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378 6/1/2019 7:59:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #71: 3 / High Altitude Interceptors
2 Air Replacements: The Japanese receive 2 air replacement steps. These steps may be used immediately or recorded as replacement steps for future use. Bonus: Add +1 to Strategic bombing die rolls until the Allies control a supply eligible airbase within 5 hexes of Tokyo. Place the High Altitude Interceptors marker on the game turn track as a reminder. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
377 6/1/2019 7:59:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message PBM done.
376 6/1/2019 6:51:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Flipped 3 IJN air units

file up and back to you

375 6/1/2019 5:54:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message You can apply your hits, file up!
374 6/1/2019 5:45:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Japanese apply 59 hits:

Flip Wasp, Eliminate Enterprise and Lexington
373 6/1/2019 5:43:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
6


Message from Japanese:
No hits

BHE

A32 (+1)
J59
372 6/1/2019 5:42:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Japanese:
Eliminate 5 AF / No hits for Allies on full result (5AF)

BHD:

Allies can't hit Japanese / No units in BH and no Allied air units
J16
371 6/1/2019 5:40:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

5
6


Message from Japanese:
Flip 5 AF LRB / No hits for Allies on half result

BHC:

A5 (+1)
J17
370 6/1/2019 5:39:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

4
9


Message from Japanese:
Eliminate 11 AF LRB / No hits for Allies on half result

BHB:

A4 (+1)
J18
369 6/1/2019 5:37:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

4
7


Message from Japanese:
BHA:

A4 (+1)
J22
368 6/1/2019 5:36:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Intel Condition is Intercept:

Reaction with South Seas HQ for 2 + 3 activations

CV Junyo to 4020, BHD
28 AF to 4020, BHD
26 AF to Baka, BHE
25 AF to Baka, BHE
BB Hiei to Guadalcanal, BHE


367 6/1/2019 5:29:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
Intel Condition ( 0 -7)
366 6/1/2019 5:20:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #21: 3 / Operation Cartwheel: Breaking the Bismark Barrier
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 if US SW Pac HQ, for all others: 4

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
Play as event

Activate SW Pac for 2+6=8 activations

Activate 11th AF LRB at Gili Gili - attack BHA at Wewak
Activate 5th AF LRB at Buna - attack BHB at Truk
Activate 5th AF Tac at Buna - attack BHC at Rabaul
Activate BBs Miss and N Carolina - travel to Buin and attack BHD
Activate CVs Lexington, Enterprise and Wasp. Travel to 4425 and attack Guadalcanal at range.

Reaction should be 7 or less
File up and back to you
365 6/1/2019 10:32:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message No problem at all. Mistakes are quite common in complex games. I think your rules knowledge is really good. I have a few things about your strategy that you could improve, although.

Thanks for the update!




364 6/1/2019 8:53:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Sorry for the mistakes. For the ground combat I was likely looking at the air/naval combat table.

Going on a day trip today - won't be able to do a turn until this evening my time. Sorry.

363 6/1/2019 7:56:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message File up. Your play.
362 6/1/2019 7:54:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Japanese PBM:

6AF to Rangoon
21 AF to Tarakan
361 6/1/2019 7:53:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message CA London flipped to full. 6 AF fought at extended range.
360 6/1/2019 7:46:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Burma Road is cut. I will adjust this.
359 6/1/2019 7:41:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Japanese obtained a "one" result in ground combat. 4 - 1. So, 38 factors of damage are applied to Allied forces.
358 5/31/2019 7:31:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Japanese capture Rangoon.

File up for your PBM. My retreat and emergency naval complete.


357 5/31/2019 7:24:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

4
1


Message from Allies:
Ground attack on Rangoon

Japanese - 1 DRM jungle hex
no other modifiers


356 5/31/2019 7:21:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Allies:
Air attack BHB

355 5/31/2019 7:18:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

8
1


Message from Allies:
Also activate Warspite to join battle at Rangoon

Japanese 8 factors
Allied 26 factors




354 5/31/2019 7:15:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Activate SEAC for 1=3=4 activations

Activate SEAC air to join BHA at Rangoon


353 5/31/2019 7:11:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Allies:
reaction die roll - 8 or less.


352 5/31/2019 6:34:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message File up for your reaction!
351 5/31/2019 6:32:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #60: 3 / East Force: Conquest of Celebes
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:
activate South HQ for 1 + 4 activations:

28th and 15th Army to Rangoon BHA
6 AF to Bangkok BHA
21 AF to Hanoi BHB
7 AF drops Paras in Aitape per event
350 5/30/2019 6:17:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message No PBM. back to you

349 5/30/2019 6:13:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message File up. Your PBM!
348 5/30/2019 6:12:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card
347 5/30/2019 6:12:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Flip BB North Carolina and draw one card per event resolution
346 5/30/2019 6:11:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Japanese:
Submarine event
345 5/30/2019 6:11:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #27: 1 / Submarine Attack: I-19 sinks the Wasp
Play during an offensive; at the end of all combat 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: Lose one naval step* 5-7: Lose two naval steps* 8-9: No Effect. *Japanese choice; can eliminate a unit. Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
344 5/30/2019 6:10:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message no hits
343 5/30/2019 6:10:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
BHA after surprise attack:

J17
342 5/30/2019 6:09:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Flip CA Takao (only possible choice)
341 5/30/2019 6:09:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

3


Message from Japanese:
BHA:

A18 (+4)

340 5/30/2019 6:07:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

9


Message from Japanese:
Intel Die Roll (need 0-3)
339 5/29/2019 1:02:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #67: 3 / Curtis LeMay: Firebombing of Japan
Randomly remove one card from the Japanese hand if a B29 Long Range Bomber air unit is on a hex (not Air Units in China Box) within range of Tokyo. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
play as ops

Activate SW Pac for 2+3=5 activations

Activate 13AF Tac, 5th AF LRB, and 11th AF LRB. All attack BHA at Rabaul

Activate BB Miss and N Carolina - move to Espiritu Santo and Efate avoiding AZOI

Back to you for reaction - should be 3 or less.

File up.
338 5/28/2019 7:02:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message File up. Back to you...
337 5/28/2019 6:56:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #60: 3 / East Force: Conquest of Celebes

Message from Japanese:
per event
336 5/28/2019 6:55:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Discard Strategy card #26: 2 / Chiang Kai-shek: Anti Communist Offensive
OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
per event
335 5/28/2019 6:55:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #33: 2 / Imperial Intervention
This event ends a Japanese inter-service rivalry. Flip the Japanese Inter-Service Rivalry marker to its Strategic Agreement side. If the Japanese 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 Japanese 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).

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
334 5/28/2019 6:44:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Return Strategy card to deck #7: 2 / US Joint Staff Debate: US Inter-Service Rivalry
OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
333 5/28/2019 6:44:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #7: 2 / US Joint Staff Debate: US Inter-Service Rivalry

Message from Japanese:
332 5/28/2019 6:43:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Return Strategy card to deck #37: 3 / 1st Convoy Escort Fleet: Escort Organization
OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
331 5/28/2019 6:40:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Wrong game. I had two windows open which caused trouble to ACTS. I will reverse that play.
330 5/28/2019 6:36:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
per event
329 5/28/2019 6:36:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #7: 2 / US Joint Staff Debate: US Inter-Service Rivalry
Flip the US Inter-Service Rivalry Marker from its Strategic Agreement to its Inter-Service Rivalry side. No additional impact if Inter-Service Rivalry is already in effect. Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
328 5/27/2019 8:15:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message 11th AF returns to Gili Gili
PBM complete.

File up and back to you.
I have to thank ACTS for all of the '9's.

327 5/27/2019 7:33:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message PBM done, File up for your PBM!

(Everybody back to where they came from except for CA Takao to Rabaul.)
326 5/27/2019 7:31:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Japanese 1 AF and 24 AF flipped (please check if it's okay, it should be the obvious choice for the Allies)

Allied 11 AF and 5 AF flipped.
325 5/27/2019 7:23:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
5


Message from Japanese:
CV Junyo flipped

BHE:

A20 (+1)
J40
324 5/27/2019 7:22:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
2


Message from Japanese:
BHD:

A4 (+1)
J20
323 5/27/2019 7:21:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

4
0


Message from Japanese:
APD Kamikaze flipped due to Critical Hit.
Allied 10 AF flipped.

BHC:

A4 (+1)
J22
322 5/27/2019 7:18:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
3


Message from Japanese:
7 AF flipped due to Critical Hit (can only hit unit with lowest defense strength) - Allied 13 AF flipped.

BHB:

A4 (+1)
J22
321 5/27/2019 7:16:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
4


Message from Japanese:
BHA:

A4 (+1)
J20
320 5/27/2019 7:15:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message South Seas HQ for 2 + 2 activations (Navy units):

CV Akagi to 3217, joins BHA
CA Takao to Buin, joins BHD
24 and 25 AF to Kavieng, join BHE


319 5/27/2019 7:06:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
per Reaction Card
318 5/27/2019 7:06:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Future Offensive card as Event #69: 1 / JN25 Code Change
Intelligence: Intercept Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Intel Condition -> Intercept
317 5/26/2019 10:43:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 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:
Play as event

Activate SW Pac for 4+2=6 activations

Activate 13AF LRB @ Madang - attack BHA at Biak
Activate 10AF LRB @ Buna - attack BHB at Truk
Activate 11AF LRB @ Gili Gili - attack BHC at Guadalcanal
Activate 5AF LRB @ Buna - attack BHD at Buin
Activate 11AF Tac @ Gili Gili - move to Buna
Activate 5AF Tac @ Buna - 5th and 11th attack BHE at Rabaul

Back to you for reaction - should be 6 or less.
File up.
316 5/26/2019 10:17:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Welcome back sir - glad to hear the days off were good.
315 5/26/2019 4:56:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Weather was really good in Vienna. So almost no time at the computer. Back to the Pacific, now...

File up.
314 5/26/2019 4:56:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #79: 2 / Tinian Raid: Japanese Attack B29 Base
Activation: Any HQ Logistics Value: 1 Conditions: Any air or naval units may be activated, but only one brigade size ground unit may be activated. Bonus: If the Allied player has a B29 LRB unit within 8 hexes of Tokyo (3706) or in the China Air units box, the Japanese player rolls a die. On a die roll of: 0-4: Lose one B29 Air step* 5-9: No Effect *Japanese choice Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 6

Message from Japanese:
Activate South Seas HQ for 2 + 2 activations:

[33th Army] to Palau
6 AF Strat Move to Khota Baru
7 AF to Biak
4 AF to Wewak
313 5/23/2019 9:26:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allies:
Per ISR card play.

File up and back to you.

312 5/23/2019 9:26:00 PM Jan-Apr 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:
311 5/23/2019 5:29:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message File up. Back to you.
310 5/23/2019 5:28:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message I pass (1/1).
309 5/23/2019 11:30:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message file up and back to you.
308 5/23/2019 11:30:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Return Strategy card to hand #43: 1 / Japanese Army/Navy Dispute

Message from Allies:
307 5/23/2019 11:30:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Discard Strategy card #9: 3 / Olympic and Coronet: the Invasion of Japan
OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
306 5/23/2019 11:29:00 AM Jan-Apr 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:
305 5/23/2019 11:09:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Okay. Let's do it.
304 5/23/2019 11:07:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message You're correct about the ground unit in Koepang being out of supply.

Let's not make any changes and see if I can fight thru it.

303 5/23/2019 11:06:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Not an easy situation to resolve...Presently you are at a huge disadvantage.
302 5/23/2019 11:05:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Now I see, why you didn't react to the Aleutians operation. Kusaie is OOS which could not be fixed by an air unit at Nauru because it is 3 hexes away.
301 5/23/2019 11:00:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message I'll have a look and see what we can do...
300 5/23/2019 11:00:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Hm, I think that would put your units in Koepang out of supply then. :-/
299 5/23/2019 10:58:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Good thing about non-solitaire gameplay is you do not have to worry about the other side. Which is exactly the downside of not playing solitaire at the same time :D I didn't notice that you moved beyond ANZAC range.
298 5/23/2019 10:56:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Ah, I thought we were playing the campaign. No worries, we'll continue. I think it all will be okay with ACTS. Whenever you feel it does not seem worthwhile to continue for one reason or the other, we can stop. You can move your reinforcement to Nauru. All good!
297 5/23/2019 10:49:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message 7 cards drawn. 0 in FOQ.

I did set this up for the one year 1942 game - I misunderstood what scenario we were playing - hopefully ACTS won't have an issue with continuing.

I did make a couple of card plays, especially in the last turn, based on the idea that the game wasn't going to proceed.

Let's keep playing tho - this is a pretty good learning opportunity.

I realized during my reinforcement phase this turn that I basically have turned the Commonwealth units in Koepang into a pillbox - I can't activate them - unless I move ANZAC.

And I should have put the Marine Air reinforcement this turn in Nauru - it could then move to provide air cover at Kusaie.

Good thing I wasn't really in charge!

296 5/23/2019 10:46:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Your initiative. I keep my FOQ card.
295 5/23/2019 10:43:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

294 5/23/2019 10:06:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 6 cards.

293 5/23/2019 10:06:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message File up. I'll draw 6 cards for the turn. I hold one in the FOQ!
292 5/23/2019 10:04:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Subs hit! -1 ASP / -1 Card / + 1 Pass for Japanese!
291 5/23/2019 10:04:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Japanese:
Submarine Warfare (no modifiers, need 0 - 5)
290 5/23/2019 10:01:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Replacements taken. I'll do the Strat warfare!
289 5/23/2019 10:00:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message I found out that our game is set up as the 1942 scenario, not as the shortened campaign, I hope it doesn't screw up anything. Let's see...
288 5/23/2019 9:59:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message I forgot to subtract one replacement from the China track last turn in ACTS, so I subtracted two this turn although only one was taken. The Vassal logs were correct.
287 5/23/2019 9:56:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Important: Under ISR ---> All WIE diverted to Europe die rolls have 1 subtracted from them. Very easy to forget. And didn't matter in your case with a "6" rolled for the Army Corps. Just a reminder.
286 5/23/2019 9:53:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 10 to 8
285 5/22/2019 7:57:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Replacements done.

Over to you.

I see so many things that I could have done better.

284 5/22/2019 5:41:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Reinforcements placed. File up!
283 5/22/2019 5:07:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message reinforcements up - on to you

282 5/22/2019 5:05:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
WIE roll - US XXIV Corps - 0-3 goes to Europe

281 5/22/2019 4:20:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Your reinforcements!
280 5/22/2019 12:52:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Change US Political Will From 6 to 4
279 5/22/2019 12:52:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Change game turn Game turn changed to Jan-Apr 1943

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