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138 9/2/2021 4:32:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message OH shit, I totally missed it!! My bad. Let me resolve now...
137 9/2/2021 4:14:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message OK, attack in Burma looks good, but before I resolve, did you want to roll for the Kiska attack from my last card? HAR!
Also, no worries on RTL, as I want to learn the system before diving into the deep end with Thunder...
136 9/2/2021 1:05:00 PM Jan-Apr 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:
You look to be making moves on the kingside, so I'll try to put pressure on the queenside...

EC on South HQ 1+6=7 acts

* 2008 (Rangoon) : ED Army Activates.
* 2106 (Mandalay) : Korean Army Activates.
* 2107 : 38th Army Activates.
* 2106 (Mandalay) : 5 AD Activates.
* 2305 (Myitkyina) : 3 AD Activates.
* 1916 (Palembang) : 8 AD Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : [2 AD] Activates.
* 2106 (Mandalay) : 25th Army Activates.
* 2107 : 38th Army Deactivates.
- I want to prevent disengagement
* 2106 (Mandalay): 25th Army, Korean Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2008 (Rangoon): ED Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2305 (Myitkyina): 3 AD moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2008 (Rangoon): [2 AD] moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 1916 (Palembang): 8 AD moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2106 (Mandalay): 5 AD joins Battle A
* 2106 (Mandalay): 3 AD joins Battle A
* 2106 (Mandalay): [2 AD] joins Battle A
* 2106 (Mandalay): 8 AD joins Battle A
* 2106 (Mandalay): 8 AD joins Battle B

BTY for resolution.
135 9/2/2021 1:04:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Yeah, Volko is great, and WW is a classic--it came out a little bit before I got into serious wargaming, so I never picked up a copy. People are making lots of comparisons between the two games on BGG, with some preferring WW, but I've tracked B&T through development and excited to get my hands on it. B&T appeals for a few reasons. Even though there are cards involved, it's really one card at a time with no hand management, and that's appealing after struggling with card luck issues in EOTS; the system seems a bit simpler, and may be easier over VASSAL; also there are naval operations, which is one of my favorite aspects of FIW/Seven Years War. But we'll see how it plays.

Just as fair warning and not to lead you on, in case you're counting on me, I know I threw out RTL as a potential WWII title, but I think in reality the likelihood that I'll get my shit together enough to play an actual game of it is pretty low... basically I suck and have a very limited attention span, which is now probably going to get eaten up by B&T. I'm not a wargaming machine like you older guys! So I don't want you to waste your precious gaming time learning the rules and then be disappointed when I flake on you. Just thinking about Overruns makes my head hurt right now...

OK, and I do owe you an actual turn in THIS game, so let me try to squeeze something out--
134 9/2/2021 11:14:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Have you guys tried Wilderness War? Also French-Indian War. By superb designer Volko Ruhnke. It’s a CDG.
Ok, am learning Roads to Leningrad….
133 9/2/2021 1:17:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
Can't remember the last time I got a hit off one of these 50/50 sub cards.

Drawing...
132 9/2/2021 1:16:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Japanese:
Torpedoes away...
131 9/2/2021 1:16:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #75: 1 / Submarine Attack
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:
Will take a shot...
130 9/2/2021 1:16:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Yeah, RTL seems like a more tactical version of the East Front Series system, which makes sense since the designer is the same. People seem to like it, but I couldn't quite get myself playing solo... I think Elliott and I are headed into Bayonets & Tomahawks, the new GMT French and Indian War game.


129 8/31/2021 7:10:00 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:
Lets try Attu again...
CPAC Event (3+3)
* 5100 (Dutch Harbor) : BB Mississippi Activates.
* 5100 (Dutch Harbor) : M Brigade Activates.
* Allied ASP Marker uses 1/4 ASP
* 5100 (Dutch Harbor): BB Mississippi moves to 4600 (Attu/Kiska)
* 5100 (Dutch Harbor): M Brigade moves to 4600 (Attu/Kiska)
* 4828 (Noumea) : CV Lexington Activates.
* 4828 (Noumea) : SF Brigade Activates.
* 4826 (Efate) : CV Enterprise Activates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : BB North Carolina Activates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : CV Wasp Activates.
* 4828 (Noumea) : SF Brigade Deactivates.
* 4826 (Efate): CV Enterprise moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4828 (Noumea): CV Lexington moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): BB North Carolina moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): CV Wasp moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
bty, file up.
Hey, I have roads to Leningrad, never played, looking at it this week...
128 8/30/2021 11:59:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Hope it was something good! I will PASS.
127 8/30/2021 7:49:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allies:
PT's...
126 8/30/2021 7:49:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message File up bty...
125 8/30/2021 7:47:00 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:
Play this for the draw...
124 8/29/2021 6:20:00 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:
I saw chess aptly described the other day as "a struggle between my desire not to think, and my desire not to lose." I think that description applies to my EOTS game as well.

OC on SS HQ 2+2=4 acts

* 3822 (Lae) : SS Bde Activates.
* 4017 (Truk) : 19th Army Activates.
* 3922 (Buna) : Tainan AG Activates.
* 3720 (Wewak) : 6 AD Activates.
* 3922 (Buna): Tainan AG moves to 3720 (Wewak)
* 3720 (Wewak): 6 AD moves to 3922 (Buna)
* 3822 (Lae): SS Bde moves to 4017 (Truk)
* 4017 (Truk): 19th Army moves to 3822 (Lae)

No battles or PBM, BTY.
123 8/27/2021 7:03:00 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 SW PAC (3+2)
* 4022 : I Corps Activates.
* 4024 (Gili Gili) : XIV Corps Activates.
* 5321 (Funafuti) : XI Corps Activates.
* 3626 (Cairns) : 5AF Air Activates.
* 4322 (New Georgia) : 7AF Air Activates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : 13AF Air Activates.
* 4022: I Corps moves to 3921 (Gasmata)
* 4024 (Gili Gili): XIV Corps moves to 3923
* 4322 (New Georgia): 7AF Air moves to 3921 (Gasmata)
* 3626 (Cairns): 5AF Air moves to 3921 (Gasmata)
* 3921 (Gasmata) is now Allied controlled.
* Allies have captured 1 progress of war hexes
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): 13AF Air moves to 4322 (New Georgia)
* 5321 (Funafuti): XI Corps moves to 4024 (Gili Gili)
* 4322 (New Georgia): 13AF Air moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : 13AF Air Deactivates
No PBM, no battles, bty.
122 8/26/2021 3:14:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 6 cards.

121 8/26/2021 3:14:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message JP R&R:

* Japanese Reinforcement Schedule: 28 AF moves to 4415 (Eniwetok)
* Japanese Reinforcement Schedule: [37th Army] moves to 3813 (Saipan/Tinian)
* Japanese Reinforcement Schedule: 8 AD moves to 2110 (Bangkok)
* Leningrad84 (Referee) moves 8 AD from 2110 (Bangkok) to Japanese Reinforcement Schedule
* Japanese Reinforcement Schedule: 8 AD moves to 2110 (Bangkok)

Not playing FOQ, so you'll be going first.
120 8/25/2021 1:26:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

119 8/25/2021 1:26:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Subs hit. JP has 6 cards, 1 PASS. ASP's to 6
Over to JP for R&R and option to go first with FOQ?
File up.
118 8/25/2021 1:25:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Allies:
Strat war subs.
117 8/25/2021 1:24:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies End Turn Allies deck was reshuffled.

116 8/25/2021 1:24:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Arrives in Pacific.
All Turn 5 reinfs to delay box.
Replacements as noted.
115 8/25/2021 1:23:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Allies:
XXIV to Europe?
114 8/25/2021 1:22:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Wait a minute, I'm in delay...
113 8/25/2021 1:20:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message OK, end of turn. POW made, no attrition.
AP R&R
* Delayed Reinforcements Box : BB Massachusetts Activates.
* Delayed Reinforcements Box : CVL San Jacinto Activates.
* Delayed Reinforcements Box : XXIV Corps Activates.
* Delayed Reinforcements Box : SEAC LRB Activates.
* Delayed Reinforcements Box : 11AF Air Activates.
* Delayed Reinforcements Box : 7AF Air Activates.
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: SEAC LRB moves to 1406 (Madras)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: BB Massachusetts moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: 7AF Air moves to 4322 (New Georgia)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: CVL San Jacinto moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: XXIV Corps moves to 4024 (Gili Gili)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: 11AF Air moves to 3624 (Cape York)
* 4828 (Noumea) : CV Lexington restored to full strength.
* 4828 (Noumea) : CV Lexington Activates.
* 4022 : [I Corps] Activates.
* 4022 : I Corps restored to full strength.
112 8/25/2021 1:56:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Whatever, I guess I won't even do my awesome attack if you're gonna be like that.

OC on CF HQ 2+3=5 acts

* 3706 (Tokyo) : BB Hiei Activates.
* 3407 (Kure) : [CA Mogami] Activates.
* 4415 (Eniwetok) : CVL Zuiho Activates.
* 3813 (Saipan/Tinian) : [31st Army] Activates.
* 3813 (Saipan/Tinian): [31st Army] moves to 3709 (Iwo Jima)
* 4415 (Eniwetok): CVL Zuiho moves to 3813 (Saipan/Tinian)
* 3706 (Tokyo): BB Hiei moves to 3813 (Saipan/Tinian)
* 3407 (Kure): [CA Mogami] moves to 3813 (Saipan/Tinian)

No nothing, BTY, end of turn. And I DID upload a file this time.
111 8/24/2021 4:36:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Only 1 battle hex for an OC. Also, please send file when you fix the move...
110 8/23/2021 6:26:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #17: 2 / Japanese Counterattack at Savo Island
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 3 Intelligence: Intercept. Conditions: Either air or naval units may be activated, but not both. Japanese Night Fighting Advantage: Japanese CA, CL and APD naval units have 2 added to their attack strength for all battles fought during the current Offensive. Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Alright, I'll try to nip this problem in the bud.

OC on SS HQ 2+2=4 acts

* 4021 (Rabaul) : 17th Army Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : CL Tenryu Activates.
* 3720 (Wewak) : 6 AD Activates.
* 4517 (Kusaie) : 27 AF Activates.
* 4517 (Kusaie): 27 AF moves to 4020 (Kavieng)
* 3720 (Wewak): 6 AD moves to 4020 (Kavieng)
* 4021 (Rabaul): CL Tenryu moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4021 (Rabaul): 17th Army moves to 4022
* 4020 (Kavieng): 27 AF joins Battle A
* 4020 (Kavieng): 6 AD joins Battle A

BTY for resolution.
109 8/22/2021 6:41:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #73: 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:
OC on CPAC (2+3)
* 5100 (Dutch Harbor) : 11AF Air Activates.
* 5808 (Oahu) : XI Corps Activates.
* 5808 (Oahu): XI Corps moves to 5809
* 5808 (Oahu) : 7AF Air Activates.
* 5809: XI Corps moves to 5321 (Funafuti)
* 5808 (Oahu): 7AF Air moves to Delayed Reinforcements Box
* 5100 (Dutch Harbor): 11AF Air moves to 5622
* 5622: 11AF Air moves to Delayed Reinforcements Box
Bty..
108 8/22/2021 4:51:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message BTY!
107 8/22/2021 4:51:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
You know why.
106 8/22/2021 4:51:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #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:
Annoying!

Alright, I'll just play this AGAIN for the card draw.
105 8/20/2021 9:05:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #8: 1 / Australian Coast Watchers
Intelligence: Intercept. Conditions: Can only be played if Japanese air or naval units are activated for the current Offensive. Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
OC on ANZAC (1+1)
* 4627: S Pac HQ (Ghormley) (Agreement) is eliminated
* 4423 (Guadalcanal) : [I Corps] Activates.
* 4828 (Noumea) : 3NZ Division Activates.
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): [I Corps] moves to 4022
* 4828 (Noumea): 3NZ Division moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* Allied ASP Marker uses 3/3 ASP
Bty.
104 8/20/2021 12:28:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Sorry, I forgot to swap your admiral!
103 8/19/2021 11:54:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Set Deck Reshuffle Deck will be reshuffled before next deal
102 8/19/2021 3:37:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Shit, that was supposed to be a discard, not a play to the deck. Oh well, I'll have to remember to discard it if I redraw it. Oops.
101 8/19/2021 3:36:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Return Strategy card to deck #45: 3 / Operation Sho-Go
OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Trading in.
100 8/19/2021 3:36:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #34: 2 / US Army/Navy Dispute: Slows US Reinforcements

Message from Japanese:
Hoping I manage to draw into something good, and trying to maintain card parity.
99 8/19/2021 3:35:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 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:
Alright, I keep drawing these, so I'm just going to keep doing the same annoying shit.
98 8/19/2021 3:34:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Haha, it was mostly the wonky capitalization... Actually I have no idea how I'm going to make progress in the CBI or anywhere else now. What, it's not like I wrote the scenario or something!

Interesting, who's it by? I'm actually a pretty big fan of Glantz, finally gives us Russians our due, though I agree some of those books are extremely dense. I got through Battle of Kursk, but that Stalingrad trilogy, whew--as bad as the actual battle.
97 8/18/2021 11:19:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message How did you know?
Hey, are you stalking me?
Wait, did you know because that move sucked?
Shit!
Anyway, half a bottle. Forgot which half...
Also, when you move, please remove Ghormley, he got fired when Halsey showed up.
Reading Absolute War, excellent! It's like Glantz, but actually readable...

96 8/18/2021 11:04:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message How much wine have you had already...
95 8/18/2021 11:02:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #40: 3 / Operation Dexterity: New Britain Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 if US SW HQ, for all others: 3

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
Event on SEAC (3+1)
* RobC (Allies) toggles American ISR (Rivalry)
*RobC (Allies) deactivates Japanese units.
*RobC (Allies) deactivates Allied units.
*RobC (Allies) unmarks all moved units
* 2105 (Imphal/Kohima) : 33 British Corps Activates.
* 2307 : 6 Army Activates.
* 2006 (Akyab) : 15 British Corps Activates.
* 1805 (Calcutta) : SEAC Air Activates.
* 2307: 6 Army moves to 2306
* 2306: 6 Army moves to 2206 (Lashio)
* 2105 (Imphal/Kohima): 33 British Corps moves to 2206 (Lashio)
* 2006 (Akyab): 15 British Corps moves to 2105 (Imphal/Kohima)
* 1805 (Calcutta): SEAC Air moves to 2006 (Akyab)
nO pbm, NO BATTLES, BTY...
94 8/18/2021 1:05:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
For ISR.
93 8/18/2021 1:05:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #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:
Well, nothing I can do about that--if you don't mind marking this and playing off the same file.
92 8/18/2021 11:53:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #76: 2 / Oboe: Australians Invade Borneo
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 Conditions: Any nationality air and naval units may be activated, but only Australian ground units may be activated.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
OC on Halsey (3+2)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : 2M Division Activates.
* 4423 (Guadalcanal) : 1M Division Activates.
* 5808 (Oahu) : XI Corps Deactivates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : 13AF LRB Activates.
* 4826 (Efate) : 1 MAW Activates.
*RobC (Allies) sets AZOI OFF (AZOI shading is SOLID)
*RobC (Allies) sets AZOI ON (AZOI shading is SOLID)
* 3626 (Cairns) : 5AF LRB Activates.
* Allied ASP Marker uses 1/3 ASP
* Allied ASP Marker uses 2/3 ASP
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): 1M Division moves to 4719 (Nauru)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): 2M Division moves to 4322 (New Georgia)
* 3626 (Cairns) : 5AF LRB Deactivates.
* 3727 (Townsville) : [I Corps] Activates.
* 4826 (Efate): 1 MAW moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 3727 (Townsville): [I Corps] moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
- PBM:
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): 13AF LRB moves to 4719 (Nauru)
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): 1 MAW moves to 4322 (New Georgia)
* 4322 (New Georgia) is now Allied controlled.
* Allies have captured 3 progress of war hexes
* 4719 (Nauru) is now Allied controlled.
* Allies have captured 4 progress of war hexes
No battles, bty..
91 8/18/2021 11:42:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message I think I lost a Marine division somewhere around GC, will redo from last file...
90 8/17/2021 5:19:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #82: 3 / Indian Worker's Strike
Move the India Status marker one box toward India Revolts, if already in India Revolts box there is no additional effect. Bonus: The Allies lose 1 ground replacement step next game turn and any other ground replacement steps available during the next game turn can only be used for non-Commonwealth ground units.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
OC on CF HQ 3+3=6 acts

* 4017 (Truk) : 27 AF Activates.
* 4415 (Eniwetok) : 21 AF Activates.
* 3706 (Tokyo) : CVL Zuiho Activates.
* 3706 (Tokyo) : BB Hiei Activates.
* 3706 (Tokyo) : 1 AD Activates.
* 2909 (Tainan) : [22 AF] Activates.
* 4415 (Eniwetok): 21 AF moves to 4715 (Kwajalein)
* 3706 (Tokyo): BB Hiei, CVL Zuiho moves to 4108
* 4108: BB Hiei, CVL Zuiho moves to 4415 (Eniwetok)
* 3706 (Tokyo): 1 AD moves to 4110 (Marcus)
* 4017 (Truk): 27 AF moves to 4517 (Kusaie)
* 2909 (Tainan): [22 AF] moves to 4612 (Wake)

No PBM, no battles, BTY.
89 8/17/2021 5:10:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 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:
This time I will. Need to make up for my failure to garrison things properly. I'll play off the previous file?
88 8/17/2021 2:04:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #79: 3 / Soviets Invade Manchuria
Manchuria: If Tojo has resigned, then this card MUST be played as an event, otherwise it can only be played as an OC. If played as the event the Japanese permanently lose two Resource Hexes (3302 and 3303). Place a Soviet Flag in each hex to denote Allied control that counts for Progress of the War. Bonus: If China has not surrendered, move the China marker two boxes toward or into the Stable Front box.. RESHUFFLE: If played as an OC or discarded, place this card back in the deck and reshuffle the deck at the end of the game turn. If played as the event, permanently remove this card from the deck and do NOT reshuffle. This card may not be played as a Future Offensive.

OC: 3 EC: 0

NOTE: Deck will be reshuffled before next deal.Message from Allies:
OC on ANZAC (3+1)
Use 2/3 ASP's
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : 2M Division Activates.
* 4423 (Guadalcanal) : 14AF LRB Activates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : 13AF LRB Activates.
* 4423 (Guadalcanal) : 1M Division Activates.
* 4828 (Noumea) : 3NZ Division Activates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : 13AF LRB Deactivates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): 2M Division moves to 4612 (Wake)
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): 1M Division moves to 4517 (Kusaie)
* 4828 (Noumea): 3NZ Division moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
- PBM
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): 14AF LRB moves to 4517 (Kusaie)
* 4517 (Kusaie): 14AF LRB moves to 4612 (Wake)
Back to you to cancel, or next card.
File up.
87 8/17/2021 1:04:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message I learned from the beeeeest… :)
86 8/17/2021 12:08:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Ok, THAT was a dick move…
Back at ya’ manana…
85 8/16/2021 10:44:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message BTY!
84 8/16/2021 10:43:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #34: 2 / US Army/Navy Dispute: Slows US Reinforcements

Message from Japanese:
Redraw...
83 8/16/2021 10:42:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Discard Strategy card #32: 3 / Operation I-Go: Air Offensive
OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
Will cycle this...
82 8/16/2021 10:42:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #33: 2 / Imperial Intervention
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:
Alright, I'll live with it.

Emperor comes for a visit.
81 8/16/2021 6:37:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #33: 2 / Quadrant Conference: Burma Offensive
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 3 Conditions: Only air and ground units may be activated. Bonus: This event ends a US inter-service rivalry. Flip the US Inter-Service Rivalry marker to its Strategic Agreement side. If the US Inter-Service Rivalry marker is already on Strategic Agreement side there is no additional effect. In addition, the Allies may immediately construct the Jarhat Trans Route for no cost. If Jarhat already constructed the either Ledo or Imphal can be constructed.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
What a dick move!
Will build Imphal, then move...
* 1905 (Dacca) : 33 British Corps Activates.
* 1805 (Calcutta) : 4 Ind Corps Activates.
* 1905 (Dacca) : 15 British Corps Activates.
* 2306 : 66 Army Activates.
* RobC (Allies) toggles American ISR (Agreement)
* 2306: 66 Army moves to 2206 (Lashio)
* 2206 (Lashio): 66 Army moves to 2305 (Myitkyina)
* 2305 (Myitkyina): 66 Army moves to 2206 (Lashio)
* 2305 (Myitkyina) is now Allied controlled.
* Allies have captured 1 progress of war hexes
* 2206 (Lashio) is now Allied controlled.
* Allies have captured 2 progress of war hexes
*RobC (Allies) toggles Imphal Route
* 1905 (Dacca): 33 British Corps moves to 2105 (Imphal/Kohima)
* 1905 (Dacca): 15 British Corps moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 1805 (Calcutta): 4 Ind Corps moves to 1905 (Dacca)
No attacks.
Back to you to react, or next card...
80 8/16/2021 1:27:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
For ISR...
79 8/16/2021 1:27:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #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:
Sorry to be a dick, will knock you back.
78 8/16/2021 12:31:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #39: 2 / Sextant Conference: Burma Road
This event ends a US inter-service rivalry. Flip the US Inter-Service Rivalry marker to its Strategic Agreement side. If the US Inter-Service Rivalry marker is already on Strategic Agreement side there is no additional effect. Bonus: In addition the Allied player immediately receives 3 Chinese ground and 1 Allied air replacement steps that must be used immediately (cannot be saved) on in supply units. Allied air units can be in the air units in China box. In addition, the Allies may immediately construct the Jarhat Trans Route for no cost. If Jarhat already constructed then either Ledo or Imphal may be constructed. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Will take the 3 Chinese steps, but will hold off on the Expressway..
Out of ISR for the moment.
Bty, file up.
77 8/15/2021 1:58:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Change War in Europe value From 1 to -1
76 8/15/2021 1:58:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Change War in Europe value From 1 to 1
75 8/15/2021 1:58:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #57: 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:
Fall Blau!
74 8/15/2021 1:55:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Rats! I strongly considered NOT activating Shokaku, so you would shoot at something else instead. I should trust my instincts... But as you say, subs happen.
73 8/15/2021 12:22:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allies:
For sub doctrine...
72 8/15/2021 12:20:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #80: 1 / New Submarine Doctrine: Japanese Escort Destruction Priority
The Japanese lose all Submarine Warfare modifiers, except defective torpedoes, for the remainder of the game. Remove the Japanese escort marker from the game. The play of this card supersedes the Event Bonus on Japanese cards 37 and 38 for the remainder of the game, even if they have not yet been played. . Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Gets rid of the +2...
Second draw of the turn, then back to you.
71 8/15/2021 12:19:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allies:
For subs
70 8/15/2021 12:19:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Shokaku flips.
69 8/15/2021 12:18:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
sub
68 8/15/2021 12:18:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #68: 1 / Submarine Attack: Archerfish sinks Shinano
Play during an Offensive after 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: 0-7: Japanese lose one naval step (Allies chooses, can eliminated a unit). 8-9: No Effect. Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Will try for Shokaku
67 8/14/2021 6:52:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message But it’s a killer card once you have all the hexes in N.India.
Have you ever played 1989? Very cool game, sequel to Twilight Struggle.
66 8/14/2021 6:40:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #62: 2 / Kamikaze Attack
Play prior to one battle of the Offensive that is within 11 hexes of Tokyo (3706) and within extended range of a Japanese air unit. The Japanese player eliminates two Allied naval steps (Japanese player's choice, may not eliminate a unit unless there is no other option), while reducing the Japanese air unit whose range was used one step (even if this would eliminate the air unit). No more than one Kamikaze per battle, but more than one Kamikaze per offensive is allowed. Draw One Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:

I'll try this instead, into the teeth of your subs.

OC on CF HQ 3+2=5 acts

* 3407 (Kure) : BB Yamato Activates.
* 3407 (Kure) : CV Junyo Activates.
* 3706 (Tokyo) : BB Kongo Activates.
* 3706 (Tokyo) : CV Shokaku Activates.
* 3706 (Tokyo) : CA Takao Activates.
* 3407 (Kure): BB Yamato moves to 4017 (Truk)
* 3706 (Tokyo): BB Kongo moves to 4017 (Truk)
* 3706 (Tokyo): CA Takao moves to 4017 (Truk)
* 3706 (Tokyo): CV Shokaku moves to 4017 (Truk)
* 3407 (Kure): CV Junyo moves to 4017 (Truk)

No battles, no PBM. BTY.
65 8/14/2021 6:36:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #82: 3 / Indian Worker's Strike

Message from Japanese:
Haha okay, thanks Rob. I think the trade unionist in me wants to play this card. Also, I have a pretty weird hand. Let me try that again...
64 8/14/2021 5:31:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Yes, so you don’t want to play that right now!
63 8/14/2021 4:49:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message (No file posted while we figure this out...)
62 8/14/2021 4:49:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #82: 3 / Indian Worker's Strike
Move the India Status marker one box toward India Revolts, if already in India Revolts box there is no additional effect. Bonus: The Allies lose 1 ground replacement step next game turn and any other ground replacement steps available during the next game turn can only be used for non-Commonwealth ground units.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
I'll play this, but I'm not sure what the practical effect is with respect to India. The rules state:

"If at any time the Allied player controls any hex Northern India, by attacking out of Calcutta, or via Amphibious invasion, or by card play, immediately move the marker to the India Stable position and begin the cycle again. However, if India has already surrendered, the marker is not moved."

So does this mean that the marker moves towards Revolt, but them immediately moves back again to Stable?
61 8/14/2021 11:25:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Sorry!
2 MAR to ES, file up, bty...
60 8/13/2021 10:53:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

59 8/13/2021 10:53:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message I think you're overstacked in Guadalcanal, brother! I'll wait for you to adjust before I move.

Also, how come the Turn 5 reinforcements went to the delay box?

* Japanese Reinforcement Schedule: 27 AF moves to 4017 (Truk)
* Japanese Reinforcement Schedule: [37th Army] moves to 2212 (Saigon)
* 2212 (Saigon) : 37th Army restored to full strength.
* Leningrad84 (Referee) sets Japanese Divisions in China to 8
58 8/13/2021 6:39:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

57 8/13/2021 6:39:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message OK, file is up.
56 8/13/2021 6:37:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Subs JUST miss.
7 cards each JP will start.
55 8/13/2021 6:37:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Strat war, subs...
54 8/13/2021 6:36:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies End Turn
53 8/13/2021 6:36:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message End of turn, and R&R
* Turn 4 (Sep-Dec 1942): S Pac HQ (Halsey) (Rivalry) moves to 5221 (Naumea)
* 5221 (Naumea) : S Pac HQ (Halsey) (Rivalry) Activates.
* Allied Reinfrocement Chart: BB Washington moves to 5320
* 5320 : BB Washington Activates.
* Allied Reinfrocement Chart: CA London moves to 5321 (Funafuti)
* 5321 (Funafuti) : CA London Activates.
* Allied Reinfrocement Chart: 14AF LRB moves to 5319
* 5319 : 14AF LRB Activates.
* Allied Reinfrocement Chart: 2 MAW moves to 5220
* 5220 : 2 MAW Activates.
* Allied Reinfrocement Chart: 2M Division moves to 5120
* Allied Reinfrocement Chart: 4 Ind Corps moves to 5121
* 5121 : 4 Ind Corps Activates.
* 5120 : 2M Division Activates.
* Allied Reinfrocement Chart: BB Massachusetts moves to Delayed Reinforcements Box
* Allied Reinfrocement Chart: CVL San Jacinto moves to Delayed Reinforcements Box
* Allied Reinfrocement Chart: XXIV Corps moves to Delayed Reinforcements Box
* Allied Reinfrocement Chart: SEAC LRB moves to Delayed Reinforcements Box
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : [CV Wasp] Activates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : CV Wasp restored to full strength.
* 4826 (Efate) : [CV Enterprise] Activates.
* 4826 (Efate) : CV Enterprise restored to full strength.
* 5221 (Naumea): S Pac HQ (Halsey) (Rivalry) moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 5220: 2 MAW moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 5120: 2M Division moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 5320: BB Washington moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 5121: 4 Ind Corps moves to 1707
* 1707: 4 Ind Corps moves to 1805 (Calcutta)
* 5321 (Funafuti): CA London moves to 1307 (Columbo)
* 5319: 14AF LRB moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4024 (Gili Gili) : [XIV Corps] Activates.
* 4024 (Gili Gili) : XIV Corps restored to full strength.
* Turn 3 (May-Aug 1942): Game Turn Marker (PM Tojo) moves to Turn 4 (Sep-Dec 1942)
* Strategic Record Track (2): Allied ASP Marker moves to Strategic Record Track (3)
* Allied ASP Marker uses 1/3 ASP
* Allied ASP Marker uses 0/3 ASP
* RobC (Allies) creates Allied Drawn Cards Marker in Strategic Record Track (0)
* RobC (Allies) creates Japanese Drawn Cards Marker in Strategic Record Track (0)
52 8/13/2021 5:57:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message No worries. Been running around dealing with life and this freaking smoke…
Will get back to fame within hour…
51 8/13/2021 3:53:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Hey Rob,

Sorry, not sure I uploaded the right file, just re-uploaded it now.

Thanks,
K
50 8/12/2021 7:39:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #46: 3 / Operation A-Go: Battle of the Philippine Sea
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 if Combined Fleet HQ, otherwise: 4. Intelligence: Intercept. Tactical Wire Intercepts: Allied carrier units have their defense values increased by two for the duration of the Offensive. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
I forgot to mention how comforting I found your previous response.

OC on South HQ 1+3=4 acts

* 2008 (Rangoon) : Korean Army Activates.
* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor) : 14th Army Activates.
* 3004 (Peiping) : 2 AD Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : 28th Army Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon): Korean Army moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2008 (Rangoon): 28th Army moves to 2107
* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor): 14th Army moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 3004 (Peiping): 2 AD moves to 2008 (Rangoon)

No battles, no PBM. End of turn. We draw normally next turn, so you get 7 and I get what I get based on subs. Initiative as normal, i.e. I'll go first if we're even, or you go if you have more subject to FOQ play.
49 8/12/2021 7:00:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message No file.
Hey, how many cards do we get next turn?
48 8/12/2021 6:52:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Allies:
Will do same.
Bty for last card…
47 8/12/2021 5:17:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Japanese:
Will save this mystery card to FOQ... BTY.
46 8/11/2021 8:22:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Dude,
Relax.
It's me.
45 8/11/2021 8:14:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message I uploaded a file reflecting that PBM, assuming it's accurate.

I also realize that what I did there was gamey, in that I took back my JN-25 with your assumed permission after having drawn my card, which was fine, but would I have done that if it had been a really excellent card? I was thinking solely in terms of having wasted the intercept on a play where I couldn't do anything with it... anyway, I hope I have your indulgence, and no hard feelings I hope. Happy to restart, but I imagine having to play this turn again is the last thing you want.
44 8/11/2021 8:13:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Yup, please move everybody back to DH when you play your next card...
No file.
Dice hate me today, which sucks, cause I sent flowers, called, everything...
43 8/11/2021 8:08:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Sorry Rob--I think it's +2 but -2 for terrain, so the roll is a flat 2 which is bad luck and not enough to reduce my guys in Attu.

I get a x1.5 = 3, also not enough to do any damage.

I think everyone has to PBM back to Dutch Harbor?
42 8/11/2021 8:06:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

2
7


Message from Japanese:
OK that failed.

BH(A) - GRD

AP: 8 (+2)
JP: 2 (can possibly reduce the 8-8 on a 9 roll I think)
41 8/11/2021 8:03:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Japanese:
Let's try that again... roll for intercept.
40 8/11/2021 8:02:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Return Strategy card to deck #44: 3 / Tokyo Express: Bougainville Reinforcements
OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
39 8/11/2021 8:02:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #49: 1 / JN25 Code Change

Message from Japanese:

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