From: Mass. USA. now in OHIO
Having started a game with BillBrown, well not yet but soon.
We play without house rules so everything that the Generals/Admirals would be doing is allowed.
There are some restrictions on the first turn but then it is wide open.
Some remarks as I just finished to get Korea and the home islands done, at least so I hope:
1. With Russia active, my take would be the Japanese would drive the Russians from Sakhalin ASAP, especially since you put all the oil there. From a strategic planning perspective the Japanese would have more troops there and potentially prepped to take the places. I would also expect the Japanese to have planned an invasion of Petropavlovsk to capture the oil there. To assume the Japanese would drive all the way to the DEI and have nothing planned to take the oil in the north doesn't seem to be realistic. If Russia is an actual economic target for Japan, say take the oil, then Japan would have allocated more resources to get to them. If your goal was/is to have them in the war from the beginning without a strategic appeal to the Japanese I suggest to reduce the oil points in the north and bump up the DEI. If you keep the oil as is in Russia, some Japanese assets should be marked to invade there without having to pay the PP first to free them. They could be allocated to 5th Fleet and/or another Japanese unrestricted Army.
2. Industry: with the amount of new troops coming in and the expansion of the JAAF and JNAF I don't think the industry will keep up to fit them all out and replace losses. I'll write some more on the industry once my first turn is in and I get the first tracker analysis.
Will write more when I am done with my first turn setup.
All good points. On the other hand the Russians should be better prepared to defend the oil as well....GP
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