From: Toledo, Ohio
That's about as one-sided as a CV battle gets, and it looks like the entire KB is wiped! Nice work.
Just thinking about what this means for you now, will you continue to grind up the Solomons, or change gears and go for something more close to something critical for the Japanese? SRA? Marshalls?
My opponent thought the CV battle was going to be on the next turn. He didn't have his forces aligned the way he would have liked. Still, it will be a while before I see the IJN CVs again. He still has Kaga, Sho, and Zui. Kasagari was hit by a sub about a month ago. I doubt she is sunk although FOW wants me to believe she has indeed gone to the bottom. Still four fleet carriers vs all mine is bad odds without some LBA help. I just took Lexington out of the yard and she is heading South along with a newly arrived CVL. My Essex class need October upgrades. Now feel like I can spare them one or two at a time to get that done.
As to where to go. I am set to retake Wake as soon as my CVTF are free. After that I will clear the Gilberts and Marshalls. I am considering doing something most Allied players do not: take Truk. From there I will move on the Marianas then west towards the Celebes, Borneo, and the Southern Phillipines. Also, I have planned all along to invade the Kuriles and possibly Sakhalin and maybe Hokkaido. That will be a mid-late '44 move. I am also considering moving along the Southern edge of NG into the Timor/Banda Sea region.
I have deliberately played this game quite conseratively for two reasons. The first is that I wanted the game to stay interesting for a longer period of time. The second is that I was a bit aggressive last game with Larry. I figure changing play styles up on him would be a curve ball for him. (Of note, I invaded Padang on Sumutra in late 1943 in our previous game)
"We have met the enemy and they are ours" - Commodore O.H. Perry