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115 3/30/2020 4:15:00 AM Master ID = 21825 Game Deleted
114 3/27/2020 1:52:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Hi Philippe! While you had an unfortunate setback, by no means is it game over. You can still set up a good perimeter at Wewak/Madang, and you still control Gili.
Who knows, you might even go on the offensive and take the rest of New Guinea by marching overland. That's what the IJA tried to do anyway.

Of course if you still feel that way we can always restart or reverse, however you feel about it. Let me know if you want to:

A) Continue
B) Reverse
C) Reboot
113 3/27/2020 1:52:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Hi Philippe! While you had an unfortunate setback, by no means is it game over. You can still set up a good perimeter at Wewak/Madang, and you still control Gili.
Who knows, you might even go on the offensive and take the rest of New Guinea by marching overland. That's what the IJA tried to do anyway.

Of course if you still feel that way we can always restart or reverse, however you feel about it. Let me know if you want to:

A) Continue
B) Reverse
C) Reboot
112 3/26/2020 2:27:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message ready for a reverse anytime (or a reboot)
111 3/26/2020 2:26:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Hi Francisco,

I forgot an A/N battle was not enough to permit an amphibious assault, so the rest of the maneuver is nonsense and without Port-Moresby I lose the game, so I have to concede.

Thanks for the game, and re
110 3/25/2020 6:50:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Ack! Forgot about the 5th Air Force:

* 3922 (Buna): 5AF LRB, 5AF Air moves to 3823 (Port Moresby)
109 3/25/2020 6:45:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Allied PBM:

* 3727 (Townsville): Aus Air moves to 3626 (Cairns) moves to 3624 (Cape York).

Over to Japan for PBM.
108 3/25/2020 6:35:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message A/N Battle at 3823 (Port Moresby) D:

Japanese Autowin.

CA US Asia can't hit the Japanese air units.
Japan will sink US Asia even on a 0.25x result (9 hits)

* Francisco (Allies) eliminates [CA US Asia] *

However the Invasion had been turned back so there is no ground combat. Port Moresby saved by the USS Marblehead.
107 3/25/2020 6:32:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Battle C Results:

No damage to either side.
106 3/25/2020 6:32:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
3


Message from Allies:
A/N Battle at 3822 (Lae) - C

J: 12
A: 14
105 3/25/2020 6:31:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Battle B Results:

* 3626 (Cairns) : [CL Tenryu] is reduced
104 3/25/2020 6:30:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

3
9


Message from Allies:
A/N Battle at 3626 (Cairns) - B

J: 4
A: 13
103 3/25/2020 6:29:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Battel Results:

* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : [APD Kamikaze] is reduced
102 3/25/2020 6:28:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

2
1


Message from Allies:
A/N Battle at 4825 (Espiritu Santo) - A

J: 8
A: 48
101 3/25/2020 6:26:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Intercept:

* 3023 (Darwin) : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for ANZAC HQ (Agreement) for 4

Activations:
* 3727 (Townsville) : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for Aus Air
* 3624 (Cape York) : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for 5AF Air
* 3624 (Cape York) : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for 5AF LRB
* 3319 (Biak) : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for [CA US Asia]

Movement:
* 3624 (Cape York): 5AF LRB, 5AF Air moves to 3922 (Buna)
* 3319 (Biak): [CA US Asia] moves to 3823 (Port Moresby)

No Escorts...
* Francisco (Allies) eliminates [31st Army] *
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : [SS Bde] is reduced

SS Bde must Retreat from Battle.

Battle:
* 3922 (Buna): 5AF Air joins Battle C
* 3922 (Buna): 5AF LRB joins Battle C
* 3727 (Townsville): Aus Air joins Battle B
* 3823 (Port Moresby): [CA US Asia] joins Battle D
100 3/25/2020 6:08:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Allies:
Allies Roll for Intel
99 3/25/2020 1:19:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #60: 3 / East Force: Conquest of Celebes
Activation: South or South Seas HQs only. Logistic Value: 5 Paratroopers: Prior to movement place a Japanese control marker in a hex that is within extended range of an active Japanese air unit if (1) the hex is either unoccupied or is occupied solely by a Dutch regiment; and (2) the hex is not within an unneutralized Allied air ZOI. Eliminate the Dutch regiment.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
The great battle for Port-Moresby.

activating with South Seas (5+2)


Parachutists take Hollandia


* 3119 (Sarong) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for 21 AF
* 2915 (Davao) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for 22 AF
* 4423 (Guadalcanal) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for SS Bde
* 4423 (Guadalcanal) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for 6 AD
* 4024 (Gili Gili) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for CL Tenryu
* 3706 (Tokyo) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for CV Akagi
* 4423 (Guadalcanal) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for 6 AD
* 4017 (Truk) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for APD Kamikaze
* 4017 (Truk) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for [31st Army]
* 4017 (Truk): APD Kamikaze moves to 4420
* 4420: APD Kamikaze moves to 4723 (Ndeni)
* 4723 (Ndeni): APD Kamikaze moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)
* 4024 (Gili Gili): CL Tenryu moves to 3626 (Cairns)
* Philippe (Referee) sets Control Marker to Japanese Capture at 3520 (Hollandia). Hex is now Japanese controlled
* 3706 (Tokyo): CV Akagi moves to 3711
* 3711: CV Akagi moves to 3816 (Faraulep)
* 3816 (Faraulep): CV Akagi moves to 3620 (Aitape)
* 3620 (Aitape): CV Akagi joins Battle A
* 3620 (Aitape): CV Akagi joins Battle C
* 3822 (Lae): XI Corps joins Battle A
* 3822 (Lae): XI Corps joins Battle C
* 3119 (Sarong): 21 AF moves to 3520 (Hollandia)
* 3520 (Hollandia): 21 AF moves to 3820 (Admiralty Islands)
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands): 21 AF joins Battle A
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands): 21 AF joins Battle D
* 2915 (Davao): 22 AF moves to 3119 (Sarong)
* 3119 (Sarong): 22 AF moves to 3520 (Hollandia)
* 3520 (Hollandia): 22 AF moves to 3820 (Admiralty Islands)
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands): 22 AF joins Battle A
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands): 22 AF joins Battle D
* 4017 (Truk): [31st Army] moves to 4121 (Green)
* 4121 (Green): [31st Army] moves to 3823 (Port Moresby)
* Philippe (Referee) sets Japanese ASP Marker (No Barges) to 1 ASP Used
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): SS Bde moves to 3923
* 3923: SS Bde moves to 3823 (Port Moresby)
* Philippe (Referee) sets Japanese ASP Marker (No Barges) to 2 ASP Used
98 3/25/2020 11:44:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

97 3/25/2020 11:44:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Pfew

Thank you, defective torpedoes !
96 3/25/2020 11:42:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

3


Message from Japanese:
Submarine warfare !
95 3/25/2020 11:42:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message JP Reinforcements and replacements :

* Japanese Reinforcement Schedule: [31st Army] moves to 4024 (Gili Gili)
* Japanese Reinforcement Schedule: 6 AD moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* Japanese Reinforcement Schedule: CV Junyo moves to 4017 (Truk)
* Japanese Reinforcement Schedule: 26 AF moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* Off Board: 25 AF moves to 4316 (Ponape)
* 4024 (Gili Gili): [31st Army] moves to 4017 (Truk)
* Philippe (Referee) flips the 16th Army
* Philippe (Referee) flips the 35th Army
* Philippe (Referee) flips the BB Yamato
94 3/25/2020 11:41:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 11 to 9
93 3/25/2020 9:38:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 6 cards.

92 3/25/2020 9:38:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message I'll go ahead and do replacements to speed things up:

* 3727 (Townsville) : Aus Air to full strength
* 3727 (Townsville) : 2 Aus Corps to full strength
* 2008 (Rangoon) : 66 Army to full strength
91 3/25/2020 9:34:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message No Diversion to Europe.
90 3/25/2020 9:33:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 6

6
4
8
6
8
9


Message from Allies:
Rolling for Divert to Europe:

* 13 AF
* 13 LRB
* 11 AF
* 11 LRB
* [XIV Corps]
* [I Corps]
89 3/25/2020 9:32:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Turn 3: Allied R&R

* Delayed Reinforcements Box: CVL Hermes moves to 1307 (Columbo)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: BB Warspite, CV Indomitable moves to 1308 (Trincomalee)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: SEAC Air moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: BB Mississippi, CA Northampton moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: 1 MAW moves to 5808 (Oahu)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: M Brigade moves to 3626 (Cairns)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: XI Corps moves to 3822 (Lae)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: SF Brigade moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: 5AF Air moves to 3624 (Cape York)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: 5AF LRB moves to 3624 (Cape York)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: 10AF LRB moves to 5018 (Tarawa)
* Allied Reinfrocement Chart: S Pac HQ (Ghormley) (Agreement) moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)
* Allied Reinfrocement Chart: ANZAC HQ (Agreement) moves to 3023 (Darwin)

Other Turn 3 Reinforcements go to the Delayed Box.
88 3/25/2020 9:31:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies End Turn
87 3/25/2020 9:22:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Attrition Part II:
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : [PM Bde] is reduced
* 3727 (Townsville) : [2 Aus Corps] is reduced
* 3727 (Townsville) : [Aus Air] is reduced
86 3/25/2020 9:21:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message I should also mention that as you get more proficient with the historical hand you will also sea Japan not just secure the Mandates but also grab at least two key ports in New Guinea and also take Rangoon to start the march into Burma by Turn 3.
85 3/25/2020 9:19:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Hi Philippe!

- Yes, locking down the Dutch East Indies to minimize trouble from ABDA is one key puzzle Japan tries to solve. The historical hand allows you to do this and there are several ways to go about it.
- Popular openings include invading Java from the beginning to put AZOI and prevent ADBA from arriving in Tjilatjap. Though I think your approach was fine. But maybe you also needed to take Soerabaja at the same time as Batavia. I'll note that is historically how Japan took Java.
- Regarding the Australians, if ABDA is off the board they will be OOS regardless. SW Pacific can't prevent Australian units from suffering attrition. You need a Commonwealth or Joint HQ to keep Australians in supply.
- SW Pacific will however keep reduced units in play, so dutch forces won't simply melt away.
- As for taking Manila in turn 2 it's quite situational. Generally speaking if you can't conquer the DEI in turn 2 it's probably a good idea to conquer the Philippines and Malaya to minimize trouble in this region.
- If you can conquer the DEI in Turn 2 then it's quite reasonable to let SW Pacific stew for a bit or motivate the allies to spend a card to put Mac on the track themselves.
- That approach is basically: isolate Philippines and Malaya by destroying the air units. Conquer the DEI. Let one turn attrition reduce the ground unit strength and then mop up Malaya and the Philippines in Turn 3 while you continue expanding the perimeter.
- New Guinea and the Mandates can definitely be key regions to shield Japan from Allied power. If Japan doesn't properly contest these areas they need to have a plan B for winning because classic expansion that doesn't include New Guinea and the Mandates will probably accelerate Allied progress by a year.
- Cairns vs Darwin. I've done both. The air base at Sarong is somewhat concerning but not that much. More acutely Timor is within 3 hexes of Darwin allowing IJN Air units to operate at full strength. Cairns is at least four hexes away from New Guinea bases, though that's a minor, not major concern. One particular issue that can come up is that with SW Pacific in Cairns there is very little or no overlap between the big allied HQs in the critical New Guinea/Mandates region. Japan can build wedge there as it is difficult to keep various naval forces under a unified command. South Pacific can help but unless it's Halsey it's usually a bad HQ for offensives. Cairns allows SW Pacific command to reach all the way to Japan, Okinawa, Formosa and even Singapore at the extreme if necessary while keeping the overlap between CenPac and SWPac.
- Also I plan to put ANZAC in Darwin, which allows the possibility of CW pieces to operate in the eastern DEI or southern Philippines. SW Pacific can also support DEI efforts just fine from Cairns thanks to much longer range.
- CenPac can later be moved forward to Eniwetok/Saipan/Admiralty Islands etc. to cover the entire Western Pacific and SE Asia, so SW Pacific's position is not necessarily crucial to the end game.
84 3/24/2020 10:58:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message sorry, one last :

Why choosing Cairnes instead of Darwin, which seems a better centered position ? Because of Sarong being occupied ?
83 3/24/2020 10:51:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message Hi Francisco,

First remarks from Japanese side :
- My first intent was to do my homework in DEI and Philippines, and to make New Guinea a hard contested territory for the Allies. Unfortunately, my newbie error was to forget about the land supply path possibilities despite AZOI, and you immediately toook the opportunity to send this Australian corps at Soerabaja. It completely drove me out of sequence ;
- not only did I forget the possibility in Sumatra, but also in New Guinea via Lae port : now the Aussie brigade defending Port-Moresby is unharmed ;
- regarding tactics : I like the way you sent FE air corps at Madras very much. It protects the supply path efficiently. Also, I think the early turn back of McArthur is a real nuisance for JP, that's why I hesitated for a long time before seizing Manilla during Turn 2. What do you think ? Is it better to wait end of Turn 3 ?
- from my first game (as AP), I think New Guinea and the Mandates are a key location to struggle for as long as possible. When AP can safely reach Hollandia, Home Islands and surrounding bases are under direct threat
from USN. That's why I tried to grab both sides of New Guinea immediately, but partially failed due to the 1Aus Corps sucking me ressources and activations to address.

back to you for some possible debrief
82 3/24/2020 10:30:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Change US Political Will From 8 to 7
81 3/24/2020 10:29:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message Philippines surrender => PW 7

the Mandates as well


Attrition:
* Philippe (Referee) flips the [8 Aus Division]
* Philippe (Referee) flips the [1 Aus Corps]

As far as I konw, the Aussie brigade at Port-Moresby is supplied via Lae port, so no attrition.
80 3/24/2020 8:51:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message * Turn 3 (May-Aug 1942): SW Pac HQ (Agreement) moves to 3626 (Cairns)

I have to go at the moment. Please feel free to do the end of turn and we'll start a discussion.
79 3/24/2020 8:50:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #7: 2 / Vinegar' Joe Stilwell: Burma Offensive
Activate: SEAC HQ only. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: May only activate air and ground units. Merrill's Marauders: During any ground combat in any battles initiated by this Offensive, the Allied player adds 2 to all Allied ground combat die rolls for the duration of this Offensive due to the assistance of the 5307th Composite Group. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
We'll bring back SW Pacific Early.
78 3/24/2020 8:45:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Close but no cigar! Battle Results:

* 2108 (Kwai Bridge North): 1B Division eliminated.
* Japanese Capture 2108 (Kwai Bridge North). Hex is now Japanese controlled.
77 3/24/2020 8:44:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Allies:
Battle C at North Bridge of River Kwai. Again this is just a formality. Lets' see if 1B Div can do any damage.
76 3/24/2020 8:43:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Battle Results:

* 2014 (Kuantan) : 3 Ind Corps eliminated
* 2014 (Kuantan) : [38th Army] is reduced
* Japanese Capture 2014 (Kuantan). Hex is now Japanese controlled
75 3/24/2020 8:41:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Allies:
Japan will automatically win Battle B. I'm just rolling to see if the 3 Ind Corps does any damage:


74 3/24/2020 8:37:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Surprise Attack!

Battle A is Auto-Win for Japan.

* Japanese Capture 2813 (Manila/Corregidor). Hex is now Japanese controlled
73 3/23/2020 12:19:00 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:
activating with South HQ (3+1)


* 2812 (Clark Field) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for 14th Army
* 1913 (Kuala Lumpur) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for 38th Army
* 2019 (Tjilatjap) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for [16th Army]
* 2109 (Kwai Bridge South) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for 15th Army
* 2812 (Clark Field): 14th Army moves to 2813 (Manila/Corregidor)
* 2019 (Tjilatjap): [16th Army] moves to 2119
* 1913 (Kuala Lumpur): 38th Army moves to 2014 (Kuantan)
* 2109 (Kwai Bridge South): 15th Army moves to 2108 (Kwai Bridge North)


bty to resolve
72 3/23/2020 7:43:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Allied PBM:
* 4717: CV Lexington, CV Enterprise moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)
71 3/22/2020 7:14:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message far from it

back to you for PBM
70 3/22/2020 7:13:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
24AF is flipped and tries to strike back

only a critical hit can do some damage
69 3/22/2020 7:12:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Japanese:
This one is a nasty surprise...

So surprise attack at Kwajalein (DRM+3).
68 3/22/2020 1:14:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 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:
As EVENT:

Activations:
* 5808 (Oahu) : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for Cen Pac HQ (Agreement)
* 5808 (Oahu) : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for CV Enterprise
* 5808 (Oahu) : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for CV Lexington

Movement:
* 5808 (Oahu): CV Enterprise, CV Lexington moves to 4717

Battles:
* Francisco (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 4715 (Kwajalein)
* 4717: CV Enterprise joins Battle A
* 4717: CV Lexington joins Battle A

NOTE: You can't play an intel reaction card for this event. Though now would be a good time for Submarine Attack.
67 3/22/2020 1:09:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message ENM:

* 4024 (Gili Gili): CA Kent moves to 3626 (Cairns)



66 3/21/2020 10:50:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message * 4423 (Guadalcanal): CA Aoba moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* 4017 (Truk): CV Soryu moves to 4121 (Green)
* 4121 (Green): CV Soryu moves to 4024 (Gili Gili)
* 2019 (Tjilatjap): 21 AF moves to 2517 (Balikpapan)
* 2517 (Balikpapan): 21 AF moves to 2915 (Davao)
* 2915 (Davao): 21 AF moves to 3119 (Sarong)

here we are ! Kent must make an Emergency Move before you play your card.
65 3/21/2020 9:18:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message No Damage to the Plucky Dutch. Over to Japan for PBM.
64 3/21/2020 9:17:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Allies:
Air Raid at Soerabaja

J: 16
63 3/21/2020 9:16:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

7
6


Message from Allies:
A/N Battle a Gili-Gili. Also Known as "Battle of the Smurfs"

J: 4
A: 3

Both sides need a critical to hit.
62 3/21/2020 9:12:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Allies:
Rolling for Intel
61 3/20/2020 5:36:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message pfew

back to you to resolve...
60 3/20/2020 5:34:00 PM 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:
for the event

activating with South Seas HQ (7+2)


* 4021 (Rabaul) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for SS Bde
* 4021 (Rabaul) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for CA Aoba
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for [4 SN Bde]
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for CL Tenryu
* 3706 (Tokyo) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for [18th Army]
* 3814 (Guam) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for 3 SN Bde
* 2913 : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for [19th Army]
* 3416 (Palau Islands) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for 21 AF
* 3706 (Tokyo) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for CV Soryu

* 4021 (Rabaul): CA Aoba, SS Bde moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* Philippe (Referee) sets Control Marker to Japanese Capture at 4423 (Guadalcanal). Hex is now Japanese controlled
* 4715 (Kwajalein): CL Tenryu moves to 4419
* 4715 (Kwajalein): [4 SN Bde] moves to 4419
* 4419: [4 SN Bde], CL Tenryu moves to 4122 (Woodlark)
* 4122 (Woodlark): CL Tenryu, [4 SN Bde] moves to 4024 (Gili Gili)
* 3706 (Tokyo): [18th Army] moves to 4205
* 4205: [18th Army] moves to 4501
* 4501: [18th Army] moves to 4600 (Attu/Kiska)
* 2913: [19th Army] moves to 2617
* 2617: [19th Army] moves to 2320 (Bali/Lombok)
* Philippe (Referee) sets Control Marker to Japanese Capture at 2320 (Bali/Lombok). Hex is now Japanese controlled
* Philippe (Referee) sets Japanese ASP Marker (No Barges) to 5 ASP Used
* Strategic Record Track (7): Japanese ASP Marker (No Barges) moves to Strategic Record Track (7)
* Philippe (Referee) sets Japanese ASP Marker (No Barges) to 6 ASP Used
* 3814 (Guam): 3 SN Bde moves to 3417
* 3417: 3 SN Bde moves to 3119 (Sarong)
* Philippe (Referee) sets Control Marker to Japanese Capture at 3119 (Sarong). Hex is now Japanese controlled
* 3416 (Palau Islands): 21 AF moves to 2915 (Davao)
* 2915 (Davao): 21 AF moves to 2517 (Balikpapan)
* 2517 (Balikpapan): 21 AF moves to 2019 (Tjilatjap)
* 2019 (Tjilatjap): 21 AF joins Battle A
* 2019 (Tjilatjap): 21 AF joins Battle B
* 2220 (Soerabaja): CL Dutch, 1 Aus Corps moves to 2220 (Soerabaja)
* 2220 (Soerabaja): 1 Aus Corps joins Battle A
* 2220 (Soerabaja): CL Dutch joins Battle A
* 2220 (Soerabaja): 1 Aus Corps joins Battle B
* 2220 (Soerabaja): CL Dutch joins Battle B
* 3706 (Tokyo): CV Soryu moves to 3711
* 3711: CV Soryu moves to 3816 (Faraulep)
* 3816 (Faraulep): CV Soryu moves to 4017 (Truk)
59 3/20/2020 2:26:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Allies will take their 2nd Pass. Over to Japan for next play.
58 3/20/2020 6:15:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message no file sent, bty
57 3/20/2020 6:15:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #47: 3 / VADM Kondo: Conquest of the Dutch East Indies

Message from Japanese:
56 3/20/2020 6:14:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Discard Strategy card #70: 1 / JN25 Code Change
OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
55 3/20/2020 6:14:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #68: 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:
for the event
54 3/19/2020 1:38:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message The Allies will take their 1st PASS.

I made a log to that effect. Back to Japan.
53 3/19/2020 7:03:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message Thanks for the info, I didn't know !

No pbm, no file sent, bty.
52 3/18/2020 6:59:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Half result for 20 hits. Enough to reduce R Corps and Eliminate SL Corps. Note that I can always choose which ground step is the last to be removed, if there is a choice.

We'll choose to preserve the slightly stronger R Corps (though it won't make a difference).

There may be situations where the last step is forced. For example you air strike/bombard a Japanese Army (18-12) and a brigade (4-6) with 48 strength and manage a half result: 24 hits. First you would flip both full strength units for 18 hits. Then you only have 6 hits left which have to be assigned to the brigade. In this case though the Japanese are happy to keep the stronger unit.

Anyway, Japan is up for PBM.
51 3/18/2020 6:55:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
No Surprise. But there is no possibility of Allied Reaction. We will roll Japanese Air strikes against Mac's troops:

J: 40
50 3/18/2020 6:54:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Allies will roll for Intel. No DRM
49 3/18/2020 1:57:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #49: 1 / JN25 Code Change
Intelligence: Intercept Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
for ops, activating with Combined Fleet HQ (3+1)

* 2812 (Clark Field) : blacky (Japan) toggles Activation for 2 AD
* 2915 (Davao) : blacky (Japan) toggles Activation for 22 AF
* 3407 (Kure) : blacky (Japan) toggles Activation for 25 AF
* 3706 (Tokyo) : blacky (Japan) toggles Activation for CV Shokaku

* 2812 (Clark Field): 2 AD joins Battle A
* 2915 (Davao): 22 AF joins Battle A

Strat moves :
* 3706 (Tokyo): CV Shokaku moves to 3813 (Saipan/Tinian)
* 3407 (Kure): 25 AF moves to Turn 3 (May-Aug 1942) (will re-enter as reinforcement next turn)


back to you to resolve
48 3/16/2020 7:38:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #32: 3 / Operation Reno II: Invasion of Rabaul
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 7 if US SW HQ, for all others: 4

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
On SEAC as EVENT for 5 (4+1)

Activations:
* 2105 (Imphal/Kohima) : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for 1 Ind Corps
* 2008 (Rangoon) : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for B Ind Division
* 1905 (Dacca) : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for FE Air
* 2407 (Kunming) : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for [66 Army]
* 2407 (Kunming) : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for [6 Army]

Movement:
* 1905 (Dacca): FE Air moves to 1805 (Calcutta) moves to 1406 (Madras)
* 2008 (Rangoon): B Ind Division moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2105 (Imphal/Kohima): 1 Ind Corps moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 2407 (Kunming): [66 Army] moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 2407 (Kunming): [6 Army] moves to 2007

No Battles. No PBM. Over to Japan for Reaction/Next Play.
47 3/16/2020 7:24:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Recording Japanese PBM on ACTS:
* 2018 (Batavia): 3 AD moves to 1916 (Palembang) moves to 1913 (Kuala Lumpur) to 2110 (Bangkok)
* 2019 (Tjilatjap): CA Takao moves to 2110 (Bangkok)
* 2419: CVL Zuiho moves to 2019 (Tjilatjap)
* 2019 (Tjilatjap): CA Mogami moves to 2019 (Tjilatjap)
* 2517 (Balikpapan): CVL Ryujo moves to 2517 (Balikpapan)
46 3/16/2020 2:39:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message file sent !
45 3/15/2020 6:06:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Japan is now up for PBM.
44 3/15/2020 6:04:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Battle C is also an Auto-Victory.
43 3/15/2020 6:03:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message The Java Division is wiped out! (36 hits). Despite the +3, J Div manages just 1.5x which is 5 hits, one short of eliminating the invading 17th Army. No loss to Japan.
42 3/15/2020 6:01:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
4


Message from Allies:
Ground Battle at Tjilatjap (Japan Auto-Succeeds bombarding the J Division (20 + 12(+2) + 12(+2) = 48 => min 12 hits).

J: 18 (+2: Air/Naval Superiority, Mixed Terrain)
A: 3 (+3)
41 3/15/2020 5:58:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Resolving A/N Battle A (Soerabaja)

J: 8

(The Dutch can't harm the Zuiho)
40 3/15/2020 5:58:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Intercept. But the Allies have no in-Supply HQ to activate units.
39 3/15/2020 5:57:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Sorry that last message was wrong, there is NO -2 DRM for Intel as the Allies have no AZOI.
38 3/15/2020 5:56:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Allies Roll for Intel (-2 DRM)
37 3/15/2020 5:55:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Recording Japanese move on ACTS: Kondo on South HQ for 8 (7+1):

Activations:
* 2018 (Batavia) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for [16th Army]
* 2709 (Hong Kong) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for [17th Army]
* 2415 (Miri) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for CVL Zuiho
* 2909 (Tainan) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for CA Takao
* 2311 (Cam Ranh) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for CA Mogami
* 3007 (Shanghai) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for [35th Army]
* 2915 (Davao) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for CVL Ryujo
* 2110 (Bangkok) : Philippe (Referee) toggles Activation for 3 AD

Movement:
* 2018 (Batavia): [16th Army] moves to 2019 (Tjilatjap)
* 2311 (Cam Ranh): CA Mogami moves to 2019 (Tjilatjap)
* 2909 (Tainan): CA Takao moves to 2019 (Tjilatjap)
* 2415 (Miri): CVL Zuiho moves to 2419
* 2915 (Davao): CVL Ryujo moves to 2517 (Balikpapan)
* 3007 (Shanghai): [35th Army] moves to 2517 (Balikpapan) via AA (3/7 ASP)
* 2709 (Hong Kong): [17th Army] moves to 2019 (Tjilatjap) via AA (4/7 ASP)
* 2110 (Bangkok): 3 AD moves to 1913 (Kuala Lumpur) moves to 1916 (Palembang) moves to 2018 (Batavia)

Battles:
* 2220 (Soerabaja): Battle A
* 2419: CVL Zuiho joins Battle A

* 2019 (Tjilatjap): Battle B
* 2018 (Batavia): 3 AD joins Battle B
* 2019 (Tjilatjap): [16th Army] joins Battle B
* 2019 (Tjilatjap): CA Mogami joins Battle B
* 2019 (Tjilatjap): CA Takao joins Battle B

* 2517 (Balikpapan): Battle C
* 2517 (Balikpapan): CVL Ryujo joins Battle C
* 2517 (Balikpapan): [35th Army] joins Battle C

36 3/15/2020 2:11:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message file sent, bty
35 3/15/2020 1:46:00 PM 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:
Activating with South HQ (7+1).
34 3/15/2020 1:45:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message Ouch. Very well played.

It's probably a classic, I take good note of it.
33 3/14/2020 12:37:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #49: 1 / Roosevelt Threatens Chungking: Chinese Army Offensive
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. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
As OPERATIONS on ABDA.*

* 3023 (Darwin): 1 Aus Corps moves to 2220 (Soerabaja) via Strategic Movement.

*The HQ is in supply because it can trace its route by land to Soerabaja which is not under japanese AZOI, go out the port and then to the southern map edge.
32 3/14/2020 12:32:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Recording Japanese PBM on ACTS:
* 2018 (Batavia): [CA Nachi] moves to 2415 (Miri)
* 2219: CVL Zuiho moves to 2415 (Miri)
* 1916 (Palembang): 23 AF moves to 2018 (Batavia)
* 1916 (Palembang): 22 AF moves to 2415 (Miri) to 2915 (Davao)

31 3/14/2020 5:55:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message Damn, these Dutch sailors fought well.

file sent, bty.
30 3/13/2020 10:36:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Allies manage a critical hit against Nachi for no loss. Despite this, Japan wins the A/N Battle and Batavia is conquered.

The Dutch will ENM to Soerabaja.
29 3/13/2020 10:35:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

2
9


Message from Allies:
DD US Asia sunk! A/N Battle at Batavia (C)

J: 10
A: 3
28 3/13/2020 10:34:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Allies:
Dutch Air eliminated. No Losses to Japan. Battle B at Soreabaja. CVL Zuiho bombards US DD Asia:

J: 8


27 3/13/2020 10:33:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

3
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Message from Allies:
Intercept! Rolling A/N Battle at Tjilatjap

J: 36
A: 7
26 3/13/2020 10:31:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Allies Roll for Intel. (-2 DRM)
25 3/13/2020 10:31:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Sure thing I'll write about it. Here is the summary for ACTS:

On South HQ as EVENT for 5+1 = 6 Activations

Activations:
* 2212 (Saigon) : blacky (Japan) toggles Activation for South HQ (Agreement)
* 2415 (Miri) : blacky (Japan) toggles Activation for 23 AF
* 2915 (Davao) : blacky (Japan) toggles Activation for 22 AF
* 2915 (Davao) : blacky (Japan) toggles Activation for [16th Army]
* 2915 (Davao) : blacky (Japan) toggles Activation for CA Nachi
* 2915 (Davao) : blacky (Japan) toggles Activation for CVL Zuiho
* 2911 (Aparri) : blacky (Japan) toggles Activation for 1 SN Bde

Paratrooper Bonus:
Japanese Capture at 1916 (Palembang). Hex is now Japanese controlled

Movement:
* 2415 (Miri): 23 AF moves to 1916 (Palembang)
* 2915 (Davao): 22 AF moves to 2415 (Miri) to 1916 (Palembang)
* 2915 (Davao): CVL Zuiho moves to 2219
* 2118: [16th Army], CA Nachi moves to 2018 (Batavia) via AA (1/7 ASP)
* 2911 (Aparri): 1 SN Bde moves to 2017 (Bangka) via AA (2/7 ASP)

Battles:
* 2019 (Tjilatjap): Battle A
* 1916 (Palembang): 23 AF joins Battle A
* 1916 (Palembang): 22 AF joins Battle A

* 2220 (Soerabaja): Battle B
* 2219: CVL Zuiho joins Battle B

* 2018 (Batavia): Battle C
* 2018 (Batavia):[16th Army], CA Nachi joins Battle C

NOTE: Technically speaking I can roll for special reaction at Bangka Island to generate a new battle hex, however I don't have forces available to react to Bangka so I will skip that.
24 3/13/2020 8:54:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message file sent, back to you

Please tell me remarks about initial expansion strategy and tactics at the en of the turn.
23 3/13/2020 8:37:00 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:
Let's put our interest on ABDA then...

Activating with South HQ (5+1)

bonus applied at Palembang
22 3/12/2020 10:22:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #4: 1 / Arcadia Conference
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: The Allied player receives the ABDA HQ, which is place in any in supply port in Java, Borneo, Sumatra or Celebes. If no such port is available this HQ is removed from play for the remained of the game. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
As an EVENT

* Allied Reinfrocement Chart: ABDA HQ (Agreement) moves to 2019 (Tjilatjap)

Dutch Air back in Supply!
21 3/12/2020 10:19:00 PM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message It's helpful to put the moves in ACTS for anybody who's following the game. Try to get into that habit since in Tournament games it's mandatory. But for our game I can take care of it if you find it too much. Part of my game logging improvements is to make this less a chore and more copy/paste :-D

Japanese PBM:
* 2812 (Clark Field): 4 AD moves to 2609 (Canton) moves to 2311 (Cam Ranh) moves to 1913 (Kuala Lumpur)
* 2812 (Clark Field): 3 AD moves to 2609 (Canton) to 2311 (Cam Ranh) to 2110 (Bangkok)
* 2112 (Khota Baru): 23 AF moves to 2415 (Miri)
* 2112 (Khota Baru): 21 AF moves to 2415 (Miri) moves to 2915 (Davao) to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* 2112 (Khota Baru): 22 AF moves to 2415 (Miri) moves to 2915 (Davao)
* 1913 (Kuala Lumpur): 5 AD moves to 2212 (Saigon)
20 3/12/2020 7:26:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Japanese Message PBM performed, file sent, bty.

Note : do you want me to transcript all my moves and activations in ACTS just like you did ?
19 3/12/2020 12:13:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Both Units destroyed. Now it's up to Japan for Post Battle Movement:

Side Note: The 19 LRB was indeed OOS. I missed it.
18 3/12/2020 12:13:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Allies Miss. Now FEAF rolls to see if it gets lucky. It too will be automatically destroyed.
17 3/12/2020 12:12:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Battle A. I'll just roll for the Malaya Air to see if it damages Japan, you have 74 strength, even with the worst die roll you will score 19 hits which is enough to destroy it.
16 3/12/2020 12:11:00 AM Jan-Apr 1942 Allies Message Intercept! We'll Activate SW Pacific to move troops into Manila:

* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor) : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for SW Pac HQ (Agreement)

Activations:
* 2912 : Francisco (Allies) toggles Activation for [SL Corps]

Movement:
* 2912: [SL Corps] moves to 2813 (Manila/Corregidor)
(Join Battle B)

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