1. Regarding the boardgame (or I suppose potentially CWIF as well), out of the 8 major powers, rank your most favourite to least favourite to play. Then for your favourite, state why you like playing that power the best.
(THE MIGHTY SLAAKMAN DOESNT DO ALLIES YET. MAYBE IN 20-30 YEARS ILL GIVE THEM A SHOT).
Reason: Italy has the most dynamic position of all Axis powers to inflict the greatest damage on the Allies. Controlling Mare Nostrom is the key to Axis victory.
2. I remember playing the boardgame ages ago (5th edition) and found playing, particularly Germany, very difficult and demoralizing in the years when you are being pushed back on all fronts (44', 45' particularly). I never quit but can still remember the feeling of frustration and despondency periodically. Even trying to get in a good counterattack was tough. In a situation such as that, what do you tend to look for in terms of opportunities? Or what do you do to stay hopeful?
Have only played 5th Ed once & spent the past 8 years doing WiFFE with mods. My Axis partners & I have never been thrown out of Russia & always took Leningrad, Smolensk, Kiev, Kharkov, Rostov, Vladivostok, the Caucasus (and one year also Stalingrad). We dont allow Russia to dominate.
3. Assuming two evenly matched players, what is, from your experience, the survival rate of the Soviet Union in the face of the Wehrmacht a la Barbarossa? Place a percentage on it. What do you think it should be? I know there are alot of variables in regards the this question....so play along.
If my handpicked team plays Axis with me as Italy, there is a 0% chance the Reds will be anything but roving band of partisans by the summer of '44.
4. Anyone ever tried a status quo approach in regards to playing Japan vs China. If the Japanese take a relatively non-aggressive approach to China in 39', 40' and 41' and this delays US entry by two turns, is that not potentially worth it?
Its not worth it to delay the US by letting China slide. There are better ways to neutralize the US threat while containing China & keeping the Brits in check. Of course those methodes are Classified.
(Silly Warspite1-Newblette's SIS has ears in the walls so I kept it brief to the befuddlement of his SIS).
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Germany's unforgivable crime before the Second World War was her attempt to extricate her economy from the world's trading system and to create her own exchange mechanism which would deny world finance its opportunity to profit.
— Winston Churchill