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Subject: Game report #5: 1937 already? Doesn't time fly? rss

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Simon Nicholls
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Previously: Japan invades China, Germany reoccupies the Rhineland and absorbs Austria, Italy conquers Ethiopia and inadvertently starts a civil war in Spain. The Democrats hold a number of pointless elections (the government always gets in) and the Communist shoots many generals.

Jan/Feb 1937

Japan gears up and the USA is concerned (4 chits into the Japan entry pool!), the CW holds an election (always useful to get these out of the way when the chance arises) and Germany signs up a Polish resource agreement before ending the political phase.

Military affairs are slowed by the weather. The Spanish civil war turns into a game of cat and mouse as both sides wait for the first mistake (no one is making one at this stage), but in China a break in the weather allows an attack near Foochow that breaks a hole open in the Chinese line and costs the Chinese a MIL and a DIV, but the hole is quickly patched.

Mar/Apr 1937

The French elect another dilettante as president (having to hold one election a year really is a drain on French political activity), Italy signs a trade deal with the Greeks and generally other governments posture – except Germany which takes the opportunity to support the Spanish rebels with a newly arrived MTN corps. This was a gift of Anschluss and this MTN unit has so far (as of writing in mid ’41) spent the entire war sitting outside Seville. As the late Ian Dury would say – There ain't half been some clever bastards (lucky bleeders, lucky bleeders).

Here they are – still happy as Larry in 1941.



Anyway, not only is the weather lovely in southern Spain, it is everywhere, and Japanese troops flood into the south of China, in spite of increasing numbers of Mao’s bandits (surely patriots – ed.) infesting the North.

After much shuffling and continued fine weather everywhere, Chang Sha is captured on a +8 attack (19 rolled). Fortunately, the Communists finish the turn before the Nationalist line collapses completely. However, this is the first identified deployment of Japanese goh cha tactics, where no matter what odds they roll on, you find they have indeed “got you”.

It is in fact the beginning of the end for the Nationalist Chinese, although looking at the line of mighty Chinese corps you wouldn't know it. OK - maybe you might.



Anyway just in case anyone is actually reading this, this will be the last post for a week as I am off for my summer hols to the demi-paradise that is Anglesey. Toodle pip.


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nailsworthnobby wrote:
Anglesey.



Been there. Well, in a game of Kingmaker, anyway. Have fun!
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Bruce Jurin
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Definitely reading this, looking forward to hearing the rest of the game! Enjoy the summer holiday and be careful of Druids!
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wifwendell wrote:
nailsworthnobby wrote:
Anglesey.



Been there. Well, in a game of Kingmaker, anyway. Have fun!


And here are the remains of Beaumaris castle. Not quite sure what the scaffolding is for but aside from this it looks OK for something built almost 700 years ago.



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And as a bonus, Caernarfon Castle (sort of) on the other side of the Menai Straight.



They knew how to build a castle back then.

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