Brian T
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Hey everyone, I'm brand new here and this is my first post. I'm sorry if this isn't the correct forum to post this type of question.

I used to play the Milton Bradley version of Axis and Allies when I was in college, but it's been 10 years or more since the last time I played.

I wanted to get a version of the game that was as close to the classic version as possible, but with so many variations out now, I wasn't sure what to get, so I picked up Axis and Allies 1941. I was pretty disappointed once I opened the box.

The red and white plastic tokens and industrial production credits aren't part of 1941, and while I haven't opened up all of the units, there appear to be fewer pieces all together than what I remembered. Also, after browsing through the rule book, it seems that 1941's rules are quite different and seem somewhat simplified.

At this point, I'd like to know if it's possible to add to what I have with the 1941 version of the game to get something that more closely resembles what I used to play in college.

I found a pdf of the Milton Bradley version rule book. I've also found some scans of the IPCs which I can print out and use. I also assume I will need additional units for each country, but I've found a few resources online where I think I can buy those.

My biggest question is whether or not the 1941 board is the same (or close enough) to the classic board to be able to play the classic rules. Since it's been so long since I last played, it's hard for me to tell if it's divided up the same way.

I would greatly appreciate the help. If it's possible to use the board and pieces I already have to play the classic game by adding to it, what all exactly will I need in terms of additional units?

If it's not possible and a lost cause, then I'll probably just trash it and seek out a complete version of the original on ebay. Of all the current versions of the game, do any of them closely resemble the original?

Thank you for any help you can send my way.
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Probably shoulda asked before you'd bought one

The first edition of 1942 is probably the most like the original that is still orderable (I think.) You can play revised on the map too, which is probably even closer to the original.

Might get more attention if you ask an admin to move this to the 1942 forum too.
 
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Welcome to BGG.

In my opinion, making up your own rules for A&A variants is half the fun.
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Hi Brian! Welcome to BGG!

To answer your questions; Yes, 1941 can be modified to play a Classic rule set.

Probably the simplest way to pull this off would be to use the 1941 setup/IPC costs in conjunction with the Classic movement & battle rules.

Otherwise you can always find a copy of Classic on e-bay...

Hope this helps!
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Welcome Brian!

There are currently three versions of A&A in print right now: 1941, 1942 2e, and 1940 Europe/Pacific 2e.

1941 is an introductory version, uses the current rules but they drastically reduced the IPCS, Unit density and territories to bring the playing time to under 2 hours. Strategic bombing, AA guns and amphibious assaults were removed from the rules in this version to keep it simple for the newbies.

1942(2e) is the best fit for what you are looking for. It's at the same level as classic but new and improved. As a long time A&A player I can attest that this is much better than the original classic A&A.

1940 comes as Europe and Pacific (2 games) which are more complex and lots more territories and units. They can be combined to create a monster global game which takes a weekend to play.
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BTown wrote:
Hey everyone, I'm brand new here and this is my first post. I'm sorry if this isn't the correct forum to post this type of question.

I used to play the Milton Bradley version of Axis and Allies when I was in college, but it's been 10 years or more since the last time I played.

I wanted to get a version of the game that was as close to the classic version as possible, but with so many variations out now, I wasn't sure what to get, so I picked up Axis and Allies 1941. I was pretty disappointed once I opened the box.

The red and white plastic tokens and industrial production credits aren't part of 1941, and while I haven't opened up all of the units, there appear to be fewer pieces all together than what I remembered. Also, after browsing through the rule book, it seems that 1941's rules are quite different and seem somewhat simplified.

At this point, I'd like to know if it's possible to add to what I have with the 1941 version of the game to get something that more closely resembles what I used to play in college.

I found a pdf of the Milton Bradley version rule book. I've also found some scans of the IPCs which I can print out and use. I also assume I will need additional units for each country, but I've found a few resources online where I think I can buy those.

My biggest question is whether or not the 1941 board is the same (or close enough) to the classic board to be able to play the classic rules. Since it's been so long since I last played, it's hard for me to tell if it's divided up the same way.

I would greatly appreciate the help. If it's possible to use the board and pieces I already have to play the classic game by adding to it, what all exactly will I need in terms of additional units?

If it's not possible and a lost cause, then I'll probably just trash it and seek out a complete version of the original on ebay. Of all the current versions of the game, do any of them closely resemble the original?

Thank you for any help you can send my way.
. hi welcome, you can post specific game related post in the game thread instead of general thread
 
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Moved from General Gaming to Axis & Allies 1941 Variants.

 
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TTM07 wrote:
1941 is an introductory version, uses the current rules but they drastically reduced the IPCS, Unit density and territories to bring the playing time to under 2 hours. Strategic bombing, AA guns and amphibious assaults were removed from the rules in this version to keep it simple for the newbies.


Minor correction. 1941 does indeed include amphibious assaults.

It would be rather difficult to capture Tokyo otherwise.
 
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