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554 6/26/2019 1:33:00 PM Sep-Dec 1944 Moderator Change Moderator player Moderator player changed from Chris Crane to Chris Crane
553 5/29/2019 9:14:00 AM Sep-Dec 1944 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

552 5/29/2019 9:14:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Allies End Turn
551 5/29/2019 9:13:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message I was trying to guard against your aggressiveness.

I still have nightmares about the PuG game ;) Invasions everywhere. Russians/Romanians running down the coast to Constantinople.

You got no breaks on combats in this game. The Japanese need to get a few favorable combat results or attrition dooms them.

Unless you get just the right card mix I'm starting to think the CBI is where the Japanese army goes to die.

At 3 PW there were several tense turns. I had plans to retake Midway but your grabbing Nauru foiled them.

Thanks for the game, always fun playing at a good pace. I can't do a turn a week. I forget the rules.

I'm going to draw my next hand to see if I could have prevented you rolling for China collapse.

550 5/29/2019 8:34:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message So thanks for the game, I really enjoyed it and good luck for the next ones :-)
549 5/29/2019 8:33:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message Well that looks like the end of the game - with no air/naval assets coming in it will be hard to reopen the supply lines to Japan.

Well played! I always struggle playing Japan to find the right balance of when to switch full pn to defense and how to defend, always prefer attacking :-)

Occupying Midway was nice though, but the no hq in Japan took me 2 cards at a time when I could be regrouping
548 5/28/2019 2:59:00 PM May-Aug 1944 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:
Think this will break the will of the Japanese

SWPac 3 +6

Army op. Seoul, Kuantan, Philippines, 8/8 asp

No battles. Japan isolated.
547 5/28/2019 2:54:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Allies:
FWIW - Yamato also gets to return fire. Needs a 9.
546 5/28/2019 1:09:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
6


Message from Allies:
Combat F

US 16 +3
JP 8
545 5/28/2019 1:08:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message Forgot to start a log file so move is a saved game file.

CPac 3 +6
544 5/28/2019 1:06:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #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:
The focus on China has left the Japanese exposed at home :)

All combats but one do full damage. Will send separate combat/pbm file.
543 5/28/2019 12:37:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #42: 3 / Ichi-Go: China Offensive
Move the China marker one box to the left toward Government Collaped box. If moved into the Government Collapsed box China surrenders immediately. Remove from play if use as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Not at computer, so no file sent...

China is close to collapsing after US Navy decides a small atoll is a better choice :-)
542 5/28/2019 12:27:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Allies:
541 5/28/2019 12:26:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message Pass 2/2
540 5/28/2019 12:18:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Play Future Offensive 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:
Liberating Eniwetok

No battles 3/8 asp
539 5/28/2019 12:05:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message I will pass 1/2
538 5/28/2019 11:59:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message Both sides pbm in file 164.
537 5/28/2019 11:54:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message Ryujo to Hakodate
25 AF to Kure
Zuiho to Hanoi
Nachi to Rangoon
Shokaku to Singapore
536 5/28/2019 11:51:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message I somehow messed up your pbm file. It shows the game state prior to your pbm.
535 5/28/2019 11:35:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message Eliminate the 10 factor 2AA in Kuantan.
534 5/28/2019 11:34:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message No effect either side

I need to see which air unit you flip before doing my pbm
533 5/28/2019 11:33:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
2


Message from Japanese:
Battle H
US 16
JP 15
532 5/28/2019 11:32:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message Cowpens flips
531 5/28/2019 11:32:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
6


Message from Japanese:
Battle G
US 10+3
JP 10
530 5/28/2019 11:31:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message You flip Nachi
529 5/28/2019 11:31:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
0


Message from Japanese:
Battle F
US 14+3
JP 20
528 5/28/2019 11:30:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message 27 AF eliminated
527 5/28/2019 11:30:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

3
3


Message from Japanese:
Battle E
US 14+3
JP 5
526 5/28/2019 11:29:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message Miss sunk
525 5/28/2019 11:29:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
9


Message from Japanese:
Battle D
US 7
JP 23
524 5/28/2019 11:28:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message 11AD flips
523 5/28/2019 11:28:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
3


Message from Japanese:
Battle C
US 10 +3
JP 6
522 5/28/2019 11:26:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message No effect
521 5/28/2019 11:26:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Japanese:
Battle B
US 14+3
JP cannot hit back
520 5/28/2019 11:25:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message No effect either side
519 5/28/2019 11:25:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
5


Message from Japanese:
Battle A
US 16
JP 19
518 5/28/2019 11:24:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message Reacting with South HQ
Activating 1+3+1 (Kwai + Rangoon)
517 5/28/2019 11:11:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
Intel at 7
516 5/27/2019 12:30:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #55: 3 / Operation Forager: Marianas Is. Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 if US Central Pac HQ, for all others: 4 The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot: Japanese aircraft carrier naval units have their attack strength reduced by 2 for the duration of this Offensive. In addition, at the conclusion of the Offensive, one active Japanese air unit or an air unit in a battle hex (Allied Player's choice) loses one step, which may eliminate the air unit.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
CPac 3 +6

Raids everywhere. Landing at Pusan.
515 5/27/2019 9:41:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #39: 2 / Subhas Chandra Bose: Pro-Japanese Indian Army
2 Ground Replacements: The Japanese gain two ground replacement steps that must be used immediately. The recipent ground unit must be within 3 hexes of Rangoon (2008) to receive the replacement. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
South Seas to Osaka
514 5/27/2019 9:38:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card
513 5/27/2019 9:38:00 AM May-Aug 1944 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:
Ok, letís use this now...
512 5/26/2019 6:59:00 AM May-Aug 1944 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:
Air raids on Okinawa and Kuantan
511 5/26/2019 5:04:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #72: 3 / Carrier Conversion: Reinforcement
3 Naval Replacements: The Japanese player receives 3 naval replacement steps. These 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:
rebuilding Yamato, [Taiho] and [Kayio]
510 5/26/2019 5:01:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message no subs and kamikaze, so you kill both air and flip Yamato

no damage possible to US Navy
509 5/25/2019 5:37:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #84: 3 / U.S. Carrier Raids
Activate: Central Pacific HQ only. Logistic Value: 0 Intelligence: Surprise Attack, which cannot be changed by a reaction event card. Conditions: Only US Carrier naval units may be activated. This card cannot be cancelled by a weather card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Raiding Okinawa and Manila.

File includes pbm as no reaction possible except Subs and Kamikazes.
508 5/25/2019 3:14:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #48: 3 / General Adachi: New Guinea Offensive
Activation: South or South Seas HQs only. Logistic Value: 5 Conditions: Only air and ground units may be activated. Bonus: Neither the HQ nor the units being activated need to be in supply in order to be activated, but must be within HQ activation range.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
remove South Seas HQ
507 5/25/2019 3:13:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
5


Message from Japanese:
Iwo Jima

US 26 at +3
JP 4
506 5/25/2019 3:12:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Japanese:
battle A - Marcus

you get at least 0.5 result so kill the air unit
firing back at 6
505 5/25/2019 3:11:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Japanese:
intel at 4

504 5/24/2019 1:59:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message S Seas HQ is put OoS first so no AZoI for unit on Iwo of course.
503 5/24/2019 1:53:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 3 to 1
502 5/24/2019 1:52:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #50: 2 / Tornado Taskforce: Hollandia Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 if US SW Pac HQ, for all others: 3 Bonus, MacArthur's Navy: Applies only if SW PAC HQ is the activating HQ and 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: 4

Message from Allies:
SWPac 2+4 Navy Op

Grabbing Iwo Jima. Don't think any reaction possible. A little trick we learned from the Japanese in N. India :)
501 5/24/2019 1:51:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message Welcome back.

Yes, I assumed your BBs still had pbm to do.

I have bad luck with strat. bombing.

Didn't see your message before I saved my move file so bomber is not flipped.


500 5/24/2019 1:27:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 4 cards.

499 5/24/2019 1:26:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message failure, so B29 flips - I closed the logfile already before...
498 5/24/2019 1:26:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

9


Message from Japanese:
strategic bombing
497 5/24/2019 1:24:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
subs, turn 9
496 5/24/2019 1:20:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message So finally I am back :-)

just one point - I did not do my pbm (as I was waiting for you to apply hits first). Yamato and Nagato will not stay OOS in Saipan, but were witdrawn before that...
495 5/21/2019 6:12:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message I am all this week out of home, so most probably will be able to play only on Friday...
494 5/20/2019 9:54:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

493 5/20/2019 9:53:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message File has 6M in Aitape, should be on Palau.
492 5/20/2019 9:04:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies End Turn
491 5/20/2019 9:04:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message You had to fight there but JP have not gotten a break on large combats.

Hit all the air capable units.

Add reinforcements and RPs.

2x Ground in CBI
Four air on board
One CV and Brit (CV)
490 5/20/2019 3:38:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message As for the cards - yes, I got mainly reaction cards this turn (mainly as draws), not much offensives to push harder for India. Seems there were some issues in the japanese HQ
489 5/20/2019 3:36:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message well, that settles the battle for the Pacific - 14 damage to US, so no effect

You can do your damage - then I will do the PBM...
488 5/20/2019 3:35:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
1


Message from Japanese:
US 59 +3
JP 54
487 5/20/2019 3:34:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message OK, let's fight

reacting with Ozawa and Yamato, Taiho, [Nagato] and 62AF
486 5/19/2019 2:13:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message You were expecting us it seems.

To you for reaction and resolution.
485 5/19/2019 2:12:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:
Will roll IC to continue if you're surprised.

7+ for surprise
484 5/19/2019 2:11:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #56: 2 / Typhoon Taskforce: New Guinea: Vogelkop Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 if US SW Pac HQ, for all others: 3

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
You had all but 2 Reaction cards this turn?

SWPac 4+2

Liberating True and raiding Saipan
483 5/19/2019 11:57:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Play Strategy 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:
Operations on South HQ

repositioning units
482 5/19/2019 8:25:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message US pbm done.

For C6 played to FO.

So all is well. Back to you for last JP play of turn.
481 5/19/2019 4:13:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message ok, pbm done so you can do yours, I will pass on my turn
480 5/18/2019 4:37:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message Assume my FO card is in my hand.

It never works to try and rush these things :)
479 5/18/2019 4:35:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message It didn't click with me that you hadn't done pbm.

So just take file from after combat and do your pbm. Ignore my rambling.

I'll do my pbm after yours and it'll be your turn.

I deleted my pbm file.
478 5/18/2019 2:12:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Allies:
Can't see why you wouldn't pass so I'll just do this on my turn.

If you don't I can always still play it.
477 5/18/2019 2:08:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message Pbm done. That could of went better. At least you don't have the two scoring cards. The great fear of the U.S.

You have more after A/N than I do so the Marines are considered to turn back before arriving so back they go to Guam.

I think I've spent 6 of 7 ASPs
Guam x2
Jolo - Aussie
Menado - Aussie
Palau
Marcus

Back to you. If you pass I'll play to FO. So back to you.
476 5/18/2019 12:07:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message I uploaded the combats in Dropbox, but did not yet do the PBM.

I have 2 questions actually :

The ASP allies used is at 6 out of 7 - this includes the last assault to Marcus or no? I did not see it change in the move file.

And then actually the assault on Marcus - I guess I am considered the winner of A/N battle so the invasion is turned back?
475 5/18/2019 11:58:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message no damage either side
474 5/18/2019 11:58:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

3
3


Message from Japanese:
Battle G - Samar

US 7 +3
JP 16 with 1 air
473 5/18/2019 11:58:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message no damage either side
472 5/18/2019 11:57:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
8


Message from Japanese:
Battle F Okinawa

US 10 +3
JP 5
471 5/18/2019 11:56:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message Flip Bunker Hill CV

I guess you flip Takao and kill [air unit]?
470 5/18/2019 11:55:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
9


Message from Japanese:
Battle E - Saipan

US 46 +3
JP 16
469 5/18/2019 11:54:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message [50AF] eliminated
468 5/18/2019 11:53:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

4
2


Message from Japanese:
Battle D - Iwo Jima

US 10 +3
JP 4
467 5/18/2019 11:51:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message Battle C - Markus - Kamikaze sink Lexington, so leaving Marines trying to invade alone without A/N support
466 5/18/2019 11:50:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message I guess you flip Hiei, no damage to US
465 5/18/2019 11:50:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

5
2


Message from Japanese:
Battle B - Osaka

US 14 +3
JP 25 - one air so can hit back
464 5/18/2019 11:49:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message yes, sorry did not mention that I was reacting with South HQ
463 5/18/2019 11:48:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message 3AD flipped
Wasp sunk
462 5/18/2019 11:48:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

3
7


Message from Japanese:
Battle A - Manila

US 12 +3
JP 31
461 5/18/2019 11:42:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card
460 5/18/2019 11:41:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #61: 2 / Kamikaze Attack
Play prior to one battle of the Offensive that is within 11 hexes of Tokyo (3706) and within extended range of a Japanese air unit. The Japanese player eliminates two Allied naval steps (Japanese player's choice, may not eliminate a unit unless there is no other option), while reducing the Japanese air unit whose range was used one step (even if this would eliminate the air unit). No more than one Kamikaze per battle, but more than one Kamikaze per offensive is allowed. Draw One Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Kamikaze will save the Marcus battle
459 5/18/2019 11:39:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
intel 6
458 5/18/2019 11:37:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Discard random Strategy card #15: 3 / Mahatma Gandhi: Independence Campaign

Message from Japanese:
bloody carriers...

:-)
457 5/18/2019 9:12:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message Got a memory error when saving the file. It seems to be okay but won't end when you step through it.

Also there's a CV under the Philippine surrender marker. I deleted the marker but it came back.
456 5/18/2019 8:59:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #72: 2 / Halsey: Carrier Raids on Japan
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 8 if US Central Pac HQ, for all others: 4. Bonus: If during the offensive a US carrier naval unit declares a battle in a Japanese Island hex, unless the Japanese immediately play a weather card, the Allies randomly remove one card from the Japanese hand.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
If your cards are so good you don't want to exchange any we have to try this.

CPac 3 +8

Raids everywhere. Grabbing Marcus Island
455 5/18/2019 3:08:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #67: 2 / Japanese Army/Navy: Central Agreement
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:
Evacuating Eniwetok and Truk

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