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127 3/5/2021 8:03:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Thanks Rob! You're right, though the overstacking always scares me. I'm nervously starting to look at 1942, using Mark H.'s old strategy article as a guide. Any good summaries out there on what constitutes the "standard" JP approach nowadays?

And same for me re: WPO, never played, and kept hoping that Mark would weigh in on the rules question about the Fleet Train, it was my teammate Pierre who spotted it. Glad we've got it sorted, another good learning experience. :)
126 3/5/2021 7:38:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Hey Kirill,
Totally legit attack. Other option would have been to go in with 4 armies. It would be an over stack situation, but would increase chance of success.
I think you are ready for the full Campaign!
As to Plan Orange, I was clueless with regard to the Fleet Train. This is my first game!
125 3/5/2021 6:57:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message P.S. Looks like our nagging concerns about the WPO Fleet Train were not completely unfounded, haha...
124 3/5/2021 6:54:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message That was bloody, as anticipated! Not sure if it was worth it (and in fact curious to hear your thoughts), but at least we took the shot, and our men died with honor.

PBM is up, BTY.
123 3/5/2021 6:19:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Don't forget to eliminate 2 of my Corps when you PBM
122 3/5/2021 6:06:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message 1x for JP=54 hits
1.5s for AP=78 hits
All JP flip for 42, then eliminate KOR for 60, and eliminate 28 for 72
You flip 33rd and 15th for 24, then can eliminate 2 of your choice. 4 steps vs. 5 steps, so Dacca holds (barely)
121 3/5/2021 5:59:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

5
8


Message from Allies:
Ground Dacca-The Big Enchilada!
JP 54

AP 52
120 3/5/2021 5:59:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message 1/4 for both!
50th NAF flips, no damage to AP
119 3/5/2021 5:57:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
0


Message from Allies:
A/N Dacca
JP 8

AP 42, +1 DRM
118 3/5/2021 5:56:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message SEAC (3+1)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [1 Ind Corps]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 14AF Air
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for SEAC Air
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 10AF LRB
* 1406 (Madras): SEAC Air moves to 1805 (Calcutta)
* 1905 (Dacca): Battle Hex (A) moves to 1806
* 2005 (Dimasur): [1 Ind Corps] moves to 1905 (Dacca)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 14AF Air
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for SEAC LRB
117 3/5/2021 5:52:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Allies:
Intercept roll (0-7)
116 3/5/2021 1:52:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #41: 3 / Patrick Hurley: Chinese Nationalist and Communist Reconciliation Fails
Move the China marker one box to the left toward Government Collaped box. If moved into the Government Collapsed box China surrenders immediately. Remove from play if use as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
After some consideration, I think I need to take my shot in the CBI now, even though it's a big risk. I may be wrong, but it feels like trying to "hold the door" with 3 armies while trying to use the remainder to nibble around the edges to the northern airfields leaves me open to various supply disasters and counterattacks, especially as your replacements come in.

South HQ (1+1)+3=5 acts

* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 50 AF
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 38th Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 28th Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for Korean Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 2 AD
* 2616 (Tarakan): 50 AF moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 2006 (Akyab): 38th Army, 28th Army, Korean Army moves to 1905 (Dacca)
* 2008 (Rangoon): 50 AF toggles Battle Tag

Naval air flying cover, Army air activates in place. BTY for reaction.
115 3/4/2021 11:40:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Dude, don't even apologize! What's good for the goose is good for the gander-- absolutely take your time and don't stress, hope all is well and under control. I'll figure out my response tomorrow AM; I think the big question is whether I gamble big on another CBI attack before you get a chance to reinforce next turn. So maybe less a question of deciding what to do, just mustering up the guts to pull the trigger.

In the meantime, I'm getting ready to graduate Elliott from SoPac to the 1943 scenario, talk about the blind leading the blind...
114 3/4/2021 10:22:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #30: 2 / Operation Sandcrab-Cottage: Recapture of Attu and Kiska
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: If there is at least one Japanese occupied Aleutian Island hex(hexes 4600 to 5100 inclusive) this event MUST be played as an event to declare a minimum of one battle hex against a Japanese occupied Aleutian Island hex OR this card must be discarded. If there is no Japanese occupied Aleutian Island hex this event may be played as an OC. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
Sorry Kirill!
RL kicking my ancient ass last couple of days.
Will try to be more attentive manana...
OK, not a lot to do with this stupid card. Will pull a couple of units to TT, Strat transfer, and bomb Attu...
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 7AF Air
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 11AF Air
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 11AF LRB
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for X Corps
* 5808 (Oahu): X Corps moves to 5321 (Funafuti)
* 5808 (Oahu): 7AF Air moves to Turn 7 (Sep-Dec 1943)
* 5100 (Dutch Harbor): 11AF Air moves to Turn 7 (Sep-Dec 1943)
Attack does nothing, no PBM, BTY.
113 3/3/2021 5:40:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Thanks Rob. No PBM, they'll stay where they are, we can work off the same file. BTY.
112 3/3/2021 3:23:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message JP Air eliminated.
PBM done.
Back to you to PBM 2 AD?
111 3/3/2021 3:21:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
6


Message from Allies:
JP 8

AP 47, +1 DRM
110 3/3/2021 3:18:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Intercept SEAC (3+1)
* 2006 (Akyab): SEAC Air moves to 1906
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 14AF Air
* 1406 (Madras): CV Indomitable moves to 1807
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for CV Indomitable
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for BB Warspite
* 1905 (Dacca): BB Warspite moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 10AF LRB
109 3/3/2021 3:15:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Allies:
Reaction roll.
108 3/2/2021 7:06:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Thanks Rob, that is indeed quite... nuanced. I had considered moving everyone up to the adjacent hex and then attacking in on a subsequent card, but figured there was no point in delay. That said, I'll treat this as a learning experience and keep my turn as is. Thanks.
107 3/2/2021 7:03:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Hey Kirill,
I think you have everything right on the withdrawal rule. Main thing is the withdrawing units must have greater strength than the attacking force at the moment it first moves in. Therefore, if all the JP ARMIES had started in the same hex and moved in then I could not withdraw.
106 3/2/2021 4:43:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Hi Rob,

Alright, I uploaded my turn based on my understanding of the disengagement rule. The three JP armies are still moving in, and the 8-10-2 Air Division is flying cover, but the 20-strength AD is just activating in place. The additional army will still strat move in from the Philippines.

Thanks,
Kirill
105 3/2/2021 1:02:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message No worries, I was the one who mislabeled the card play! And between this game, chiming in on the Staff Game, and my SoPac game with Elliott, I am basically dreaming about EOTS (the few hours I actually sleep)...

OK, so I'll confess that I had a vague recollection of this "disengagement" option, but just had to go back and reread. Surprised this hasn't come up before in our many CBI death struggles. So if I understand correctly:

- You declare disengagement, and that interrupts my turn. Your ground units immediately move out and into Dacca. Because this isn't reaction yet, they are not activated by AP. All of my activated units are still activated, and I continue my turn from that point?

- The hex is still going to be a battle hex because the air unit remained, and hence will be eligible for reaction; I recall that ground movement on its own doesn't trigger SR, so I assume that if you disengaged and there was no air unit, there would be no battle hex or potential for special reaction?

- I take it the disengaged units are then still eligible to be activated on reaction and to come storming back in, so I shouldn't get complacent?

- I know I forfeited right to complain, but is the CBI a total nightmare or what?

Thanks for your guidance as always! It definitely adds an additional layer of complexity to ground combat. I just copied and sent over the disengagement rule to Elliott. In our SoPac game it actually may help my ground units in Lae run away to fight another day in Wewak, so thanks for that as well. :)

104 3/2/2021 11:56:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Ack! Sorry, that was a Mil Event! Thought it was something else. Do you think I might ge playing too many games?
OK, Iím going to withdraw after the first Army enters Akyab. The AF stays there, and for the moment I am over stacked in Dacca, but Iíll hopefully resolve that during reaction. So, you can modify your move from the point where that Army enters Dacca. Got some good teaching here!
103 3/2/2021 11:50:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Sorry Rob, I meant to play it as an EC, that was a misclick. Can we continue with that annotation, or do I need to replay the card?
102 3/2/2021 11:43:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Kirill,
Only 1 Battle hex when card is played for OPS.
101 3/1/2021 8:11:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #25: 3 / Operation KA: Battle for the Eastern Solomons
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Allied Tactical Confusion: US aircraft carrier naval units have their attack strength reduced by 2 for the duration of this Offensive.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
I see in addition to dealing with me they've stuck you with COSing the WPO Staff Game! I'm hard-pressed to contribute intelligently, having barely played the game.

South HQ 1(+1)+4=6 acts

* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 38th Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 28th Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for Korean Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 2 AD
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 9 AD
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 14th Army
* 2106 (Mandalay): 38th Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2107: 28th Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2008 (Rangoon): Korean Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2212 (Saigon): 9 AD moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2106 (Mandalay): 2 AD toggles Battle Tag
* 2106 (Mandalay): 9 AD toggles Battle Tag
* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor): 14th Army moves to 2008 (Rangoon)

I wish I had just one more activation, which I'm sure reflects how the Japanese felt in the CBI all the time. BTY for reaction.
100 2/28/2021 3:27:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #81: 2 / China Offensive: Counter-Offensive in Kweilin-Liuchow
Move the China marker one box to the right toward the Stable Front box, unless this would put the China marker in the Stable Front box, in which case no effect.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
OC on Halsey (3+2)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [BB Massachusetts]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [BB North Carolina]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [CVL San Jacinto]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [CV Enterprise]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [CV Lexington]
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): [CV Lexington] moves to 4828 (Noumea)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): [CVL San Jacinto] moves to 4826 (Efate)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): [CV Enterprise] moves to 4828 (Noumea)
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): [BB Massachusetts] moves to 4826 (Efate)
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): [BB North Carolina] moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)
Run away.......no PBM
99 2/27/2021 7:19:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Oh interesting! As it happens, good sport that I am I didn't even think of it, but thanks for the tip on this.
98 2/27/2021 6:50:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Kirill, that does not count as a draw as part of the 3 card limit. Another one i got wrong...
97 2/27/2021 1:32:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Discard Strategy card #62: 2 / Kamikaze Attack
OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
96 2/27/2021 1:31:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #12: 3 / Operation MI: Battle of Midway

Message from Japanese:
Not a ton of options here...
95 2/27/2021 1:30:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #67: 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:
After some positive collaboration last turn the Army and the Navy will try to get along. I uploaded a file just reflecting this change and your WiE increase from last turn. BTY, thanks.
94 2/26/2021 4:48:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message I think bc of Attu/Kiska. Need to ponder my next move a bit...
93 2/26/2021 4:46:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Change US Political Will From 5 to 4
92 2/26/2021 1:55:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 7 to 5
91 2/26/2021 1:55:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Change US Political Will From 6 to 5
90 2/26/2021 1:55:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #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:
Will try this again...
Bty, please use your current file and update WIE marker....or not :-)
89 2/25/2021 2:02:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message PBM is up, BTY.
88 2/25/2021 1:16:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Oh man! I need about 5 cups of sake and a deep breath to sort out my feelings and my units after that roller coaster.

I made a poor wager that you weren't holding the one remaining Ambush card, but as you say, this is war, so Murphy's Law was in full effect. With you holding a nearly-full hand of new cards, this was the riskiest moment to make that call, but the Midway Operation card is so fiddly, I figured this might be my only chance to hit your ships before you reorganized them. But I also made a serious miscalculation, thinking that because the two fleets were more than 15 hexes apart, the Lex and Washington couldn't make it back in time--and of course they could, fighting at range. That x1 roll saved my (and Yamamoto's) skin, partially redeeming my errors. A real naval bloodbath par excellence!
87 2/25/2021 1:04:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message All AP units flip.
Survivors PBM to Espiritu
Back to you for PBM.
86 2/25/2021 1:02:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message That's gonna hurt!

85 2/25/2021 1:00:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Allies:
A/N Guadalcanal

JP 95 (6 Air)
84 2/25/2021 1:00:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message With the +4, +1 modifier that is 1X result, 72 hits and a maximum of 4 can be on JP air units.
Will flip: 23 NAF, Nagato, Hiei, Takao, and Yamato.

OK, that leaves 35 surface and 60 air for JP.
83 2/25/2021 12:53:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Yeah, the one thing I was really afraid of.
82 2/25/2021 12:45:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
First will roll for AP, as this is an ambush event, JP will fire back after losses are taken.
81 2/25/2021 12:44:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #26: 2 / US Army Breaks Japanese Army Codes
Intelligence: Ambush. Bonus: For the duration of the Offensive the Allies gain +4 in any ground combat, in addition to the normal ambush modifier for air-naval combat. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
OK, will try this..React with SW PAC (3+2)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for BB Massachusetts
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for CVL San Jacinto
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 1M Division
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for CV Lexington
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for BB Washington
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): Battle Hex (A) moves to 4422 (Santa Isabel)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 1M Division
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for CV Enterprise
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): CV Enterprise moves to 4324
* 3626 (Cairns): BB Massachusetts moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 3626 (Cairns): CVL San Jacinto moves to 4324
* 2721 (Koepang): CV Lexington moves to 4223
* 4324: CVL San Jacinto moves to 4223
* 4324: CV Enterprise moves to 4223
* 2721 (Koepang): BB Washington moves to 4223
80 2/23/2021 7:31:00 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:
It is with great trepidation that I play this ill-starred card. Yamamoto has once again prevailed on the IJN General Staff, arguing that with the US Fleet divided, there will never be a better opportunity to defeat it in detail. With heavy hearts and bitter memories of their last major sortie, the captains and sailors of the Combined Fleet put to sea...

South Seas HQ 2+8 = 10 acts

* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for CV Junyo
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for BB Nagato
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for BB Hiei
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for CV Shokaku
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for BB Yamato
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for CA Takao
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 23 AF
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 25 AF
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 27 AF
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 26 AF
* 4021 (Rabaul): CA Takao moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 3416 (Palau Islands): CV Junyo, BB Nagato, BB Hiei moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4517 (Kusaie): 23 AF moves to 4221 (Baka)
* 4415 (Eniwetok): 26 AF moves to 4121 (Green)
* 3814 (Guam): 27 AF moves to 4121 (Green)
* 4017 (Truk): BB Yamato moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4017 (Truk): CV Shokaku moves to 4320
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): CV Junyo moves to 4320
* 4320: CV Shokaku toggles Battle Tag
* 4320: CV Junyo toggles Battle Tag
* 4222 (Buin): 25 AF toggles Battle Tag
* 4221 (Baka): 23 AF toggles Battle Tag
* 4121 (Green): 26 AF toggles Battle Tag
* 4121 (Green): 27 AF toggles Battle Tag

BTY for reaction.
79 2/23/2021 7:23:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Thanks a lot Rob, I appreciate it! I'm really enjoying playing, just a matter of finding the time and not succumbing to analysis paralysis. Got one coming to you shortly...
78 2/23/2021 3:29:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Kirill, please donít worry about pace. You donít have to get a card down every day. Enjoy!
77 2/23/2021 11:54:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #48: 2 / New China Army: Stilwell Burma Offensive
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 if SEAC HQ, for all others: 3 Conditions: Only ground and air units may be activated. Bonus: The Allies receive one Chinese ground replacement step for a reduced Chinese unit. This replacement step cannot be saved and is lost if not used immediately. Additionally, all Chinese army units in range of the activating HQ may be activated for no additional activation cost.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
Event on SEAC (4+1+Chinese are free to activate)
Will try to reorganize CBI...
First, will flip 66th Army
* RobC (Allies) flips the 66 Army
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 66 Army
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [6 Army]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 33 British Corps
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [1 Ind Corps]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 15 British Corps
* 2306: 66 Army moves to 2305 (Myitkyina)
* 2407 (Kunming): [6 Army] moves to 2306
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [4 Ind Corps]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 13AF LRB
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [4 Ind Corps]
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for BB Warspite
* 1905 (Dacca): 15 British Corps moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 1905 (Dacca): [1 Ind Corps] moves to 2005 (Dimasur)
* 1805 (Calcutta): 33 British Corps moves to 1905 (Dacca)
* 1307 (Columbo): 13AF LRB moves to 2205 (Ledo)
* 1406 (Madras): BB Warspite moves to 1905 (Dacca)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [4 Ind Corps]
* 2006 (Akyab): [4 Ind Corps] moves to 2105 (Imphal/Kohima)
* 2105 (Imphal/Kohima): [4 Ind Corps] moves to 1906
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [4 Ind Corps]
* 1906: [4 Ind Corps] moves to 2006 (Akyab)
No attacks, no PBM, back to you.
76 2/22/2021 10:58:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Thanks Rob, you're a gent!

Sorry about that fountain situation, sounds pretty gross, hope everything came out okay (so to speak)... and I apologize it took me all day to get my R/R done and draw cards. Lots of stuff at work and on the home front. :)
75 2/22/2021 10:56:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 6 cards.

74 2/22/2021 1:19:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Absolutely! Please adjust PW downward when you place your R&R...
No rush at all. I'm cleaning out a disgusting clogged fountain today, so will need at least a 3 hour shower afterwards...
73 2/22/2021 1:08:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Haha, fair enough! Triggering a monsoon as a military even does seem gamey, but I guess I can't complain.

Thanks for resetting everything and getting us ready for the next turn. I will digest and get back to you a little later so you can start your turn.

I had a quick question on Political Will: does the AP lose an additional PW point for not retaking Attu/Kiska by the end of this turn? I've been wondering about this, since you never seem particularly interested in dealing with it, but maybe I've misunderstood the rules. It may also be a function of my obsessing over the 1943 scenario, and this quirk comes as a surprise to someone used to playing the full game, in which case I'm happy to let you keep the PW point, I've gotten enough lucky breaks this game.
72 2/22/2021 1:01:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

71 2/22/2021 1:00:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Subs hit.
Escort modifier back to 0.
-1 ASP, to 3 with ISR.
JP draws 6 cards and 1 PASS.
No FOQ, so AP will go first after JP R&R.
70 2/22/2021 12:55:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

3


Message from Allies:
Strat war, subs, +2 DRM. Need 0-4 to hit.
69 2/22/2021 12:55:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message AP R&R
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for CVL San Jacinto
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for BB Massachusetts
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for SEAC LRB
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for XXIV Corps
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: CVL San Jacinto moves to 3626 (Cairns)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: BB Massachusetts moves to 3626 (Cairns)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: SEAC LRB moves to 1805 (Calcutta)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: XXIV Corps moves to 3823 (Port Moresby)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [CV Enterprise]
* RobC (Allies) flips the CV Enterprise
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [CV Lexington]
* RobC (Allies) flips the CV Lexington
* RobC (Allies) flips the SEAC Air
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 13AF LRB
* RobC (Allies) flips the 14AF Air
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 14AF Air
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for 33 British Corps
* Eliminated AL Air Units: 14AF Air moves to 2104 (Jarhat)
* Eliminated AL Air Units: 13AF LRB moves to 1307 (Columbo)
* Eliminated AL Ground Units: 33 British Corps moves to 1805 (Calcutta)
* Turn 5 (Jan-Apr 1943): Game Turn Marker (PM Tojo) moves to Turn 6 (May-Aug 1943)
* RobC (Allies) toggles Activation for [CV Indomitable]
* RobC (Allies) flips the CV Indomitable
Will roll for subs.
68 2/22/2021 12:54:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies End Turn Japanese deck was reshuffled.

67 2/22/2021 12:54:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message AP fails to make POW, PW to 5.
No attrition.

66 2/22/2021 12:04:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Dirty move?
Dude, THIS IS WAR.
If you have a weather machine, you use it!
65 2/21/2021 1:20:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Thanks Rob! Felt like a dirty move...
64 2/20/2021 10:57:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Nice job! Will do end of turn manana...
63 2/20/2021 7:59:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #19: 2 / Weather: Monsoon Rains Cancel Offensive
Allied Offensive is canceled. All units are placed back at their starting locations. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
I've never actually used one of these before, but I think it means the weather has turned against the Allies, and the offensive is canceled?

This is my last card and I have nothing in FOQ.
62 2/20/2021 6:46:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message No PBM for me. Bty for last card.
I forgot, did you put one in the FOQ?
61 2/20/2021 6:45:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #36: 3 / Operation Cherry Blossom: Bougainville Landing
Activate: Any HQ. Logistics Value: 5 Arleigh Burke: US CA naval units have 2 added to their attack strength for the duration of this Offensive.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
Event on SW PAC (5+2)
Kirill, the sequence of the moves is important, as stat moves cannot enter an unneutralized AZOI.
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): [CV Enterprise] moves to 2822
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): BB North Carolina moves to 2822
* 3626 (Cairns): 1M Division moves to 2822
* 2721 (Koepang): [CV Lexington] moves to (Roti)
* 2721 (Koepang): BB Washington moves to (Roti)
* 2721 (Koepang): 2M Division moves to (Roti)
* 2822: 1M Division moves to 2721 (Koepang)
* 2822: BB North Carolina moves to 2721 (Koepang)
* 2822: [CV Enterprise] moves to 2721 (Koepang)
* (Roti): [CV Lexington], BB Washington, 2M Division moves to 2517 (Balikpapan)
* Japanese Resources are now at 13
* RobC () sets Control Marker to Allied Progress of War at 2517 (Balikpapan). Hex is now Allied controlled
* Allies have captured 4 progress of war hexes
)> - Those were all strat moves, with Lexington providing the AZOI, then the Lex group invades Balikpapan, no special reaction possible., but very tenuous supply line!
)> - Bty.
60 2/19/2021 11:13:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Thanks Rob!! I have been fortunate to have a great teacher. And Elliott has been the follow-on beneficiary of your guidance, a real "each one teach one" thing.

I am excited to try the campaign one of these days, though figuring out the long list of things one has to accomplish as JP, and in what order I am supposed to do them, is a bit daunting! But I suspect you'll have some pointers for me... :)

And sorry about the carriers, I feel like I'm just adding insult to injury here!
59 2/19/2021 11:07:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Uh-oh!
There goes the carriers...:-)
58 2/19/2021 11:06:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Dude,
EXCEPT YOU'RE THE CHESSMASTER!
I'm going to have to do a lot with those carriers next turn for sure!
You are learning fast my friend! Soon you will be ready for the Campaign, and i predict you are going to love it!
Goodnight.
57 2/19/2021 11:06:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #56: 3 / WAR IN EUROPE: Minor Axis Victory
Decrease the War in Europe marker a number of spaces equal to the value associated with the year of the current game turn: 1942: 2 1943: 1 1944: No Effect 1945: No Effect Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
I downloaded the new version of the EOTS module, hope that doesn't mess anything up.

Trying to screw with your reinforcements, with the help of my German friends... BTY.
56 2/19/2021 11:03:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Haha I'm sorry Rob! If it's any consolation, I feel/hope that we're going to be long term gaming partners, and statistics being what they are, I'll be due for a game where I roll one zero after another. Maybe it will even be later this game...

Assuming the last few cards don't hold any tremendous surprises, I feel like our situation going into the next turn will resemble that of a chess master playing against an amateur who gives up a rook right out of the gate to make the game a challenge. I've been handed a rather advantageous position purely by dint of dice luck--but I sense that you may yet outplay me.
55 2/19/2021 10:22:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Grrr...
PBM
* 3721 (Madang): BB North Carolina moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 3822 (Lae): [CV Enterprise] moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
54 2/19/2021 5:34:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message The dice gods have smiled on the JP once again! The JP army flips but survives. We'll have to put an anomalous dice luck asterisk by this game.

BTY for PBM. You got Nauru so 3 PoW hexes are in AP hands...
53 2/19/2021 5:29:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
Looks like it's not the just the Japanese who love surprises! A good reminder of why we keep air cover with ground units.

BH (A) Air/Naval

AP: 24 (i.e., just enough)

+3 modifier for surprise
52 2/19/2021 11:58:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #44: 2 / Operation Squarepeg: Green Is. Invasion
Activate: Anzac HQ only. Logistic Value: 2 Intelligence: Surprise Attack. Conditions: Any air or naval units may be activated, but the only ground unit that can be activated is the 3rd NZ division.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Event on ANZAC (2+1)
* RobC () toggles Activation for BB North Carolina
* RobC () toggles Activation for [CV Enterprise]
* RobC () toggles Activation for 3NZ Division
* 4828 (Noumea): 3NZ Division moves to 4719 (Nauru)
* 3822 (Lae): BB North Carolina moves to 3721 (Madang)
* RobC () clones Battle Hex (A)
* 3721 (Madang): Battle Hex (A) moves to 3921
Bty.
51 2/18/2021 7:00:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Thanks Rob! Yes, very interested to see how you make use of these next plays...

PBM done, BTY.
50 2/18/2021 6:47:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Mandalay falls back to JP. AP still needs 2 hexes to make POW.
Back to you for PBM.
Air units cannot enter a Battle Hex, or move thru. However, see last paragraph of 8.31. A very special case...
49 2/18/2021 6:45:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Allies:
[14 AF] eliminated, but AP still get to roll for a crit...
48 2/18/2021 6:44:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message OK, intercept, but nobody going to that party...
47 2/18/2021 6:42:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Allies:
Reaction
46 2/18/2021 2:13:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #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:
Admiral Ugaki's dreams of Hawaiian conquest must be deferred in favor of the CBI.

South HQ (!+1)+3=5 acts

* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 38th Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 5 AD
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 4 AD
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 2 AD
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for Korean Army
* 2108 (Kwai Bridge North): 38th Army moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2110 (Bangkok): 2 AD moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 3305 (Seoul): Korean Army moves to 2008 (Rangoon)

BTY for reaction. My turn to hope you're not holding the Burma reaction card...
45 2/17/2021 8:11:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message OK thanks Rob, that is in fact a huge teachable moment! I have labored under the delusion that SR basically functioned the same as regular reaction, and haven't worried about garrisoning hexes within AZOI. But it turns out you have to make 2 successive rolls to be able to react. Thanks for explaining this key concept--SR doesn't come up too often, but I have been playing it wrong. (Another area where IMHO the rules could be clearer.)

In the event I failed my roll anyway, so it didn't matter gameplay wise. :)


44 2/17/2021 8:02:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Ok, here is a good teaching moment! That was your Special Reaction roll to first try to create a Battle Hex. The Special Reaction roll uses the same AZOI modifier as the reaction roll. If you passed the special reaction roll you could then either pay an intercept reaction card, or try to repeat the roll to try to change the intercept condition from surprise to intercept. This is a key concept that I had wrong for about a year :-(
43 2/17/2021 7:22:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Reaction roll fails, sneaking successful! No logfile, BTY for PBM if any.
42 2/17/2021 7:21:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Japanese:
Those US Marines, always know for sneaking around!

Rolling for reaction, need a 2, +2 for the ZOI = 4
41 2/17/2021 3:39:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #25: 1 / Operation Lilliput: Buna, New Guinea Offensive
Activate: SW HQ only. Logistic Value: 3 Conditions: May only activate US air and US/Australian ground units (an exception to the Allied HQ National Command rules). US Reservist Enter Combat: US ground units have their attack strength reduced by one for the duration of this Offensive.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
OC on SW PAC (2+1)
* RobC () toggles Activation for 2M Division
* RobC () toggles Activation for BB Washington
* RobC () toggles Activation for [CV Lexington]
* 3023 (Darwin): 2M Division moves to 2721 (Koepang)
* 3023 (Darwin): BB Washington moves to 2721 (Koepang)
* 3023 (Darwin): [CV Lexington] moves to 2721 (Koepang)
Will try to sneak into Koepang...
40 2/17/2021 12:22:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Sorry, I missed that I'm allowed to use the replacements immediately, so I slightly modified my play, flipped an AF and banked the other 2. So uploading a file was important after all! I've replaced 13.vlog with a new one. Thanks.
39 2/17/2021 11:36:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Actually I just saw that you went to the trouble of making a file for you WiE play, I owe you the same courtesy, I uploaded a 13.vlog with the replacements.
38 2/17/2021 11:13:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #30: 3 / Flight Instructors: Japanese Improve Training and Maintenance.
3 Air Replacements: The Japanese player receives 3 air replacement steps that 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:
I'll also invest in the future, with these guys. I won't bother making a new logfile if you don't mind, I'll just add the replacements when it comes back to me (or feel free to add them for me). Thanks, BTY.
37 2/17/2021 10:48:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Change War in Europe value From -1 to 1
36 2/17/2021 10:47:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #66: 2 / WAR IN EUROPE: Major 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: 2 1944: 3 1945: 3 Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Will Play War in Europe Lottery, and hope it sticks...
Bty.
35 2/17/2021 12:56:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #43: 1 / Tojo Resigns: Moderates in Power
If the game turn is 1944 or later, this card must be played as an event otherwise it is a Japanese option to play as an event, an OC, or discard. Reduce US Political Will by two. The Allied Manchurian Invasion card's prerequisite has been met. Flip the game turn marker from its PM Tojo to its Tojo Resigns side as a reminder. RESHUFFLE: If this card is played as an OC or a discard, reshuffle the Japanese deck at the end of this game turn. This card may not be played as a Future Offensive. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

NOTE: Deck will be reshuffled before next deal.Message from Japanese:
I'll get rid of this wretched card to shore up defenses.

Comb. Flt. 3+1=4 acts

* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for [22 AF]
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for CV Junyo
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for BB Nagato
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for BB Hiei
* 4415 (Eniwetok): CV Junyo, BB Nagato moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* 4017 (Truk): BB Hiei moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* 2212 (Saigon): [22 AF] moves to 2220 (Soerabaja)

No battles, no PBM, BTY.
34 2/16/2021 11:44:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #5: 2 / Operation Matador: Pre-emptive Malaya Offensive
Activate: Any Allied HQ. Logistic Value: 3 Intelligence: Intercept Conditions: No ASPs may be used. Bonus: Alert Defenses, add 2 to Allied air unit defense strengths.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
OC on S PAC (3+2)
* RobC () toggles Activation for [CV Lexington]
* RobC () toggles Activation for [CV Enterprise]
* RobC () toggles Activation for BB Washington
* RobC () toggles Activation for BB North Carolina
* RobC () toggles Activation for 1M Division
* 3626 (Cairns): 1M Division moves to 3023 (Darwin)
* 4828 (Noumea): [CV Lexington] moves to 3023 (Darwin)
* 4828 (Noumea): BB Washington moves to 3023 (Darwin)
* 4828 (Noumea): [CV Enterprise] moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 4828 (Noumea): BB North Carolina moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 3023 (Darwin): 1M Division moves to 3626 (Cairns)
* RobC () toggles Activation for 2M Division
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): 2M Division moves to 3023 (Darwin
No PBM, back to you.
33 2/15/2021 1:53:00 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:
Keep drawing this great card, and this time I know about the bonus.

CombFlt 3+2=5 acts

* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for CV Junyo
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for BB Nagato
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for [CA Mogami]
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 27 AF
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 23 AF
* 3407 (Kure): CV Junyo, BB Nagato, [CA Mogami] moves to 4415 (Eniwetok)
* 2915 (Davao): 23 AF moves to 4316 (Ponape)
* 4316 (Ponape): 23 AF moves to 4517 (Kusaie)
* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor): 27 AF moves to 3814 (Guam)
* Leningrad84 (Japan) creates Convoy Escorts Marker (+2) in Turn 5 (Jan-Apr 1943)

No battles or PBM, BTY.
32 2/14/2021 10:52:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #54: 2 / Hurricane Taskforce: Biak Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 if US SW Pac HQ, for all others: 3

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
SEAC (3+1) Strategic withdrawal in India. No Pbm, no battles, back to you...
* RobC () toggles Activation for [4 Ind Corps]
* RobC () toggles Activation for [1 Ind Corps]
* RobC () toggles Activation for BB Warspite
* RobC () toggles Activation for [66 Army]
* 2407 (Kunming): [66 Army] moves to 2306
* 2106 (Mandalay): [4 Ind Corps] moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2205 (Ledo): [1 Ind Corps] moves to 1905 (Dacca)
* 1005 (Maldive Islands): BB Warspite moves to 1406 (Madras)
31 2/14/2021 9:32:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Change War in Europe value From 0 to -1
30 2/14/2021 9:31:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 8 to 7
29 2/14/2021 2:07:00 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:
Thanks Rob! Yeah, that was a bit outrageous... now I'm just walking around waiting for a piano to fall on me or something. As you know, these things tend to swing back the other way.

Using this valuable card for OC again, just shoring up the position in the CBI.

South HQ 2+2=4 acts

* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 28th Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 38th Army
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 2 AD
* Leningrad84 (Japan) toggles Activation for 4 AD
* 2008 (Rangoon): 28th Army moves to 2107
* 2212 (Saigon): 38th Army moves to 2108 (Kwai Bridge North)
* 3004 (Peiping): 4 AD moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 3004 (Peiping): 2 AD moves to 2110 (Bangkok)

No battles, no PBM, BTY!
28 2/14/2021 11:47:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Everything looks perfect Kirill.
Good job!
If you could just dial back the rolls a bit :-)
PBM up, over to you...

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