Agree with the stockpiling fuel outside of Oz
I run a lot of ships running between Eastern USA to Capetown (suggestion by Bullwinkle?) and as long as you keep an eye on it, you can run keep a reasonable amount coming in that way. I think you've got to run the West coast to Oz as well, but I've not really got enough experience to say that for sure.
One thing is for sure, you have to do a fair bit of micro management, and you've got to keep an eye on the refuel status. Having a massive fuel convoy refuel completely in Sydney or Perth really, really, really can cheese you off!
Oh, and turning off Oz heavy industry strikes me as gamey as hell, and I wouldn't do it
But what's the difference between turning off the HI (allowing the fuel to be used for naval instead of industry) and stockpiling fuel outside of Oz (allowing the fuel to be used for naval instead of industry). Seems like a difference without a difference. If you ship enough to Oz to fuel all the industry, then you may as well stockpile the naval fuel there too, since you have enough to run the industry, the rest won't get sucked in. If you are just going to starve it of fuel, then why not save the trouble and just turn it off?
Not trying to be argumentative, I haven't gotten that far in a game to really experience how much of a difference it makes, so I really want to understand better. And I know I read all the time about Japan turning off armament production, adjusting industry expansion, etc, so I don't see how it's so much gamier (gameyer? new word) for the Allies to adjust their industry based on how much HI they need or don't need at a given point. Unless the HR would be that neither Japan or Allies could shut off industry/production centers.
The Allies have a shortage of tankers in 1942. Trying to keep OZ fueled and enough fuel in the SoPac for your naval needs if very tough. It just is very hard to move enough fuel and you will want to be building stockpiles for your navy. I actually ran some fuel to OZ to run the industry but don't think it really matters. You have plenty of AKs. Just run supply. That is what you will need. Alfred is right about HI but the Allies produce such a surplus of HI that unless you have lost India and some of the US, you don't really need to produce HI in OZ. And if you are at the point where you do not have enough HI, don't worry. You have already lost the game...
< Message edited by crsutton -- 9/4/2012 5:27:48 AM >
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