Actually, to a large extent I'm trying to suck him into attacking somewhere by having the KB visibly out of position. In my other game, the Allies sat on their butts doing nothing until November 1944. Now in early 1945, his fleet is so large that I really can't contest it and he can take everything at will (and make absolutely rapid progress by the way). IMHO, the best way for the Japanese to win is to force the allies to fight in 1942. (And if fact, I think it is a bit of a broken/awesomely powerful strategy for the allies to sit tight until 1944. They probably still have enough time to win the game.)
Yes, if I lose the Marianas the game is practically over. But the Marianas are rather well garisoned and do have significant land based air. I would love him to come for the Marianas at this point and tangle with all Japanese land based naval bomber units, even without the KB around. That would just be silly of him at this point.
I want the allies to come somewhere where I can attrit them while I still have superiority. He might be able to take a couple of the Marianas islands with his invasion fleet, but there are now 6 fairly large airbases built up there. If he takes only a couple, we will be able to bomb him at our leisure, sink any supply ships, and eventually force the surrender of the invading allied armies. Bring it on
Marcus, Wake, or the Bonins are actually more dangerous because it will be much harder to use land-based air to cut off his landing forces. Only the KB can fully blockade these places, and it's much harder to bomb them into dust. Thus, I'm putting priority on reinforcing the Bonins at this point.
I dont read your opponents AAR. So let me offer a thought.
Interesting dilema. You are well into India, but months (at best) away from conquering. Kb is FAR out of position to counter any American threat, which I dont need to remind you is the primary threat in this game. I am assuming the enemy has known where KB is for some time. That critical intel is a 'let' that your opponent is capitalizing on. What does it matter if you conquer India if you lose the Mariana's?
I have played this game a number of times, usually as Allies. Let me offer this: If you lose the Mariana's now, the war is over very very very early. The enemy doesnt have to take an other asset the enire game should he desire. The 29's will do the rest. He also can constrict your booty trail and work backwards to take isolated assets. I dont want to beat on you and your strategy as you have considerable upside in India, but leaving CENTPAC open to an invasion is a very very serious issue. You also have a limited window to retake it if it is lost. Let me say it again, you cannot afford to lose the mariana's...dont lose them! You must make a maximum effort with your entire fleet and all the LBA you can muster if the enemy chooses the Marianas. If they dont, you need to force it consumate with the critical importance it has. Whereever he lands, you MUST throw him back either through the classic defnesive coutnerpulse, or a bonified counterattack in the weeks after the assault.
IMHO, your game has reached a critical moment where you MUST divert away from your strategy. I'd be praying that your opponent is bluffing and doesnt choose the Mariana's. Unfortunately, the evidence suggests that is where he is going.
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