Despite my continual sarcasm against JFB who assume they are entitled to non-stop , non historical advantage, I see the situation that you are in as a perfect reconstruction of the dilemna that the japanese empire found itself in.
You have the advantage of knowing history and other gamers experience which helps you to maximise return from the Oil & Resources available in the game.
Look at the IRL japanese economic situation, despite capturing some of the worlds great resource areas they struggled to keep Avgas in their planes and rice in their soldiers mouths.
You are capable of tweaking your ship production and prioritise research into motors and airframes.
The AFB gets nothing, has to fight an ahistorical war against a pumped up japanese OOB with historical forces and suffer withdrawals regardless of the war situation in the Pacific.
I would have thought that those who played the empire would take pride in fighting against these odds as well as against the Allies.
uhm... sorry mate but i don't understand (due to language barrier that often doesn't let me get irony) if you're critizing or simply stating.
However, yes, i do like this challenge...and i can tell you that it IS a challenge. A different one than playing the allies, but a challenge all the same!
It's a good thing to play both sides cause you understands how every side has its weaknesses and its strenghts....and you learn how to respect your opponent's successes (no matter if he's japanese or allied), knowing that he may have good toys at hand, but also that those same toys weren't that lethal when at your disposal....and so on...
Playing japanese for me it's like having suddenly discovered that i can have sex with a man and having exactly the same fun as i have with women... once you play "both sides" you can taste the best of both worlds
What I am trying to say, If you play the japanese (or German in WW2) suffer all of the probems they had. Dont play scen 2, fight the same fight they did.
If you want to play a balance game try Monopoly or Chess.
To me, using the same tools and doctirnes to achieve a better result should be the thrill.
I get your point Jeff and, in a certain way, i agree with you.
For what concerns me, this was my very first approach with Japan and, playing a scenario 1 game was considered simply too difficult to handle.
However now that i found myself in a "not wanted" scenario 1 environement (despite having the scenario 2 OOB) i think it's playable even for a rookie Japanese player...you just have to understand that you have very restricted limits in terms on how far you can expand (both your strategicak objectives and your economy).
Same would be for PDU on/off....but that would open another can full of worms :-)