.

Amphibious Assault, under 8.45, can start in any coastal hex and end in any coastal hex, port or no, traveling the same distance a naval unit would (so 15 on a 3OC). AA can never double the movement allowance. Costs ASP.

So if the AA restrictions (no unneut. ZOI, can't enter hex with opposing naval unit, may need to be escorted) aren't an issue, the only reason to use AA is to reach a hex that you cannot reach with strategic ground transport: enemy occupied coastal hexes and ports, (friendly or enemy) non-port coastal hexes, or enemy ports.

This is what I remembered, but I didn't pay attention to the distances and just assumed I could double the normal naval movement - but that wouldn't apply to units starting in non-port hexes, as you point out. So I've double-checked my move. I played a 3OC card; basic naval move is 15.

* 5018 (Tarawa): [27th Army] moves to 4110 (Marcus)
Non-port to friendly port. Strategic Ground Transport (SGT). 12 hexes, so no problem.

* 4719 (Nauru): SS Bde moves to 2915 (Davao)
Non-port to friendly port, SGT, but 18 hexes, which is too far. So this has to be fixed. I will move to Biak instead. 14 hexes.

* 4423 (Guadalcanal): [28th Army] moves to 2813 (Manila/Corregidor)
Friendly port to friendly port SGT, 30 hexes range, no problem.

I will correct this on my next move. But they are all SGT, not AA, and didn't cost ASPs.

551 11/1/2023 12:09:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message I don't think so... As I recall, If a unit is moving to a friendly port, it's strategic ground movement, and doesn't require ASPs. If a ground unit moves to any other hex, it requires an ASP (and movement to friendly port during reaction would also require an ASP). I don't have the rules right now, but I think that's right.
550 10/31/2023 5:06:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message By the way, did the move of your units from the non-port islands of Tarawa and Nauru require use of ASPs?
549 10/31/2023 5:03:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Yeah, I was considering that. I think your reading of 14.1 is correct ... the last turn is when WIE status advanced to +1, but in spite of ISR my only reinforcements were Navy/Marines this turn.

I assume when using the Dispatch button in the Reinforcements box that all the Navy/Marines vs. Army vs. ISR and WIE are all factored into whatever it "dispatches." I had some USAF units arrive but they were already delayed.

My reading of "If ISR delay is automatic" and the WIE status both hold true at the same time, the delay is not cumulative (i.e. no "double delay"), as the rules (as far as I can see) don't state such a thing.
548 10/31/2023 4:53:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Hi Steve,
I just noticed another mistake, but it may not matter. I was reminded by this because you just got out from under ISR. Which means that you were in ISR during the reinforcements phase this turn. A rule I have a hard time remembering is that while you are under ISR, reinforcements are automatically delayed, meaning even if you War in Europe is +1 or higher.

See 14.1.A.

Here is why it may not matter, though: The rule says that US Marine/Navy units are NOT delayed as a result of ISR. I checked the reinforcements schedule and it looks like you only got US navy units this turns, which wouldn't be delayed.

Did you consider this when you moved? If not, can you double check that I am reading this right?
547 10/31/2023 2:45:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Done, back to you

546 10/31/2023 2:44:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Return Strategy card to hand #43: 1 / Japanese Army/Navy Dispute

Message from Allies:
Returning to hand per #10: General Douglas MacArthur: Pacific First Strategy
545 10/31/2023 2:43:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Discard Strategy card #25: 1 / Operation Lilliput: Buna, New Guinea Offensive
OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
Discarding per #10: 1 / General Douglas MacArthur: Pacific First Strategy
544 10/31/2023 2:42:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #10: 1 / General Douglas MacArthur: Pacific First Strategy
This event ends a US inter-service rivalry. Flip the US Inter-Service Rivalry marker to its Strategic Agreement side. If the US Inter-Service Rivalry marker is already on Strategic Agreement side there is no additional effect. Bonus: If this card is played as an event, the Allies have the option to discard a card of their choice and re-place it with any card from the discard pile (not those removed from play). Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
(Allies) toggles American ISR (Agreement)
543 10/31/2023 2:07:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message No problem re. China divisions.

542 10/31/2023 12:52:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 6 to 4
541 10/31/2023 12:34:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 6 to 6
540 10/31/2023 12:34:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message I'll go ahead, please let me know if you object and I will undo. This should have been part of my Replacements step.

* Eliminated JP Ground Units: [18th Army] moves to 2616 (Tarakan)
* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor) : 28th Army restored to full strength.

Divisions in China -2, to 4
539 10/31/2023 12:30:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Arrgh! I just realized that I forgot that I can pull divisions out of China. Since you haven't moved any units this turn yet, could I still do that? Let me know.
538 10/31/2023 12:29:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #82: 3 / Indian Worker's Strike
Move the India Status marker one box toward India Revolts, if already in India Revolts box there is no additional effect. Bonus: The Allies lose 1 ground replacement step next game turn and any other ground replacement steps available during the next game turn can only be used for non-Commonwealth ground units.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
For Ops.
South Seas HQ (Agreement) Activates. 3+2 = 5

* 4719 (Nauru) : SS Bde Activates.
* 5018 (Tarawa) : [27th Army] Activates.
* 3507 (Osaka) : CA Takao Activates.
* 2919 (Amboina) : 27 AF Activates.
* 4423 (Guadalcanal) : [28th Army] Activates.

Move
* 5018 (Tarawa): [27th Army] moves to 4110 (Marcus)
* 4719 (Nauru): SS Bde moves to 2915 (Davao)
* 3507 (Osaka): CA Takao moves to 2915 (Davao)
* 2919 (Amboina): 27 AF moves to 3119 (Sarong)
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): [28th Army] moves to 2813 (Manila/Corregidor)

Logfile dropped.

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