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81 1/27/2020 5:30:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #6: 2 / China Operation: Doolittle Raid Reprisal
May only be played as an event after the allies have played the Doolittle Raid card as an event; Allied card #6 Move the China marker one box to the left toward Government Collapse box. If moved into the Government Collapse box China surrenders immediately. Remove from play if use as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
80 1/26/2020 4:20:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Japanese:
Ok so first a roll for SR
@ 4
79 1/26/2020 12:43:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message did you get my file ?
78 1/25/2020 6:09:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #19: 2 / Anakim Operation: Burma Offensive
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 3 Conditions: Only ground and air units may be activated.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
SEAC HQ : 3 units
77 1/23/2020 11:01:00 PM May-Aug 1942 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:
76 1/23/2020 3:45:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message I don't play my future offensive so it's your turn
75 1/23/2020 3:44:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 6 cards.

74 1/22/2020 5:42:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message over to you for replacements and 6 card draw.
73 1/22/2020 5:41:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

72 1/22/2020 5:41:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Japanese:
Japan rolls for subs turn 3
71 1/22/2020 5:41:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 11 to 10
70 1/22/2020 5:40:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Change US Political Will From 0 to 4
69 1/22/2020 5:40:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese End Turn
68 1/22/2020 2:00:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message a lot of things to do in the next file... I did already the end of turn 2 but still working on reinfocements. Must stop to go to work... I send you my file this evening (France time).
67 1/22/2020 1:56:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 6

4
0
7
8
1
8


Message from Allies:
WiE rolls. Top to bottom as per vlog file
66 1/20/2020 5:42:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

5
3


Message from Japanese:
C ground 20+3 vs 12
65 1/20/2020 5:41:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

3
7


Message from Japanese:
B ground 18+4 vs 6
64 1/20/2020 5:40:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
B a/n defender 9
63 1/20/2020 5:40:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

7
3


Message from Japanese:
A ground 9+4 vs 1
62 1/20/2020 5:37:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #3: 2 / Col. Tsuji, Unit 82: Jungle Warfare
Activate: Any HQ Logistic Value: 3 Intelligence: Surprise Attack Conditions: Only Japanese ground units may be activated. Bonus: In any ground combat that occurs in a Malaya, Jungle or Mixed terrain hex for the duration of this operation, the final die roll modifier for the Japanese in any ground battles is +4.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
south for 4
61 1/20/2020 5:35:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
8


Message from Japanese:
NOT SURE WHICH AIR UNIT HAS SUPPLY FOR THE +2

anyway 20 +3 vs ?
60 1/20/2020 4:50:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Allies:
Intll die roll. must roll 7 or less (+2 for air unit)
59 1/19/2020 8:43:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #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:
58 1/19/2020 8:43:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #3: 2 / Col. Tsuji, Unit 82: Jungle Warfare

Message from Japanese:
57 1/19/2020 8:39:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #3: 2 / Col. Tsuji, Unit 82: Jungle Warfare
Activate: Any HQ Logistic Value: 3 Intelligence: Surprise Attack Conditions: Only Japanese ground units may be activated. Bonus: In any ground combat that occurs in a Malaya, Jungle or Mixed terrain hex for the duration of this operation, the final die roll modifier for the Japanese in any ground battles is +4.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
56 1/19/2020 4:03:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Allies:
55 1/18/2020 9:23:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Japanese:
B a/n 22
54 1/18/2020 9:23:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
8


Message from Japanese:
A a/n 20 vs 7
53 1/18/2020 9:04:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message with no HQ in range and no SR possible against amphibious assault, I let you go on with combat resolution.
52 1/18/2020 9:03:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Allies:
Dutch air unit doesn't have ZoI because out of supply, so Intell roll is seven or less.
51 1/17/2020 5:33:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 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:
50 1/17/2020 11:23:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message I let you flip the burma road marker in your next file.
49 1/17/2020 11:22:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #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:
48 1/16/2020 9:17:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
0


Message from Japanese:
A ground 18+2 vs 10
47 1/16/2020 9:16:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Japanese:
A a/n 6
46 1/16/2020 2:22:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message out of HQ range and no possible SR. You can go on.
45 1/16/2020 2:15:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Allies:
Intell roll. Pass on 5 or less
44 1/15/2020 8:38:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #35: 3 / Operation KE: Guadalcanal Evacuation
Choose a Japanese occupied coastal hex. Up to 3 Japanese ground units in the chose hex and all adjacent hexes (that do not have to be coastal hexes) may conduct strategic naval movement (with no amphibious shipping points required) from these hexes to any single friendly port hex. No battles may be initiated. The move is unaffected by Allied air ZOI, however all other conditions for a strategic naval move apply.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
3 oc
43 1/15/2020 6:15:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #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:
42 1/14/2020 8:36:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

8
4


Message from Japanese:
invasion continues 18 vs 1+3
41 1/14/2020 8:33:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
4


Message from Japanese:
A a/n 22 vs 12
40 1/14/2020 2:32:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message I sent you file #12. I let you roll your attack.
I need some luck on this one...
39 1/14/2020 2:25:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Allies:
Intell roll. pass if 5 or lower
38 1/12/2020 12:42:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #12: 3 / Operation MI: Battle of Midway
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 8 Conditions: All battles must be fought in one hex islands. Long Range Reconnaissance of Pearl Harbor: If French Shoals (5508) is not in an Allied air ZOI or within 3 hexes of a US CA naval unit, then the Allies add +4 to any intelligence die roll due to superior Japanese information security.

OC: 5 EC: 8

Message from Japanese:
3 OC on South Seas HQ for 5
37 1/12/2020 11:52:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #16: 1 / Makin Island Raid: US Raiders
One Japanese air unit (Allied Player's choice) that is on a non-Japanese Islands hex within the range of a US HQ is reduced one step, even if this would eliminate the air unit. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
remove one step in 2911
36 1/12/2020 9:17:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

8
8


Message from Japanese:
C ground 9+1 vs 1
35 1/12/2020 9:15:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
7


Message from Japanese:
B ground 18 vs 6
34 1/12/2020 9:13:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Japanese:
A was auto
B a/n only attacker as no air in defense to hit mine 22
33 1/12/2020 3:01:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message So you don't have surprise bonus but as attacks happen out of any of my in-supply HQ's range, I can't react.
You can go on.
(note : you know all of these things but I prefer to write them down in order that you can tell me if I'm wrong)
32 1/12/2020 2:59:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Allies:
my intelligence roll. I must roll 7 or less
31 1/11/2020 10:53:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #59: 3 / Central Force: Conquest of Borneo
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:
south hq 5+1
30 1/11/2020 10:52:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message hmmm, you get surprised and Yamamoto gets killed again
29 1/11/2020 9:58:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #27: 1 / Operation Vengeance: The Death Of Yamamoto
Immediately remove the Japanese Yamamoto Combined Fleet HQ from its current hex location and replace it with the Japanese Ozawa Combined Fleet HQ in that location. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
28 1/10/2020 8:52:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

4
1


Message from Japanese:
D ground 18 vs 5
27 1/10/2020 8:51:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Japanese:
D a/n 16+3
26 1/10/2020 8:51:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

3
1


Message from Japanese:
a/n 20 +3 vs ?
25 1/10/2020 8:50:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

7
2


Message from Japanese:
B 20-2 vs 6
24 1/10/2020 2:30:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message 9 ! will this nightmare restart all over again ? ;)
23 1/10/2020 2:30:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

9


Message from Allies:
Intell. required <9
22 1/9/2020 9:56:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #47: 3 / VADM Kondo: Conquest of the Dutch East Indies
Activation: South or South Seas HQs only. Logistic Value: 7 Float Plane Tactics: Japanese CA naval units add 2 to their attack strengths for the duration of this Offensive.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
South for 7+1
21 1/9/2020 9:53:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 12 to 11
20 1/9/2020 1:41:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 5 cards.

19 1/8/2020 5:35:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message Whoops sorry I just did automatically when I saw the hq in Australia, now I see it is SEAC. Go ahead and flip units back sorry.
18 1/8/2020 4:53:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message I thought there was no attrition phase at the end of turn 1 (as per 17.11). Am I wrong ?

17 1/7/2020 1:30:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

NOTE: Using 'Historical Opening' option.

16 1/7/2020 1:29:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Japanese:
Strategic subs turn 2
15 1/7/2020 1:09:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 4

5
1
3
2


Message from Allies:
WiE roll from top to bottom as per vlog file
14 1/7/2020 1:07:00 PM December 1941 Allies End Turn
13 1/7/2020 12:21:00 AM December 1941 Japanese Message Not as good a start for JP this time . Back to you for ENM and Turn 2
12 1/7/2020 12:14:00 AM December 1941 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
9


Message from Japanese:
G a/n 12+3 vs 2
11 1/7/2020 12:14:00 AM December 1941 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

8
3


Message from Japanese:
F a/n 64 +3 vs 10
10 1/7/2020 12:13:00 AM December 1941 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
4


Message from Japanese:
E a/n 20+3 vs 6
9 1/7/2020 12:11:00 AM December 1941 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
4


Message from Japanese:
D a/n 55+ vs 14
8 1/7/2020 12:09:00 AM December 1941 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

7
7


Message from Japanese:
C ground 9+2 vs 3+3
7 1/7/2020 12:09:00 AM December 1941 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Japanese:

C a/n 6 + 3

6 1/7/2020 12:06:00 AM December 1941 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

7
0


Message from Japanese:
Both dice even with surprise in case response from allied forces.
A a/n 18 +3 vs 1
5 1/6/2020 3:30:00 PM December 1941 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #2: 3 / IAI-Operation No.1: Conquest of SE Asia
Activate: Any units within range of any Japanese HQ. Logistic Value: 20 +6 Total HQ Efficiency Intelligence: Surprise Attack Condtions: A total of 26 units may be activated. If a Japanese naval unit enters a Malaysian coastal hex, Force Z is placed in that hex during reaction movement. (If choice, Allied chooses). No Allied air ZOI during this Offensive, but if not in a battle hex automatically participates in one battle within range. May only Amphibious Assault hexes that are within 5 contiguous water hexes of a Japanese controlled port. AA to Manila/Singapore requires naval escort and each naval unit loses one step prior to battle. May only be played as an event as the second card of the December 1941 game turn. Remove after playing as an event.

OC: 0 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
This will take a bit longer to plan.
4 1/6/2020 3:26:00 PM December 1941 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
a a/n surprise 36 +3
3 1/6/2020 3:21:00 PM December 1941 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #1: 3 / Operation Z: Attack on Pearl Harbor
Activate: Hex 3705: CV Akagi, CV Soryu, CV Shokaku, and BB Hiei. Intelligence: Surprise Attack Condtions: These 4 naval units cannot be activated again during this game turn. Naval units may move 18 hexes. Must declare hex 5808 (Oahu) a Battle hex. Allied player does not roll during the AIr Naval Combat Segment and units defend at 1/2 strength. US Political Will marker is moved +8. The US CVs in hexes 5410/5609 cannot be attacked and must conduct post battle movement to 5808. May only be played as an event as the first card of the December 1941 game turn. Remove from play if use as an event.

OC: 0 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
2 1/6/2020 3:21:00 PM December 1941 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 2 cards.

1 1/6/2020 3:20:00 PM December 1941 Japanese Change Japanese player Japanese player changed from Greig G to Greig G

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