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562 6/28/2022 11:35:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message Looks like a fist full of powerful cards that you drew this turn. I will be travelling most of the day but should be able to resolve tonight.
561 6/28/2022 10:43:00 AM May-Aug 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #74: 3 / Operation Iceberg: Okinawa Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 8 if US Central Pac HQ, for all others: 4 Conditions: An Allied ground unit must make an amphibious move to a hex within 10 hexes of Tokyo or this card may only be used as an OC.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
Wake meets the 10 hex condition.

* 5808 (Oahu) : Cen Pac HQ (Agreement) Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : 3M Division Activates.
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands) : CV Intrepid Activates.
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands) : BB North Carolina Activates.
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands) : [CV Essex] Activates.
* 4020 (Kavieng) : 11AF LRB Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : CV Enterprise Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : CV Franklin Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : BB Massachusetts Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : CV Lexington Activates.
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands) : CVL Bataan Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : CV Bunker Hill Activates.
* 4020 (Kavieng): 11AF LRB moves to 3319 (Biak)
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands): [CV Essex] moves to 3013
* 4021 (Rabaul): CV Enterprise moves to 3013
* 4021 (Rabaul): 3M Division moves to 4612 (Wake)
* Allied ASP Marker uses 1/2 ASP
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands): BB North Carolina moves to 3014 (Samar/Leyte)
* 4021 (Rabaul): BB Massachusetts moves to 3014 (Samar/Leyte)
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands): CV Intrepid moves to 3215
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands): CVL Bataan moves to 3215
* 4021 (Rabaul): CV Lexington moves to 3215
* 4021 (Rabaul): CV Franklin moves to 3215
* 4715 (Kwajalein): CV Bunker Hill moves to 3215
* 3319 (Biak): 11AF LRB joins Battle A
* c (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 2915 (Davao)
* 3013: [CV Essex] joins Battle B
* 3013: CV Enterprise joins Battle B
* c (Allies) creates Battle Hex (B) in 2813 (Manila/Corregidor)
* 3014 (Samar/Leyte): BB North Carolina joins Battle C
* 3014 (Samar/Leyte): BB Massachusetts joins Battle C
* 3215: CV Intrepid joins Battle C
* 3215: CVL Bataan joins Battle C
* 3215: CV Lexington joins Battle C
* 3215: CV Franklin joins Battle C
* 3215: CV Bunker Hill joins Battle C
* c (Allies) creates Battle Hex (C) in 3014 (Samar/Leyte)
* 4612 (Wake) is now Allied controlled.
* Allies have captured 1 progress of war hexes
560 6/27/2022 1:54:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message Copy on pass. Heading out to golf rest of the afternoon, probably get play in tonight.
559 6/27/2022 1:53:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message Missed your Naval replacements message, admin log up correcting it.
558 6/27/2022 1:52:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message I'll take my pass here. No passes for either of us. See my comment about naval replacements in a previous message. No file from me.
557 6/27/2022 1:51:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message I guess I won't complain about that...

* 4316 (Ponape): 13AF LRB moves to 3319 (Biak)
* 3816 (Faraulep): CVL Bataan moves to 3820 (Admiralty Islands)
* 4015: [CV Essex] moves to 3820 (Admiralty Islands)
* 3814 (Guam): BB North Carolina moves to 3820 (Admiralty Islands)
* 4112: CV Lexington moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* 4012: CV Bunker Hill moves to 4715 (Kwajalein)
* 4110 (Marcus): BB New Jersey moves to 4715 (Kwajalein)
* 4212: CV Enterprise moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* 4311: CV Intrepid moves to 3820 (Admiralty Islands)

Log up, back to you.
556 6/27/2022 1:51:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message Please move the Japanese naval replacements to 1 with your PBM. I only used 2 of the 3 to put the Yamato back on the board.
555 6/27/2022 1:46:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message Surprise; Both units are eliminated. On file over to you for PBM.
554 6/27/2022 1:46:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Intel DR
553 6/27/2022 12:57:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #32: 3 / Operation Reno II: Invasion of Rabaul
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 7 if US SW HQ, for all others: 4

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
Guess I'll keep chipping away. I'm definitely out of "safe" raids and will start absorbing hits, but definitely at point where I can start taking it.

* 4222 (Buin) : SW Pac HQ (Agreement) Activates.
- 2+7 = 9
* 3620 (Aitape) : 13AF LRB Activates.
* 3319 (Biak) : BB North Carolina Activates.
* 3319 (Biak) : BB New Jersey Activates.
* 3319 (Biak) : CV Lexington Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : CVL Bataan Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : CV Enterprise Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : [CV Essex] Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : CV Bunker Hill Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : CV Intrepid Activates.
* 3620 (Aitape): 13AF LRB moves to 4316 (Ponape)
* 3319 (Biak): BB North Carolina moves to 3814 (Guam)
* 3319 (Biak): BB New Jersey moves to 4110 (Marcus)
* 3319 (Biak): CV Lexington moves to 4112
* 4021 (Rabaul): CVL Bataan moves to 3816 (Faraulep)
* 4715 (Kwajalein): [CV Essex] moves to 4015
* 4715 (Kwajalein): CV Intrepid moves to 4311
* 4021 (Rabaul): CV Bunker Hill moves to 4012
* 4715 (Kwajalein): CV Enterprise moves to 4212
* 4316 (Ponape): 13AF LRB joins Battle A
* 4015: [CV Essex] joins Battle A
* 3816 (Faraulep): CVL Bataan joins Battle A
* 3814 (Guam): BB North Carolina joins Battle A
* c (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 3814 (Guam)
* 4110 (Marcus): BB New Jersey joins Battle B
* 4012: CV Bunker Hill joins Battle B
* 4112: CV Lexington joins Battle B
* 4212: CV Enterprise joins Battle B
* 4311: CV Intrepid joins Battle B
* c (Allies) creates Battle Hex (B) in 4110 (Marcus)
552 6/26/2022 11:10:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message Sounds good. Take your time.
551 6/26/2022 11:09:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message Well that's not what you want to see... Need to stew a bit on my hand on the best path forward.
550 6/26/2022 11:08:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #72: 3 / Carrier Conversion: Reinforcement
3 Naval Replacements: The Japanese player receives 3 naval replacement steps. These may be used immediately, or recorded as replacement steps for future use. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
I will play this to launch 2 more Yamato BB's. Full strength Yamato to Port Arthur and I will bank the 3rd step.

No file. Just make the adjustments on your next play.
549 6/26/2022 11:03:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Return Strategy card to hand #13: 3 / Operation Watchtower: Guadalcanal Invasion

Message from Allies:
From ISR
548 6/26/2022 11:03:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Discard Strategy card #31: 3 / Black Day: US New Guinea Air Offensive
OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
Discarding for ISR
547 6/26/2022 11:03:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #10: 1 / General Douglas MacArthur: Pacific First Strategy
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: If this card is played as an event, the Allies 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). Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Was going to delay it until after a few offensives, but I think it's in my benefit to get ISR done earlier rather than later.

No file, bty, will do my replacement shortly.
546 6/26/2022 10:58:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Change US Political Will From 3 to 4
545 6/26/2022 10:58:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message Real quick I'm going to add the PW from Strat. Doesn't really matter just don't want to forget. Card play to follow after some thinking.
544 6/26/2022 10:41:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #42: 3 / Ichi-Go: China 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: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
CF 2+3=5

* 2212 (Saigon) : [29th Army] Activates.
* 3705 (Ominato) : 32nd Army Activates.
* 2212 (Saigon) : 4 AD Activates.
* 2616 (Tarakan) : 22 AF Activates.
* 2508 (Yungning) : 7 AD Activates.
* 2212 (Saigon): [29th Army] moves to 2915 (Davao)
* 2212 (Saigon): 4 AD moves to 3005 (Tientsin)
* 2616 (Tarakan): 22 AF moves to 3105 (Tsingtao)
* 3705 (Ominato): 32nd Army moves to 3606
* 2508 (Yungning): 7 AD moves to 3704 (Hakodate)

File up Bty
543 6/26/2022 10:35:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allies:
From Card Play.
542 6/26/2022 10:35:00 PM May-Aug 1944 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:
OK. I'm kind of punting in that this card is useless and I want to see if I can get something better before I decide how to play the rest of the hand.

No logfile, back to you.
541 6/26/2022 10:34:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message I won't play first so you are up.
540 6/26/2022 10:33:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 5 cards.

539 6/26/2022 10:33:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message You are correct. Missed that. 5 Cards for me.
538 6/26/2022 10:32:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message Because I own Iwo, Interceptors doesn't apply
537 6/26/2022 10:31:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 2 to 0
536 6/26/2022 10:30:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message I just looked at the markers and I had played high altitude interceptors which have me a +1 to the DR for bombers so it was a miss. That means I don't lose a card for that and don't lose the PW that I would have lost. PW does not really matter but before I draw that extra card please confirm that I have it correct.
535 6/26/2022 10:28:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message Hah, good timing. Yes, let's reduce down passes.
534 6/26/2022 10:25:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message So you get 1 pass and I have 2. Adjust to 0 and 1 I assume?
533 6/26/2022 10:25:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message You want to make it 1 pass for you, 0 for me since I'm still at 6 cards?
532 6/26/2022 10:24:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message Close. That drops me from 7 to 5 cards and 2 passes. Amphib stays at 1 ASP.
531 6/26/2022 10:24:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Strategic Bombing
530 6/26/2022 10:23:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message Reinforcements:

* 4207: [32nd Army] moves to 3705 (Ominato)
* 4107: 12 AD moves to 3407 (Kure)
* 4208: CVL Amagi moves to 3705 (Ominato)

Replacements:

* 3705 (Ominato) : 32nd Army restored to full strength.
* Dave (Japan) sets Japanese Divisions in China to 1
* Dave (Japan) sets Japanese Divisions in China to 0

I will roll for Strategic Bombing. Subs are Automatic since its turn 9 and I have no modifiers.
529 6/26/2022 10:20:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message I do not have one.
528 6/26/2022 10:19:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Japanese Message File shows you hold no FO card. Is that correct?
527 6/26/2022 10:00:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message Forgot to advance turn on the RR logfile, please do that on your RR.
526 6/26/2022 9:49:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 6 cards.

525 6/26/2022 9:48:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message My R+R log up:
* Turn 9 (May-Aug 1944): 11AF Air moves to 4316 (Ponape)
* Turn 9 (May-Aug 1944): SEAC LRB moves to 3820 (Admiralty Islands)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: 4 Aus Corps moves to 3520 (Hollandia)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: 6M Division moves to 4715 (Kwajalein)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: 11 Abn Division moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: CV Hancock moves to 4715 (Kwajalein)
* Allied Reinforcement Chart: CV Shangri La moves to Delayed Reinforcements Box
* Allied Reinforcement Chart: BB Missouri moves to Delayed Reinforcements Box
* Allied Reinforcement Chart: BB New York moves to Delayed Reinforcements Box
* Allied Reinforcement Chart: 3 MAW moves to Delayed Reinforcements Box
* Allied Reinforcement Chart: 20BC (B29) moves to Air Units in China Box
- Replacements
- 2 ground
* 4316 (Ponape) : M Brigade restored to full strength.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : I Corps restored to full strength.
[No applicable air]
- 1 Naval
* Eliminated AL Naval Units: [CV Essex] moves to 4715 (Kwajalein)

We'll see if I can do enough damage. Nice draw on the WiE.... this game really doesn't want to see me ever get out of -6/-7 land.
524 6/26/2022 9:43:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Change US Political Will From 2 to 3
523 6/26/2022 9:43:00 PM May-Aug 1944 Allies Message Only thing for end of turn is recapture of Burma for +1 PW. M Brigade back in supply with your reposition.

R+R shortly, EOT file up.
522 6/26/2022 9:40:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese End Turn
521 6/26/2022 9:40:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 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 2+1=3

* 2220 (Soerabaja) : CV Junyo Activates.
* 2620 (Makassar) : 6 AD Activates.
* 2015 (Singapore) : 38th Army Activates.
* 2015 (Singapore): 38th Army moves to 3706 (Tokyo)
* 2220 (Soerabaja): CV Junyo moves to 3607 (Nagoya)
* 2620 (Makassar): 6 AD moves to 2908 (Wenchow)

Ok both files are up.

Over to you for end of the turn stuff and your R&R. It all depends on what type of cards that you draw at this point. It pretty much a shooting gallery at this point. Question is can you kill my units fast enough.
520 6/26/2022 9:35:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #55: 3 / WAR IN EUROPE: Major Axis Victory
Decrease the War in Europe marker a number of spaces equal to the value associated with the year of the current game turn: 1942: 3 1943: 2 1944: 1 1945: No Effect Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Here is the first of 2 cards. I had another one of these. I was hoping you had one as well.

South Seas 2+3=5

* 4817 (Jaluit) : 10 AD Activates.
* 4517 (Kusaie) : 11 AD Activates.
* 3119 (Sarong) : 50 AF Activates.
* 3219 (Vogelkop) : SS Bde Activates.
* 4612 (Wake) : [37th Army] Activates.
* 4612 (Wake): [37th Army] moves to 3506 (Kyoto)
* 4817 (Jaluit): 10 AD moves to 3014 (Samar/Leyte)
* 4517 (Kusaie): 11 AD moves to 2911 (Aparri)
* 3219 (Vogelkop): SS Bde moves to 2813 (Manila/Corregidor)
* 3119 (Sarong): 50 AF moves to 3007 (Shanghai)

No combat and you have no cards that you can play so I will move onto my final card of the turn.
519 6/26/2022 7:32:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message Correct on the cross posting of my PBM. I believe I am in a good position in my tournament game as the allies provided I get 2-3 military event per turn going forward.
518 6/26/2022 6:56:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message I'm heading off to dinner. Just so you don't have to wait, logfile up with my PBM, just double check I didn't miss anything. My PBM:

* 4108: [CVL Cowpens] moves to 4715 (Kwajalein)
* 3513: CV Enterprise moves to 4715 (Kwajalein)
* 3513: CV Intrepid moves to 4715 (Kwajalein)
* 3615 (Ulithi): BB Massachusetts moves to 4024 (Gili Gili)
* 4024 (Gili Gili): BB Massachusetts moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
- slipping mouse
* 3513: CV Franklin moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* 3516: CVL Bataan moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* 3516: CV Bunker Hill moves to 4021 (Rabaul)

517 6/26/2022 6:48:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message Think you may have posted PBM for your other game.

Which... is an interesting board.
516 6/26/2022 6:45:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message No I will leave it as is. One more unit that can provide air cover for me. Thats the name of the game for the Japanese at this point.

PBM

Tahio to Tokyo
Takao to Manila
Zuhio to Ulithi
Nachi to Pussan
Shokaku to Okinawa
Mogami to Leyte

File up for your PBM and then I have two cards to play.
515 6/26/2022 6:36:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message Tough choices. I'll go with flipping Taiho and Zuiho. Let me know if you want to shed that Taiho flip to eliminate Zuiho.
514 6/26/2022 6:25:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message 40 is enough to eliminate the Japanese units at Ulithi. 1/4X for J and I get nothing. Post my losses at Marcus and then I will PBM
513 6/26/2022 6:24:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
1


Message from Japanese:
This is the big problem for the Japanese in 1944. Unless they get lucky everything is a loss in an A/N battle.

1X for A 23. You have some options.
1/2X for J is 35. I can only get 2 steps so the wasp and Washington are eliminated. Units you don't really need.

BH B A/N at Ulithi

DR1 A 80AF +3
DR2 J 15AF
512 6/26/2022 6:20:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
4


Message from Japanese:
BH A at Marcus Island

DR1 A 23AF
DR2 J 69AF
511 6/26/2022 6:17:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message I will send the Navy against BH A at Marcus Island

CPAC 3+3=6

* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor) : CA Mogami Activates.
* 3014 (Samar/Leyte) : CA Takao Activates.
* 3209 (Okinawa) : CA Nachi Activates.
* 3105 (Tsingtao) : CVL Zuiho Activates.
* 3407 (Kure) : [CV Shokaku] Activates.
* 3706 (Tokyo) : CV Taiho Activates.
* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor): CA Mogami moves to 4110 (Marcus)
* 3014 (Samar/Leyte): CA Takao moves to 4110 (Marcus)
* 4010: CA Nachi moves to 4110 (Marcus)
* 3706 (Tokyo): CV Taiho moves to 4009
* 3407 (Kure): [CV Shokaku] moves to 4009
* 3105 (Tsingtao): CVL Zuiho moves to 4009
510 6/26/2022 6:12:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

3


Message from Japanese:
Intel DR
509 6/25/2022 7:45:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #53: 3 / Operation Forager II: Invasion of Saipan and Tinian
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 if US Central Pac HQ, for all others: 4

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
Yep. I think I've ran out of soft attacks with no risk on my side, so let's roll some dice. I'm sure one of these task forces is about to take a lot of pain, but I need to kill some units. Activation paths from Comb Fleet to anything in Central Pac should be blocked, not that I imagine that will change much.

* 5808 (Oahu) : Cen Pac HQ (Rivalry) Activates.
- 6+3=9
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : [CVL Cowpens] Activates.
* 4423 (Guadalcanal) : [CV Wasp] Activates.
* 4222 (Buin) : [BB Washington] Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : BB Massachusetts Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : CV Enterprise Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : CV Bunker Hill Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : CVL Bataan Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : CV Franklin Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : CV Intrepid Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein): [CVL Cowpens] moves to 4108
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): [CV Wasp] moves to 3910
* 4222 (Buin): [BB Washington] moves to 4110 (Marcus)
* 4021 (Rabaul): BB Massachusetts moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 4021 (Rabaul): CV Enterprise moves to 3513
* 4021 (Rabaul): CV Bunker Hill moves to 3516
* 4715 (Kwajalein): CV Franklin moves to 3513
* 4715 (Kwajalein): CV Intrepid moves to 3513
* 4021 (Rabaul): CVL Bataan moves to 3516
* c (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 4110 (Marcus)
* 4110 (Marcus): [BB Washington] joins Battle A
* 4108: [CVL Cowpens] joins Battle A
* 3910: [CV Wasp] joins Battle A
* 3615 (Ulithi): BB Massachusetts joins Battle B
* 3513: CV Enterprise joins Battle B
* 3513: CV Franklin joins Battle B
* 3513: CV Intrepid joins Battle B
* 3516: CV Bunker Hill joins Battle B
* 3516: CVL Bataan joins Battle B
* c (Allies) creates Battle Hex (B) in 3615 (Ulithi)

Log up, over to you.

508 6/25/2022 7:27:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message In my tournament game that is.
507 6/25/2022 7:25:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message My bet is that you can. I have seen better positions than I am in with the Japanese and it does not matter. The +3 A/N modifer starting in 1944 is huge and with a few good military events for the Allies the A/N resources of the Japanese die like mosquito's hitting those bug zappers. The Japanese are in worse position than I am at the start of turn 8 and I am pretty confident that I will get him as the Allies.
506 6/25/2022 7:20:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Japanese:
Looks like we get to see if the Allies can take Japan with very few ASP's. Even Tojo does no good at this point. I have had tons of draws at it and no dice.

No file Bty
505 6/25/2022 6:50:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Change US Political Will From 1 to 2
504 6/25/2022 6:50:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #1: 1 / Bataan Death March: Atrocity
Increase US Political Will by one if the Japanese control Manila (2813). Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
I'll just knock this out. No file, back to you.
503 6/25/2022 6:21:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #81: 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:
South 2+1=3

38th from Sinkawang to Singapore
29th from Manila to Siagon
17th from Sarong to Manila

File up Bty
502 6/25/2022 12:42:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message And I immediately forgot to mark the supply status... so file 132 is just admin to mark M Brigade out of supply.
501 6/25/2022 12:38:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Play Future Offensive card as Operations #83: 2 / China Offensive: Battle for Central Honan
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:
I'll finish retaking Burma for my play. No battles. 11AF and SEAC strat air to turn track.

* 1805 (Calcutta) : SEAC HQ (Rivalry) Activates.
- 2+1=3
* 2106 (Mandalay) : 15 British Corps Activates.
* 1905 (Dacca) : 11AF Air Activates.
* 1905 (Dacca) : SEAC LRB Activates.
* 1905 (Dacca): SEAC LRB moves to Turn 9 (May-Aug 1944)
* 1905 (Dacca): 11AF Air moves to Turn 9 (May-Aug 1944)
* 2106 (Mandalay): 15 British Corps moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* Japanese Resources are now at 13
* 2008 (Rangoon) is now Allied controlled.
* Allies have captured 3 progress of war hexes
500 6/25/2022 12:34:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message My PBM:
* 4218: CV Bunker Hill, CV Enterprise moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* 4316 (Ponape): BB Massachusetts moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* 4516: CV Intrepid, CV Franklin moves to 4715 (Kwajalein)

Logged the 1 ASP. Will put ISR in next logfile, just splitting them up to refer back to. M Brigade also out of supply, will fix in next log.

I'm not unhappy per se that it's suddenly decided to grant me surprise rolls, but it's making it a little inefficient to kill off your air...
499 6/25/2022 11:40:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
Card draw for ISR play.
498 6/25/2022 11:40:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 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:
Regardless of your PBM I am going to play this. It's my 3rd card draw of the turn. Bty. Again no file

Salerno 43 is a smaller map size game but I do like Mark Simonitch's games. I have quite a number of them. Terrain really is nasty in Salerno as there are many hills and mountains on the maps so its tough for the Allies player to make good progress.
497 6/25/2022 11:37:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message Surprise; With the +6 it's auto. No file from me. Your PBM and you can't mark off the PBM.
496 6/25/2022 11:36:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Intel DR
495 6/25/2022 12:14:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message Forgot to log, 1 ASP.
494 6/25/2022 12:14:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #60: 3 / 20th Bomber Command: B29 Raids from China
Randomly remove one card from the Japanese hand if a B29 air unit is located in the China air unit box. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
My PBM:
* 2205 (Ledo): [AVG Air] moves to 2106 (Mandalay)

Card Play:
* 4423 (Guadalcanal) : S Pac HQ (Halsey) (Agreement) Activates.
- 3+3=6
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : BB Massachusetts Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : [M Brigade] Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : CV Franklin Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : CV Intrepid Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : CV Bunker Hill Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : CV Enterprise Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein): CV Intrepid moves to 4516
* 4715 (Kwajalein): CV Franklin moves to 4516
* 4715 (Kwajalein): BB Massachusetts moves to 4316 (Ponape)
* 4715 (Kwajalein): [M Brigade] moves to 4316 (Ponape)
* 4021 (Rabaul): CV Bunker Hill moves to 4218
* 4021 (Rabaul): CV Enterprise moves to 4218
* 4218: CV Bunker Hill joins Battle A
* 4218: CV Enterprise joins Battle A
* 4516: CV Intrepid joins Battle A
* 4516: CV Franklin joins Battle A
* 4316 (Ponape): BB Massachusetts joins Battle A
* 4316 (Ponape): [M Brigade] joins Battle A
* c (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 4316 (Ponape)

How was Salerno? I've played Normandy '44 and really enjoy the system. Salerno seems like it could be a tight, shorter, fun version of the system.
493 6/24/2022 11:36:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 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:
South 3+1+5

* 2008 (Rangoon) : 28th Army Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : 25th Army Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : [CV Shokaku] Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : CA Nachi Activates.
* 2018 (Batavia) : CVL Zuiho Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon): 28th Army moves to 3306 (Pusan)
* 2008 (Rangoon): 25th Army moves to 3305 (Seoul)
* 2008 (Rangoon): CA Nachi moves to 3209 (Okinawa)
* 2008 (Rangoon): [CV Shokaku] moves to 3407 (Kure)
* 2018 (Batavia): CVL Zuiho moves to 3105 (Tsingtao)

After your PBM of the AVG you are up again.

I played Salerno 43 at the boardgame con today.
492 6/24/2022 11:31:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message Allies miss and 1/4X for J flips AVG

Ground Combat at Augo

EAM for 8AD is to Yungning

J PBM

3AD to Swatow
4AD to Siagon

I will make my next play as regardless of your PBM its going to be the same.
491 6/24/2022 11:26:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Japanese:
A/N at Mandalay

DR1 A 6AF +3 Need crit
DR2 J 48AF
490 6/24/2022 11:25:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message Reaction

South 2+1=3

7AD at Mandalay activates
3AD at KL to Rangoon for BH A
4AD from Siagon to Rangoon for BH A
489 6/24/2022 11:09:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Intel DR
488 6/24/2022 4:10:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #77: 2 / Mao Tse Tung: Communits Offensive
Move the China marker one box to the right toward the Stable Front box, unless this would put the China marker in the Stable Front box, in which case no effect. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
I'd still like Mandalay I think.

* 1805 (Calcutta) : SEAC HQ (Agreement) Activates.
2+1=3
* 2205 (Ledo) : AVG Air Activates.
* 2006 (Akyab) : 15 British Corps Activates.
* 2006 (Akyab) : 7 Armor Bde Activates.
* 2006 (Akyab): 7 Armor Bde moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2006 (Akyab): 15 British Corps moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2205 (Ledo): AVG Air joins Battle A
* c (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 2106 (Mandalay)

Should be no ground reaction, just air to kill off AVG.
487 6/24/2022 11:30:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message Well have fun! No rush on any plays.
486 6/24/2022 11:28:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message Nope up in the Seattle Area
485 6/24/2022 11:27:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message Not ragecon by chance? Happening this weekend in Reno. We were debating going for a day, went a few years ago when we lived here, fun time.
484 6/24/2022 11:25:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #8: 3 / Operation C: Indian Ocean Raid
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: May activate only Naval units. Bonus: Add 1 to all Japanese air-naval battle die rolls if any Commonwealth naval units are present in the battle.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
* 2008 (Rangoon) : 15th Army Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : 16th Army Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : Korean Army Activates.
* 2007 : 25th Army Activates.
* 2007 : 28th Army Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon): 16th Army moves to 3607 (Nagoya)
* 2008 (Rangoon): 15th Army moves to 3705 (Ominato)
* 2008 (Rangoon): Korean Army moves to 3706 (Tokyo)
* 2007: 25th Army moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 2007: 28th Army moves to 2008 (Rangoon)

Bty

I am going to be at a board gaming convention most of the weekend starting today so will moves will be few. Probably only later at night until Sunday afternoon
483 6/24/2022 11:16:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message Figured there was a pretty strong chance that was coming, but worth the risk. If you go from last file, just need to eliminate Yamato and flip the Indian corps before your card.
482 6/24/2022 11:14:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
Card for Ghandi
481 6/24/2022 11:14:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Play Future Offensive card as Event #21: 3 / Mahatma Gandhi: Worker Strikes in India
Can only be played in reaction to an Offensive activated by the SEAC HQ. Cancels a SEAC HQ offensive and the Allies must reduce one full strength Indian Corps (cannot eliminate a reduced unit, if none available, no additional effect). Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
I'll shut that down and draw a card. There is one full strength Indian Corp so it flips.
480 6/24/2022 9:00:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #58: 2 / Operation Romulus: British Arakan Offensive
Activate: SEAC HQ only. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: Only Commonwealth and Chinese units plus US air units may be activated.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
Sorry about delay, finished drive late last night and spent from 5 days in the car. I'll go ahead and bite on the CBI.
AVG providing air cover in Mandalay
CA London just pinning reaction ground. Rangoon ground too far at 2.5.

* 1805 (Calcutta) : SEAC HQ (Agreement) Activates.
4+1=5
* 1308 (Trincomalee) : CA London Activates.
* 2205 (Ledo) : AVG Air Activates.
* 2006 (Akyab) : 7 Armor Bde Activates.
* 2206 (Lashio) : 2 Ind Corps Activates.
* 2206 (Lashio) : 33 British Corps Activates.
* 2206 (Lashio): 33 British Corps moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2206 (Lashio): 2 Ind Corps moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2006 (Akyab): 7 Armor Bde moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2205 (Ledo): AVG Air joins Battle A
* c (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 2106 (Mandalay)
* 1308 (Trincomalee): CA London moves to 2007
479 6/23/2022 5:38:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allies:
From darter
478 6/23/2022 5:38:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message Two steps will eliminate Yamato as the only active naval unit. Iíll eliminate it on my log. Will probably get my play in tonight
477 6/23/2022 5:36:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Sub
476 6/23/2022 5:36:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 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:
Iíll go for Yamato in transit
475 6/23/2022 12:42:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #58: 3 / Western Force: Conquest of Sumatra
Activation: South or South Seas HQs only. Logistic Value: 5 Paratroopers: Prior to movement place a Japanese control marker in a hex that is within extended range of an active Japanese air unit if (1) the hex is either unoccupied or is occupied solely by a Dutch regiment; and (2) the hex is not within an unneutralized Allied air ZOI. Eliminate the Dutch regiment.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
South 5+1+1=7 (Extra one for earlier construction of Kwai Bridge Road

* 2008 (Rangoon) : BB Yamato Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : 19th Army Activates.
* 2106 (Mandalay) : 15th Army Activates.
* 2106 (Mandalay) : 16th Army Activates.
* 2106 (Mandalay) : Korean Army Activates.
* 1913 (Kuala Lumpur) : 7 AD Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : 3 AD Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon): BB Yamato moves to 3407 (Kure)
* 2008 (Rangoon): 19th Army moves to 3507 (Osaka)
* 2106 (Mandalay): Korean Army, 16th Army, 15th Army moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 1913 (Kuala Lumpur): 7 AD moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2008 (Rangoon): 3 AD moves to 1913 (Kuala Lumpur)

Bty
474 6/22/2022 10:19:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message * 4216: CVL Bataan moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* 4216: CV Enterprise moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* 4216: CV Bunker Hill moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* 4216: CV Franklin, CV Intrepid moves to 4715 (Kwajalein)

Bombers stay where they are. Log up, over to you.
473 6/22/2022 10:43:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message Dice rolls have just become insane. Missed intel and subsÖ pretty ridiculous. Really just getting a bit silly.

Driving across Colorado today so probably wonít get to pbm until later.
472 6/22/2022 9:39:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
Replacement for subs
471 6/22/2022 9:39:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message That was an awful roll. No damage for the best sub card in the Japanese deck. I will draw a replacement.
470 6/22/2022 9:38:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Almost Forgot the sub card resolution.

I will target the Franklin
469 6/22/2022 9:37:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Message BH C results. A miss for A 1X for J kills the 19AF LRB.

BH D is an auto. Ryujo and Tenryu sink in Harbor.

File up for your PBM
468 6/22/2022 9:33:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Japanese:
BH B is a miss on both sides

BH C at Truk

DR1 A 1AF (Same as last battle)
DR2 J X AF
467 6/22/2022 9:32:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Japanese:
No need to roll for BH A.

BH B at Ponape

DR1 A 4AF (Need a crit)
DR2 J X AF depending
466 6/22/2022 9:30:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #27: 1 / Submarine Attack: I-19 sinks the Wasp
Play during an offensive; at the end of all combat 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: Lose one naval step* 5-7: Lose two naval steps* 8-9: No Effect. *Japanese choice; can eliminate a unit. Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Surprise but here is that sub card.
465 6/22/2022 9:30:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
I'll roll for intel. I also have a sub card to play which is an after combat one.
464 6/22/2022 7:47:00 AM Jan-Apr 1944 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:
3 LRB pinning/blocking battles, one main battle at Eniwetok.

* 4222 (Buin) : SW Pac HQ (Agreement) Activates.
- 2+6=8
* 5108 (Midway) : 7AF LRB Activates.
* 3822 (Lae) : [19 LRB] Activates.
* 3720 (Wewak) : 11AF LRB Activates.
* 3319 (Biak) : CV Bunker Hill Activates.
* 3520 (Hollandia) : CV Franklin Activates.
* 3520 (Hollandia) : CV Intrepid Activates.
* 3520 (Hollandia) : CV Enterprise Activates.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : CVL Bataan Activates.
* 3822 (Lae): [19 LRB] moves to 4020 (Kavieng)
* 3720 (Wewak): 11AF LRB moves to 4020 (Kavieng)
* 4021 (Rabaul): CVL Bataan moves to 4216
* 3520 (Hollandia): CV Franklin moves to 4216
* 3520 (Hollandia): CV Intrepid moves to 4216
* 3520 (Hollandia): CV Enterprise moves to 4216
* 3319 (Biak): CV Bunker Hill moves to 4216
* 5108 (Midway): 7AF LRB joins Battle A
* c (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 4612 (Wake)
* 4020 (Kavieng): 11AF LRB joins Battle B
* c (Allies) creates Battle Hex (B) in 4316 (Ponape)
* 4020 (Kavieng): [19 LRB] joins Battle C
* c (Allies) creates Battle Hex (C) in 4017 (Truk)
* 4216: CVL Bataan joins Battle D
* 4216: CV Franklin joins Battle D
* 4216: CV Intrepid joins Battle D
* 4216: CV Enterprise joins Battle D
* 4216: CV Bunker Hill joins Battle D
* c (Allies) creates Battle Hex (D) in 4415 (Eniwetok)
463 6/21/2022 8:53:00 PM Jan-Apr 1944 Allies Message Probably get my first play tomorrow. Heading out for dinner, then want to stew on cards for a bit.

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