From: PDX (and now) London, UK
I'm pretty curious to hear from you about what you, now with the insight of this brilliant game, would do to stop the allied advance in late-stages of the game as Japan.
I mean, how would you change your overall strategy based on what you know now?
I'm pretty sure you won't play another game without SLs, right?
Would you invest more in forts?
Would you invest less in the pacific theatre?
Would you change your lines of defence?
What about the R&D?
These are exactly the things I'd like to get to, but not just for the endgame. I think many of the faults in my game happened much earlier, and extended into the mid-to-late game.
Strategically, as a simple version for now, I would play for the economy first. Get oil fast. Protect it. Get it back home, make sure I keep it as long as possible. Conserve it and what it can produce. Only make what is necessary, what will really change outcomes, and try to ensure my opponent does not know what I'm short changing!
Overall early I smashed and grabbed a bit too much. Tactics were not chosen for a defined reason, and too many deep advances led to resource drains (I think, at least. I still have to look at numbers later).
SL: YES!!! Big stacks determined strategic choices, and I don't like that. I'd rather play with lots of maneuver, deception, intrigue and smaller concentrations over more space on the map. Also, some spots just are not defendable without stacking limits, like anything on a coastal hex!
Forts: Less on the extended Empire front lines, more at critical rear positions in strategic bombing range of the HI. Kind of a modified 'Hive.'
Pacific: Much less emphasis on extend positions in the central pacific. Still some basic defenses, but no level six forts, no maxed airfields, nothing larger than a naval guard in garrison. Certain bases with CD guns static and of course Truk, Marcus and Wake would be well defended. Maybe Kusaie and Ponape as well, depending on the game. Nothing like this game though where the lower Solomons, the Gilberts and the Marshalls were all built up.
Defensive lines: On the continent the Burma adventure worked wuite well, but probably used a lot of supply as well. I'd build fewer high level forts/airfields and rely on secondary defensive lines in good territory, sort of where I ended up when I thought it was all collapsing in late 43 and basically stayed for half a year. The retreat was well planned, and working, but hubris reared it's ugly head after Jocke's very nice landing at Tavoy, and instead of the easy route, losing face a bit, I contested the dangerous route and lost 250k troops!!
Elsewhere I think the inner defenses, as mentioned, would be stronger. The PI, Formosa, ALL of the Ryukus and anything in 4E/sweep range of the HI.
R n D: I'll get more to this with data as well, but quickly, this was an experiment for me in the Japanese side. I wanted to try everything, and got to try most of the airframes. I'd not set it up this way again, but I'd still use more than I would have knowing now the qualities of different planes.
So some streamlining, but really more of a realistic view of the situation based on economic priorities. So less push to get mid-war planes sooner, more for late war planes, and more sensible increases in airframe production numbers.
Less R n D on A6M and Tojo, any 2E bombers, any other plane types.
More R n D on the Grace, the Sam, the Frank 'r' and the Ki-100 (skipping all Ki-61 versions), and plan NF development better.
Late: Surviving in the late game seems about restricting access to locations that change the strategic game. What bases are in B-29 range? Fight for those, suppress them if you lose them, hit back. What bases are in fighter range? Make sure they are bastions.
Plan early to reduce fuel in transport bunkers, choosing 'do not refuel' and loading other ships from full ones. Get ALL fuel back to the HI, including that in small ports. Have a larger Vehicles pool, make sure there is supply to fill out late arriving units, as there are a LOT of them. Plan for training groups to fly some 1E LB for IJAAF and for IJNAF, not bi-planes.
I'll get more into this once I can get to the timeline and economy.
< Message edited by obvert -- 3/12/2014 7:44:33 PM >
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