Intel Report on the Caledonia (Debacle into Triumph?) Game:
First, I want to say thanks for all the insightful responses—on both sides of the “should I stay or should I go now” strategy. These comments make the game even more fun and fascinating certainly for me and hopefully for everyone else. Here is a brief summary of the Japanese situation to help:
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Allied Opponent: Very skilled tactically, executes surface fleet raids very well, but sometimes I give him a bloody nose. Seems easily disappointed at losses. Concentrates his ground power at the key locations. Swoops in on lightly defended islands (Canton Island & Attu) with well organized amphibious invasion force. Usually bombards island for a couple days first and does plenty of recon. Seems like a methodical planner but bold. Willing to lose ships (I know that sounds like a weakness but I’ve won WiTP games against players who never risk anything). A dangerous opponent!
Likes to launch lots of sweep air raids (practically every turn in certain areas) that I decline to fight (not interested in air attrition). Sends unescorted bombers regularly against undefended frontier islands and airfields, which I occasionally beat up with a CAP or ignore.
Myself: Only my third serious game of AE (played the old stock WiTP quite a bit, but back when a squadron of invincible Betty’s at Rabaul could torpedo anything and you could stack Marcus Island with 3 USMC divisions). I have won once as the Allies in AE when my opponent did far less than historical by spring 1942, and lost once as the Japanese (I left KB on react 6 near Pearl Harbor in January 1942 and it didn’t survive an AI directed run through the PH gauntlet). I have a lot to learn and appreciate very much the insights from the forums and this thread. I am excited to finally have a game go beyond early 1942 against a worthy opponent!
Known enemy concentrations: Akyab, Chittagong, Port Moresby, Noumea, Dutch Harbor/Kodiak. 2 CV's spotted near Midway July 1942 (probably only US CV's afloat). US surface cruisers & BB's probably based at Fiji.
Political Points (@Chickenboy): We had no house rules at all, though a kind of mutual agreement not to be “gamey”—(i.e. no landing pesky sub detachments of infantry all over the coast everywhere etc). On moving troops out of Manchukuo to China- I am going to bring it up with my opponent to be sure we’re all good, if not I will spend the political points. I knew the Manchukuo garrison requirement would be affected but I didn’t realize it was a political point issue too. Anyway, a harmonious, fun and challenging game is what I (and my opponent) want. I also promised him that I would not give up as the Japanese if I didn’t win in 1942, that he would get his chance too. Now, I have been saving up those points in anticipation of moving the troops out eventually, but I wasn’t sure how far I would go on the offensive and where to put them yet. So that’s why none of this capacity has been deployed.
Burma July 1942 (quiet):
Ground: Significant Allied troop buildups at Chittagong (22 units) and Akyab (20 units). I have one division at Pegu but that division is prepped for Rangoon. Yes, a nasty trick to prep for the important base but keep the actual unit elsewhere, in case of a landing attempt nearby. Any ground move towards Rangoon and the division can reinforce in time. Several regiments guarding approaches to Burma and garrisons in the north country. I am weak here on the ground though- might need Manchukuo divisions in Burma eventually.
Naval: No action so far, British CV’s last seen stalking around south of Port Blair June 1942. I have a light force of cruisers and destroyers anchored at Singapore.
Air: 2+ squadrons of Hurricanes, unknown amount of bombers and 1 squadron of P-38’s at Akyab and Chittagong-I have based Oscars and Betty’s behind Rangoon to avoid useless air attrition war over Burma. I have nothing to gain by engaging his air force, my planes exist there in my mind only to prevent an Allied landing down the coast at Tavoy etc. More Oscar & Nick squadrons of mine training at Singapore and Thailand.
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