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Entry # Time Turn Player Title Entry
507 10/30/2020 1:26:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Ok! That's done, time for reinforcement. I will win this war, for Hiro Hito sake!
506 10/28/2020 8:28:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Hi JB- Welcome back. Yes! There needs to be an official inquiry!

Ok my PBM is done. That was a pretty good turn overall for the Allies. I am feeling pretty safe on Progress of War now.

Back to you for PBM then End of turn stuff!

505 10/28/2020 4:35:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Hi James! That's just a scandal! I decided to fire all these incompetent pilots and gunners!

PBM... Snif...
504 10/24/2020 6:44:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message You were unlucky.

48 hits for me vs 28 hits for you.

No criticals!

Back to you for damage

503 10/24/2020 6:32:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

2
4


Message from Allies:
JP = 109 factors (3 air capable)
AP = 96 factors (4 air capable fighting from range)
+1 DRM for AP.

JP dice first then AP

Here goes!!

502 10/24/2020 6:31:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Ok it's an intercept (phew!)

I activated 6 units. I have 96 factors against your 109 factors!!

I have a significant air-parity advantage and also +1DRM so I have a good chance to survive in reasonable shape so ling as I can avoid a dreaded critical hit (which will really hurt me!)

Let's see!!
501 10/24/2020 5:32:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
Intelligence Roll. (I should have moved that air unit to put a ZOI over Frigate Shoals!!)

Let's see if you can punish me for this mistake!!

500 10/24/2020 5:27:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Updated for intelligence and reaction. 6 or less for an intercept. To you!
499 10/24/2020 5:15:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #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:
I'm going to take a big risk... But i need it i think!
498 10/24/2020 4:52:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Hi JB, Of course, family comes first! No apology necessary! Your last card!
497 10/24/2020 12:32:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message PBM for you!
496 10/24/2020 12:31:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Japanese:
+4 DRM 40CF
495 10/24/2020 12:31:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Japanese:
intelligence, no ZOI breach
494 10/24/2020 12:31:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Hello James! I'm sorry for the time i took to play this last few days. It's holidays here so i'm in full family mode for three more days and some times i just forget about the game, having so much to do! I will now roll for reaction and conduct the battle.
493 10/24/2020 6:04:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Hi JB,

I'll be up for at least the next 3 hours or so if that is convenient to play a few more rounds.

No problem if not!
492 10/23/2020 7:38:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Your reaction

491 10/23/2020 7:38:00 AM 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:
490 10/23/2020 3:11:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Hello! It's just a FOC, so i didn't put a file.
489 10/22/2020 4:10:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Hi _ I don't see the updated file?
488 10/22/2020 8:14:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message to you!
487 10/22/2020 8:14:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Japanese:
486 10/22/2020 8:14:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message a little mistake
485 10/22/2020 8:13:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #83: 2 / Invasion of Java: Battle of the Java Sea

Message from Japanese:
484 10/22/2020 8:07:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #83: 2 / Invasion of Java: Battle of the Java Sea
Activation: South HQ only Logistic Value: 4 Long Lance Torpedoes: Japanese CA naval units add 2 to their attack strengths for the duration of this offensive.

OC: 4 EC: 6

Message from Japanese:
483 10/20/2020 5:43:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Your card
482 10/20/2020 5:43:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message We are the Allies. It makes us happy when we get to bomb stuff.
481 10/20/2020 5:42:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Change US Political Will From 4 to 5
480 10/20/2020 5:39:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #6: 3 / Doolittle Raid: US Bombers Attack Japan
Increase US Political Will by one. The play of this event is the pre-condition for Japanese card number 6: Doolittle Raid Reprisal. Place the Doolittle Raid marker on the game turn track as a reminder. Remove from play if use as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
479 10/20/2020 5:37:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Change War in Europe value From 2 to 0
478 10/20/2020 5:22:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Hi James! To you!
477 10/20/2020 5:21:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #55: 3 / WAR IN EUROPE: Major 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: 3 1943: 2 1944: 1 1945: No Effect Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
476 10/19/2020 9:15:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Hi - Yes I agree.

I had a 56% chance of achieving surprise and eliminating both units. So it was not the favoured outcome but I still got surprise and suffered no damage so not the worst either!

PBM done. Back to you.

475 10/19/2020 10:15:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Updated. PBM. It was a surprisingly well balanced battle, luck speaking.
474 10/19/2020 10:13:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Japanese:
i need a 9
473 10/19/2020 10:12:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Japanese:
arghh.
40 CF DRM +4 i want a 0
472 10/19/2020 10:12:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Japanese:
Intelligence. Lets rock it!
471 10/19/2020 6:32:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Hoping for surprise attack and a 1x result!
470 10/19/2020 6:24:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Hi JB Your reaction.

No ZOI Breach
469 10/19/2020 6:20:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #56: 2 / Typhoon Taskforce: New Guinea: Vogelkop Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 if US SW Pac HQ, for all others: 3

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
468 10/19/2020 5:26:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message to you! no effect on board
467 10/19/2020 5:25:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #12: 3 / Operation MI: Battle of Midway

Message from Japanese:
466 10/19/2020 5:25:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Discard Strategy card #76: 2 / Operation Tsurugi: Japan Attacks a B29 Base with Giretsu Airborne unit
OC: 4 EC: 6

Message from Japanese:
Discard from event
465 10/19/2020 5:24:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Future Offensive 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:
464 10/18/2020 11:04:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Done. Your card
463 10/18/2020 11:00:00 PM May-Aug 1943 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:
462 10/18/2020 4:26:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Hi James! I pass
461 10/17/2020 11:25:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Happy Sunday.

Back to you for reaction or next card.
460 10/17/2020 11:07:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #77: 2 / Mao Tse Tung: Communits 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: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
459 10/17/2020 4:17:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message nop
458 10/17/2020 3:54:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Any PBM?
457 10/17/2020 3:54:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message No reaction
456 10/17/2020 2:55:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Done. Reaction, if you want to play a card
455 10/17/2020 2:48:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #50: 3 / Ha-Go: Burma Offensive
Activation: South or South Seas HQs only. Logistic Value: 6 Conditions: Only air and ground units may be activated.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
454 10/17/2020 12:12:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Hi JB,

Your ENM.
453 10/17/2020 8:17:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message OK! PBM for you.
452 10/15/2020 7:04:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message ok - all fine now. Your PBM then my PBM then your Emergency Naval Move (CL Tenryu at Kwajalein)
451 10/15/2020 7:03:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
Hi - Sorry Battle B at Truk was not automatic for you.

You have 44 CF - so if you get a 0.25x result that will be 11 hits - which is only enough to flip my LRB unit.

Rolling for JP
450 10/15/2020 4:04:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Back to you for PBM
449 10/15/2020 4:02:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Allies:
Battle B: Truk

AP=4CF +1DRM

JP = 44CF (automatic) no need for dice
448 10/15/2020 4:00:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Sorry you did 16 hits = 2 steps damage

Kwajalein captured. JP navy dealt a significant blow

447 10/15/2020 3:58:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

5
9


Message from Allies:
Hi JB!

That was lucky. 3 JP carriers sunk.

Ground combat:

AP 24 CF +2 DRM (air)
JP 8 CF +4DRM

You can do 3 steps damage if you roll a 5 or higher so I need to avoid rolling a 0!
446 10/15/2020 2:21:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message I will let you apply damage before doing land battle, as it can change drm
445 10/15/2020 2:12:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 30 damage for JPN
70 for Allied

It hurts!!!
444 10/15/2020 2:11:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message ouch...
443 10/15/2020 2:10:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
3


Message from Japanese:
BAttle A: air naval
Allied 70 CF +1DRM
JPN 60 CF no DRM
You have to fail here and now!
Allied first
442 10/15/2020 1:57:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Intercept
441 10/15/2020 1:56:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Japanese:
intelligence roll
440 10/14/2020 9:53:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message File Updated.

Back to you for Reaction and Combat!
439 10/14/2020 9:26:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Future Offensive card as Event #55: 3 / Operation Forager: Marianas Is. Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 if US Central Pac HQ, for all others: 4 The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot: Japanese aircraft carrier naval units have their attack strength reduced by 2 for the duration of this Offensive. In addition, at the conclusion of the Offensive, one active Japanese air unit or an air unit in a battle hex (Allied Player's choice) loses one step, which may eliminate the air unit.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
438 10/14/2020 7:34:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #72: 3 / Carrier Conversion: Reinforcement
3 Naval Replacements: The Japanese player receives 3 naval replacement steps. These may be used immediately, or recorded as replacement steps for future use. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
437 10/13/2020 4:19:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Hi JB - Yes that was a good result - no pesky dice!

To you
436 10/13/2020 3:35:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message PBM. This is soooo brutal, my poor japs!!!
435 10/13/2020 3:33:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Japanese:
Air naval battle. (surprise attack)
Allied: 92 CF +4DRM

434 10/12/2020 11:14:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Your reaction (Card condition is surprise attack so you need to play a reaction card to change it - Remember to do your SR roll first (OC value = 3 - 2 DRM for ZOI breach - so a 5 or less will create a second Battle Hex)
433 10/12/2020 11:13:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #13: 3 / Operation Watchtower: Guadalcanal Invasion
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 Intelligence: Surprise Attack Conditions: A maximum of one ground unit may be activated for this Offensive.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
432 10/12/2020 10:42:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Done. To you.
431 10/12/2020 10:32:00 AM May-Aug 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:
430 10/11/2020 5:08:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Hi PBM done. to you!
429 10/11/2020 8:09:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Done. PBM. you were quite unlucky for this first card. Let's hope it will continue like this^^
428 10/11/2020 8:06:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
6


Message from Japanese:
Battle B

Allied 10 +4drm
JPN 8
Allied first
427 10/11/2020 8:04:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
2


Message from Japanese:
Battle A
Allied: 17
Jpn 8

Allied first +4 drm
426 10/11/2020 8:03:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

3


Message from Japanese:
sub attack on cvl jacinto
425 10/11/2020 8:02:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
from event
424 10/11/2020 8:02:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #36: 1 / Submarine Attack
Play during an offensive before the beginning of the combat phase 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:
423 10/11/2020 6:13:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 7 to 5
422 10/11/2020 6:07:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Your reaction card (if any) and then combat resolution
421 10/11/2020 6:03:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #35: 2 / Operation Ash: Vella Lavella Invasion
Activate: Anzac HQ only. Logistic Value: 2 Intelligence: Surprise Attack. Conditions: Any air or naval units may be activated, but the only ground unit that can be activated is the 3rd NZ division.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
420 10/11/2020 4:32:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

419 10/11/2020 4:27:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message i will not use my FOC for initiative, so it's your turn
418 10/11/2020 4:25:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
to replace VADM kondo
417 10/11/2020 4:25:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Discard Strategy card #47: 3 / VADM Kondo: Conquest of the Dutch East Indies
OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
416 10/11/2020 4:24:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message I have KONDO, i will discard it and draw one more card
415 10/11/2020 4:22:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 6 cards.

414 10/11/2020 4:22:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese End Turn
413 10/11/2020 4:22:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message shit, only 6 cards and one less ASP.
412 10/11/2020 4:21:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Japanese:
sub warfare
411 10/11/2020 3:22:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Hi - Yes it will be interesting.

Your Replacement then subs, etc.
410 10/11/2020 2:55:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message reinforcement done. Your replacement.
I'm very curious for this phase of the war, since i never played it.
409 10/10/2020 10:17:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Change US Political Will From 5 to 4
408 10/10/2020 10:16:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Done.

La cavalerie est arrivée!


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