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189 1/21/2019 5:23:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #83: 2 / China Offensive: Battle for Central Honan
Move the China marker one box to the right toward the Stable Front box, unless this would put the China marker in the Stable Front box, in which case no effect.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
OPS SW PAC

2+2

M Brigade to Funafuti
BB NC to Lae
BB Miss. to Lae
CV Lex to support Lae
188 1/21/2019 4:24:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message PBM done and file up.
187 1/21/2019 10:14:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allies:
replacement for sub card
186 1/21/2019 10:13:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message those brave Wake Island marines were a bit too ambitious it would seem, at least my sub got a parting blow in.

PBM to you, file up
185 1/21/2019 10:12:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
A/N is automatic

J9, +2, you only miss on a 0
184 1/21/2019 10:10:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

9


Message from Allies:
I think I was supposed to roll for intel first

doing so now
183 1/21/2019 10:10:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Allies:
sub roll
182 1/21/2019 10:09:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #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:
I will try a sub attack on the Akagi
181 1/21/2019 10:09:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message yes, I forgot replacements, I also flip my US corps in Soerebaja for a ground step
180 1/21/2019 4:36:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message File up. One battle.

I assumed your replacements as the CV and the only air unit I could find that was damaged.
179 1/21/2019 4:35:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Future Offensive card as Operations #13: 2 / JN 25 Code Change: May 28, 1942
Intelligence: Intercept Conditions: May be played after an intelligence die roll, but not after the play of another intelligence reaction card. Remove from play if use as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
178 1/21/2019 4:35:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Yes, I'll go first with the FO card.

CHQ for 5 activations.
177 1/20/2019 8:52:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message no worries, just let me know
176 1/20/2019 7:46:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message I may use my FO card to go first, so don't do your turn just yet (except replacements). Problem is I won't be in front of my machine until this evening (11.45am currently) to check. Apologies.
175 1/20/2019 7:34:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card
174 1/20/2019 7:34:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Ooooo, cool! A small unexpected win.
173 1/20/2019 7:20:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Card loss is not permanent so you should have six cards go ahead and draw an extra one
172 1/20/2019 7:03:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message I think PW is +6, can't recall if there was some special event or anything that happened?

File up for your replacements, I've done mine (out of turn).
171 1/20/2019 7:02:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Not sure PW is going to matter too much given I am unlikely to take Burma and DEI. I might get one or the other, but I reckon you can have 2 or 3 misses and be pretty safe.
170 1/20/2019 7:00:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 9 to 7
169 1/20/2019 7:00:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Change US Political Will From 8 to 6
168 1/20/2019 6:06:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message You got me on last turns sub roll as well, so I only get 5 cards (and 2 passes).
167 1/20/2019 6:04:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 5 cards.

166 1/20/2019 5:06:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

165 1/20/2019 5:06:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies End Turn Allies deck was reshuffled.

164 1/20/2019 5:06:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message subs hit, you will only draw 6
your reinforcements are by the turn track
163 1/20/2019 5:05:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

3


Message from Allies:
rolling for subs

+1 for defective torpedoes
-4
162 1/20/2019 5:04:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message of course. no ASP for me, I stay at 2 available.

Guess I only need 2 for Progress of war though.
Looking at the bright side!
161 1/20/2019 5:02:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Allies:
14LRB sent to Europe?
160 1/20/2019 5:02:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message there shouldn't be any attrition

Phillipines surrender dropping PW to 7.

3AUS to Port Moresby
3NZ to Gili Gili
(XIV) corps to Soerebaja
McArthur to Darwin
13AF to Darwin
13LRB to Darwin
11 LRB to Ambonia
1M to Dutch Harbor
CV Wasp to Dutch Harbor
33BR to Rangoon
15BR to Dacca
159 1/20/2019 4:54:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message that'll eliminate your air with no reprisal

my navy PBMs to E.S.
Aus air to Cairns
5AF stays put
158 1/20/2019 4:52:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Allies:
ineffective

Guadal

A24 (+3)
157 1/20/2019 4:52:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Allies:
.5 result flips your CA and AD

J16 returns fire
156 1/20/2019 4:51:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Allies:
Lae

A40 (+3)
155 1/20/2019 4:51:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #13: 3 / Operation Watchtower: Guadalcanal Invasion
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 Intelligence: Surprise Attack Conditions: A maximum of one ground unit may be activated for this Offensive.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
on to my last play
since you are out of cards, this is a guaranteed surprise attack

ANZAC 5+1
CVS to 4023, BHA Lae
AUS air to Port Moresby, support BHA
5AF to Port Moresby, support BHA

BB Miss.
CA Northampton to Guadal, BHB

I will roll since it is definitely a surprise
154 1/20/2019 4:46:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message I will flip Akagi
153 1/20/2019 4:30:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Anticlimactic.
JP=22 hits, AL=12 hits

File up, you have some options for your damage.
152 1/20/2019 4:26:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
1


Message from Japanese:
BHA A/N
JP=88, AL=48 - no modifiers
151 1/20/2019 4:19:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message SS HQ reacts for 5 activations
150 1/20/2019 4:18:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Japanese:
JP intel, now I need those low rolls.
149 1/20/2019 4:18:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Interesting. I can get about 80 factors there if I get intel. Could be bloody.
148 1/20/2019 1:00:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Set Deck Reshuffle Deck will be reshuffled before next deal
147 1/20/2019 12:57:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #79: 3 / Soviets Invade Manchuria
Manchuria: If Tojo has resigned, then this card MUST be played as an event, otherwise it can only be played as an OC. If played as the event the Japanese permanently lose two Resource Hexes (3302 and 3303). Place a Soviet Flag in each hex to denote Allied control that counts for Progress of the War. Bonus: If China has not surrendered, move the China marker two boxes toward or into the Stable Front box.. RESHUFFLE: If played as an OC or discarded, place this card back in the deck and reshuffle the deck at the end of the game turn. If played as the event, permanently remove this card from the deck and do NOT reshuffle. This card may not be played as a Future Offensive.

OC: 3 EC: 0

NOTE: Deck will be reshuffled before next deal.Message from Allies:
OPS

CPAC 3+3

the whole stack at Funafuti is going to attack Guadal
146 1/20/2019 12:52:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message that is a very unpleasant state of the war in Europe track for me.
145 1/20/2019 6:00:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Change War in Europe value From -3 to -5
144 1/20/2019 6:00:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #54: 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:
My last card. Might as well try and do something successfully. No file.
143 1/20/2019 2:22:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Allies:
save for later, FOQ, no file
142 1/20/2019 2:19:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message PBM done, and file up.
141 1/20/2019 2:10:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message I do feel like statistical improbabilities follow me! In my other game, I reacted to a big battle at Kwajalien as the Japanese. he had 86 factors to my 83. I got 2 sub cards in hand and smelt blood. of course I hit a 0 to his 9, and probably wrecked my entire game on turn 3. (Though I tend to have ridiculous luck hitting my sub rolls)
140 1/20/2019 1:13:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Anyway, on with the show. This was just an interlude, I probably won't be able to do my turn for a few more hours yet.
139 1/20/2019 1:01:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Cripes, this is going to be all over in turn 6 at this rate. No file up, I have to clean up the mess when I trashed the room after the last set of combat rolls. :)

I'm very much a player who does not complain about dice, as it always always always evens out in the end, and most of the time good play beats bad play regardless of dice. However, this one seems rather extreme so I put it in a spreadsheet.

I'm sure you have absolutely zero interest in the following, but I'm going to type it in anyway, 'cause it makes me feel better. So far this game, I've had;

- 23 rolls for combat
- 5 x 0's and 5 x 1's
- Average of 2.8
- Overall, highest roll is a 7
- Since the second card play of the first turn, highest roll is a 5 (18 combat rolls)


In case you were wondering, you've had 19 combat rolls at 4.9 with 4 x 9's. You also pulled that strat warfare 0, but picked up 3 sent to europe rolls as well. I'd call yours slightly better than expected given the early critical hits, but within the bounds of normal.

Overall, we've rolled the dice 56 times and hit 10 x 0's and 7 x 9s. Quite a few more than 0s than you'd expect but not grounds for setting up a Royal Commission.
138 1/19/2019 11:33:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message correction: 5LRB to Cairns
corrected file up as a .vsav
137 1/19/2019 11:32:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message .5 for you does nothing, as my air has +2 defense from my card. A 1x for me flips your air.

CA Northampton back to Cairns
10LRB stays in Darwin
5LRB to Cape York

file up for your PBM
136 1/19/2019 11:31:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

5
7


Message from Allies:
.5 for you is 18 hits which can flip one of my full strength air. I will assume the irreplaceable one and not the bomber. 1x for me is 12, which flips Shokaku

BHE

J20
A10
135 1/19/2019 11:29:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

5
6


Message from Allies:
that's 3 .25's in a row for you, again no damage

BHD

J36
A12
134 1/19/2019 11:29:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
6


Message from Allies:
.25 for both sides is ineffective

BHC

J14
A4
133 1/19/2019 11:28:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

2
1


Message from Allies:
.25 result from you is not quite enough, I needed a CH
no damage

BHB

J20
A10
132 1/19/2019 11:28:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
5


Message from Allies:
Battle A

J18
A2
131 1/19/2019 11:27:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #5: 2 / Operation Matador: Pre-emptive Malaya Offensive
Activate: Any Allied HQ. Logistic Value: 3 Intelligence: Intercept Conditions: No ASPs may be used. Bonus: Alert Defenses, add 2 to Allied air unit defense strengths.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
playing as a reaction card

ANZAC for 1+3

CA Northampton to Menado
10LRB to Darwin, support BHE
5LRB to Koepang (Aitape, Sarong), support BHD

that'll do
130 1/19/2019 8:15:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message File up. Changed my mind on Ops versus Event half way through do there's a change of activations along the way.
129 1/19/2019 8:14:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #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:
Hard decision. I need to try again against the A/N in the DEI but also need the ground attacks. Can I play the card twice? :)
128 1/19/2019 5:13:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message I don't have the map in front of me but flip the air unit and send 10lrb back to where it came from.
You may proceed.
127 1/19/2019 4:20:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message FFS. OK, if you can tell me which you'd like to flip, I'll press on with my action after that.
126 1/19/2019 4:18:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
BHA A/N

JP 22 or 27
125 1/19/2019 4:17:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message You'll need to choose the AF or the CA, but it makes no difference to the JP A/N roll as it turns out.
124 1/19/2019 4:14:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Japanese:
No reaction

BHA A/N = AL 18 +3
123 1/19/2019 2:16:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Future Offensive 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:
Anzac for 3
surprise unless you play a card

5AF, BHA Rabaul
5LRB, BHA
10LRB to Gili, support BHA

file up
122 1/19/2019 2:03:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Change War in Europe value From 0 to -3
121 1/19/2019 2:03:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #55: 3 / WAR IN EUROPE: Major 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: 3 1943: 2 1944: 1 1945: No Effect Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
No file for this action.
120 1/18/2019 8:19:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message file up, back to you
119 1/18/2019 8:19:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #54: 2 / Hurricane Taskforce: Biak Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 if US SW Pac HQ, for all others: 3

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
CPAC 4+3

Strategic moves

CV Lexington to Fuanfuti
CV Enterprise to Funafuti
BB Mississippi to Fuanfuti
7AF to Fuanfuti


7LRB to Midway
Wake Marines to Eniwetok (1/2 ASP)
211 Air Wing in place
no special reaction possible

PBM 211 Air Wing to Eniwetok
118 1/18/2019 7:20:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Oh yeah, I have one of those as well don't I. OK, I'll do the same and back to you.
117 1/18/2019 4:52:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message I will use my one pass
back to you
116 1/18/2019 4:29:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Whatever it is, it's very un-Japanese, and it's going to cost me (among other things) the DEI going into T4. That sounds ugly but I've not been in T4 yet so not sure.

No PBM and no file.
115 1/18/2019 12:11:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Balikpapn falls

Dutch CL back to Soerebaja
file up for your PBM
114 1/18/2019 12:09:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Allies:
Balikpapn

J9 (-1DRM)
113 1/18/2019 12:08:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message I don't know what your ground forces have been up to, but they are rolling duds. No damage either side. Your army back to Batavia.
112 1/18/2019 12:07:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
2


Message from Allies:
.5 for you flips my cruiser
now ground

J18 (-2 DRM)
A6
111 1/18/2019 12:06:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

5
3


Message from Allies:
A/N
J16
A13
110 1/18/2019 12:06:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message succeeds
activate ABDA
3+1
Dutch CL to BHA
(Dutch Air) in place
(MA) supports BHA
109 1/18/2019 12:02:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Allies:
intel
108 1/18/2019 3:30:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message 2 battles, interesting to see what you do. File up.
107 1/18/2019 3:23:00 AM May-Aug 1942 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:
South HQ for 5 activations
106 1/17/2019 6:00:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Change US Political Will From 7 to 8
105 1/17/2019 6:00:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #6: 3 / Doolittle Raid: US Bombers Attack Japan
Increase US Political Will by one. The play of this event is the pre-condition for Japanese card number 6: Doolittle Raid Reprisal. Place the Doolittle Raid marker on the game turn track as a reminder. Remove from play if use as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
I'll go ahead and play this for the event
PW +1
no file
104 1/17/2019 3:32:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Done, and file up.
103 1/17/2019 12:55:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message that'll be sufficient to take Manila this time! SWPAC to track, no file up, go ahead and do your PBM
102 1/17/2019 12:54:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Allies:
ground battle
J18 (+2-2)
101 1/17/2019 12:54:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Allies:
intel
100 1/17/2019 4:57:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Having another go at Manila. You get a special reaction roll. File up.
99 1/17/2019 4:54:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #15: 3 / Mahatma Gandhi: Independence Campaign
Move the India marker one box toward India Revolts, if already in India Revolts box no additional effect. to the unrest box. 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. Remove from played if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
South for 4 ops
98 1/16/2019 11:57:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message also, remember, I could have used a card play to pull SWPac from the board
97 1/16/2019 11:48:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allies:
draw #1
96 1/16/2019 11:47:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #80: 1 / New Submarine Doctrine: Japanese Escort Destruction Priority
The Japanese lose all Submarine Warfare modifiers, except defective torpedoes, for the remainder of the game. Remove the Japanese escort marker from the game. The play of this card supersedes the Event Bonus on Japanese cards 37 and 38 for the remainder of the game, even if they have not yet been played. . Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
cancel your escorts, back to you
95 1/16/2019 11:46:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message oh, and more importantly, you also had air cover over Port Moresby, so I couldn't put my HQ there
94 1/16/2019 1:13:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Ha! 7th indeed. I'm looking at it's damn range. I mean SPAC of course...
93 1/16/2019 1:10:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Yes, I get what you're saying re HQ coverage, but I guess I was more thinking about those reinforcements. That is, if ANZAC is in Darwin, the British fleet can go there (but you covered that in your message), and if the 7th (or ANZAC) goes to Port Moresby, a bunch of reinforcements can come there as well.
The 7th in India is an interesting idea, but I guess if MacArthur is still in the Philippines, it makes it tough to go anywhere except Australia/Southern Pacific. I didn't attack there last turn so you couldn't get him this turn, but hey, I doubt it would have mattered if I did, he'd still be there I suspect.
92 1/16/2019 1:05:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Really, I'm not at all sure why I bother to attack. Perhaps we should reverse the order of the die rolls? However, I just know what is going to happen if we do that :)
Nagato to Miri. No file.
91 1/15/2019 10:06:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message there's a lot to be gained/lost in the CBI, the way I placed them assures SEAC has a supply line. I learned the hard way when the Japanese sent a carrier to attack Dacca and positioned it so that SEAC couldn't trace westward, and I was unable to react.

Looking at it, Port Moresby wouldn probably be a better choice for ANZAC, it still reaches as far west as Darwin though, and as long as ABDA stays on the board, I'm covering a lot more area with my command range. I'm still testing the waters on simple things like placing the first reinforcements. The last game I played Japanese, my opponent put SPAC in the CBI, maybe was afraid of a big all out assault on Northern India, and thought he might have to put a US corps there?
90 1/15/2019 10:01:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message .5 result is ineffective in Manila.
no damage, McArthur holds a little longer.
no file, your PBM

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