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Subject: Game report #9 : Japan rolls well, Russia doesn't rss

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Previously : Rhineland reoccupied, Ethiopia conquered, Japan invades China, Anschluss, Russian purges, Spanish Civil War starts and stalemates, CW and France establish new Entente Cordiale, Persia conquered, Germany and Italy sign a second pact, Czechoslovakia sacrificed, Bessarabia seized, Finland attacked, USA wakes up.

Nov / Dec 1938

Politics dull as most people are keeping their powder dry for gear ups in 39, but France does guarantee Belgium.

Weather is Fine everywhere. The Russians Finnish adventure carries on with the airforce doing a sterling job with two ground strikes and (the first of the war) successful air combat against the Finns, but the army is as incompetent as usual (a roll of 4 and 2 dead corps). Time to shoot some generals.

In China, the Japanese have a crack as Si-An at exactly the same drm as the Russians in Finland (+5) but instead of 4 they roll 15 and another Chinese city falls. The Chinese generals reach despondently for another lager.

The fine weather continues and the Japanese trundle forward. The Chinese simply have no way of counterattacking at this point in history so all they can do is wait for the dice to stop working for the Japanese. Unfortunately for them, that hasn’t happened yet.

In other news the German Aux cruiser Atlantis completes its circumnavigation of the globe on a 6 month goodwill tour having called in at Luanda, Port Mozambique, Saigon, Acapulco and Rio. Its travels are widely followed in Germany with millions avidly reading the jolly exploits of its crew in the massively popular weekly column in Das Spieler entitled ‘The man from Atlantis’.


Jan / Feb 1939


Italy, Japan and the USA gear up and political affairs finish immediately afterwards. At last the USA can start producing at a discernable level (its production multiple has jumped from 1/20th to 1/4th).

Appalling weather for the first three impulses result in no military activity of note. Yes even the Japanese.


Mar/Apr 1939

China ends up at the top of the bids, much to its surprise. Obviously stunned, its spies try to penetrate gestapo headquarters and foul it up (nest of spies, rolled 2, so a Birds Nest of Spies then). Implicated in an international scandal, the US congress is horrified at the actions of its ally (2 chits for China). That’s the last time I try that. Nothing else of note in the political actions – which probably means we just forgot to write down what happened. This sometime happens late at night after a few beers*.

We head into the turn and Germany declares war on Belgium, which is guaranteed by the CW and France who will then probably start World War II (although technically that honour goes to Japan and China who lurched from limited to full war in May / June 1938). Immediately after the said declaration (played as reactionary war which means you can declare and then “owe” the political option to be played in the next turn), Andy remembers he spent the last of his money on an unremembered political option.

This could be considered embarrassing and is certainly a bit of a giveaway as to Germany’s intentions. The Democrats chuckle merrily, but don’t appear to take any notice of the impending storm – so in fact the embarrassment will shortly be very much on the other side.

Inconclusive maneuvers in the bogged down Finnish war and then a Japanese assault near Kunming kills off another two Chinese corps for no loss for Japan (I think it was a 17 or 18 roll) and now Kunming, the last Nationalist Chinese city in the South, is in reach.

Sorry, I seem to have run out of photos, you will have to use your imagination.

*Generally “a few beers” means around 12.

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nailsworthnobby wrote:

Immediately after the said declaration (played as reactionary war which means you can declare and then “owe” the political option to be played in the next turn), Andy remembers he spent the last of his money on an unremembered political option.




I also claim the 'beer interference' rule for this cock up
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Exceptional series of AARs. Exceptional.
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Thank you for the appreciation. They are written by all the players as we go along, I merely polish the final article. So thank you from all of us.
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