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132 9/9/2019 8:23:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message yep, i'm here - I looked under chrysalid - maybe I just din't look close enough
131 8/3/2019 4:50:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese End Turn
130 8/3/2019 4:18:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Yeah based on my reading, you need all 5, for however many National segments. Not to give myself away or anything, but turn 4 seems too late to start and Iíd rather have one or two India cards for that. China was impressive though. A card loss for the Allies is brutal. Iím game for Ď42 - I believe you start with an ENM.
129 8/3/2019 3:28:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message yeah, I figured India was not going to happen any time soon. it seems like it's a much harder thing for the Japanese to pull off as all the Allies need to do is invade Dacca to reset the track to "stable", if I'm reading the rules correctly? and I agree that weather card was another bit of bad luck for the Allies, on the one hand opening with the Slim/British armor card is a perfect opening in the CBI, before Japanese can mobilize elite air, but then they are more likely to have a weather card (or Gandhi card). nothing is easy in EotS...

if you're up for a new game as the Japanese, how about the 1942 campaign again? you can get a chance to try the Japanese opening offensive

128 8/3/2019 12:50:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message I came pretty close to a -1 PW for no carriers it looks like. It was fun. I had Galvanic again. My plan was to hit Truk with the bulk of my fleet on T7 towards the end, hoping to not see an intercept. My first play was into CBI, but you weathered my offensive and from there I tried to get Spac steaming. Now I understand why you didnít wrap up India, lol. As far as Attu goes, I like to go to Dutch Harbor and hit with a 1 OC. Only problem being that takes two cards to do. happy to take the Japanese in a replay of your choice of scenario
127 8/3/2019 8:32:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Discard Strategy card #27: 1 / Submarine Attack: I-19 sinks the Wasp
OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
By the way, this was the other card I was hanging onto, waiting for you to move one of the CVs ;)
126 8/3/2019 8:30:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #43: 1 / Tojo Resigns: Moderates in Power
If the game turn is 1944 or later, this card must be played as an event otherwise it is a Japanese option to play as an event, an OC, or discard. Reduce US Political Will by two. The Allied Manchurian Invasion card's prerequisite has been met. Flip the game turn marker from its PM Tojo to its Tojo Resigns side as a reminder. RESHUFFLE: If this card is played as an OC or a discard, reshuffle the Japanese deck at the end of this game turn. This card may not be played as a Future Offensive. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
I'm going to play this now, since your PBM won't change things. Sorry to hold onto it until the last card like this, I wasn't sure if you had the Bataan card in hand, in which case I probably would have put this in FOQ.

This was a pretty lucky pair of hands for the Japanese, between Tokyo Rose, Tojo, and an extra China card (plus a 3OC to burn for the China OC). I think the only two things you could've done differently would be a more active defense in the CBI (before supply got kind of sketchy) or if you had not used a 3OC for Alaska which enabled me to react. But as you said, it's tough when there's always something else to do with your cards.

I hope you enjoyed this second game, as you can see this scenario is interesting, but it does make a lot of historical assumptions that set things up in a certain way. I think you're getting a good handle on the strategy in the South Pacific. If you're interested in playing again, maybe you'd like to try the Japanese side? It's a whole different game, due to the reinforcement schedule, you have to be very picky about your battles.

Anyway, thanks for the game
125 8/3/2019 8:18:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

2
9


Message from Japanese:
air/naval
124 8/3/2019 8:16:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
intel
123 8/3/2019 6:38:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #60: 3 / 20th Bomber Command: B29 Raids from China
Randomly remove one card from the Japanese hand if a B29 air unit is located in the China air unit box. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
air offensive
122 8/3/2019 6:37:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message thank you - I've tried to put more thought into how I'm stacking and where
121 8/2/2019 9:24:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message you've been cautious with the CVs, which is a smart move... don't think I'll be able to pull off an attack like that against the other one. PBM done
120 8/2/2019 9:03:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message good offensive - your pbm
119 8/2/2019 9:02:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Allies:
jp naval
118 8/2/2019 9:01:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

9


Message from Allies:
intel
117 8/2/2019 8:40:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #52: 3 / WAR IN EUROPE: Minor Axis Victory
Decrease the War in Europe marker a number of spaces equal to the value associated with the year of the current game turn: 1942: 2 1943: 1 1944: No Effect 1945: No Effect Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
116 8/2/2019 8:21:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message PBM done
115 8/2/2019 7:37:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Japanese:
Air/naval, Allies
114 8/2/2019 7:33:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #44: 2 / Operation Squarepeg: Green Is. 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:
squarepeg air raid
113 8/2/2019 12:53:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message It's fine I was able to check with the log, just wanted to make sure. Back to you for your next card
112 8/2/2019 11:26:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message I have two cards plus my FO which makes 3. I see ACTS only shows 2. If you want, we could set FO markers in the offboard in the Vassal logfile to make tracking easier
111 8/2/2019 7:16:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message You still have a card in FOQ right? Wish that was clearer in ACTS...
110 8/2/2019 7:14:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Japan passes too. bty
109 8/2/2019 6:36:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Allies spend their pass
108 8/1/2019 10:18:00 PM May-Aug 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:
107 8/1/2019 10:18:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message it's hard to move an HQ within the same turn. but for progress of war the NZ can attrit and you are fine. for the Japanese this situation doesn't work (eg invading Midway, you need to move an HQ) since to score the PW hits the unit needs to survive multiple turns
106 8/1/2019 10:03:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message good news is I made pow, bad news is NZ 9th is gonna be out of supply and activation unless I move anzac
105 8/1/2019 10:01:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Ah, well fair enough. PBM done.
104 8/1/2019 9:25:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message bty for pbm
103 8/1/2019 9:17:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

2
7


Message from Japanese:
Ground
102 8/1/2019 9:16:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Japanese:
Air/naval
101 8/1/2019 9:14:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Japanese:
Not playing an intel card ... not saying I don't have one though ;)
100 8/1/2019 9:11:00 PM May-Aug 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:
there's no way you have an intercept. right?
99 8/1/2019 8:58:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #53: 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:
98 8/1/2019 8:45:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

5
9


Message from Japanese:
Ground
97 8/1/2019 8:44:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Japanese:
Intel
96 8/1/2019 7:20:00 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:
95 8/1/2019 7:19:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Yeah, I'm not sure of the value of the Tokyo express marker. Like as Japan, especially early, I don't foresee being out of supply frequently. I removed the convoys marker as per 12.21 - sub hits reduce 1 asp and any convoy escort marker 1 level, but not below 0.
94 7/31/2019 8:30:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #28: 3 / Big Tokyo Express Operation: Battle of Cape Esperance
Acitvation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: Only one ground unit (of any size) may be activated. Bonus: Place the Tokyo Express marker in any Japanese controlled hex. See Emergency Supply Routes for the use of this marker.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
strategic shuffle some air units
93 7/31/2019 6:30:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #18: 1 / Edwin Booz: Defense Consultant
Allied player immediately receives 1 permanent amphibious shipping point. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
92 7/31/2019 8:11:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card
91 7/31/2019 8:11:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #34: 2 / US Army/Navy Dispute: Slows US Reinforcements
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:
Playing this now. Allies back in ISR
90 7/31/2019 8:08:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
2


Message from Japanese:
Battle A, Ground
89 7/31/2019 7:54:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Japanese:
Intel
88 7/31/2019 6:25:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #38: 2 / Operation Tarzan: Burma Offensive
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: The Allied player may only activate ground and air units, of which one must be a Chinese Army unit IF there is one on the map and in HQ range. If no such unit is available, this requirement is ignored.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
New Georgia invasion
87 7/31/2019 5:57:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 6 cards.

86 7/30/2019 10:33:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 6 cards.

85 7/30/2019 10:31:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message You should see "draw cards" link on the left now
84 7/30/2019 10:31:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese End Turn
83 7/30/2019 10:29:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Subs hit so we each get 6 - I'm not sure how to get cards using ACTS - do I draw extra card one at a time? or is it dealt during change of turn?
82 7/30/2019 10:28:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 7 to 5
81 7/30/2019 10:26:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 8 to 7
80 7/30/2019 10:26:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Change US Political Will From 6 to 2
79 7/30/2019 10:24:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Allies:
subs
78 7/30/2019 9:58:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Submarine warfare next. note I forgot to put the escorts marker out earlier, there is a +2 DRM on the roll
77 7/30/2019 9:51:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message BTY good catch on the mandates
76 7/30/2019 9:43:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Couple of minor things with India and Mandates. Reinforcements done
75 7/30/2019 9:24:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Okay, lot's going on, so double check me. I saw your message before I completed the file. I think the Zuiho. We are up to your reinforcements. Great turn.
74 7/30/2019 9:17:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Yes I was nervous when I saw that China card come out before I'd seen you were playing an OC. "Too many things to do" is the EotS experience I think. This was a pretty tough turn for Allies, I was pretty lucky with my hand and rolls. I think the '43 scenario is set up so that the Allies ignore China and CBI at their peril.

To answer your question, yes I have seen China fall before, the other time I played '43, as the Allies :)

Btw, you have hits to apply from last two reactions:

"you can hit the Nagato, or you could hit a CV. note that if you chose to hit the Shokaku, I can re-allocate to the Junyo. special Japanese CV rule. 9.2.7"

"You can hit the Zuiho or 26AF"
73 7/30/2019 9:13:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #74: 1 / Tokyo Rose: Mrs. Iva Ikuko D'Aquino
Reduce US Political Will by one. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Playing this now as there is no PBM for you
72 7/30/2019 9:05:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
8


Message from Japanese:
Air/naval
71 7/30/2019 9:01:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
Intel
70 7/30/2019 8:55:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Re: China -
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I almost asked if you have ever seen China fall. Closing the hump, two China cards and a successful offensive is a pretty good turn. I wish I hadn't ditched my China card, but too much to do.
69 7/30/2019 8:54:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #31: 3 / Black Day: US New Guinea Air Offensive
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 Conditions: Only air units may be activated.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
68 7/30/2019 8:54:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #31: 3 / Black Day: US New Guinea Air Offensive
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 Conditions: Only air units may be activated.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
67 7/30/2019 8:45:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #26: 2 / Chiang Kai-shek: Anti Communist 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: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
This is why I pushed my luck in CBI. Drew this with the submarine card earlier
66 7/30/2019 8:43:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message I uploaded a file with PBM and played a card into FO
65 7/30/2019 8:43:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Allies:
64 7/30/2019 8:41:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 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:
Just playing this now. Event for China. bty for PBM and next card
63 7/30/2019 8:37:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

8
2


Message from Japanese:
Ground
62 7/30/2019 8:35:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
8


Message from Japanese:
Air/naval
61 7/30/2019 8:32:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
Intel
60 7/30/2019 7:05:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #29: 2 / Operation Toenails: New Georgia Invasion
Actiavte: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Artillery Support: During all battles for this Offensive, the Allies receive a +1 die roll modifier during Ground combat.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
battle for Rabaul
59 7/30/2019 6:38:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Just barely succeeded ... I guess those losses were not for nothing. I uploaded a file with the shift, bty
58 7/30/2019 6:36:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Japanese:
China OC offensive: 7 divisions in China, no DRM for hump or for Allied air in China box.
57 7/30/2019 6:35:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #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:
Playing this for a China OC offensive... time to find out if the bloody campaign to shutdown the hump was worth it
56 7/30/2019 6:17:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #82: 2 / China Offensive: Battle of Changsa-Hengyang
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:
strat moves
55 7/30/2019 6:12:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message I agree - this is a tricky situation, but I think your understanding is the correct one.
54 7/30/2019 8:08:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message No PBM since there's no air naval units for me to move, but I uploaded a file anyway, because I think the HUMP is now shut down, and Kunming is OOS. This is another tricky one, so definitely double check me.

"Supply eligible airfield" defined on pg 5. Kunming is section 13.75 and hump is 13.78.D
53 7/29/2019 11:32:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Allies PBM out of Dacca as it falls, but the cost was very high for Japan
52 7/29/2019 11:28:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

8
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Message from Allies:
ground
jp/allied
51 7/29/2019 11:27:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
3


Message from Allies:
air/naval
jp/allied
50 7/29/2019 11:17:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:

49 7/29/2019 11:17:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message intel
48 7/29/2019 4:48:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #85: 2 / Battle of Kolombangara
Activation: Any HQ Intelligence: Intercept Logistic Value: Equal to Allied OC value. Conditions: Only naval units may be activated. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Pushing my luck in CBI...
47 7/29/2019 3:47:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message PBM done
46 7/29/2019 3:39:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Landing on New Britain is fine and not an SR eligible hex, it would have to be airfield/port/city/resource for SR
45 7/29/2019 3:33:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
5


Message from Japanese:
Battle B
44 7/29/2019 3:32:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

5
9


Message from Japanese:
Battle A
43 7/29/2019 3:28:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
Intel:
42 7/29/2019 3:18:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #64: 2 / Tradewind Taskforce: Morotai Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 if US SW Pac HQ, for all others: 3

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
I agreed with you on CBI supply. I think 1st corp move is legal and is not SR eligible so don't really need a naval escort, but if I'm wrong, reassign the BB from A battle to escort duty.
41 7/29/2019 2:33:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message No PBM but I put a note in the file about supply in northern India. Let me know what you think, then back to you
40 7/29/2019 2:08:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Bty
39 7/29/2019 2:03:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

8
9


Message from Allies:
ground
jp/allied
38 7/29/2019 2:01:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
5


Message from Allies:
air/naval
jp/allied
37 7/29/2019 1:56:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Allies:
intel
36 7/29/2019 12:43:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #23: 2 / Operation RE: Attack on Milne Bay
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 3 Elite Units: The Japanese player gains a +1 ground combat die modifier if any brigade size ground units are involved in a ground combat during this Offensive.

OC: 4 EC: 6

Message from Japanese:
35 7/29/2019 11:52:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
Good catch, thanks for reminding me
34 7/29/2019 11:23:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message PBM done - I don't see that you drew a card for sub's, just making sure you got that since your hand is showing 5
33 7/29/2019 9:57:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Bty for PBM

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