ORIGINAL: Jim D Burns
Having TF of 6 large Tankers intercepted by IJN CV TF when shuttling fuel from Abadan to Perth was not fun either, so better try to keep eye on what even AI is doing.
Personally I think they've made a mistake by limiting the allied tankers so drastically. The net effect is they've hard coded a critical weakness into the game that is very easy to exploit.
Keep all your tankers afloat and moving during 1942, and you'll have just enough fuel in the South and Southwest Pacific regions to resist any Japanese moves. Lose 10 or 20 tankers however, and the allies are doomed.
It is simply impossible to move enough fuel to those regions of the map in enough quantity should you take some significant hits in the tanker fleet. So you won't have the fuel on hand to effectively operate your fleets with, and that gives Japan a free hand to take whatever it wants. And you can forget any counter-offensive in 1943, since you won't have any stockpiles built up.
This is the problem you run into when you try and limit allied production/reinforcements with draconian limits like these. Without the flexibility to respond to non-historical loss numbers, it's a simple matter to break any part of the allied production/reinforcement schedule by focusing Japanese efforts to damage a specific target.
As Japan, I'll be looking to sink as many allied tankers as possible during 1942, screw the allied Carriers they aren't nearly as important as the tankers are now.
There needs to be some way for the allies to respond to difficult situations that develop in game. The ridiculously low replacement pools and under-represented tanker and AK fleets are just too damned restrictive if they suffer high losses. In reality it would have been easy to order more tankers, airframes, tanks, guns, etc. produced if they were needed. But because they weren't needed historically, the allies don't get the capacity to build them that they historically had and easily could have used if needed.
Well, you can ship fuel with your AKs in a pinch. It just is not as efficient, since they have lower cargo efficiency (modelling the shipping fuel in drums in cargo space). I do it a lot in my Scen 6 (Dec8 start) campaign when lacking tankers.
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