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Entry # Time Turn Player Title Entry
845 12/14/2018 9:56:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message No intercept, no combat..., might as well of rolled a 9!

Add one to your PoW (as if that were an issue) and do your PBM
844 12/14/2018 9:55:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Political Will changed from +7 to +5 due to the fact that your peepul want you to negotiate a peace now that the Jpn Government is more approachable, but you want to continue the slaughter of your own troops!

The effect on the game, of course, is totally nil at this point.

This die roll is to attempt change the Intel condition. DRM of -2 for Air Recon..., hopefully we haven't forgotten how to do that!
843 12/14/2018 9:53:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Change US Political Will From 7 to 5
842 12/14/2018 9:21:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Two more amphibious assault points used, for 6 now consumed.
841 12/14/2018 9:19:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #61: 1 / Submarine Attack: Darter-Dace
Play during an Offensive prior to combat against any active Japanese naval units or against any active Japanese naval unit if no battle hexes are declared during the Offensive. On a die roll of: 0-4: Japanese lose one naval step* 5-7: Japanese lose two naval steps* (can eliminate a unit) 8-9: No Effect. *Japanese chooses Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Playing as ops on Anzac. Tainan forces (Corp + CV Bunker Hill) will take Pusan. You can intercept this time. CV heads all the way to Pusan to get into the hex to lend guns and planes to the operation.
840 12/14/2018 8:59:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message I flipped the Turn Marker to the "Tojo Resigned" side in the VASSAL inbound.

The Alternate HQ you see are a variant from a couple of C3i Magazine articles. The Sub Base counters, from my article. But the HQ markers from a second. Note the differences in bonus command points. For example, SWPAC (McArthur) now only has 1 bonus. But in the Yellow Diamond above that, it shows a +1. That means if he is activating a US ARMY ground or Air unit, he can activate an additional one of those. Similarly CENTPAC can activate an additional Naval (or Marine) unit, but Nimitz basic number is now a 2.

The net effect is that some HQ are weakened IF they are not commanding their normal service's types of forces. There are some other HQ limitations. The sum of these changes is to make things a slightly more challenging for the Allied Player. Look thru all the junk I sent you earlier; I'm pretty sure I sent that article along.
839 12/14/2018 8:45:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #43: 1 / Tojo Resigns: Moderates in Power
If the game turn is 1944 or later, this card must be played as an event otherwise it is a Japanese option to play as an event, an OC, or discard. Reduce US Political Will by two. The Allied Manchurian Invasion card's prerequisite has been met. Flip the game turn marker from its PM Tojo to its Tojo Resigns side as a reminder. RESHUFFLE: If this card is played as an OC or a discard, reshuffle the Japanese deck at the end of this game turn. This card may not be played as a Future Offensive. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Thirty one cards left in my deck and I draw the ONE CARD I don't want to draw!

Might as well play it now. (eye roll)
838 12/14/2018 8:42:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
Draw to replace Card #69
837 12/14/2018 8:42:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #69: 1 / JN25 Code Change
Intelligence: Intercept Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
We're playing this event on your invasion of Formosa!

No activations, no battles..., but we will take the card draw.

Your PBM stands...
836 12/13/2018 11:25:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #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:
This card doesn't seem to make sense as an event. I note in Vassal there are multiple sets of HQ. Perhaps we are using the wrong version? I will instead use this as ops on Anzac, two activations.
CV Bunker Hill and the Corp from Manila will take Tainan. PotW to 1. Used ASPS to 4. PBM will keep the CV there.
835 12/13/2018 10:10:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #29: 3 / Combined Fleet: Battle of Santa Cruz
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: Only air and naval units may be activated. Effective Aerial Torpedo Tactics: Increase Japanese aircraft carrier naval units attack strength by 2 for the duration of the Offensive.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
Play for OPS on HQ South Seas for up to 5 ARMY activations:
a) 25th Army strategic move from Seoul to Tokyo
b) (17th Army) from Pusan to Nagoya

...and that'll do.
834 12/13/2018 8:18:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Allied PBM- Ships back to Ulithi.
833 12/13/2018 5:02:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Allies get surprise... again...

The bombardment is automatic, doing 46 points of damage, thus eliminating the two IJA (Armies).

Back to you for PBM.
832 12/13/2018 5:00:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Rolling to change the Intel Condition
831 12/12/2018 10:56:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #30: 2 / Operation Sandcrab-Cottage: Recapture of Attu and Kiska
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: If there is at least one Japanese occupied Aleutian Island hex(hexes 4600 to 5100 inclusive) this event MUST be played as an event to declare a minimum of one battle hex against a Japanese occupied Aleutian Island hex OR this card must be discarded. If there is no Japanese occupied Aleutian Island hex this event may be played as an OC. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
Playing as ops on Cent Pac, for 5 activations. Battle hex will be Tokyo.
1-3) BB North Carolina, Mass, and CV Franklin will attack. Franklin just off shore.
4-5) The corps from Gili Gili and Wewak stage forward to Ulithi.
830 12/11/2018 10:25:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #52: 3 / WAR IN EUROPE: Minor Axis Victory
Decrease the War in Europe marker a number of spaces equal to the value associated with the year of the current game turn: 1942: 2 1943: 1 1944: No Effect 1945: No Effect Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Play for OPS on HQ Combined Fleet for up to 6 ARMY activations:
a) 2nd Army strategic moves from Iwo Jima to Ominato
b) (32nd Army) strategic moves from Okinawa to Osaka
c) (14th Army) strategic moves from Tainan to Nagoya
d, e, f) The party continues...
829 12/11/2018 8:26:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Allied PBM-
The six full strength units to Ulithi, and the two dinged CVs to Truk.
828 12/11/2018 7:52:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Battle A (Tokyo) is automatic. The US has 23 points with a net +6 DRM, guaranteeing 12 hits, which is sufficient to sink (CA Nachi)

Battle B (Nagoya) is automatic. The US has 26 points, with a net +6 DRM, guaranteeing 13 hits, which is sufficient to eliminate the (33rd Army).

Battle C (Ominato) is automatic. The US has 30 points, with a net +6 DRM, guaranteeing 15 hits, which is sufficient to eliminate the (19th Army).

Battle D (Osaka) is automatic. The US has 30 points, with a net +6 DRM, guaranteeing 15 hits, which is sufficient to eliminate the (27th Army).

Back to you for Allied PBM
827 12/11/2018 2:34:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Rolling for Intercept, no Air Recon DRM
826 12/10/2018 9:28:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #76: 2 / Oboe: Australians Invade Borneo
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 Conditions: Any nationality air and naval units may be activated, but only Australian ground units may be activated.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
Need I think one more Naval assault here. Maybe, we'll see if you bother to shift forces around. Playing as event on Cent Pac, for 8 activations, 4 battle hexes, 2 activations each. Note, I won't give origination hexes, as all full strength units are from Ulithi, and flipped from Truk.
Battle A- Tokyo. BB Miss and CV (Wasp). Wasp hangs off the coast a bit.

Battle B- Nagoya. BB Missouri, and CV (Intrepid), also off the coast.

Battle C- Ominato. BB Mass, and CV Franklin, which is also off the coast.

Battle D- Osaka, BB N Carolina, and CV Hancock. CV Also off the coast.

NOTE- If you decide to intercept, none of my units entered an air ZOI
825 12/10/2018 8:51:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message OK. I've looked at it, and I'll PASS. 2/2.
824 12/10/2018 5:25:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Allied PBM-
CV Hancock, and Franklin, and BBs Mass, N Carolina, Missouri, and Mississippi to Ulithi, as new staging ground.
Damaged ships CV Wasp, Intrepid, and BB New York will fall back to Truk
823 12/10/2018 5:22:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Vassal file forgot to flip intrepid. I have fixed. Also moved up ASPS used for allies to 2.
822 12/10/2018 5:05:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Japanese PBM

11th AirDiv to Seoul

VASSAL File inbound... over to you for PBM
821 12/10/2018 4:52:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Battle H (Kyoto) Results
CV Franklin, with its green, replacement air group, scores 50%, or 7 hits, for no effect on either the Emperor's Summer Place nor the IJA garrison.

Well, you picked up the traditional major US logistics base, Ulithi, for the end game. I might have evacuated it just a bit too soon..., that's a good strategic set up for you. Operationally, wearing down the defending A/N units will be telling. But your tactical results had to be very frustrating, tho in the end, probably meaningless.
820 12/10/2018 4:46:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Battle G (Ominato) Results

Unhindered by the undisciplined scattering of USAAF mines, CV Hancock achieves 100% and flips IJA 19th Army.

Finally...BATTLE H (Kyoto)
The die roll is for CV Franklin with a +3 DRM
819 12/10/2018 4:42:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Battle F (Nagoya) Results

Another 50%, 8 hit result causing no effect on the Jpn garrison.

BATTLE G (Ominato)
This die roll for CV Hancock, +3 DRM
818 12/10/2018 4:39:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Battle E (Osaka) results
Again minefields hinder the Battlewagons. 50% yields 8 hits for no effect on the bunkered up IJA

BATTLE F (Nagoya)
The die roll is for the battle tested BB N.C., no DRM
817 12/10/2018 4:37:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
UNFREAKING BELIEVABLE! I guess the Japanese are getting desperate.

Battle D (Kure) Result
Critical Hit will flip the BB New York. I guess those late comers transferred from the Atlantic Fleet just learned about a REAL naval war!

BATTLE E (Osaka)
This die roll is for the uncontested (lucky for you!) BB Missouri bombardment
816 12/10/2018 4:32:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Battle C (Tokyo) Results
US BatDiv Mass is hindered as much by USAAF laid mines as the Jpn planned defensive mine barrages, and cannot get to the remasining Jpn Navy. It's 50% result of 8 hits is no effect..., by either side.

BATTLE D (Kure)
The US BB Task Force is attacked by air and can get to air cover of its own. No die roll for these units.
The die roll is for the 11th AirDiv, needing a CH
815 12/10/2018 4:27:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Japanese:
Battle B (Seoul) Results

Well, I laughed out loud. I doubt that was your reaction, but honest, I haven't hacked ACTS.

Another Kamikaze like exchange. (25th AirFlot) eliminated, CV Intrepid flipped.

BATTLE C (Tokyo)
First Die is BB Mass with no DRM
Second Die is (CA Nachi) looking for a CH
814 12/10/2018 4:17:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Japanese:
Battle A Results:

Worked out just like the Kamikaze I was saving him for! Both units eliminated.

BATTLE B (Seoul)

First die is the CV Intrepid with a +3 DRM
Second die is the (26th AirFlot) looking for another CH
813 12/10/2018 4:15:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Japanese:
Battle A (Taihoku)

First die is the B.H. Richard with a +3 DRM
Second die is the (6th AirDiv) needing a CH
812 12/10/2018 4:13:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message HQ South Seas Reacts with 5 ARMY Activations:

a) (6th Air Div) from Taihoku to Clark Field, fight at extended range
b) 11th AirDiv from Peiping to Tsingtao, support Battle D at extended range
c, d, e) VERY BIG staff party on the Ginza. Much Rice Wine, Many Geisha!
811 12/10/2018 4:00:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Rolling to change the Intel Condition...
810 12/9/2018 10:16:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message d'oh, while I noted ASPS in the message, I don't think I updated Vassal. If you update VASSAL be sure to catch that. I suspect ASP counting is something you want me to do at this point.
809 12/9/2018 10:15:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 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:
11 activations on cent pac. Note Ulithi is within 10 hexes.
1) 2 asps and the corp from Guadalcanal will assault ulithi at 3615.
2) CV (Wasp) from Truk will join in in case you decide to sally your CVL. Note Ulithi is an unnamed battle in vassal, as I expect you won't react, but you could.
3) CV (BH Richard) will attack the air unit at Formosa from range. Battle A
4) CV Intrepid will go to 3207, and attack Seoul. battle B.
5) BB Mass will go to Tokyo, to attack the (CA). Battle C
6) 7) BB New York, and Miss will go to Kure, to shell the HQ there. Battle D.
8) BB Missouri will go to Osaka and shell the units there. Battle E.
9) BB N carolina will go to Nagoya, and shell the units there. Battle F.
10) CV Hancock will go to 3807 and bomb Ominato, Battle G.
11) CV Franklin will go to just off Nagoya, and bomb the big unit at Kyoto.
Please note, your have ISR, and can only react with one or the other force.
This likely won't go perfectly for me, but I think the shores of Japan will knwo we are coming.
808 12/9/2018 3:30:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message You can't keep getting these giant Military Operations cards, there just aren't that many of them!

The Japanese use their first of two PASSES.
807 12/9/2018 2:20:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Allied PBM-
First off, air unit at Kyoto moved to dead file (looks like an oversight in the vassal file).
Battle A, E, and B units back to Eniwetok
C and D units to Ponape. Back to you to try to get air cover over the mainland again, before I pound the troops to snot.

806 12/9/2018 12:05:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Naturally, your solo attack on Kyoto not only hits, but steals one of my nines to do so.

I did get the other Critical Hit, however, and in Battle C. I must flip the lower defense strength unit, so that would be the Good Man Richard.

No Jpn PBM. To you for PBM.
805 12/9/2018 12:01:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 6

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Message from Japanese:
We're just going to accept your war crimes bombing. No Interceptions

All the Allied attacks are automatic except Battle E (Kyoto). That will be the first die with 14 factors and a mere +3 DRM.

The next five die rolls are Jpn attempts to get critical hits, die assigned to battles in battle marker alphabetical order.

804 12/8/2018 11:23:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Well, I'm pretty sure my Air Recon noticed something, so I can react.

I took a look at things, and I'll figure out what I want to do in the morning.
803 12/8/2018 11:17:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Don't have time to react tonight, but let's see if I can first!
802 12/8/2018 5:00:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #32: 3 / Operation Reno II: Invasion of Rabaul
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 7 if US SW HQ, for all others: 4

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
Playing as the event on SW hq for 9 activations.
1-4) 2 BB, and 2 CV, and 1 (CV) from Eniwetok activate
5-9) 2 BB and 2 CV from Truk activate

From Eniwetok, 1 BB and 1 CV attack Ominato.
Battle A

From Eniwetok, 1 BB and 1 CV will attack Osaka.
Battle B

From Truk, 1 BB and 1 CV will attack Kure, for battle c.

From truk, the last BB and (CV) from Eniwetok will attack 3106 near Shanghai. Battle D.

Battle E- CV Intrepid from Truk will make a solo strike across japan to hit Kyoto.


801 12/8/2018 2:36:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Will NOT play my FOQ to go first.

You're up. VASSAL File Inbound
800 12/8/2018 2:35:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 4 cards.

799 12/8/2018 2:34:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message B-29 bombing increased SW from 6 to 7

(It got to 6 from 5 due to DEI Liberation)
798 12/8/2018 2:33:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Change US Political Will From 5 to 7
797 12/8/2018 2:33:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 4 to 2
796 12/8/2018 12:29:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

795 12/8/2018 12:29:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies End Turn
794 12/7/2018 9:35:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message B-29 success, but hand is still 4 cards for japan.
No b-29 losses. 7 cards for allies.

793 12/7/2018 9:34:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Allies:
2 b-29s. First will be china, then guam.
792 12/7/2018 9:33:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Strategic warfare on turn 11.
Japan gets 4 cards, but only has 3 resource hexes (seoul being the extra one, plus 2 Manchurian).
submarine warfare is guaranteed, but also no effect.
791 12/7/2018 9:32:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Per offline Japan email for replacements-
HQ Combined Fleet to Ominato
1 Division from China to bring on (33rd Army) at Nagato
1 Division from China to bring 19th Army at Ominato up to full strength. Looks like down to 2 Chinese divisions. Just enough...
790 12/7/2018 9:31:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Allied replacements.
None for China.
Flip the aussie air at sarong. And I don't think there is any other allied air in the dead pool or otherwise.
For ground will flip the aussies at Miri, and bring back the first mar div at Kwajalein.
For naval, will flip the Intrepid nd Franklin at Eniwetok.

789 12/7/2018 9:24:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Allied reinforcement, CA Baltimore to Truk.
No reinforcements for Japan.
788 12/7/2018 6:28:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message POLITICAL PHASE

4.31 National Status Segment
Philippines do NOT yet return to US Imperialist Control (Davao is still under Jpn Control)
The DEI fall back under the control of their Colonial Masters. So ends the Far East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere. The sniveling dogs who resisted the Emperor will now get what they asked for, decades of civil war followed by Communist governments.
Progress of War, especially in Europe, is (barely) satisfactory.

Political Will Segment
Political Will from +5 to +6 for DEI.
B-29 Bombing PW point taken earlier

ATTRITION PHASE
There are some flipped units on both sides out of supply, but those are inside of an Allied Command Range and are not attrited.

Markers Adjusted. Have already Increased the Allied ASPs to TEN!!!

VASSAL FILE INBOUND
787 12/6/2018 11:05:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Allied PBM- Surviving naval to Manila.
I will not be doing end of turn tonight.

786 12/6/2018 10:43:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message First Battle for Okinawa...

The Brits get 100%, for 8 hits, not enough knock out the Jpn garrison

The Jpn get 200%, for 18 hits, enough to knock out 3 Allied steps, but only one was available.

No Jpn PBM. Not sending a VASSAL file, you can remove your corps when you PBM.

Back to the Allies for said PBM. You can do the End of Turn stuff if you choose, or leave it for me tomorrow morning. You do have that one Reinforcing CA to bring on. Other than HQ CF I have no reinforcements, so you can do your Replacements along with Reinforcements. (Unless my HQ location is going to make a difference..., which really seems unlikely.)
785 12/6/2018 10:35:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Japanese:
No Reaction

No A/N Battle

Ground Combat
1st Die is the Allied Amphib Assault (using the last ASP), 8 factors with a net +2 on the Die Roll

2nd Die is the Jpn Defense with a +3 DRM for the Amphib Assault and 1/2 strength defense on the lambs of the (Brit 15 Corps).
784 12/6/2018 8:31:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Japan is not surprised this time. To you to decide if you want to react, or let me get a nice port hex right off your coast.


783 12/6/2018 8:30:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Since japan only has an FOQ they just played, they can't play an intercept card. This is their intelligence condition roll, modified by air drm.
782 12/6/2018 8:29:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy 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:
Playing as Ops on ANZAC, for 3 activations. Battle hex is Okinawa.
CV Bunkerhill will sortie from Manila to 3010, and provide air cover for the assault.
Warspite from Tarakan along with 15th Br (Corp) and the last ASP, will move to Okinawa for the assault.

All units participate in battle.
781 12/6/2018 8:59:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Japanese:
I'm playing my final card into the FOQ.

No VASSAL File sent.
780 12/5/2018 11:03:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Allied PBM-
7th AF and the bombers will stay at guam.
2 of the 3 LRBs at Guam will go to Ponape, the third goes to Eniwetok. The fighters at truk stay put, because of strategic movement.

779 12/5/2018 7:00:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message How my guys can continue to be surprised by Allied Air Raids is beyond me.

"Attention all forces! Expect Allied attacks, especially by air, at every hour of every day. Doh!"

In any case, the (12th Kamikaze Force) is eliminated on the deck and has no chance of rolling for a critical hit. Back to you for PBM.

Yes, GUAM is within B-29 Range of Tokyo. (GUAM is actually an acronym you know...)
778 12/5/2018 6:54:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Rolling to change the Intel Condition
777 12/4/2018 9:15:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #31: 3 / Black Day: US New Guinea Air Offensive
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 Conditions: Only air units may be activated.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
Playing as event on HQ Southwest, for 8 air activations only. One battle hex at Iwo Jima. Units in battle will be shown off the island in Vassal file, to clarify who is in battle, and who is not.

1) LRBs from Moelalap go to Eniwetok, then to Guam, to join battle A.
2) B-29s from Eniwetok head to Guam. They will NOT participate in battle, but my count says 8 hexes from Tokyo.
3) LRBs from Rabaul head to Truk, then to Guam, to join battle A.
4) LRBs from Amboina skip to Hollandia, to Truk, then to Guam to join battle A.
5) 7th AF from Truk ferries to Guam to cover the B29s
6, 7, 8) 5th, 11th, and 13th Fighters from Borneo ferry to Amboina, Sarong, Hollandia, Admiralty Islands, and end at Truk. Note, the 5th AF at Tarakan will need an extra step to hit Balikpapan first, but can still make it.
776 12/3/2018 10:34:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #30: 3 / Flight Instructors: Japanese Improve Training and Maintenance.
3 Air Replacements: The Japanese player receives 3 air replacement steps that may be used immediately or recorded as replacement steps for future use. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Play the Event. Placing air replacement steps immediately:

(26th AirFlot) to Seoul
(27th AirFlot) to Kure
(28th AirFlot) to Osaka
775 12/3/2018 10:22:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Allied PBM-
Corp and CV in Manila stay put.
From vic of Saipan, CV (Franklin) and BB Mass head to Eniwetok.
BB NY, Missouri, and CV BH Richard, and CV Hancock head to Truk
774 12/3/2018 6:00:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Your PBM?
773 12/3/2018 5:59:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Battle A:
Both parts are automatic. HQ Combined Fleet to Turn 11 on the TRT

Battle B A/N: 26 factors with a +6 DRM automatically results in 26 hits, which flips the ED Army at Saipan.

Battle C A/N: 30 factors with a +6 DRM automatically results in 30 hits which is sufficient to eliminate the 36th Army. (The intrinsic defense strength is considered the last step in the hex.)

Battle D A/N: 30 factors with a +6 DRM automatically results in 30 hits which is sufficient to sink the last of the Pearl Harbor raiders, (CV Soryu). There is no counter strike.

Battle E A/N: 26 factors with a +6 DRM automatically results in 26 hits, which is sufficient to sink (CV Taiho). There is no counter strike.

The die roll was never needed....


772 12/3/2018 2:20:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message I'm not going to be able to win if you keep getting surprise!
771 12/3/2018 2:20:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Rolling to change the Intelligence Condition
770 12/2/2018 4:06:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #69: 3 / S-Day: Invasion of Luzon
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 8 if SW Pac HQ, for all others: 6 Bonus: If the 11th Airborne Division is on an airfield, not activated, with ANY in supply US air unit, the 11th Airborne division can be placed on any unoccupied hex that is not in an unneutralized Japanese air ZOI and is within the extended range/normal LRB (including B29) range of the air unit that it is stacked with.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
Playing as the event on SW HQ. 10 total activations.

1-2) From Wyndham, Corp unit and CV Bunker hill amphibious assault Manila.
1 ASP remaining. 2 used in this assault. A
3/4) From Hollandia, BB Mass, and CV (Franklin) will bombard Saipan/Tinian. B
5/6) From Truk, BB NY and CV Hancock will assault Nagoya. C
7/8) From Truk BB Miss, BH Richard will attack CV Soryu in Kure D
9/10) From Eniwetok BB Missouri and CV (Intrepid) will assault CV Taiho in Osaka. E
Note, Guam is in range of the airborne, so they will take Guam.
769 11/30/2018 10:53:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #59: 3 / Central Force: Conquest of Borneo
Activation: South or South Seas HQs only. Logistic Value: 5 Paratroopers: Prior to movement place a Japanese control marker in a hex that is within extended range of an active Japanese air unit if (1) the hex is either unoccupied or is occupied solely by a Dutch regiment; and (2) the hex is not within an unneutralized Allied air ZOI. Eliminate the Dutch regiment.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
Another card that I really needed in the first half of the game. I didn't get even one of the Three Sisters during that period.

Play on HQ South Seas Fleet as the Event for 7 ARMY activations (all strategic moves):
a) (14th Army) from Manila to Tainan
b) (31st Army) from Davao to Hakodate
c) (16th Army) from Palau to Kure
d) (38th Army) from Ulithi to Tokyo
e) (12th Army) from Seoul to Pusan
f) 25th Army from Leyte to Seoul
g) (6th AirDiv) from Okinawa to Taihoku

The temptation to move units around just because I have the activations is too great. I might have made myself weaker by putzing with what was a pretty good defense. As with a proposal, if you work on it too long, you start to make it worse. I'm sure you'll show me if I made a strategic flub.

VASSAL on the way.
768 11/30/2018 9:42:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message BB and CV to Truk. Agreed that the ground losses were probably a good trade for Japan for the loss of time, ASPS, and ground steps.

767 11/30/2018 9:32:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Japanese PBM (the real reason (CA Nachi) sortied:

(CA Nachi) to Tokyo
CVL Amagi back to Port Arthur
(CV Taiho) to Osaka
(CV Soryu) to Kure
(62nd AirFlot) via Iwo Jima to Ominato
(25th AirFlot) via Iwo Jima to Pusan
(50th AirFlot) via Iwo Jima to Kyoto

To you for Allied PBM

766 11/30/2018 9:20:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message For me, this makes up for whiffing the A/N battle, but I sure would have liked both.

The USMC does 50% for 10 hits, no effect on the Jpn Defenders

The Jpn do only 100%, but the 18 hits is sufficient to wipe out the Landing Force. Allies lose 1 Political Will (now affordable) for excessive casualties. The three step loss, especially given you only have 4 steps left for the rest of the game, will turn out to be much more problematical.
765 11/30/2018 9:16:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

2
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Message from Japanese:
Ground Combat Saipan

The first die is the US Amphib Assault with 20 factors and as net DRM of 0. (mixed terrain and unopposed surface units).

The second die is the Japanese defense with 18 factors, against 3 USMC steps with defenses of 6.
764 11/30/2018 9:13:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Well, that sucked.

You will flip either the 62nd Air Flot OR the CVL Amagi. Tentatively, I'm flipping the Air Flot on your behalf because that will kill 4 factors vice 2, but an argument can be made for flipping the CVL, so please confirm or change.

The Japanese had a 70% chance of flipping at least one of your naval units, but manage to whiff. (sniff)
763 11/30/2018 9:10:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

7
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Message from Japanese:
A/N Battle for Saipan

First die is the Allied Attack w/ 30 factors, DRM of +3, but only one air unit

Second die is the Jpn Defense w/ 37 factors, no DRM, but two full strength air/CV type units to limit the damage they will take.
762 11/30/2018 9:06:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #45: 3 / Operation Sho-Go
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 if Combined Fleet HQ, otherwise: 4. Intelligence: Intercept. Bonus: If a Kamikaze attack reaction card is played in conjunction with this card, increase the effect of the Kamikaze reaction card by one additional Allied naval step loss in one battle. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Well, we probably aren't going to keep you out of B-29 bases for the whole turn, but we can try. And we can try to make you pay for the pleasure of your terror bombing.

Play on HQ Combined Fleet (surprisingly still in action) for an automatic Intercept and 8 NAVY Activations:
a) (CV Soryu) from Tokyo to 3511, joins Battle A
b) (CV Taiho) from Osaka to 3511, joins Battle A
c) CVL Amagi from Port Arthur to 3511, joins Battle A
d) (CA Nachi) from Kure to 3511, escort only, no attack factor
e) (50th AirFlot) from Pusan via Iwo Jima to Guam, support Battle A
f) (25th AirFlot) from Kyoto via Iwo Jima to Guam, support Battle A
g) (62nd AirFlot) from Ominato via Iwo Jima to Guam, support Battle A
h) While the troops fly, HQ Combined Fleet parties down in Olongopo City
761 11/30/2018 11:23:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #42: 2 / WAR IN EUROPE: Minor Allied Victory
Increase the War in Europe marker a number of spaces equal to the value associated with the year of the current game turn: 1942: 1 1943: 1 1944: 2 1945: 3 Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Playing on OPS on Cent Pac, 5 total activations.
Battle Hex is Saipan/Tinian.
1/2)From Truk, both marine units will activate, and amphib assault Saipan. Two asps consumed, now 6 consumed this turn.

3/4) From Wewak, the fresh BB, and CV join the battle, the CV from standoff at guam.
5) 11th airborne at Kavieng backfills Truk garrison. Strategic move, no asps consumed.
760 11/29/2018 9:27:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Allied PBM- BB Warspite and AF to Tarakan.

759 11/28/2018 11:35:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Go ahead and PBM Warspite and 5th AF. I see you already moved the Aussies.

Then for my turn, Japan will use its second and final PASS.

Just roll that into your PBM file, and then make your next move.

I'll be driving back to Arlington all day tomorrow. Don't expect to get into until midnight, so it makes sense to just send this out now and then shut down the computer.
758 11/28/2018 11:20:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Japanese 14th Army is flipped.

PBM for your units?
757 11/28/2018 11:19:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
This die roll is the British Bombardment of Manila, with 19 factors, and a net +6 DRM
756 11/28/2018 11:18:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Japanese:
Rolling to change the Intel Condition
755 11/28/2018 10:47:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #57: 2 / Axiom: British Amphibious Rangoon-Singapore Operation.
Activate: Any Commonwealth or Joint HQ. Logistic Value: 5 Conditions: Only Commonwealth and Chinese units plus US air units may be activated.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
Playing as event on HQ ANZAC for 6 activations.
1) From Singapore, BB Warspite will shell manila. Battle A.

2) From Singapore, the 15th BB will amphibious assault Tarakan. POTW to 3, and ASPs used to 3.

3) From amboina, the aussie air will activate and stay put. PBM will be to Sarong. 4) From amboina the Aussie corp will amphi assault across the strait to sarong. POTW to 4, ASPs used to 4.

5) Zealanders in banga travel next door, grabbing yet another POTW (now 5), but saving the ASP. Note, by my count, that is a return of DEI control if nothing else changes by the political phase.
6) The 5th AF from Miri will activate and join BB Warspite at extended range in shelling Manila, for good measure and +3 DRM, and to get air hits if needed from reaction/discourage reaction.




754 11/27/2018 10:49:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Future Offensive card as Operations #46: 3 / Operation A-Go: Battle of the Philippine Sea
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 if Combined Fleet HQ, otherwise: 4. Intelligence: Intercept. Tactical Wire Intercepts: Allied carrier units have their defense values increased by two for the duration of the Offensive. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
I see that you've already made your PBMs in the VASSAL file. That's good.

Playing this out of the FOQ. These counteroffensive reaction cards are OK if you can actually fight back, but without being able to replace it, playing the event gives you too many back to back moves at the end of the turn, so...

Play for OPS on HQ South Seas for 7 NAVY activations:
a & b) (CA Nachi) uses Organic Naval Transport to deliver 2nd SNLF to Marcus Island
c) (25th AirFlot) from Kure to Kyoto
d) (50th AirFlot) from Shanghai to Pusan
e, f, g) CV Bon Homme Richard and the BB, BC in Task Force Wewak to Casablanca, Morocco

PBM: (CA Nachi) to Kure
(CA Nachi) from Marcus Island to Kure
753 11/27/2018 9:59:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message No reaction possible. You've already ordered your PBM.

So I'm going to execute that and then do the Jpn Turn.
752 11/27/2018 9:04:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #7: 2 / Vinegar' Joe Stilwell: Burma Offensive
Activate: SEAC HQ only. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: May only activate air and ground units. Merrill's Marauders: During any ground combat in any battles initiated by this Offensive, the Allied player adds 2 to all Allied ground combat die rolls for the duration of this Offensive due to the assistance of the 5307th Composite Group. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
Playing as the event, must be SEAC for 5 activations air/ground only.
1/2) Both US air units at Kuantan will activate. For Post battle movement, they will go to Miri.
3) FE Air at Medan will activate and go to Kuantan, backfilling the air there.
4) The 33rd British at Bangkok will amphibious assault to Tjilatjap, using one ASP. (now 1).
5) The third Aussie Corp at Kuantan will amphibious assault Miri, so that the air can come join him. Uses an ASP, now 2 used this turn.
Note, with the capture of Miri and Tjilatjap, only two hexes are left for DEI control. Also get two POTW.
751 11/26/2018 10:06:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Should have added, that I'm not sending a VASSAL File.
750 11/26/2018 10:05:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Japan use the first of two PASSes
749 11/26/2018 8:33:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message CVL Bataan to Balikpapan.
CV (Franklin) to Hollandia.
CV (Intrepid) to Eniwetok.
748 11/26/2018 7:28:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Decided that you aren't risking enough to justify an interception, so will just resolve battles.

With the net +6 DRM, no die rolls are necessary. All targeted Japanese air units are removed. There are no Allied losses.

Back to you for PBM. Also I'm not sending a VASSAL File, so you can both eliminate all the Jpn air units, AND flip the Aussie AF at Amboina.
747 11/25/2018 10:40:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #46: 2 / Operation Brewer: Admiralty Is. Invasion
Activate: SW PAC HQ only. Logistic Value: 1 Intelligence: Surprise Attack. Bonus: MacArthur's Navy - applies only if US Inter-Service Rivalry is in effect. The allies may activate US Navy units OR US Army units and a maximum of one non-carrier US naval unit

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
I guess I'll play this as the event vs ops for the surprise. Only 3 activations however. But you don't have much firepower to respond, so /shrug
1) CVL Bataan from Truk to 3013 to attack Manila battle A.
2) CV (Franklin) from Hollandia to attack Ulithi from 3616, battle B.
3) CV (Intrepid) from Wewak to 4112 to attack Marcus.

This attack should eliminate your outer ring of air.
746 11/25/2018 10:27:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

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