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214 1/12/2023 10:59:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Thanks. I think key moment was was the massive attack on Guadalcanal where the rolls were 0-9. Those killed your fleet instead of finishing off mine.
213 1/12/2023 4:43:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message After all, I have already made the throws and my Reaction was not legal. Even if I were to re-roll now, it would feel unfair to roll again. So Hollandia falls anyway. I only have two cards left and you should have four left. Given the situation and my hand, it will be almost impossible to stop the Allied advance. I think my disengagement from Rabaul was really stupid. Still, it was a lot of fun playing with you and I congratulate you very much! I give up

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212 1/12/2023 4:37:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message your are correct, was late yesterday ;)

but I played my card so it was changed to intercept - I redo my reaction move
211 1/12/2023 1:08:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Note that that was a Surprise Attack card, so you even couldn't even try a roll here.

However, that reaction is illegal. You are still under ISR, so you can't activate both Army and Navy units even in reaction.
210 1/11/2023 12:59:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message PBM
* Yamato moves 3520 -> 3720 *
* Kongo moves 3520 -> 3820 *
* Hiei moves 3520 -> 3823 *
209 1/11/2023 12:58:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 12/9

mine is eliminated and yours flipped correct?
208 1/11/2023 12:57:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

5
5


Message from Japanese:
GC BHA

AP 12
JP 9
207 1/11/2023 12:57:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 11/17

flip 28 AF
flip Bunker Hill
206 1/11/2023 12:56:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

4
2


Message from Japanese:
A/N

AP 22
JP 68
205 1/11/2023 12:55:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Comb Fleet 3+2 = 5

* 18 moves 3823 -> 3520 *
* Hiei moves 3823 -> 3520 *
* Yamato moves 3820 -> 3520 *
* 27 moves 3922 -> 3820 * joins BHA
* Kongo moves 3820 -> 3520 *
204 1/11/2023 12:53:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #13: 2 / JN 25 Code Change: May 28, 1942
Intelligence: Intercept Conditions: May be played after an intelligence die roll, but not after the play of another intelligence reaction card. Remove from play if use as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
ok, then I play this card
203 1/11/2023 12:53:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
reaction roll
202 1/11/2023 11:54:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #46: 2 / Operation Brewer: Admiralty Is. Invasion
Activate: SW PAC HQ only. Logistic Value: 1 Intelligence: Surprise Attack. Bonus: MacArthur's Navy - applies only if US Inter-Service Rivalry is in effect. The allies may activate US Navy units OR US Army units and a maximum of one non-carrier US naval unit

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
SW Pac HQ activates 3:

CV Bunker Hill from Bougainville to 3719, attacks Hollandia, battle A
[BB Massachusetts] and 2nd Marine Division from Admiralty Islands to Hollandia, 1/5 ASPs used, battle A
201 1/11/2023 11:49:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 4 cards.

200 1/11/2023 11:49:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Japanese having motly just full-strength armies is actually a disadvantage in this scenario as they very quickly run out of forces to garrison all possible targets. Usually you would like more 9-12s instead of fewer 18-12s.

Allied replacements:

13th AF TAC in Lae to full
2 MAW to Kavieng
[5th AF TAC] to Gili Gili

[CV Lexington] to Guadalcanal

3rd Aus Corps in Lae to full
199 1/11/2023 9:15:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message you can start!

I think, your last move was a game changer. very stupid by me
198 1/11/2023 9:14:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 3 cards.

197 1/11/2023 9:14:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message only 3 cards for me
196 1/11/2023 9:14:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
Roll for Subs
195 1/11/2023 9:14:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message I have no reinforcements

Replacements:

Naval - Flip of Yamato
Units from China - [XVIII] moves Off Map -> 3823
194 1/11/2023 3:32:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Allied reinforcements:

XXIV Corps to Gili Gili
ANZAC HQ to Lae
3rd Marine Division and ships to Bougainville
193 1/11/2023 3:30:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies End Turn
192 1/11/2023 3:30:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message No attrition that I can see, that's the end of the turn.
191 1/10/2023 2:43:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Great move! forgot about the Guadalcanal Rabaul Rules

ENM

* Yamato moves 4020 -> 3820 *
* 27 moves 4122 -> 3922 *
* Zuiho moves 4222 -> 3823 *
* Hiei moves 4222 -> 3823 *
* 25 moves 4222 -> 3823 *
190 1/10/2023 3:36:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message With both Rabaul and Guadalcanal taken, Allies automatically gain all remaining Mandate hexes without Japanese ground units (which is all of them in this case) in the Political Phase. You will have to do emergency moves out of there.
189 1/10/2023 2:10:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message ENM

Yamato moves 4021 -> 4020
188 1/10/2023 2:04:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message No effect.

PBM:
Northampton to Espiritu Santo
San Jacinto to Noumea
5th AF TAC to Gili Gili

Over to you for Emergency Move.
187 1/10/2023 2:03:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Allies:
Yamato gets to shoot back after flipping.
186 1/9/2023 4:33:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Nachi eliminated
Yamato flips
185 1/9/2023 4:32:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Japanese:
AP 44
184 1/9/2023 1:20:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #13: 3 / Operation Watchtower: Guadalcanal Invasion
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 Intelligence: Surprise Attack Conditions: A maximum of one ground unit may be activated for this Offensive.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
SW Pac HQ activates 7:

[CV Enterprise] and 2nd Marine Division from Espiritu Santo to Rabaul, 3/4 ASPs used, battle A
[CA Northampton] from Noumea to Rabaul, battle A
[BB Massachusetts] from Guadalcanal to Rabaul, battle A
[CVL San Jacinto] from Guadalacanal to 4220, joins battle A
5th AF TAC from Gili Gili to Lae, joins battle A
[13th AF TAC] from Madang to Lae, joins battle A
183 1/9/2023 12:54:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message no PBM
182 1/9/2023 12:54:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message XXX eliminated
181 1/9/2023 12:37:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Should be up.
180 1/9/2023 12:35:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Do you have a file?
179 1/9/2023 12:28:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Japanese eliminate one ground unit, your call which.

Allies do 42 hits, eliminating 18th Army and flipping 17th Army, which must retreat to Buna.

PBM: 5th AF TAC to Gili Gili.

Ove to you for the hit allocation and PBM.
178 1/9/2023 12:25:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
7


Message from Allies:
Ground battle

Japanese 36, -2
Allies 28
177 1/9/2023 12:24:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message One Allied unit flipped, flipped the 13th AF TAC as they are identical.

Tainan Wing flipped.
176 1/9/2023 12:24:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
3


Message from Allies:
A/N battle A:

Japanese need a critical
Allies 20, +1
175 1/9/2023 12:23:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message SW Pac HQ activates 3, all at battle A:

[I Corps] from Gili Gili to Lae, 2/4 ASPs used
5th AF TAC from Lae to Madang
13th AF TAC from Gili Gili to Madang
174 1/8/2023 3:36:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message No only one AF
173 1/6/2023 4:12:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Before I react, is 7 AD part of the battle?
172 1/6/2023 4:10:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Allies:
Intelligence
171 1/6/2023 12:56:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 4)
7 moves 4020 -> 3823 SM
170 1/6/2023 12:55:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #20: 2 / Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 Airfield Bombardment: If, prior to reaction, a Japanese BB naval unit occupies a battle hex that contains an Allied air unit, but no Allied BB naval unit, then the Allied air unit (max) is reduced (Japanese player's choice) one step prior to air-naval combat (even if this eliminates the unit).

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Japanese:
Comb Fleet 3+2=5

1)
* 18 moves 3823 -> 3822 * = BHA

2)
* 17 moves 3922 -> 3822 *

3)
1 AF joins BHA
169 1/5/2023 7:07:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Allies:
Store a card. Back to you.
168 1/5/2023 7:07:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message PBM:
13th AF TAC to Gili Gili
13th AF LRB to Cairns

EAM:
5th AF TAC to Lae
167 1/4/2023 12:15:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message XVI eliminated
3NZ to Lae
ANZAC to Turn Track

Japanese Control created in 3823
166 1/3/2023 8:14:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message That then worked better than expected. Japanese eliminate one ground unit, your call which one. Then the survivors have to retreat to Lae. Your choice on the loss.
165 1/3/2023 8:12:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

7
1


Message from Allies:
6 AD eliminated

Ground battle

Japanese 18, -3
Allies 17
164 1/3/2023 8:09:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

5
8


Message from Allies:
Battle A, A/N

Japan needs a critical
Allies 24, +1
163 1/3/2023 8:09:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message ANZAC HQ activates 3:
3rd NZ Division from Townsville to Port Moresby, 1/4 ASPs used
13th AF TAC and LRB from Townsville to Cape York, join battle A
162 1/3/2023 8:07:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Allies:
Intelligence
161 1/2/2023 10:09:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #16: 3 / Operation RI: New Guinea Offensive
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: Only air and ground units may be activated.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
Comb Fleet 3+4 = 7

1)
17 moves 4021 -> 3922

2)
18 moves 3922 -> 3823 = BHA

3)
19 moves 4017 -> 3720

4)
6 moves 3720 -> 3922 joins BHA
160 1/2/2023 10:04:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message no activations you get your hexes without a fight

ENM
* Hiei moves 3626 -> 4222 *
* Zuiho moves 3626 -> 4222 *
* 28 moves 3721 -> 3520 *
159 1/2/2023 10:01:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Japanese:
Reaction Roll
158 1/2/2023 10:00:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message happy new year and sorry for the delay
157 1/2/2023 10:00:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message great move! I have no chance to hurt you infantry
156 12/30/2022 1:50:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Future Offensive 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:
ANZAC HQ activates 3:
[1st Aus Corps] from Lae to Madang, battle A
[2nd Aus Corps] from Townsville to Cairns, battle B
[XIV Corps] from 3923 to Port Moresby

155 12/30/2022 3:59:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message no logfile
154 12/30/2022 3:58:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message I use my 1 pass
153 12/30/2022 3:31:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #50: 2 / Tornado Taskforce: Hollandia Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 if US SW Pac HQ, for all others: 3 Bonus, MacArthur's Navy: Applies only if SW PAC HQ is the activating HQ and US Inter-Service Rivalry is in effect. The allies may activate US Navy units OR US Army units and a maximum of one non-carrier US Naval unit.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
S Pac HQ activates 4:
13th AF TAC and LRB to Gili Gili, PBM to Townsville
5th AF TAC to Guadalcanal, PBM to Port Moresby
Marine Brigade to Guadalcanal
152 12/29/2022 11:10:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message PBM

* 27 moves 4222 -> 4122 *
* Nachi moves 4423 -> 4021 *
* Kongo moves 4423 -> 3820 *
* Hiei moves 4423 -> 3626 *
* Yamato moves 4423 -> 4021 *
* 26 moves 4222 -> 3319 *
* 28 moves 4222 -> 3721 *
* 27 moves 4222 -> 3922 *
151 12/29/2022 11:07:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message no, really not. unlike Yamamoto, I didn't shy away from the full effort here, but it wasn't rewarded ;))
150 12/29/2022 4:20:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Well, that really didn't go as expected. Japanese do 28 hits, which can only flip the two Allied ships. Allied critical hit sinks Shokaku.
149 12/29/2022 4:18:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
9


Message from Allies:
Battle A

Japanese 112
Allies 29, +1
148 12/29/2022 4:17:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Succeeds, but no reaction.


147 12/29/2022 4:17:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Allies:
Intelligence
146 12/29/2022 1:21:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #9: 3 / Rear Admiral Matami Ugaki: Seizure of Hawaiian Islands
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 Conditions: Maximum 1 ground (any size) unit may be activated. Bonus: Naval units for both sides may move up to 21 hexes.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
Comb Fleet 3+6 = 9

Ships:
Shokaku, Hiei, Yamato, Nachi, Kongo all to 4423 = BHA

AF:
27 moves 3721 -> 4222
28 moves 3520 -> 4222
26 moves 3319 -> 4222
25

-->> all take part in BHA
145 12/28/2022 5:17:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Should be up now.
144 12/28/2022 1:47:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Did you make a file?
143 12/27/2022 2:13:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Return Strategy card to hand #13: 3 / Operation Watchtower: Guadalcanal Invasion

Message from Allies:
For ISR end.
142 12/27/2022 2:13:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Discard Strategy card #27: 1 / Operation Vengeance: The Death Of Yamamoto
OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
This is far less useful here than in campaign.
141 12/27/2022 2:12:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #52: 1 / Roosevelt-Nimitz-MacArthur: End of US Army-Navy Dispute
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 replace 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:
...And get rid of that ISR.
140 12/27/2022 2:12:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message I realized just now that XXIV Corps actually went to Delayed Reinforcements due to ISR.
139 12/26/2022 9:46:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 3 cards.

138 12/26/2022 9:46:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Japanese:
Roll for subs
137 12/26/2022 5:13:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 4 cards.

136 12/26/2022 5:12:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Allied replacements:

13th AF TAC and [CV Enterprise] to Espiritu Santo
5th AF TAC to Efate

135 12/26/2022 5:08:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 9 to 8
134 12/25/2022 4:18:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message no, i flipp the 18 in 3922 and the Divisions in China Track goes to 8
133 12/25/2022 4:15:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 1 Division from China to Rabaul
132 12/25/2022 4:14:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message to speed up things a little bit, I do my replacements directly

21 moves Dead Pile -> 4017

Shokaku to full strengh
131 12/25/2022 4:12:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message reinforcements

28 moves Off Map -> 3520
130 12/25/2022 4:11:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 3NZ and 2. Aus are also OOS and flipped
129 12/25/2022 3:15:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Allied reinforcements:
Massachusetts, San Jacinto, and XXIV Corps to Guadalcanal
128 12/25/2022 3:14:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies End Turn
127 12/25/2022 3:14:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message During attrition Australians in Lae and XIV Corps in 3923 are flipped.
126 12/25/2022 3:13:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message No changes in the Political Phase: Allies just reached their PoW goal and Northampton is still barely afloat.
125 12/25/2022 3:12:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Allies:
Store that last card.
124 12/25/2022 3:12:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Not for carriers, only if all US naval units are wiped out:

"3. Minus 1 PW: If at the end of any game turn there are no US naval
units on the map (Note: Oahu is a box and not technically on the
map, so US naval units cannot hide in Oahu)."

Northampton saves me from that penalty.

PBM:
13th AF LRB back to Espiritu Santo
123 12/25/2022 2:45:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message PBM
Aoba moves 3823 -> 3023
* Nachi moves 3823 -> 3820 *
* Kongo moves 3823 -> 4021 *
* Hiei moves 3823 -> 4222 *
* Shokaku moves 3823 -> 4222 *
* Yamato moves 3823 -> 4021 *


Is in the scenario also a -1 for having no carriers on the map, like in the campaign game?
122 12/25/2022 2:43:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message 13AF (10-10) and Enterprise eliminated
121 12/25/2022 2:25:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Anything else than critical and I would have lost just one air step... You can eliminate Enterprise and one of the air units. I will flip Shokaku and Aoba.

Over to you for damage allocation.
120 12/25/2022 2:23:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
7


Message from Allies:
Battle A

Japanese 84
Allies 22, +1
119 12/25/2022 2:22:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Succeeds due to air recon bonus.

ANZAC HQ activates 2:

13th AF TAC and 13th AF LRB from Espiritu Santo to Gili Gili, battle A
118 12/25/2022 2:21:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Allies:
Intelligence.
117 12/25/2022 6:32:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #52: 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:
Comb Fleet 3+3 = 6

* Yamato moves 3626 -> 3823 * = BHA
* Shokaku moves 4222 -> 3823 *
* Hiei moves 4222 -> 3823 *
* Kongo moves 3820 -> 3823 *
* Nachi moves 4021 -> 3823 *
* Aoba moves 4222 -> 3823 *
116 12/25/2022 5:01:00 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:
It's already 1943, so your card moved the WiE just to 0.

I'll push it back to +2.

Merry Christmas.
115 12/24/2022 10:06:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Merry X-Mas

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