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Subject: Survey : 1941 or 1942 Setup: which is better? rss

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Hi Friends

I've played AA50 twice. Which version set up do you think is more fun? Perhaps more balanced? As I see it in 1942 Germany as traveled into Russia 5 territories deeper and is perhaps too strong?

Your thoughts?
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In the original A&A there was an age-old debate. Did the game favor the Axis or the Allies? Now, I personally think it favored the Allies but that the Axis had an early game advantage. (Hence it's a bit of both depending on one's POV.) The 1941 set-up caters to those who thought the initial Axis advantage made the game favor the Axis. The 1942 scenario exists for those who realize that the long-term advantage is to the Allies. Thus both groups are catered to by the anniversary edition. It's a brilliant design for which Larry Harris deserves due praise. It renders the OP's question though into: which camp are you in when that age old debate about the original game comes up? I'm in the latter group, although I understand the former's POV; I just think they're wrong. So I've played both scenarios but just prefer the 1942 set-up.
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See, I sort of felt the 1941 gave the Axis a better chance for an early victory (though I suppose it depends on which victory conditions you choose).
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I've played both several times and my opinion is that the Axis is so overwhelmingly strong in '41 that it can expand to conquer all of its starting territory in the '42 scenario without much difficulty.
And since it's more or less a given, I prefer to skip the expansion part and start with '42, when it gets interesting.
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It does show that Pearl Harbor did take place. Yet there is no Hawaiian Sea control by the Japanese at 1942 start up and one less carrier for the Japanese.
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