From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
John's assessment of the game: "That [Dan] is in a precarious situation presently is an understatement."
My assessment of the game: The Allies have outperformed Japan and are in an excellent situation.
How can we differ so much? It comes down to Sumatra. The Allies pulled offer a tremendous surprise invasion en masse in late 1942. John was reeling. He did a good job of bringing things back to an equilibirum. As of now it looks like the Allied position in Sumatra is tenous and may well be wiped out. But even if that happens, the Allies are and always have been in great position in this game. There have been no major Japanese incursions in places that are vital. The Allies hold all of India, some of Burma, Ceylon, western Sumatra, all of Oz except Darwin to Geraldton and vicinity, New Zealand, Suva, Pago Pago, Christmas, Hawaii, and North America from Kodiak east and south. There's nowhere that Japan has really been able to push. Moreover, in terms of forces lost, John's lost a fair number of capital ships. The Allies have lost but one carrier (a CVE). And the Allies are winning the air war, having shot down 7k Japanese aircraft while losing 5k. And yet, it's in the air that the Allies are struggling the most. More about that later.
Oh, and one other oddity about this match. John was actually the one to call the game. Now, that's the truth, but it isn't the whole truth. The whole truth is that in Sept. 2013 I was suffering from a massive AE burnout. Then my father was badly injured in a car accident. He lingered for two weeks before passing away. I needed some time to sort through things. I told John that I required a bit of a sabbatical and would probably call the game once I had a clear enough mind to think through things. But John called it then.
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