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A few notes about our house rules:
-Heavy Bombers are banned from existance.
They destroy all life, and ruin fun. For the purposes of this particular game, there are only five possible tech advancements. We will probably reinstate the old A&A tech of making things cheaper in the next game.
-If you build a second industrial complex on one territory (but no more than two), you can produce double.
It's an experimental rule we're messing around with to see if it can make things like the fight for China and any African conquests more competative. Two units per turn makes for some very dull conflicts and it would make sense that spending more money on industrial complexes would allow you to yield more units per turn.
-The tank rule is reversed. Tanks should never defend on a three.
Tanks are attack vehicles, and defend on a TWO, as it was, is now, and ever shall be (in Axis and Allies, that is). Making tanks powerhouse defense units renders many of the best defense strategies (i.e. well-placed artillery, and the age-old method of "infantry-stacking") obsolete, and therefore makes the game more linear and less fun.
-We play with one national advantage per nation.
It makes the game more interesting.
So, on with the show. Today's session was part one of what will probably be a two-to-three day game, and i'm prone to forget neat little happenings so it's better to make three short updates than one long one. It's more interesting that way, anyway.
Tim: USA (Superfortresses)
Mincus: Russia (Salvage)/UK (Colonial Garrison)
Chad: Japania (Dug-in Defenders)
Pat: Germany (Fortress Europe)
Round 1: Pearl Harbor and the Invasion of Africa
As Mincus began his dual role, he settled on a nonagressive strategy of infantry stacking on Russia and Caucasus, and began the traditional draining of Russia's central nations for border patrol, putting an impressive stack on the Russio-Japanese border, and making Moscow its usual stronghold, leaving Pat to wonder what to do with the infantry he won't have to use to recapture West Russia.
Germany easily took the Golden Old Man's Crutch for longest first turn, and longest turn of the game so far, first with its new Rocket technology, launching not-so-costly, but very annoying rocket strikes on Britain and Russia. He then began a co-ordinated Sub/Fighter attack on the UK's rogue battleship in the Mediterranian, and used fighters and his battleship to handily deal with the British destroyer. Poor missile calibration and being caught off guard resulted in the Britains inflicting no casualties on the German navy and Air Force in this attack. As per German tradition, Leningrad was attacked and captured thanks to Air support and overwhelming numbers for the Axis' first victory city of the game. Finally, with the Mediterranian clear of British naval units, the German conquest of Africa began with a ridiculously well-rolled battle for Anglo-Egypt. Thanks to some lucky rolls, Germany was well-set for the first few turns.
In the UK, Mincus took a new approach: Africa first. Having placed his Colonial Garrison in the Union of South Africa, he further fortified it with another Complex and new infantry and artillery, then waited patiently for Germany to make a move, also emptying the middle-east into India.
Chad's famously navy-centric Japanese game began with the traditional invasion of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Moving every last unit he could into the battle, he handily won with minimal casualties. It should be noted that at this time, Pat was forced to leave for a short time and put Germany in the hands of his ally. The US, which never really seems to know what to do with itself on the first turn, began to rebuild its Pacific fleet, moving the Air Force into Western US, preparing to recapture its precious Pearl Harbor.
Round 2: The Battle of Normandy
The last of the reinforcements from Russia's Central Nations arrived in Moscow for Mincus's grand border stack, and he tunneled all his available funds into infantry for his defenses. Germany, after its initial Rocket Strikes, built an explosively large stack of artillery on Germany to distribute to both fronts, and eventually aid in the capture of Caucasus.
The first of the Middle-East reinforcements arrived in India on Mincus's second turn, and he launched an attempt to capture Western Europe early, but was repelled by staunch German defense. Both sides, however, were left without an Air Force on the Atlantic Front, and London remained a powerful stronghold, with a battleship staring the German harbor in the face.
Chad struggled to mobilize his land forces this turn, using transports to ferry an enormous tank stack over to Shanghai, while reinforcing his Indochina outpost with some extraneous forces on Manila and the surrounding islands. On Tim's second US turn, he completed his amassing of a US battle fleet, bringing in the last of his reinforcements from Eastern US and the Gulf of Mexico. Chad had to leave then.
Round 3: Defending Africa and the Recapture of Pearl Harbor
Meanwhile in Russia, the tension of the soldiers rises ever higher, as more reinforcements fresh out of training camps in Moscow and Caucasus await what almost seems like a phantom threat of a German attack.
Phantom no more. As Pat returned to reassume command of Germany, and Chad's Japanese forces as well, he sent the bulk of his new Artillery stack towards his garrison in the Ukraine, which had been eagerly awaiting the necessary forces to complete the Russian campaign. They recieved fresh Artillery and Tanks from Berlin. On the other side of Europe, the new Long Range Aircraft were undergoing a test. After the conciliatory rocket strikes on London, the new LA Bombers went for a strategic bombing raid on Washington, but anti-air fire resulted in the loss of one of the three bombers, costing Germany a precious 15 IPCs, while the US lost only 12 in the raid. Fanning out from their new outpost, the Afrika Corps took mid-African territory, drawing ever nearer to Mincus's barracks in South Africa, as well as moving small arms eastward, taking the useful Suez Canal for Germany.
The United Kingdom was ready to defend Africa, as Mincus knew all too well that if Germany were to secure the continent, it would be an economic boon to the German war machine that the Allies would be unlikely to retake. He sent RAF fighters stationed in Africa to take out the first wave of German forces advancing from the north, but the fighting had left Rhodesia as little more than a buffer zone between wave two and South Africa. Expecting another German attack, he produced ample amounts of reinforcements on his barracks, slowly evolving into a full base, as his Navy units had arrived from the Indian Ocean to assist in defense.
Japan, now under Pat's control, finally attacked the American Forces in China, but a fierce counterattack during the Battle of China left a meager two tanks defending Japan's new territory, with a long road ahead to victory in Shinkiang. The onslaught had left Indochina bare, but a new Industiral Complex and fresh troops kept the lines even. Tim finally launched his counterattack on the surprisingly unprepared Japanese forces at Pearl Harbor, retaking it and leaving an uncontrollable garrison of fighters and battleships to defend it.
The Invasion of Caucasus
Russian soldiers recieved what might be the last reinforcement to come to Caucasus. After sneaking a small expeditionary force into Brazil, Germany sent tanks to recolonize Rhodesia, but the second wave of German advance was repelled by the RAF. Germany finally moved the bulk of its army into the Russian industrial territory of Caucasus, and the battle board was prepared for the largest battle of the war so far...