From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
I love these discussions. I'm vaguely familiar with the concept of deep war, but I didn't follow closely the discussions that usually started with or included Nemo. So I'm pretty ignorant on the theory.
Nemo was a polarizing figure - it seemed that people either really liked him or (a relatively few) didn't. I found Nemo brilliant and really enjoyed his participation in the forums, though on occasion we got a bit crosswise. I think Nemo overestimated the forces "arrayed against him" and didn't realize just how much respect he had earned amongst the community. For his own peace of mind he decided to leave, which I respect but lament.
There is an old saying from scripture: "Where there is no vision the people perish." I often apply that thought to the game. Sometimes I can envision a course of action that I am comfortable with and that I think (or feel sure) will succeed under the circumstances. Often, the strategies thus implemented are successful.
Sometimes, forumites post suggestions that I ultimately reject, not because they aren't good (or perhaps even much better than mine), but because I lack the vision to see how to implement and sustain the strategy.
I feel like I'm better off imposing something than I can envsion rather than trying to follow something I have no feel for.
In the game now, I can envision how an Aleutians strategy will have benefits. I feel certain that the strategy comes with a certain promise of sustainability. IE, if John responds strongly, that's to my benefit either because I can fight effetively or because his efforts will detract from his opportunities elsewhere.
On the other hand, I cannot envision a way to make a deep strike that would be sustainable somewhere like the Solomons or Sumatra. Too early for such an operation to have a credible degree of sustainability IMHO. I think a player of John's caliber would recognize that I had gone too far out on a limb in an operation that had no credible chance of sustainability.
I could, of course, make some deep raids with my carriers right now, but at the moment I'm afraid that would be counterproductive. Circumstances may change, but until they do I think John is feeling his way due to uncertainty about my carriers - their location and what I might do with them. I am, however, considering a bombardment missions with several BBs against an IJ base in the Aleutians just to grab John's attention even while I'm surreptiously occupying a few of the islands. I want to add something to the variables he's contemplating in forming his Phase II plans.
< Message edited by Canoerebel -- 1/14/2013 2:29:26 PM >