No, I think it is a dangerous way to go for two players to agree that they are going to play a "historical" game. What is historical? Put a historical question or statement up on this board and watch how many people jump into the fray with a full spectrum of ideas and theories. You are bound to have disagreements. It is a game and you should just resolve to play within reason within the bounds of the game. Bomb away if you want. It is in no way gamey.
I agree, the idea of an "historical" game is more fitting within the boundaries of logistical and political considerations. Big things, like unsupported invasions of Karachi, or enormous invasions of Hokkaido while ignoring the political concerns of the British, Australians, and Americans. For example, I am going to play as an Allied commander: I cannot suffer enormous casualties because American public opinion would revolt. I will not risk exposing an Army Corps to destruction, even if I could get away with it, because its destruction would be a public debacle, I would be court martialed, and the American forces would be confined to safe bases. Thomas and I discussed this "philosophy," and I made it an important part of my search for an opponent.
We want an historical feel to the game, not an unfolding of the War in the Pacific as it (more or less) actually happened. The difference is a philosophy guiding major game decisions, not a rote set of rules that have to be followed. Since I know little about DEI politics during the period, I thought I'd open it up to discussion. The posts are evidence that a hundred interpretations of "historical" could be offered. I am more interested in principles though.
In any event, this is my first PBEM, so all of my high-flying ideas of a game "feeling" historical may very well go out the window. It is an ideal though.
I agree with Gary Childress that Dutch and American bombers wouldn't coordinate--- But the Far East Air Force is destroyed, and those refugee B-17s are now attached to ABDA.... the mission is set, 27 Dutch bombers with 3 x 300 kg ea and 10 B-17s with 4 x 500lbrs ea are off tomorrow.... A minor affair in the grand scheme of things, but a heck of a lot of fun in Dec 1941 when I'm getting creamed everywhere, feeling impotent. Now if only Thomas would get back from vacation.....
I appreciate everyone's comments, I really love this forum, it's nearly always informative and civil (that is, I rarely see Godwin's Law in effect, even in heated debates, a rarity in online forums as Crsutton points out in his sig). Thanks
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