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385 5/21/2019 6:55:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message I need a reverse of that. 1X CH for Allies. I'll assume you will eliminate the 5AD. No file from the Nachi. It was a big miss anyway.

I suppose I should have moved that guy back from the line of fire but there is not going to be a bunch of reacting at this point from the Japanese anyway.

Your PBM
384 5/21/2019 6:53:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
0


Message from Japanese:
Surprise;

DR1 Allies 20AF +4
DR2 Japanese X (IF anything left that can hit)
383 5/21/2019 6:52:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
Intel DR
382 5/21/2019 12:41:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #73: 2 / WAR IN EUROPE: Major 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: 2 1944: 3 1945: 3 Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
The strategic bombing campaign continues...

Play for OPS on HQ CENTPAC for 2+3 ARMY Activations:

a) 5th LRB at Aparri stays put, attacks Shanghai, Battle A
b) 7th LRB at Clark Field stays put, attacks Shanghai, Battle A
c) 14th LRB at Clark Field stays put, attacks Shanghai, Battle A
d) 13th LRB at Manila moves to Aparri, attacks Shanghai, Battle A
e) 10th LRB at Leyte moves to Aparri, attacks Shanghai, Battle A

File Up.
381 5/21/2019 12:25:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message First, a correction must be made to my R&R. The SEAC AF cannot go to Clark Field. I forgot that I stil had the (Filipino R Corps) there, and it would become overstacked.

SEAC AF to Tarakan instead.
380 5/20/2019 9:21:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message I will not play first you are up.
379 5/20/2019 9:21:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 4 cards.

378 5/20/2019 9:20:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 8 to 6
377 5/20/2019 9:20:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message A hit. Japanese ASP's from 5 to 4. 4 cards and 2 passes.
376 5/20/2019 9:19:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

3


Message from Japanese:
This time I will actually roll the dice. LOL
375 5/20/2019 9:19:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Here is the sub roll
374 5/20/2019 9:19:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Turn 7 Japanese R&R

Reiforcements

[2nd Army} to Tsingtao
10AD to Marcus Is
Kaiyo to Wenchow

South Seas's HQ from TRT to Seoul.

Replacements:

2 Ground

[25th Army] from eliminated box to Shangai
Flip 18th Army at 3606

Ground Replacements from 8 to 6.

Sub roll coming up.
373 5/20/2019 4:02:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Change US Political Will From 5 to 4
372 5/20/2019 4:01:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

371 5/20/2019 4:01:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message I'm going to go ahead and draw cards. That'll give me a chance to start thinking.

I'm taking the family to the Rangers / Mariners game tonight. So I suppose we have opposite rooting interests in that as well. Regardless, it's unlikely I'll get a play in, so take your time.
370 5/20/2019 3:55:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message ALLIED REINFORCEMENTS AND REPLACEMENTS

Reinforcements:

3rd MarDiv to Manila
BB New Jersey to Manila
CV Essex to Manila
CV Franklin to Manila
CV Bunker Hill to Manila
CV Intrepid to Leyte
CVL Cowpens to Leyte
CVL Bataan to Leyte
CVL Belleau Wood to Saipan
CVE Sangamon to Saipan
SEAC AF from TRT to Clark Field

Replacements:

1 Ground Repl to Manila, US X Corps to full strength
1 Ground Repl to Leyte, US XIV Corps to full strength
5 Air Replacements - forfeited
1 US Naval Replacement - forfeited
1 Chinese Replacement to Kunming, 66th Army to full strength
Allied ASP n.7

Well, that's a lot of Kamikaze Bait!!

File Up
369 5/20/2019 3:05:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message POLITICAL PHASE

4.31 National Status Segment:
A few small Jpn garrisons hold out, so Burma is still Jpn Controlled. No changes

4.32 Political Will Segment:
Progress of War was forfeited this turn. POW marker from +5 to +4.

ATTRITION PHASE
The displacement of Jpn HQ South Seas strands both (3rd SNLF) at Biak and (4th SNLF) at Lae out of supply. As both are already flipped, and both are outside of the max Command Range of HQ Combined Fleet, they are removed.

Brit 33 Corps has moved from SEAC supply to ABDA supply, so OK

All others look OK to me.

File Up
368 5/19/2019 11:05:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message
That'll all happen while you're at work Monday. Have an nice evening.
367 5/19/2019 10:40:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese End Turn
366 5/19/2019 10:38:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #75: 1 / Submarine Attack
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: Allies lose one naval step (Japanese choice; can eliminate a unit). 5-9: No Effect. Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Just some minor rearranging heading into the next turn. Yeah that was a very poor hand that you had there. The two major WIE cards were nice but nothing else. With all those US Naval units you are going to get as reinforcements I am thinking the US Navy is going to play a big part going forward.

Combined 1+2=3

1) KOR Army SNM from Osaka to Seoul
2) 37th Army from Seoul to Osaka

That's it. I will leave it to you to do end of turn stuff before you place your mob of guys for next turn.
365 5/19/2019 10:35:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message That very card cost my opponent in the first round the game. He had it on the last hand of the game and thinking he could play it as an event ended up being short 1 BH in taking the home islands. Really surprised that they did not give this card a rewrite for V3.0 of the game as it is goofy being a 2 card like it is.
364 5/19/2019 7:08:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message My move is illegal. It was just sloppy play on my part. What makes the card ridiculous is that only in the most unusual situations can it be played as an event. There needs to be an appropriate Allied force in Dutch Harbor as the OC-2 is insufficient to move any unit to an Aleutian Island from Oahu or Midway or anywhere else. Therefore this card is typically either discarded OR played for OPS. To tell the truth, I think I had the actions confounded with the Red River Campaign from For The People.

So, playing for OPS means two fewer Activations by SEAC HQ. Cancel the activation of both (Cruisers). The activation of the two ground units and the removal of the SEAC AF stand.

Replacement File (same number) up.
363 5/19/2019 3:18:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message This card is not very well written. In reading it since I don't have any units in the Aleutians I think it can only be played as an OC. If played as an OC I think it would be 2+1=3 activations.

Thoughts or should be post it or a ruling?
362 5/19/2019 2:21:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message That was the only Military Event in my hand, and no OC-3 Cards. Still could have made PoW, but that got assigned a lower priority than bombing Elite Air Units...

The good news is that a lot of OC-2 cards are now in the discard pile.
361 5/19/2019 2:19:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #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:
Play as the Event on HQ SEAC for 4+1 CW Activations:

a) Indian 1 Corps via Trans Route from Mandalay to Rangoon
(Immediately capture for use)
b) (CA Exeter) from Colombo to Rangoon
c) (CA London) from Dacca to Rangoon
d) Brit 33 Corps and 2 ASPs (n. 6/6) from Aykab to Singapore
e) SEAC AF from Calcutta to the Turn Record Track

Burma Road is reopened, Kumning returns to being a Supply Source
Chinese Armies are back in supply

ALLIED PBM
b) (CA Exeter) from Rangoon to Singapore
c) (CA London) from Rangoon to Singapore

File up.
360 5/19/2019 1:31:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #76: 2 / Operation Tsurugi: Japan Attacks a B29 Base with Giretsu Airborne unit
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:
Boy Hitler has turned out to be not much of an Ally. He seems to get his ass kicked on a regular basis. Not good for the Japanese cause.

I like where my units are right now. I will use this to lift south sea's HQ to the turn track. Not much for it to command at this point.

No file. Back to you.
359 5/19/2019 11:06:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Change War in Europe value From 1 to 3
358 5/19/2019 11:06:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #66: 2 / WAR IN EUROPE: Major 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: 2 1944: 3 1945: 3 Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Rome falls early; Kesselring withdraws to the Po Valley, but Eisenhower & Alexander leap frog and invade near Genoa. This draws Germans from Northern France to the Riviera. The stage is set for a much easier and perhaps earlier invasion of Europe. Fundamentally, I think this puts the war in Europe on such a solid footing that we're not going to have to worry about it any more.

Play the Event.

File up.
357 5/19/2019 9:32:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message I will take the 2nd of my 2 passes. Back to you. No file.
356 5/18/2019 11:21:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Well, you had me convinced that you didn't have an Intercept Card.

ALLIED PBM

a) (X Corps) to Manila
b) (XIV Corps to Leyte
c) 13th AF returns to Manila
d) 5th AF stays at Aparri

File Up
355 5/18/2019 10:07:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
Card draw for intercept play.
354 5/18/2019 10:07:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 1X; Kamakazi sinks. Back to you for PBM of your reduced ground units and Army AF units.
353 5/18/2019 10:06:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Japanese:
Here is the A/N combat at Tainan

DR1 Allies 20AF +1
No roll for J
352 5/18/2019 10:06:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #4: 1 / JN25 Code Change
Intelligence: Intercept Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
I will play this one to change intel to intercept.

Combined 1+2=3

1) Kamakazi from Wenchow to Tainan

Amphib landing is cancelled. Each ground unit loses a step and will have to PBM with no ground combat. Your Army AF gets to have some target practice against my destroyer squadron with a +1.
351 5/18/2019 9:48:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #59: 1 / Ultra Information: Japanese Burma Operation is penetrated
Intelligence: Intercept. Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Well, this is going to be different. I was mentally prepared for no surprise on all those bomber attacks, being willing to trade some LRB replacements for at least 1 of your steps. But now, I'm needing surprise, so I'll probably not get it.

Play for OPS on HQ CENTPAC for 1+3 ARMY Activations:

a) 5th AF at Aparri stays put; Attacks Tainan: Battle A
b) 13th AF at Manila moves to Aparri; attacks Tainand: Battle A
c) US XIV Corps and 2 ASP (n. 2/6) from Manila to Tainan: Battle A
d) US X Corps and 2 ASP (n. 4/6) from Leyte to Tainan: Battle A

File up.
350 5/18/2019 9:15:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Playing it differently is what I meant very early in the game when I said there would be things to learn and new experience to be gained. That's true for both of us. What looked like a blunder might turn out to have repercussions that might lead you to victory. I still like my chances of course, but this game is definitely not in the bag.
349 5/18/2019 9:12:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message I have had to play this game quite a bit differently with the Japanese than I normally do due to my mistake on turn 2 and the lack of unrestricted military operation cards on turns 2 and 3. Yes it will be an interesting discussion.
348 5/18/2019 9:01:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #20: 2 / Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 Airfield Bombardment: If, prior to reaction, a Japanese BB naval unit occupies a battle hex that contains an Allied air unit, but no Allied BB naval unit, then the Allied air unit (max) is reduced (Japanese player's choice) one step prior to air-naval combat (even if this eliminates the unit).

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Japanese:
Time to pull completely out of the DEI, Malaya and French Indochina. If you have the final allied sub card I guess you get a free draw.

South 5+1=6

1) 38th Army from Siagon SGM to Kure
2) [35th Army] from Cam Ranh SGM to Sasebo
3) [22NAW] from KL SAM to Toyko
4) Zuhio SNM from Singapore to Hokodate
5) Mogami SNM from Cam Rahn to Nagoya

That's it. File up. Back to you.
347 5/18/2019 8:42:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message I'm really looking forward to discussing this game with you when it's over. I'm seeing / learning things that have been previously hidden. It's been very insightful.

ALLIED PBM

All except 10th LRB will be returning to their original bases.
10th LRB to Leyte

File up.
346 5/18/2019 5:50:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Agree on the ASP used.
345 5/18/2019 5:48:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 1X eliminates eliminates 23NAW. All my elite flyboys are being shot up on the ground.

Your PBM
344 5/18/2019 5:47:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

3
6


Message from Japanese:
Surprise again.

A/N at Bangkok

DR1 Allies 20AF +4 Net
DR2 Japanese X (If necessary)
343 5/18/2019 5:46:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Japanese:
Intel DR
342 5/18/2019 5:26:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #17: 2 / China Airlift
Hump Operations into China: Flip the Burma Road Status marker from its No Hump to Hump side for the remainder of the game. Bonus: The AVG air unit (which normally cannot receive replacements) or a 14th AF air unit (either one) immediately receives a replacement step if it is in Northern India, Burma, or the Air units in China box. This replacement can be used to bring a 14th AF air unit (but not the AVG) back from elimination in any friendly in supply Northern India or Burma airfield. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Continuing the Strategic Bombing Campaign...

Play for OPS on HQ CENTPAC for 2+3 ARMY Activations:
a) 5th LRB from Aparri to Miri; Attack Bangkok: Battle A
b) 7th LRB from Clark Field to Miri; Attack Bangkok: Battle A
c) 14th LRB from Clark Field to Miri; Attack Bangkok: Battle A
d) 13th LRB from Manila to Miri; Attack Bangkok: Battle A
e) 10th LRB from Morotai to Miri; Attack Bangkok: Battle A

File up; BTW, I took the liberty of decrementing your ASPs by 1. If you don't want that, feel free to move the 3606 unit to a port.
341 5/18/2019 3:53:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #41: 3 / Patrick Hurley: Chinese Nationalist and Communist Reconciliation Fails
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:
South Sea's 3+2=5

1) [18th Army] from Marcus Is to 3606
2) [33rd Army] at Truk to Iwo Jima
3) [2SN] from PM to Lae
4) 24NAW from Guam to Swatow via Iwo Jima and Okinawa

That's it. File up. Back to you.
340 5/18/2019 3:39:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message I think we've both been forgetting the 1943 US aircraft +1 DRM. I don't think it's made a difference yet.

ALLIED PBM

a) 11th LRB to Jolo

All other LRB remain stationary.

File Up.
339 5/18/2019 3:31:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Net 1X for A eliminates 4AD. Your PBM
338 5/18/2019 3:30:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

5
3


Message from Japanese:
Surprise;

A/N at Swatow

DR1 Allies 20AF +3
DR2 Japanese X (If anything is left to fire back with)
337 5/18/2019 3:29:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Japanese:
Intel DR
336 5/18/2019 3:14:00 PM May-Aug 1943 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:
I think the best choice is to go all 8th Air Force on you! We'll do this until we run out of LRBs or targets. I think the former will come first, but it'll still be helpful.

Play for OPS on HQ CENTPAC for 2+3 ARMY Activations:

a) 11th LRB from Kendari via Jolo to Clark Field, Attack Swatow: Battle A
b) 14th LRB stays at Clark Field, Attack Swatow: Battle A
c) 10th LRB stays at Clark Field, Attack Swatow: Battle A
d) 13th LRB stays at Manila, Attack Swatow: Battle A
e) 5TH LRB stays at Aparri, Attack Swatow: Battle A

File Up.
335 5/17/2019 8:25:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message ALLIED PBM

SEAC LRB from Balikpapan to Miri

File is up, but I'm going to have to think about my next couple of plays...
334 5/17/2019 7:49:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message I am going to take my first pass after your PBM. Back to you to destroy more Japanese.
333 5/17/2019 7:48:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 9 to 8
332 5/17/2019 7:34:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Surprise; Combat is auto; Your PBM
331 5/17/2019 7:34:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Japanese:
Intel DR
330 5/17/2019 6:34:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #22: 2 / Orde Wingate: Chindits
Cancel the activation of one Japanese ground unit that activated in Burma or Northern India (Allied player's choice). Place the deactivated unit back in its starting hex. 77 SF Bde: The Allies gain the 77 Special Forces Brigade as a reinforcement during the next game turn (it cannot be delayed). Place the unit on the game turn track as a reminder. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Well, I thought about forcing Korea Army to stay in Rangoon, but this is a reaction card that doesn't replace itself, so that seemed like a waste. Instead I'm...

Playing for OPS on HQ ANZAC for 1+2 Activations:

a) SEAC LRB at Balikpapan stays put and bombards Miri: Battle A
b) Aus 3 Corps from 2515 attacks Miri: Battle A
c) NZ 3rd Div from Rabaul SNM to Davao

Sometimes it seems to me that the only ones fighting this war is Aussie Three Corps, and even that's after their rough opening campaign.
329 5/17/2019 6:10:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Last question first.

Per 13.91, nothing can move into Manchukuo. So the only way those resource hexes can be captured is by my Manchurian Event card, and that, of course, can't be triggered until Tojo Resigns. So basically, I'm not counting on that.

So the Elephant in the Room behind your question is really, how might I (or any Allied Player) accomplish an isolation victory?

The short answer is that most of the time, the Allied player needs Japanese cooperation. The Jpn player has to not see it coming and the Allied player strikes quickly against unprepared home islands and wins on the "technicality" that all the HQ can't activate anyone and thus can't restore the LOC to the home islands. Obviously, that's not happening in our game.

So, in our game, for an isolation victory, I'd have to take Seoul regardless, or at least Pusan and/or part of the home islands so I can put an AZoI over all the paths from Harbin / Mukden (and possibly Seoul) to the Home islands. And even after that, I have to eliminate all your AZoI neutralization capability. Plus I have to have that completed by the end of Turn 10 at the drop dead latest. That seems unlikely, unless you do something crazy.

For all practical purposes I must still eliminate all but a couple of your air capable units, and that I would have to do win a non A-Bomb victory anyway, and I'd have 14 cards left with which to knock off all your army units and inherent defense. It's going to get bloody enough soon....

As you already pointed out, the mutual attrition rate in this game, so far, has seriously benefited you. Although the Mothers of America are happy, because all those replacements have been lost, I'm looking at a much shorter time frame to knock out all your A/N power, and at the anticipated 1:1 exchange rate, that's not good for me.

I have been thinking about this for the last two turns, so I've got some nefarious plans and ideas, but I don't consider any of them to be a sure thing. This, as I've always said, ia going to be a strange, but fun, game.

One can't get ships into Peping or Tientsen, but you can use those airbases, and the ports at Port Arthur and Tsingtao are useable. The airbases at Hrbin & Mukden are artifacts of the original map, not useable now.
328 5/16/2019 8:26:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message I interpet 13.91 as Manchukuo as being Harbin, 3302, and Mukden, 3303. Or is it something else and we can base units in those 2 hexes.
327 5/16/2019 8:22:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #16: 3 / Operation RI: New Guinea Offensive
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: Only air and ground units may be activated.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
Continued migration home

South 4+1=5

1) KOR Army at Rangoon SNM to Osaka
2) 15 Army at Rangoon SNM to Ominato
3) [19th Army] at Soerabaja SNM to Pussan
4) 5AD at Rangoon SAM to Shanghai
5) 6 AD at Tjilatjap SAM to Tsingtao

I have no idea if this is going to work or not. This is much much sooner than I have ever pulled back but I also have way more A/N resources than normal.

Given the board position its really my only realistic shot.
326 5/16/2019 8:08:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Change War in Europe value From -1 to 1
325 5/16/2019 8:06:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
For not sinking my transports.
324 5/16/2019 8:05:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message I am going brain dead. Don't know what I was thinking. I wanted a high number. 9-6+2=5 which is greater than 0. Duh I'll draw another card. I still would have passed my option.
323 5/16/2019 8:03:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message BTW File up
322 5/16/2019 8:03:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Take your time. I'll probably not play much tonight.
321 5/16/2019 7:55:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #47: 2 / WAR IN EUROPE: Major 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: 2 1944: 3 1945: 3 Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Well, if you drew or saved one, I'll give you a chance to play your WIE card right off the bat.

Playing the event.
320 5/16/2019 7:54:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

319 5/16/2019 7:54:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message You made me double check the rules...

I also mentally invert the Submarine Strategic Warfare procedure often. But alas, a 9 means that the Subs do NOT hit. So you can put back your ASP and you can draw another card.
318 5/16/2019 7:23:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message I will not use my FOQ card to go first. You are up.
317 5/16/2019 7:22:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 4 cards.

316 5/16/2019 7:21:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message That's bad news. Really needed a good one there. One less ASP now at 4. Only 4 cards and two passes for the turn.

File up
315 5/16/2019 7:19:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

9


Message from Japanese:
Sub's DR
314 5/16/2019 7:19:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message J Reinforcements

9AD to Peiping
50NAW to Hong Kong
51NAW to Kure

Replacements:

Flip 35th Army at Cam Ranh Track to 8.

I have the same issue with Wewak control.

I'll roll for subs next and then draw up.
313 5/16/2019 6:46:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Looks like the CVE Flotilla Sangamon will serve in the Pacific. I'd gladly have traded it for a guaranteed WIE card.

File Up
312 5/16/2019 6:42:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

3


Message from Allies:
Allied REINFORCEMENTS (Coming from the Delay Box due to WIE)

SEAC LRB to Balikpapan
US XXIV Corps to Tarakan
BB Mass to Tarakan
CVL San Jacinto to Tarakan

Turn 6 Reinforcements to the Delay Box
This die roll to check for divert of the CVE to the Battle of the North Atlantic

ALLIED REPLACEMENTS
2 Ground Replacements: none required
5 Air Replacements: none required
2 US Naval: flip CV Enterprise to full strength at Leyte

1 CW Naval: restore (CV Indomitable) at Koepang

Allied ASPs to 6
311 5/16/2019 6:05:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Agree that there's no real relevant activity in the Political Phase and Attrition Phase. However, I'm going to clean up the map, and make some notes as I do.

Allies do flip the Australian Mandates back to Allied Control. So flag maintainance, but no PW impact. Other than the Allies clearly make PoW this turn.

We had a flurry of card plays where neither player posted a file. Wanted to make sure that everything is caught up. Save discussions later.

One thing. I can't get Wewak to hold a Japanese Control Flag. You can try it, but if it doesn't work for you either, we'll now both remember it.

File up.
310 5/15/2019 9:43:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese End Turn
309 5/15/2019 9:42:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message I don't see any changes to PW or attrition. File up for your R&R.
308 5/15/2019 9:41:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Japanese:
Saving this one.
307 5/15/2019 9:40:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #32: 3 / Operation I-Go: Air Offensive
Acitvation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: Only air units may be activated. Air Shuttle: The Japanese gain a +1 die roll modification during air-naval combat if the battle is within 6 hexes of an inactive Japanese CV or CVL naval unit.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
South Sea's 3+2=5

1) 26NAW at Guam to Seoul
2) 24NAW at Eniwetok to Guam
3) [Shokaku] from Palau to Port Arthur
4) [Akagi] from Ulithi to Sasebo
5) Kamakazi from Ulithi to Wenchow
306 5/15/2019 8:37:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Last card play later tonight after dinner. I will then be FO'ing the last one.
305 5/15/2019 8:36:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
Card for ISR play
304 5/15/2019 8:36:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Future Offensive card as Event #11: 2 / US/British Second Front Conference - Germany First: 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:
I will play this and put you into ISR. Drawing a replacement card. The card I was really fearing was a WIE card which would have given you 2 sets of replacements again.
303 5/14/2019 11:00:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message No File from me. Please trigger the ISR back to agreement if you don't choose to reinstate it. Please flip the SEAC AF on your next file(s).

I can do EoT followed by my R&R tomorrow during the day if you wish to knock off a bit earlier tonight.
302 5/14/2019 10:58:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #39: 2 / Sextant Conference: Burma Road
This event ends a US inter-service rivalry. Flip the US Inter-Service Rivalry marker to its Strategic Agreement side. If the US Inter-Service Rivalry marker is already on Strategic Agreement side there is no additional effect. Bonus: In addition the Allied player immediately receives 3 Chinese ground and 1 Allied air replacement steps that must be used immediately (cannot be saved) on in supply units. Allied air units can be in the air units in China box. In addition, the Allies may immediately construct the Jarhat Trans Route for no cost. If Jarhat already constructed then either Ledo or Imphal may be constructed. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Well, I saved this for last because ISR wasn't bothering that much and was hoping that you'd feel a need to burn the next ISR card instead of saving it. Instead, I'm playing straight into your hand, but it can't be helped.

Play the Event to end Allied ISR.

I cannot use the Chinese replacements as they are still OOS.
I can use the Allied Air Replacement: Bring SEAC AF to full strength in Calcutta

I will NOT build the Jarhat Transport Route.
301 5/14/2019 8:35:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Sorry for the delay. Work and the wife and I to put pur dog down today. He had a good life at 16 years but still hard.

I do understand that I could move some units within range of combined fleet but will leave them where they are for now.

Thanks for asking. Proceed with your next card.
300 5/13/2019 10:56:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Dave, I'm thinking you are interpreting this card in the older fashion. I'm pretty sure in the current version this is an AND card, nor an OR card.

Meaning, by playing the Event you can use HQ CF and 2+2 activations AND get the benefit of the Bonus Event wrt improving your defenses against my furious submarines.

Now, I'm thrilled if you don't want those 4 activations and up to 4 battle hexes, but I want to make sure you realize you have them before I take my good luck to the bank.
299 5/13/2019 8:10:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #38: 3 / Grand Escort Command: Improved Escort Organization
Activation: Combined Fleet HQ only Logistic Value: 2 Bonus: The Japanese player places the Escort marker on the game turn track on its +2 side or flips the escort marker to its +4 side if the marker is already in play on its +2 side. See Submarine Warfare for effects of this die roll modifier. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
I will just play this for the event which is the escort marker on hope I can roll a big number during the strategic warfare phase next turn. I put it on the turn track as a reminder.

New file up.
298 5/13/2019 5:45:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message I had a feeling you had that in your hand when you sent the US Navy out in support of the battle at Tarkan which I missed reaction on.
297 5/13/2019 5:09:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #15: 2 / Heroic Repair: Emergency Battle Repairs
2 Naval Replacements: The Allies gain two US naval replacements that must be used immediately. Unused replacements are lost. If the Allied Player brings a naval unit from the eliminated pile back into the game it is placed within range of a US or Joint HQ, in any friendly, in supply port.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Another resource/political card traditionally played as the event being played for OPS.

Play for OPS on HQ ABDA for 3 Combined (NAVY) activations:

a) Aus 3 Corps from Tarakan to Borneo's NE Mountains (2515)
b) 3rd NZ Div and 1 ASP (n. 2/5) from Vogelkop to Rabaul
c) USMC SF Bde and 1 ASP (n. 3/5) from Admiralty Islands to Guadalcanal

No SR opportunities; No PBM

File Up. Take your time. I have a lecture and dinner this evening and if I get back to the game, it will be late.
296 5/13/2019 4:13:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #73: 2 / Ants: Japanese Barge Traffic Reinforcement
Activation: South or South Seas HQ only Logistics Value: 3 Bonus: If the Allies have not yet played the PT Boats event (Allied card 23) flip the Japanese ASP marker to its Barges side. The Japanese can use Japanese Barge movement until the Allied play of the PT Boats event cancels this capability. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 6

Message from Japanese:
South 3+1=4

1) [16th Army] at Siagon to Kure
2) 28th Army from Swatow to Koyto
3) 38th Army from Singapore to Siagon

That's it. File up
295 5/13/2019 9:15:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message ALLIED PBM

(CA Exeter) to Colombo
(CA London) to Dacca
(SEAC AF) to Calcutta
(FE AF) to Jarhat

I hardly mind the CW losses, but I am aggravated that they've taken no honor guard with them. In both cases, at least the objective of the card has been accomplished, so not a total loss.

I'm not over confident about winning. By channeling my inner Joel, I can envision many ways in which I'll fail to convert this position into an Alled Victory. Hopefully, that'll just keep me honest and careful. I do like my current board position, and ISR / WIE has not hurt me too much, yet.

You did a great job recovering from your initial bad luck on GT 2; I was surprised that you were still able to take down the DEI. I was planning on taking along the Darwin Davao Manila axis regardless. I was lucky to get to hold Manila and flow in all the Plan Orange so quickly, but those forces were dreadfully over extended, so there's been little opportunity to keep the initiative going. The strategic pause has given you the opportunity to reset quite well.
294 5/12/2019 10:53:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message The dice have not been your friend for the last couple of turns and although have had some good cards being in ISR has really watered down their effectiveness.

Have no fear my initial mistake as put me in such dire straights that you are so far ahead of schedule I would still put money on you to win all day long. Once you eventually get out of ISR and 1944 rolls around the Japanese will die like bugs on a windshield.
293 5/12/2019 10:44:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message You need to train your British A/N forces. That is twice that they have failed to do any damage. This time the Japanese only killed half of them versus down in the Java sea when they all of them died. LOL I still think you are a heavy favorite to win in the end but at least the Japanese are taking some of your units with them. The British seem to be Jinxed.

I am going to PBM my units back to their starting spots.

23NAW to Bangkok
22NAW to KL
25NAW to Taihoku
Mogami to Cam Rahn

I won't send a file. Just flip your units and PBM and put the file up.

I am headed to bed soon. Next play tomorrow.

Still hanging on by a thread mainly because of ISR. The dream can only last so long and then it will get ugly fast. LOL

1/4X for A is NE; 1/2X for J is 35 which flips all 4 A/N units.
292 5/12/2019 10:37:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
3


Message from Japanese:
BH R A/N at Rangoon

DR1 Allies 28AF
DR2 Japanese 70AF
291 5/12/2019 10:36:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Go Big or go home. LOL

South 3+1=4

1) 23NAW at Bangkok activates in place for BH R
2) 22NAW at KL to Bangkok for BH R
3) Mogami at Cam Ranh to Rangoon for BH R
4) 25NAW at Taihoku to Bangkok for BH R

That give the Japanese 70AF vs 28AF for the allies.
290 5/12/2019 10:32:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Japanese:
Intel DR
289 5/12/2019 10:13:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 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:
Play the Event on HQ SEAC for 6+1 CW Activations:

a) CA London from Colombo to Rangoon: Battle R
b) CA Exeter from Dacca to Rangoon: Battle R
c) SEAC AF from Calcutta to Akyab, attack Rangoon: Battle R
d) Ind 1 Corps from Imphal using 2 MP to Lashio, then 1/2 MP to Mandalay
This clears both hexes of their Jpn flags and as an overland attack, allows..:
e) FE AF from Dacca to Mandalay, attack Rangoon, Battle R
e) Brit 33 Corps from Dacca to Akyab
f) Ind 4 Corps from Calcutta to Dacca
g) (Ind 2 Corp) activated, but stays in Dacca (It's just nice to activate everyone - grin)

File up
288 5/12/2019 9:26:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #45: 3 / Operation Sho-Go

Message from Japanese:
Picking up this one. No file Back to you.
287 5/12/2019 9:25:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Discard Strategy card #74: 1 / Tokyo Rose: Mrs. Iva Ikuko D'Aquino
OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Discarding this one. She will never get the chance to sing in this game.
286 5/12/2019 9:25:00 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:
I going to use the bonus part of the card to do a swap.

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