So John feels good about his position, right? How?
1. He hasn't taken any coveted territory (New Caledonia is his only conquest beyond the bare minimum of what Japan will take in most games).
2. He hasn't attrited the Allied OOB to any appreciable extent.
3. Since June he's been racing around the map attending to fires that I started, thus losing the initiative on whatever plans he might have wanted to implement.
4. He's been his own worst enemy (long-delayed conquests of Singapore, Clark Field, Batavia and Manado; complete mismanagement of the air war; etc.)
5. By exerting maximum possible pressure - massed infantry and most of his air force for many months - he finally took Changsha, but then permitted the isolated Chinese army to escape back into the MLR.
I haven't done anything flashy in the game yet. I've been concentrating on logistics, laying the foundaiton for future operations. The Allies have massive concentrations of men, aircraft and supply in India, Oz, and Hawaii/West Coast. I am pretty much ready now to move when the right opporunity comes along. John's been alot about flash, and I give him credit for attending to some of my moves, but he hasn't done the slightest thing the upset or molest the foundation for future Allied success.
While I have had a few trying moments - China and the KB raid around Oz - I haven't broken a sweat yet. I"m still in my comfort zone. Compared to recent matches against Q-Ball and PzH....well, there's no comparison. Part of that's due to this not being Scenario Two.
Well I'd have 5 points to add:
#1) He hasn't taken any coveted territory. Last I checked, though, he controlled all the historical conquests. and oil centers he needs. That would be coveted in my eyes. Or are you thinking that coveted territory is the territory you thought he was going for, but didn't? I don't mean this in a bad way and I'm not criticizing - but don't think that because he didn't do what you thought he would do, he's somehow failing.
2) It's hard to attrit Allied CV's when the Allied CV's run away from everything. On the BB front, You're down 5 iirc. On the plane front, IJA is doing offensive missions, so he's going to lose more. Once the tide changes, you're going to lose more. Well... read "should", cuz you don't know. Johns crazy aggressive and might try a West Coast Invasion in '44 :)
3) The way I see it is that, in the Gilberts, you just gave John a bunch of troops and experience and gained nothing for it. I know you believe you "created a thorn in his side that slowed him down", but did you really do that? If he truly wasn't planning on expanding elsewhere - then you really didn't slow him down.
4) He's been his own worst enemy. I would agree - but then again - I also detect a great amount of hubris coming from this AAR. I think right now, you are both being your own worst enemy, in elevating nothing victories and nothing actions into "strategic game changers". Maybe you're doing this from a "allies propaganda for the homefront" point of view, or maybe you really think that getting Ramree or holding Tarawa for 7 weeks is going to win the war. They won't.
5) If he surrounds your army and destroy it - it regens in 60days at 1/3rd strength. If he forces your army to retreat, it doesn't get the magic rebuild. not sure of the level of your army at this point, but are you sure that he was trying to destroy it, and not force it to retreat and thus be rebuilt from a limited pool of men and supplies? I dunno.
< Message edited by AcePylut -- 4/19/2013 4:04:30 PM >