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100 2/11/2021 12:03:00 PM Master ID = 20905 Game Deleted
99 2/11/2021 12:03:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Future Offensive card as Operations #9: 3 / Olympic and Coronet: the Invasion of Japan
Activate: US SW or Central Pacific HQs only. Logistic Value: 12 Conditions: In order for this card to be played as an event at least one Japanese Islands hex must be declared a battle hex and the potential for a ground combat must exist in the designated Japanese Islands battle hex. Bonus: The Allies temporarily gain 4 ASPs that can be used for the duration of this Offensive.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
The Big one!
98 2/10/2021 7:11:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Japanese:
Playing as FOQ, and that's the end of the turn!
97 2/10/2021 1:23:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Allies:
Will place this in the FOQ, so we can keep using that current file. Back to you to end the turn.
Consider placing your last card in the FOQ, unless there is something critical you need to do!
96 2/10/2021 1:21:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message No problem at all!
Yes, attrition is not the friend of JP when it comes to those brittle, irreplaceable air units...
Still, you did a solid job knocking me out of N. India, just have to hold on in New Guinea. With a 3 turn scenario, losses can be largely ignored. But not in the Campaign!
95 2/10/2021 12:23:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message That was a tough round of combat. No PBM and I will leave your Chinese Army where it is, so not going to bother creating a new logfile if that's okay.
94 2/10/2021 11:53:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message 15 hits flipps the Chinese Army.
You have to retreat it to one of the three named locations that are currently friendly to AP. Please choose one when you PBM.
93 2/10/2021 11:50:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Allies:
Imphal Ground.
Just rolling for JP, as AP cannot damage.
JP 29, -2 DRM
92 2/10/2021 11:49:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message 8 hits for JP, no damage
20 hits for AP because of the +1 DRM, eliminates 2nd AD

AP PBM back where they came from.
91 2/10/2021 11:47:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

2
5


Message from Allies:
Imphal A/N
JP 30

AP 20, +1 DRM
90 2/10/2021 11:46:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message React with SEAC 2+1
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for CV Indomitable
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 10AF LRB
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [SEAC Air]
* 1805 (Calcutta): [SEAC Air] moves to 2104 (Jarhat)
* 1406 (Madras): CV Indomitable moves to 1906
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [14AF Air]
* 1805 (Calcutta): [14AF Air] moves to 2005 (Dimasur)
* 2104 (Jarhat): [SEAC Air] moves to 1805 (Calcutta)
* 2005 (Dimasur): [14AF Air] moves to 2104 (Jarhat)act with SEAC (2+1)
89 2/10/2021 11:40:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Allies:
Intel (0-6)
88 2/9/2021 7:53:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Ah, that's right--not for intel purposes! Thanks Rob, another nuance I forgot about. Man, this game... Roll away!
87 2/9/2021 7:50:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Kirill,
While an AP LRB cannot neutralize a JP AZOI, the AZOI is still there for Intel purposes. Neutralizing just means you can move via sea without carriers. The only exception to this would be if you could put the LRB out of supply during your move, this is seen more typically when attacking an island. In this case the OOS LRB would not project an AZOI. Does this make sense?
86 2/9/2021 7:15:00 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:
South HQ 2+2=4 acts

The IJA continues its push in the CBI.

* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 2 AD
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 15th Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for [37th Army]
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for [4 AD]
* 2008 (Rangoon): [4 AD] moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2006 (Akyab): [37th Army] moves to 2105 (Imphal/Kohima)
* 2206 (Lashio): 15th Army moves to 2105 (Imphal/Kohima)
* 2106 (Mandalay): 2 AD toggles Battle Tag
* 2106 (Mandalay): [4 AD] toggles Battle Tag

If I'm not mistaken, I think my AZOI negates your LRB one for reaction purposes? As you know, the Japanese are fond of surprises...
85 2/9/2021 3:55:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Oof, the Emperor will not be pleased to hear the enemy is arriving at our doorstep a year ahead of schedule!

Not sure if this constitutes a misplay on my part, I suppose I should have pulled back my air curtain to cover those ports, but it always feels as though I'm short an activation and an air unit, which I'm sure is how the IJN felt historically. I take it you are banking (correctly) that I lack the cards to really punish you for this brazen infiltration.

I also assumed (incorrectly) that Attu/Kiska was practically a must-do for the AP because of the PW consequences, but I guess if you're snatching up 3 VP ports you don't really mind.

I'll work on my response!
84 2/9/2021 2:04:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #71: 2 / Victor Plans: MacArthur Liberates The Philippines
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 if SW Pac HQ, for all others: 4

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
Event on SW PAC (6+2)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 1M Division
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for BB North Carolina
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for BB Washington
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [CV Enterprise]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [CV Lexington]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 2M Division
* 3822 (Lae): 2M Division moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 3822 (Lae): [CV Enterprise] moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 3822 (Lae): BB North Carolina moves to 3520 (Hollandia)
* 3822 (Lae): BB Washington moves to 4024 (Gili Gili)
* 3626 (Cairns): 1M Division moves to 3822 (Lae)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for SF Brigade
* 3822 (Lae): 1M Division moves to 4024 (Gili Gili)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): SF Brigade moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 4024 (Gili Gili): BB Washington moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)
No PBM. The only ASP was used for Ulithi.
Back to you.
83 2/9/2021 1:59:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Attu-Kiska will be studiously ignored...
Ulithi looks inviting.
82 2/9/2021 12:31:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Thanks Rob, did my PBM, BTY.

And good catch on Hawaii, I of course forgot that AP also gets to move 21 and didn't even bother calculating, that would have been a nasty surprise!

Speaking of Hawaii, wondering how you plan on handling Attu/Kiska, but I bet that's coming up...
81 2/9/2021 11:24:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message No crits, no PBM for AP, back to you for PBM...
80 2/9/2021 11:23:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Allies:
B A/N
JP 5, just rolling for a crit

AP Automatic, [25th NAF] eliminated

79 2/9/2021 11:21:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Allies:
A/N Guadalcanal
JP automatic, 1 MAW eliminated.

AP 6, just rolling for a crit
78 2/9/2021 11:20:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Can't do much at the 'Canal...
No reaction
77 2/9/2021 11:15:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:
Reaction roll...
76 2/8/2021 6:51:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message And in all my excitement I forgot to mark myself down another ASP, noting it here so we don't forget. Thanks.
75 2/8/2021 6:50:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message OK, thanks again Rob, I've uploaded a new logfile 24 to use in place of 23. I think freeing up the extra activation gives me enough air power to make an Allied air reaction a risky proposition, but we'll see... Appreciate your guidance and sportsmanship as always.
74 2/8/2021 6:38:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Thanks a lot Rob! That does make a difference, actually--maybe I can even use Combined Fleet HQ instead of South? Let me take another crack at it...
73 2/8/2021 6:31:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Kirill,
Please don't worry about adjusting moves, even after dice are rolled. This should be a relaxing, learning experience for you. Sure I want to slaughter you, and dance on your bones, but I want to do it in the interest of showing you some of the places I have stumbled...
Speaking of which, you do not have to pin Townsville, as the reaction player cannot use more than 1 ASP, and that Aussie Corps would take 2. Feel free to modify current file if you want. Otherwise OP looks good! Will react later tonight, or in AM, but you've definitely got that Malarial infected paradise back in the fold.
72 2/8/2021 5:47:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Thanks for your indulgence, I hope this isn't a gross breach of etiquette. I wasn't able to completely fix the problem, but at least going to improve my odds and not going to subject BB Hiei to unnecessary risk.
71 2/8/2021 5:16:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Actually, if I can have your indulgence to redo my move slightly; I realized I sent too few air units, negating the value of my large surface force as a deterrent. I'll upload a corrected file shortly if that's ok with you!
70 2/8/2021 5:11:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #9: 3 / Rear Admiral Matami Ugaki: Seizure of Hawaiian Islands
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 Conditions: Maximum 1 ground (any size) unit may be activated. Bonus: Naval units for both sides may move up to 21 hexes.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
Unwilling to be left out, the IJN joins the fray.

South HQ 2+6=8 activations

* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for SS Bde
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for [25 AF]
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for APD Kamikaze
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 23 AF
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for BB Yamato
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for BB Hiei
Leningrad84 (Japan) measured range from 3727 (Townsville) to 4415 (Eniwetok): 16 Hexes
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 26 AF
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for CA Takao
* 4017 (Truk): BB Yamato moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4322 (New Georgia): SS Bde moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4222 (Buin): [25 AF] moves to 4122 (Woodlark)
* 4021 (Rabaul): APD Kamikaze moves to 3727 (Townsville)
* 4415 (Eniwetok): 26 AF moves to 4221 (Baka)
* 4517 (Kusaie): 23 AF moves to 4222 (Buin)
* 4021 (Rabaul): CA Takao moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4017 (Truk): BB Hiei moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4222 (Buin): 23 AF toggles Battle Tag
* 4221 (Baka): 26 AF toggles Battle Tag
* 4122 (Woodlark): [25 AF] toggles Battle Tag

To you for reaction and rolling.
69 2/7/2021 11:23:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #42: 2 / WAR IN EUROPE: Minor Allied Victory
Increase the War in Europe marker a number of spaces equal to the value associated with the year of the current game turn: 1942: 1 1943: 1 1944: 2 1945: 3 Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Time to relocate...
OC on SEAC (2+1)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [33 British Corps]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [1 Ind Corps]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 5 Army
* 2105 (Imphal/Kohima): [33 British Corps] moves to 1805 (Calcutta)
* 2205 (Ledo): [1 Ind Corps] moves to 1905 (Dacca)
* 2205 (Ledo): 5 Army moves to 2105 (Imphal/Kohima)

No battles, no PBM, back to you...
68 2/6/2021 6:58:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Reduced your air and did my PBM, BTY!
67 2/6/2021 2:18:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Wow, a real bloodbath! Iíll respond later today, thanks Rob.
66 2/6/2021 2:15:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message AP PBM (Will modify that just a bit. Northern India is looking like a dangerous place..

* 1807: CV Indomitable moves to 1406 (Madras)
* 2006 (Akyab): BB Warspite moves to 1406 (Madras)
* 2104 (Jarhat): 14AF Air moves to 1805 (Calcutta)
65 2/6/2021 2:12:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Whoa! My mistake, that was a 16 strength Indian Corps. A 7 gives a 1.5 x=24 hits, so can flip 2 JP Armies.
Will PBM back where I came from. Make sure you take your 21 hits when you PBM...
64 2/6/2021 2:09:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Allies:
The Indian Corps is eliminated on a 1/2 result, so no roll needed for JP.
Just rolling for AP to see if I can take a step with me..
AP 12
63 2/6/2021 2:07:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message 21 hits for JP, and 22 hits for AP
Will flip both JP air.
You have some choices...
62 2/6/2021 2:03:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

4
3


Message from Allies:
A/N Akyab
JP 42, 2 air

AP 43, 3 Air, +1 DRM
61 2/6/2021 2:02:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Intercept.
React with SEAC 3+1
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 14AF Air
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for SEAC Air
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for CV Indomitable
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for BB Warspite
* 1005 (Maldive Islands): BB Warspite moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 1005 (Maldive Islands): CV Indomitable moves to 1807
60 2/6/2021 1:58:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:
Intercept (0-7)
59 2/6/2021 1:58:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Looks good Kirill.
Will try to react..
58 2/5/2021 2:01:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #77: 3 / Fuel Shortage: Japanese re-deploy fleet
Due to fuel shortages the Japanese player may move the Combined Fleet HQ and up to 4 naval units of any type from their current location to any port hex which is within 3 hexes of a resource space. The movement of the HQ and naval units may not enter an unneutralized Allied air ZOI.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Take 2 on the Burma offensive, I think the new file should be uploaded.

* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 38th Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 28th Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 37th Army
* 2007: 38th Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2106 (Mandalay): 37th Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2106 (Mandalay): 28th Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 5 AD
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 4 AD
* 2008 (Rangoon): 5 AD moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2008 (Rangoon): 4 AD moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2106 (Mandalay): 4 AD toggles Battle Tag
* 2106 (Mandalay): 5 AD toggles Battle Tag
57 2/5/2021 1:49:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #77: 3 / Fuel Shortage: Japanese re-deploy fleet

Message from Japanese:
56 2/5/2021 1:49:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #38: 3 / Grand Escort Command: Improved Escort Organization
Activation: Combined Fleet HQ only Logistic Value: 2 Bonus: The Japanese player places the Escort marker on the game turn track on its +2 side or flips the escort marker to its +4 side if the marker is already in play on its +2 side. See Submarine Warfare for effects of this die roll modifier. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
And, I redrew the wrong card. I am not getting enough sleep, sorry.
55 2/5/2021 1:48:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #38: 3 / Grand Escort Command: Improved Escort Organization

Message from Japanese:
54 2/5/2021 1:48:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Move permanently removed Strategy card to discard pile #38: 3 / Grand Escort Command: Improved Escort Organization

Message from Japanese:
Alright, let's try this again...
53 2/4/2021 6:36:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #77: 3 / Fuel Shortage: Japanese re-deploy fleet
Due to fuel shortages the Japanese player may move the Combined Fleet HQ and up to 4 naval units of any type from their current location to any port hex which is within 3 hexes of a resource space. The movement of the HQ and naval units may not enter an unneutralized Allied air ZOI.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
In spite of less-than-ideal cards, the IJA resolves to wipe out the stain of its dishonor in New Guinea with a renewed offensive in Burma...

* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 38th Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 28th Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 2 AD
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 4 AD
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 5 AD
* 2007: 38th Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2106 (Mandalay): 28th Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2008 (Rangoon): 4 AD, 5 AD moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2106 (Mandalay): 5 AD toggles Battle Tag
* 2106 (Mandalay): 4 AD toggles Battle Tag
* 2106 (Mandalay): 2 AD toggles Battle Tag

To you for reaction/roll.
52 2/4/2021 6:14:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Oh wait, I get your point--you CAN activate the Army units, you just can't ALSO activate ships to escort them. Sorry, yes, that makes sense.
51 2/4/2021 6:12:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Ok, thanks again Rob, another fantastic little detail I missed. So even though ISR does not prevent amphibious assault movement by Army units, it DOES prevent it if the AA movement is in reaction? Not that I was counting on doing this, but that is pretty confusing.

I'll get you a turn shortly, I've got it VASSAL logged, just agonizing about uploading it and if I've missed any better options, as per the usual.
50 2/4/2021 6:00:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Kirill,
JP starts the game, like AP, in ISR. So your available JP ASPís are halved (round up). ISR can really screw up your reaction as you canít use ships to escort those reaction 9-12ís....
49 2/4/2021 3:48:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Thanks Rob, I'll work on the Japanese riposte.

Quick question about how those ASP markers work: I thought I just moved the marker down a space (i.e. from 7 to 6 for moving the Hokkaido army), but you seem to be using the "1/4", "2/4" etc. to mark used ASPs. I know the starting level of ASPs is important for the AP to track whether they've got sufficient PoW hexes, and the level resets each turn, but overall I'm confused about how these markers work, maybe because I have the older version of the game (and maybe because I'm not the brightest bulb).
48 2/4/2021 3:11:00 PM Jan-Apr 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:
OC on S. Pac (2+3)
All strat moves, no PBM.
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 1M Division
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 1M Division
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 1M Division
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [CV Lexington]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [CV Enterprise]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for BB Washington
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for BB North Carolina
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 1M Division
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 2M Division
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): 2M Division moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 4828 (Noumea): [CV Lexington] moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 4828 (Noumea): [CV Enterprise] moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 4828 (Noumea): BB Washington moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 4828 (Noumea): BB North Carolina moves to 3822 (Lae)
Bty
Note, just because they were strat moves, you can still play sub cards, etc....
47 2/3/2021 4:18:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message OK, a couple of quick things:

1) Belatedly realized that the Hokkaido Army cannot move to Attu/Kiska by strategic ground transport because Attu is not a port hex (I am learning, albeit slowly). This would require expenditure of 1 ASP, if you could please mark it for me.

2) "PBY"? I must have been thinking of a PBY Catalina flying boat... sorry, I meant "no PBM" obviously.
46 2/3/2021 3:37:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #38: 3 / Grand Escort Command: Improved Escort Organization
Activation: Combined Fleet HQ only Logistic Value: 2 Bonus: The Japanese player places the Escort marker on the game turn track on its +2 side or flips the escort marker to its +4 side if the marker is already in play on its +2 side. See Submarine Warfare for effects of this die roll modifier. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
So another part of my learning process: earlier editions of the game don't provide any bonus activations for this card, and I only realized it has this improved functionality midway through the turn. I do like this change!

* Leningrad84 (Japan) creates Convoy Escorts Marker (+2) in Turn 5 (Jan-Apr 1943)
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 14th Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for Korean Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for [27th Army]
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for ED Army
* 3704 (Hakodate): [27th Army] moves to 4600 (Attu/Kiska)
* 3706 (Tokyo): ED Army moves to 4017 (Truk)
* 3305 (Seoul): Korean Army moves to 3706 (Tokyo)
* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor): 14th Army moves to 3319 (Biak)

No battles, no PBY, BTY.
45 2/3/2021 12:15:00 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:
Event on Anzac (4+1)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [XI Corps]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [3 Aus Corps]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for Aus Air
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 2 Aus Corps
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 13AF Air
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for I Corps
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 2 Aus Corps
* 3621: [XI Corps] moves to 3620 (Aitape)
* 3621: [3 Aus Corps] moves to 3520 (Hollandia)
* 3823 (Port Moresby): Aus Air moves to 3721 (Madang)
* 4024 (Gili Gili): I Corps moves to 3520 (Hollandia)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): 13AF Air moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): 13AF Air moves to 4024 (Gili Gili)
PBM:
* 3721 (Madang): Aus Air moves to 3520 (Hollandia)

No battles, just continuing to crawl along the Malarial coast of New Guinea.
44 2/2/2021 3:12:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
Drawing my ISR card, and I've uploaded a short logfile reflecting my card draw. Thanks, BTY.
43 2/2/2021 3:09:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #7: 2 / US Joint Staff Debate: US Inter-Service Rivalry
Flip the US Inter-Service Rivalry Marker from its Strategic Agreement to its Inter-Service Rivalry side. No additional impact if Inter-Service Rivalry is already in effect. Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Thanks for the explanation--and sorry to generate more confusion. I was trying to figure out why ASPs were necessary and just assumed Madang was a port, then ran off looking in the wrong direction. Thanks for talking me through it.

You were uncannily right about me holding the other ISR card, and I'm following your advice and cycling it as an event to get another card.
42 2/2/2021 2:58:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Kirill,
I think I already moved the ASPís. I could not move thru your AZOI without bringing a carrier, but in this case I was able to avoid the unneutralized AZOI by going just south of 4123. Also, as Madang is not a friendly port I canít use strategic transport, the only way to get there is overland, or using ASPís. You can move anything through a neutralized AZOI, those are purple, but remember that LRB AZOIís can be cancelled.
41 2/2/2021 2:15:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Got it Rob, will respond in a bit. ASPs were used because you had to travel through my unneutralized ZOI (so it's essentially AA even though to a friendly port)? Shall I move the marker down from 4 to 2? Thanks.
40 2/2/2021 1:25:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message 2 ASP's were used to get the Army Corps to Madang...
39 2/2/2021 1:24:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #50: 2 / Tornado Taskforce: Hollandia Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 if US SW Pac HQ, for all others: 3 Bonus, MacArthur's Navy: Applies only if SW PAC HQ is the activating HQ and US Inter-Service Rivalry is in effect. The allies may activate US Navy units OR US Army units and a maximum of one non-carrier US Naval unit.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
Event on ANZAC (3+1)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for XIV Corps
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [XI Corps]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [3 Aus Corps]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 5AF Air
* 3721 (Madang): [3 Aus Corps] moves to 3621
* 3721 (Madang): [XI Corps] moves to 3621
* 3626 (Cairns): 5AF Air moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): XIV Corps moves to 3721 (Madang)

No battles, no PBM. Bty.
38 2/1/2021 3:15:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Definitely agree with decision to send strongest force possible. If you sent only 2 I would have reacted with everybody!
Another option would have been to play it for the Event. China starts out on the ropes, so collapse is not out of the question...
37 2/1/2021 2:43:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Yes, I lucked out here! I agonized over whether sending all 3 air divisions was overkill, but thought a smaller force might invite a strong reaction, and I am always expecting AP to roll high. Figured you'd react and I'd probably pick off a sacrificial LRB. It ended up being overkill of a different kind but I'm not complaining!

PBM is done, BTY.
36 2/1/2021 11:53:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message JP gets surprise. Wit a +3 modifier, and 62 SP that is an auto 31 hits, which flips the Corps. You can't kill the last ground step with A/N, but you certainly wrecked my defenses in Burma. I was going to react with just the LRB, but the intel roll took care of that :-)
Back to you for PBM, file is up.
35 2/1/2021 11:47:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Intel
React on 0-6
34 1/31/2021 9:16:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #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:
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 38th Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 4 AD
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 5 AD
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 2 AD
* 2008 (Rangoon): 38th Army moves to 2007
* 2008 (Rangoon): 5 AD moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2110 (Bangkok): 2 AD moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2105 (Imphal/Kohima): 33 British Corps toggles Battle Tag
* 2106 (Mandalay): 4 AD toggles Battle Tag
* 2106 (Mandalay): 5 AD toggles Battle Tag
* 2106 (Mandalay): 2 AD toggles Battle Tag

Over to your for reaction.

9Sorry, I forgot to unmark your units in the South Pacific.)
33 1/31/2021 2:49:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #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:
Event on ANZAC (3+1)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [3 Aus Corps]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [XI Corps]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for I Corps
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 2 Aus Corps
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for I Corps
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 3NZ Division
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 13AF LRB
*RobC (Allies) deactivates Japanese units.
*RobC (Allies) unmarks all moved units
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 2 Aus Corps
* 3822 (Lae): [3 Aus Corps] moves to 3721 (Madang)
* Strategic Record Track (2): Japanese Air Replacements moves to Strategic Record Track (2)
* RobC (Allies) sets Control Marker to Allied Progress of War at 3721 (Madang). Hex is now Allied controlled
* Allies have captured 2 progress of war hexes
* 3822 (Lae): [XI Corps] moves to 3721 (Madang)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): 13AF LRB moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): 13AF LRB moves to 3721 (Madang)
* 4828 (Noumea): 3NZ Division moves to 3823 (Port Moresby) by Strategic Ground Transport.
No PBM, Bty.
32 1/30/2021 7:12:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message One hit, which lands on the unfortunate CVL Junyo. No PBM and it's BTY.
31 1/30/2021 7:05:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Blasted subs! Rolling...
30 1/30/2021 5:56:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allies:
For subs, #2 for the turn...
29 1/30/2021 5:55:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #61: 1 / Submarine Attack: Darter-Dace
Play during an Offensive prior to combat against any active Japanese naval units or against any active Japanese naval unit if no battle hexes are declared during the Offensive. On a die roll of: 0-4: Japanese lose one naval step* 5-7: Japanese lose two naval steps* (can eliminate a unit) 8-9: No Effect. *Japanese chooses Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
No problem...
OK, will take a shot with thje subs. You can roll it, as you decide what gets hit (if anything) in Eniwetok. Please use current file, then PBM if any...
28 1/30/2021 2:17:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Thanks Rob, you're a gent! And you can hardly be responsible for proofreading my moves. I feel like Riker playing Stratagema against that Zakdorn grandmaster. :)

I moved my air unit and uploaded the new logfile. Thanks again.
27 1/30/2021 12:13:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Hey Kirill,
No problem, and Iím sorry I missed that.
Just move another guy, and Iíll react to your current card.
26 1/30/2021 11:35:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Rob,

At the risk of turning this into a comedy of errors, I think I spotted another one of mineóI think because the Bridge over the River Kwai has been built I was entitled to one more activation on my first card play in Burma (i.e. 4, not 3). It was my mistake and I will live with the consequences, but wanted to make a note of it. Sorry about missing these details. Thanks!

K
25 1/29/2021 9:38:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Hi Rob,

Playing against you has the added advantage of teaching the rules properly. Of course, youíre right, thanks for catching it. No rush on your move.

K
24 1/29/2021 8:57:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Kirill,
Not crucial here, but AP had Air support for Lae, so that neutralized the mixed terrain penalty. It was a double bonus for AP, as I expected to lose the AF in the reaction anyway...
OK, will react to your move in AM...
23 1/29/2021 6:38:00 PM Jan-Apr 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:
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for South HQ (Rivalry)
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for [22 AF]
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 23 AF
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for CV Junyo
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for BB Nagato
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for [CA Mogami]
- these are all strat moves
* 3407 (Kure): CV Junyo, BB Nagato, [CA Mogami] moves to 4415 (Eniwetok)
* 2909 (Tainan): [22 AF] moves to 4020 (Kavieng)
* 2220 (Soerabaja): 23 AF moves to 4517 (Kusaie)
* Japanese Reinforcement Schedule: Tokyo Express Marker moves to 2206 (Lashio)

NOTE: When I place the Tokyo Express marker it seems to "squash" the army underneath it. I experimented a little bit, but couldn't get it to work right. Can we just remember where it is (i.e. improbably, in Lashio?).
22 1/29/2021 5:24:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message OK, I flipped him.
PBM:
5th AF to Cairns.
Bty.
21 1/29/2021 4:20:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Lastly: CSW thread confirm the Saipan army should be reduced in 1943. Feel free to correct, or I will do it when the file comes back to me. Thanks.
20 1/29/2021 4:02:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message * Leningrad84 (Japan) flips the [18th Army]
* Leningrad84 (Japan) eliminates [18th Army] *
* Leningrad84 (Japan) flips the [XI Corps]
* Leningrad84 (Japan) flips the [3 Aus Corps]
- over to you for PBM!

Sorry about all the separate messages, I'm realizing as I go that some of these could be consolidated.
19 1/29/2021 3:59:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message AP: Lae is Mixed, so 6-2=4=x1=47 hits
JP: 7=x1.5=27 hits
18 1/29/2021 3:55:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
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Message from Japanese:
No crit, moving to ground.

BH(A) Ground:
AP: 47
JP: 18
17 1/29/2021 3:54:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Thanks, I'm on it!

BH(A) Air/Naval
AP: 10 (so rolling for crit)
16 1/29/2021 3:48:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Yes,
Generally the reaction player activates units, moves, resolves battles, does PBM, then sends that file back to the other guy.
In this case, no reaction moves, so you just roll the battles...
15 1/29/2021 3:34:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Sorry, you played it as an EC, so I actually needed a 6, but in the event I rolled an 8, so no reaction and it's a surprise attack. Should I roll combat resolution for us, what's the etiquette?
14 1/29/2021 3:32:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Thanks for the pointers, Rob!

Rolling for reaction, you moved into ZOI, so I need 2+2=4
13 1/29/2021 1:46:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #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:
Event on ANZAC (3+1)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for XI Corps
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 3 Aus Corps
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [PM Bde]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 5AF Air
* 3922 (Buna): XI Corps moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 3823 (Port Moresby): [PM Bde] moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 3823 (Port Moresby): 3 Aus Corps moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 3626 (Cairns): 5AF Air moves to 3823 (Port Moresby)
* 3823 (Port Moresby): 5AF Air moves to 3922 (Buna)
* RobC (Allies) clones Battle Hex (A)
* 3822 (Lae): Battle Hex (A) moves to 3922 (Buna)
Over to you to react/roll.
12 1/28/2021 8:24:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #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:
Activate South HQ, no battles
11 1/28/2021 6:47:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Sorry, forgot to move the cards drawn marker on the record track in VASSAL 002. Will fix later.
Over to you for first card.
10 1/28/2021 6:46:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allies:
For PT's
9 1/28/2021 6:45:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #23: 2 / PT Boats
Flip the Japanese ASP marker to its No Barges side. If Japanese Barges are not currently in play (Japanese card 73) that event is permanently superseded. Place the PT Boat marker on the game turn track as a reminder. Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Ha! I don't think JP can win without barges!

I'm pretty sure I've never seen barges actually used.
But, I get an offensive draw, which is huge!
8 1/28/2021 5:39:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message One more thing, I posted about this in the CSW Forum: I think the 1943 scenario set-up has an error, and the Japanese army on Saipan should be set up reduced. Feel free to make the correction and reduce it. Thanks.
7 1/28/2021 5:38:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Hey Rob, thanks--I got the .vsav file and all looks good. Drew my cards. Yes, I think it's your play! Fire away.
6 1/28/2021 5:36:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

5 1/28/2021 5:33:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message I placed the at start .vsav file in the Drop Box to make sure everything is working. Normally that will be a .vlog file that you can just page thru. Let me know if all is well. Hey, where are you located?
4 1/28/2021 5:31:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 8 to 7
3 1/28/2021 5:31:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Change War in Europe value From 0 to -1
2 1/28/2021 5:22:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Hey Kirill,
So we each start with one card, but it does not show up in the FOQ in ACTS. Not a problem, just remember which one it is. Once you place another card in the FOQ it will show up correctly. I guess I go first because it is 43? I'll place a file in our Drop Box so we can make sure we are using compatible VASSAL versions.
1 1/28/2021 5:19:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

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