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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 6/28/2013 9:20:34 PM   
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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 6/29/2013 2:12:28 PM   
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He is advancing a big stack on Bangkok from Ayuthia. Elsewhere in Thailand the various local units are getting beaten up by British Empire armoured units. It won't be long before Japan is completely booted out of Siam.

The Pilot Tax is going to be a problem this year. There are now about 16,000 pilots in the queue which will cost 80,000 HI points a month. That is more than half the surplus I am generating.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 6/29/2013 6:05:59 PM   
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I have 4 of these beauties now, out of a total of 50. They are training up to their maximum initial exp level of 25/25 at Shimonoseki. En masse they will be very useful for moving armour, flak and arty around quickly in the Inner Hive and combine well with the 22kt APDs which I will also start getting shortly.

These are only ships being built by Merchant Shipyards now, and they are all being accelerated.




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 6/29/2013 7:09:21 PM   
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Some 28 of these will arrive, starting in 72 days time.




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 6/29/2013 7:13:52 PM   
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The first 27kt Matsu class destroyer arrives in 67 days. Along with the very similar Achibana class I will get a total of 73 of these ships. Although they are not really fast enough that doesn't mean they are useless.

Of actual proper DDs I will eventually have 152, assuming I don't lose any in the meantime. Only 9 of these are yet to arrive.

So in total that's 225 destroyers, most of which carry the Long Lance.




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 6/29/2013 7:25:47 PM   
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The first of 227 Class C Escort ships will arrive in 16 days. I have no intention of using these to deliberately fight subs. They are more than capable of taking out unprotected transport ships and also have a useful troop transport capability.




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 6/29/2013 7:36:21 PM   
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I have 90 of these on the map and there are 44 in the build queue. These are used on anti-submarine escort duty but at some point I need to sift out the ones which have torpedoes since they will be better used as surface combatants.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 6/29/2013 11:08:32 PM   
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Well I am going to have to revise those ship numbers I just splurged. Today I lost 6 Fubuki class DDs because once again the Fast Transport routine did not behave as expected. They were picking up an SNLF from Lotabato, the second of two TFs to do so. The earlier one got in and out at night without a hitch.

There were some compensations elsewhere in the turn but it's still very frustrating. I will just have to desist from using FT in the presence of Allied anti-naval air.

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Submarine attack near Tockangbesi-eilanden at 71,109

Japanese Ships
SS I-175, hits 32, and is sunk

Allied Ships
BB Arizona, Torpedo hits 1
CL Richmond
AP Gen. G.O.Squier
xAP Tabinta
xAP Edward Livingston
xAP Golden Eagle
xAK Robert S. Bean
xAK Michael Casey
xAK John S. Bassett
DD McKee
DD Hoel

SS I-175 launches 4 torpedoes at BB Arizona
DD McKee attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hoel attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-175 forced to surface!
DD Hoel firing on surfaced sub ....
BB Arizona firing on surfaced sub ....
DD McKee firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Hoel firing on surfaced sub ....
BB Arizona firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Kendari at 70,106

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 158 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 46 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 24
Ki-48-IIc Lily x 25

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 13
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 7 destroyed
Ki-48-IIc Lily: 4 destroyed, 2 damaged
Ki-48-IIc Lily: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
PG Swan, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAP Alcoa Pennant, Bomb hits 2
xAP Boschfontein, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAP Archbishop Lamy, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Robin Wentley, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Robert M. Lafollette, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
DE Express
PG Sacramento, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied ground losses:
71 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 27 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Vehicles lost 33 (7 destroyed, 26 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Ki-48-IIc Lily releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 kg SAP Bomb
15 x Ki-48-IIc Lily releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.452 Sqn RAF with Spitfire VIII (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(13 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 7 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 26000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
18th FG/12th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 18 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 33000 , scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Archbishop Lamy
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Robin Wentley
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring PG Sacramento

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Lolobato at 79,102

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 17

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Kosugiri, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
DD Ushio, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Uranami

Japanese ground losses:
83 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
5 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Kosugiri

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Lolobato at 79,102

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 8

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
DD Uranami, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
DD Tagonami, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Sazanami, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Shirakumo, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires

Japanese ground losses:
263 casualties reported
Squads: 18 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Massive explosion on DD Shirakumo

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Lolobato at 79,102

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 8

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Tagonami, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Ushio, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
DD Shirakumo, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Sazanami, heavy fires, heavy damage

Japanese ground losses:
45 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Lolobato at 79,102

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 3 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Tagonami, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Shirakumo, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Sazanami, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
DD Uranami, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

Japanese ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Lolobato at 79,102

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 38
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 14
TBF-1 Avenger x 17

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Uranami, Bomb hits 8, and is sunk
DD Shirakumo, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
DD Tagonami, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
17 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 10000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Uranami
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Tagonami

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 6/30/2013 2:17:55 PM   
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Lilies sink more transports at Kendari, but these units are now rather depleted so will need time to rebuild before having another go.

Meanwhile, we have had the first attack on the ground at Bangkok. I think this must have been triggered by something coming over the river from the NW. There is no way he would have chosen to do a shock attack to start with.

Note that the Southeast Asia HQ is leading from the front. If I could somehow destroy it that would certainly cause him a few problems. However I don't think this is possible.

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Ground combat at Bangkok (56,62)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 4663 troops, 168 guns, 394 vehicles, Assault Value = 2511

Defending force 41689 troops, 493 guns, 212 vehicles, Assault Value = 1354

Allied adjusted assault: 17

Japanese adjusted defense: 8245

Allied assault odds: 1 to 485 (fort level 6)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), disruption(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
73 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
539 casualties reported
Squads: 54 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 50 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 46 (18 destroyed, 28 disabled)
Vehicles lost 162 (11 destroyed, 151 disabled)

Assaulting units:
72nd British Brigade
50th Tank Brigade
18th British Division
7th Australian Division
25th Indian Division
XV Corps Engineer Battalion
19th Indian Division
20th Indian Division
29th British Brigade
III Indian Corps
IV Indian Corps
XXXIII Indian Corps
24th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
33rd Aviation Base Force
Southeast Asia
8th Medium Regiment
28th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
5th Field Regiment
85th British AT Gun Regiment
8th RAF Advanced Base Force

Defending units:
21st Division
55th Division
6th RTA Division
4th RTA Division
7th RTA Division
RTA Cavalry Division
7th JAAF Base Force
6th RF Gun Battalion
29th Fld AA Gun Co
35th Fld AA Gun Co
Royal Thai Army
5th Field AF Construction Battalion
41st JAAF AF Bn
21st JAAF AF Bn
53rd Const Co
36th Field AA Battalion
35th Field AA Battalion
15th Const Co
7th Field AF Construction Battalion
43rd Const Co
32nd Field AA Battalion
35th JAAF AF Bn
Thai Aviation Coy
8th RF Gun Battalion
3rd Air Div /1

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 6/30/2013 2:43:42 PM   
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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 6/30/2013 4:58:30 PM   
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What in particular do you find interesting Pax?

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 6/30/2013 10:18:25 PM   
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Just read this cover to cover today. Crazy! Very interesting approach to the game. Can't wait to see the Decisive Battles. Given the calendar and how far he still has to go to reach the Hive defenses, if you stop him the first time you may run out the clock entirely.



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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 6/30/2013 10:37:24 PM   
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Cool to see al of your updates. interesting to see those numbers on your pools and things like that> made me go look at mine. I hadn't really ever assessed the whole picture of airframes available.

I think with the Super-E or the normal E you'll find about the same results.

Wherever you're trying to be strong within the hive, imagine the Allies arriving with 3+ divisions. Then the BB bombardments and then the 4Es repeatedly. So divisions and large units are key. I'd love to see what you actually have on the bases in the inner circle; the Ryukus, the Bonins, the Kuriles and on Formosa.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 6/30/2013 10:48:24 PM   
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What in particular do you find interesting Pax?

You are taking a self-proclaimed unique approach. Substantially different than what I would try for. You are fully commintted on this path at this point, so I'm interested to see how it plays out for you. Nothing sinister ...

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 12:13:55 AM   
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I wasn't thinking anything sinister. Just wondering why the popcorn came out at this particular juncture. Nice to have you here anyway :-)

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 12:17:42 AM   
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cribtop,

Welcome. My whole approach is informed by playing Downfall (twice). I believe that the endgame is very winnable with preparation and an intact fleet.

Then, when the Allied fleet and army has been destroyed, we can go on the offensive again.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 12:24:29 AM   
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I have not finished garrisoning things yet. The Kuriles remain weak and there are no combat LCUs on Formosa yet. All the Bonins are as strong as they are going to be given the stacking limits. Anything that arrives in the Home Islands that isn't restricted is going to the Ryukyus. Okinawa is looking OK but there are holes in other places. However I have just about managed to get everywhere to size 6 forts (or 4 where that is the limit) in preparation for the arrival of the garrison units.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 12:48:31 AM   
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ToE Upgrades

1944 is the year of the ToE upgrade.

First up are all the co-opted Chinese brigades, in 11 days time. They get either a 50% or 100% boost. I will be very interested to see what this does to my Armaments pool, which is already diminishing rapidly. There are no Armaments factories currently producing.

Also in 11 days the Kure and Yokosuka Naval Base Forces transmogrify into their "loads of 12cm DP guns" format. This is quite important since it basically makes these two places far and away the most effective flak bases in the Empire.

Then in mid-year all the JAAF av support units are due. I already have av support coming out of my ears so this is not particularly significant except that it enables the JAAF Bns to replace their sound detectors with radar.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 1:00:48 AM   
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I wasn't thinking anything sinister. Just wondering why the popcorn came out at this particular juncture. Nice to have you here anyway :-)

Oh, I've been lurking since day one. I think I've posted once or twice early on. You have a unique approach, I don't want to corrupt it. Very interested to see how it plays out ...so just sitting back ...

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ToE Upgrades

1944 is the year of the ToE upgrade.

First up are all the co-opted Chinese brigades, in 11 days time. They get either a 50% or 100% boost. I will be very interested to see what this does to my Armaments pool, which is already diminishing rapidly. There are no Armaments factories currently producing.

Also in 11 days the Kure and Yokosuka Naval Base Forces transmogrify into their "loads of 12cm DP guns" format. This is quite important since it basically makes these two places far and away the most effective flak bases in the Empire.

Then in mid-year all the JAAF av support units are due. I already have av support coming out of my ears so this is not particularly significant except that it enables the JAAF Bns to replace their sound detectors with radar.

This is easily quantifiable. Each device takes LC*ARM pts or about 12 ARM/squad = 72 HI/squad. So 100 squads consumes 1200 ARM or 7200 HI. An IJ division consumes 50,000 to 100,000 HI to build fresh.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 8:01:54 AM   
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obvert,

I have not finished garrisoning things yet. The Kuriles remain weak and there are no combat LCUs on Formosa yet. All the Bonins are as strong as they are going to be given the stacking limits. Anything that arrives in the Home Islands that isn't restricted is going to the Ryukyus. Okinawa is looking OK but there are holes in other places. However I have just about managed to get everywhere to size 6 forts (or 4 where that is the limit) in preparation for the arrival of the garrison units.


This sounds good. He's still a ways away. You get a lot of the Independent Mixed Brigades in the Home Islands, and while that is a good amount of total AV, they are not that strong, being only 165 AV with little arty, and not such good exp. So either bigger brigades you can combine into divisions that arrive in China or some full divisions that come from Manchuria will be helpful.

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ToE Upgrades

1944 is the year of the ToE upgrade.

First up are all the co-opted Chinese brigades, in 11 days time. They get either a 50% or 100% boost. I will be very interested to see what this does to my Armaments pool, which is already diminishing rapidly. There are no Armaments factories currently producing.

Also in 11 days the Kure and Yokosuka Naval Base Forces transmogrify into their "loads of 12cm DP guns" format. This is quite important since it basically makes these two places far and away the most effective flak bases in the Empire.

Then in mid-year all the JAAF av support units are due. I already have av support coming out of my ears so this is not particularly significant except that it enables the JAAF Bns to replace their sound detectors with radar.


How do you learn about all of the TOE upgrades? Is this from the editor?

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 9:16:54 AM   
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How do you learn about all of the TOE upgrades? Is this from the editor?


I just look for the asterisk in the unit screen.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 9:29:53 AM   
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How do you learn about all of the TOE upgrades? Is this from the editor?


I just look for the asterisk in the unit screen.


Where do you see the increased TOE those units will get? i thought the asterisks (in the recent betas at least) are the units that can combine into a larger unit. This has been the case in my experience so far.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 10:35:32 AM   
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In the actual individual unit screen.

If there is an asterisk above the device list then the ToE can be upgraded. Show ToE (instead of unit) and then you get some yellow text above the device list which when clicked shows the upgrade ToE and when it's available.

If you haven't been doing these in your game you are missing out on a lot of stuff.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 10:40:42 AM   
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In the actual individual unit screen.

If there is an asterisk above the device list then the ToE can be upgraded. Show ToE (instead of unit) and then you get some yellow text above the device list which when clicked shows the upgrade ToE and when it's available.

If you haven't been doing these in your game you are missing out on a lot of stuff.


I dont' see any of this. Maybe it's because we have the automatic upgrading on for the game. Many units have upgraded their TOE, but I never have seen any indication of what and when it can happen.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 11:23:02 AM   
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OK well as long as they are happening. You are also doing Scen 1 which might be a bit different.

As a matter of interest I don't suppose you could do a screenie of the Yokosuka Naval Base Force?

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 11:30:50 AM   
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OK well as long as they are happening. You are also doing Scen 1 which might be a bit different.

As a matter of interest I don't suppose you could do a screenie of the Yokosuka Naval Base Force?


Just checked this. Ok. That is amazing! That unit gets like 96 12.7cm DP guns!!!!! But it hasn't yet. Why not?

I also checked most of my big Naval base forces and they haven't all upgraded either. What are the conditions necessary? Does an HQ have to be within range? Of course for the Yokohama unit that would not be a problem, so I am wondering why it hasn't happened?

PS - I just posted some pics in my AAR along with a bunch of questions about this.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 3:44:59 PM   
Captain Cruft


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The Musashi

I have been doing some industry analysis to see whether I really could survive if I lost the DEI "tomorrow".

Naval Shipyards (at 2,400) are far and away the biggest consumer of HI. Everything except for Musashi, the Taiho and Unryu class CVs and subs are being accelerated. I even check every day to see if new DDs, APDs & Es can be activated.

Hopefully once the Musashi is born (in April) I can turn off some Naval Shipyards and still have enough capacity to accelerate all the little ships. Then beyond that the plan is to more or less turn off the yards completely around August after the CVs arrive, which ought to mean that I can survive on much reduced HI output from that point onward.

At the full current rate of 16,000 per day HI output I only have enough fuel for another year, but without Naval Shipyards eating 7,200 of that the industrial era could be extended much further. At least until the great training group arrival in May 1945, which will enable me to clear out the pilot training queue.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 5:38:56 PM   
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Speaking of the Musashi ...

Fancy taking a Yamato class battleship out for a spin? At today's prices filling up the tank (6,300 tonnes) will cost you something well north of $3m. ROFL

Prices from http://www.bunkerindex.com

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 7/1/2013 9:36:12 PM   
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That ship needs an "Eco button."

You seem to be evolving, and to some degree house ruling, both the Swarm and Torpedo Avalanche doctrines. IMHO both are generally sound because in a Gygax game getting tons of die rolls is the path to victory. Can you elaborate on the current state of both doctrines as we get closer to the Decisive Battles? It appears you have de-emphasized the swarm as a ground attack weapon and see it more in the anti-shipping role? Have you experimented with employing the Swarm in conjunction with more traditional attackers at different altitudes in an effort to swamp enemy CAP? Are you now able to unveil more details of the Torpedo Avalanche, or must that remain a bit inscrutable for OpSec reasons?

On a completely unrelated note, what levels of armaments and vehicle points would you suggest are optimal for Japan as the late war reinforcements roll in?

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