Is anyone else finding this?
Those that are reporting that the allies are usually winning, what is Japan doing?
The next game as Japan I was more patient and didn't attack till rd #3. This allowed me to take down China very early and set in place a huge advantage against the UK, which also fell rather early. Japan used a smaller fleet to control the Indian ocean w/air cover. Japan got the New Guinea NO fairly early and could have got the other Dutch NO as well, but decided it was better to just park its fleet in the convoy zones. The Brits boldly took two of to money islands which ultimately aided in their demise. Japan also parked a huge fleet at the Caroline's (w/some air cover) that limited what the US & Anzac could do. There were several comments after about what a pain in A$$ that was. The US did develop a decent size fleet that rivaled Japan. The US AB at Pearl was loaded with US planes for defense, but still lacked an offensive punch due to the range of their air and not enough carriers. The same turn UK (India) fell Japan built an AB on FIC to land its surviving air force. This proved to be a good strat because it allowed them to get that stack (4 ftr, 7 tac, 2 bmr) to the Caroline's the next turn. By this time Japan was out producing the US & Anzac combined. They also had an over powering invasion force set up for Australia. There would have been a huge show down in the Pacific but Japan had a good size reserve fleet that the US didn't. Unfortunately my 22 year old had booked a flight to Arizona (Holiday break), and we couldn't finish, coward!!!!
I'm sure as time goes on the allies will catch up, but it is difficult IMO to chisel away at the air superiority that Japan holds, along with the amount of inf it has in Asia. Especially when you factor in there is no Russia to tie them down, and not much help for China against a very determined Japan. I think the allies need to put up a better fight in Asia instead of laying back trying get Japan to attack them first for political implications. Can't wait till next game when I'm allies to try different stuff.
Japan is overwhelming, but straight forward, you have no one to look out for but yourself, and alot of reserves.
Its still up in the air for me as to who has the advantage
(classic , revised , europe , pacific , AA50)
just ordered the new pacific
In our experience the Axis mostly win
only if we try out some new strategy or with very bad luck the allies win
Or with Long Range Heavy Bombers and paratroopers combined - deadly combination
only in the original Pacific we do not see how Japan can loose with the victory points in the game
Knowing the board layout alone is a HUGE advantage in these games and the few times I’ve played the game with other players (besides myself) I’ve never lost. Granted those players had never seen the board before than, so that’s a huge help…but allies and Japs have won even amount of times this way...so far.
However, in my “study time” I’ve worked out a sequence for the Jap’s that is proving to be unstoppable; granted it’s always played out against myself. BUT...KNOWING “what the Jap’s are going to do” I still can’t find a way for the allies to stop them. In my study time; I’m pretty sure the Jap’s can’t be stopped.
round five i can have the Jap's collecting about 60 IPC a turn, two major facotryies on the mainland and afording to pump out 10 infantry and abotu 8 tanks each rutn, they steam roll over the little bit thats left of the UK in india and than Just when the US and anzac think they are going to make a differance, they finishis off the UK and turn full force back into the sea to rebuild their fleet. heck, i tried this sequence agaisnt a some players and when the Japs finished off the UK, they had 10 transports filled with 20 units poised to hit austreailan shores the very next turn.
maybe, with more play i will be proven wrong, but so far, the Jap's look to be unstopable.
great game, great fun!
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