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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/7/2017 10:10:36 PM   
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Para, Looks like a good game. I'll stay tuned....GP

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/14/2017 8:00:01 PM   
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Thanks Patton.

Returned from vacation last night and got the turn back.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like I sunk the CVE despite the 3 torps, and my air losses were very high. I'm going to try again, but I'll need to stand down my naval strike aircraft for a week in the Philippines to recover, and I'll begin to scrape the bottom of my pools unless I keep my attrition to a more manageable level.



Despite not getting as many hits on the CVE as I would have liked, my DBs flying from Clark do some solid work.



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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/15/2017 5:17:54 PM   
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CentPac

Guam continues to be bombed and bombarded daily. The plucky defenders still hang on.

Philippines

Jacks moves his amphibious TF back to the safety of Formosa. I still don't see the points for CVE Iki - is it possible that Jacks scuttled her?

My 4E bombers bomb Aparri, to little effect.

Dutch East Indies

No action today. My surface TF as retreated away from Jacks force near Celebes, which is remaining under the cover of a decent sized carrier group.

China

I get cocky with my French destroyers at Kwangchowan, sending them out to intercept Japanese shipping. Instead they run into a cruiser force that quickly dispatches two of my very capable destroyers. Damn.




Soviet Union

I continue to try and bomb the large incursion that looks to be trying to cut my rail line, this time with some sweeps, escorts and LRCAP. The ground forces don't take much damage, but my efforts in the air destroy many of Jacks' Oscars, though I lose more bi-planes than I'd like. That's OK - I'll trade a biplane for and Oscar any day.




Sub Warfare

Two of my subs score torpedo hits today.




They're low value targets, but I'll take what I can get.

I haven't seen much of Jacks' submarine force - I have no idea what they are up to.
Air Losses



I didn't see that many Oscars go down in the replay, so I think 44 losses is on the high end, but even if it's half that, I'm happy with the results.

Naval Losses



Lopsided losses today. I'll miss those French destroyers, they're great ships. I always vacillate about trying to run the gauntlet with them on the second turn to safety, but having them at Kwangchowan as long as possible keeps the Japanese player careful about moving ships around unprotected in their rear areas near Formosa.

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/15/2017 6:56:57 PM   
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The air summary figures show he has lost twice as many aircraft as you have. Nice work!
I know some of the losses are from Japan's lack of good fighters, but a lot of your fighters are pretty obsolescent too. He doesn't seem to be using them properly.

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/15/2017 8:41:02 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

The air summary figures show he has lost twice as many aircraft as you have. Nice work!
I know some of the losses are from Japan's lack of good fighters, but a lot of your fighters are pretty obsolescent too. He doesn't seem to be using them properly.


I really don't think he is. I am playing another Focus Pacific game (albeit a much older version) with a much more experienced Japanese player, and even with my P-50s, the air game is in that opponent's favor, and he doesn't even have Tojos yet.

The big difference is that I don't think that OneEyedJacks has swept once in this game, and he has the aircraft to do it.

Because of the active Soviets, Focus Pacific includes large Zero squadrons on Japan's west coast, in striking distance of Vladivostok. I don't think they've been used once since the first turn.

To be fair, I'm considering removing the P-50 squadrons that go active on December 8th in Luzon. They may be just a bit much for Japan to deal with. (That being said, in my other Focus Pacific game it made the air war above the Philippines tense and interesting).

I know that the allies can seem overpowered in Focus Pacific, but then I look at my other PBEM where I've lost the DEI, Morseby, northern and eastern Australia and North Island of NZ all by March (ouch!!), and I think the allies are balanced just fine.

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/16/2017 2:50:43 AM   
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Your other game sounds quite interesting. How about offering us a snapshot of that one with some history and analysis of this mod?

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/16/2017 3:31:27 AM   
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I haven't updated it in months, so it's badly out of date, but here's a link to my AAR of that game:

https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3739682

My opponent, Saros, makes a few key decisions that enabled him to blow through my defenses:

1) Manilla, rather than Pear strike, destroying most of the USN sub fleet at Anchor
2) Then bypassing the Philippines almost completely, isolating them and letting them rot on the vine. The troops that he didn't commit here he used to make a quick capture of Singapore and Palembang
3) Committing the KB to the DEI to make naval and air interference of his invasions impossible
4) Conducting an ruthless air-game, using his Zeroes to great effect in sweeps, only committing bombers once he has devastated my CAP

I've made A LOT of mistakes as well. I'll probably lose all of the southern Soviet Union, as Saros has managed to put 200,000 troops on 3x terrain on the Soviet rail line, and I can't dislodge him.

And here's a link to my opponent's AAR of the same game:

http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3739706

I haven't read that AAR of course, so please don't discuss any details from my opponent's AAR here.

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/16/2017 3:58:22 AM   
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I just started an Allied PBEM of Focus Pacific too. We're running two day turns, so that changes the dynamic quite a bit. My opponent is making judicious use of his Zeros in the Philippines; however, a few things make our situation very different.

We had no rule on setting air orders on the first turn, thus, even with surprise I was able to do serious damage to some of his attacks on the 7th. What is more, I think the lack of this HR AND the two day turns led my opponent to forgo Pearl Harbor as he did not want his pilots to face two days of attrition over Hawaii--just a guess.

Having faced this in my stock game with Herbie, I liked the flexibility this gave me. I'm not sure it does much for me in Focus Pacific though, at least not before the Allies actually start to go on the offensive in late 1942. We'll see.

In any case, I'm glad to see this AAR and that you are roughly at the same point in the game I am. This means advice meant for you will help me too!

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/16/2017 4:01:36 AM   
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Yeah, not setting air orders the first turn is an incredibly important HR.

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/16/2017 4:18:27 AM   
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Ouch, a $9.95 fee to enter that forum. Is it worth it?

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/16/2017 4:27:10 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Commander Cody

Ouch, a $9.95 fee to enter that forum. Is it worth it?

Cheers,
CC


Yes.

Occasionally the Let's Play sub-forum is open to the public as well.

There's another great AAR that's ongoing, with lots of good historical commentary in that sub-forum - GreyHunter plays the game in real time, one turn a day, every day, starting on December 7th. He's about 1/3 of the way through his second play through creating an AAR in this way.

I've found two great long-term PBEM partners on the forum as well. The Grognard Game thread has a fantastic group of people that are strategy game buffs, including one of the developers of Command: Modern Naval and Air Operations.

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/16/2017 4:29:45 AM   
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I was hoping for a better sales job. What makes it worthy?

EDIT: Besides your AAR, of course.

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CC

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/16/2017 4:43:14 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Commander Cody

I was hoping for a better sales job. What makes it worthy?

EDIT: Besides your AAR, of course.

Cheers,
CC


Noted - see my edit.

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/16/2017 4:46:41 AM   
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You had me at GreyJoy. I was wondering what happened to him.

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/16/2017 4:48:39 AM   
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quote:

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You had me at GreyJoy. I was wondering what happened to him.

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Whoops, GreyHunter.

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/16/2017 2:02:55 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: paradigmblue

I haven't updated it in months, so it's badly out of date, but here's a link to my AAR of that game:

https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3739682

My opponent, Saros, makes a few key decisions that enabled him to blow through my defenses:

1) Manilla, rather than Pear strike, destroying most of the USN sub fleet at Anchor
2) Then bypassing the Philippines almost completely, isolating them and letting them rot on the vine. The troops that he didn't commit here he used to make a quick capture of Singapore and Palembang
3) Committing the KB to the DEI to make naval and air interference of his invasions impossible
4) Conducting an ruthless air-game, using his Zeroes to great effect in sweeps, only committing bombers once he has devastated my CAP

I've made A LOT of mistakes as well. I'll probably lose all of the southern Soviet Union, as Saros has managed to put 200,000 troops on 3x terrain on the Soviet rail line, and I can't dislodge him.

And here's a link to my opponent's AAR of the same game:

http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3739706

I haven't read that AAR of course, so please don't discuss any details from my opponent's AAR here.


High five, goonmate.

Re: is it worth $10?

That depends on a lot of things, I think so. Of course, a large portion of the internet hates us, so there is that.

Yes.

Edit

Wish I could do a proper AAR. It just takes so much time, especially if you're doing a turn a day. In the beginning of the war especially, I can sink 5 hours into a turn, then another 3 writing up the AAR; Then of course, there is the cross posting to SA and here, which I feel I must do... which adds more time.

to the guys like paradigmblue who manage it!

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 1/24/2017 4:58:04 AM   
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Sorry for the lack of updates, the game has been pretty quiet.

I'm not looking to change that at the moment, and am quietly building my defensive lines and logistic bases while I wait for the next assault.

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 3/18/2017 9:14:24 PM   
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December 30th, 1941

Sorry for the lack of updates and progress - my new job takes me out of town for weeks at a time, and I've had a terrible time gettin WitP:AE up and running on my laptop. I'm hoping that I'll solve that this week, so that Jacks doesn't have to wait weeks on my turn when I'm out of town.

Overall, the war is still quieter than expected. That means that I'm kicking myself quite a bit for not reinforcing the DEI, Guadacanal and other positions early in the war, as it turns out I had plenty of time to do so.

CentPac

Very quiet here, except for a small carrier raid on Johnston Island which my naval search didn't manage to catch before it hit, sinking a small re-supply TF.

NorthPac



Jacks has invaded Petropavlovsk with two IDs, which will be more than enough to overwhelm my defenses. At least 1/2 of the KB is standing by 6 hexes off and bombing my airfield here regularly, which has prevented me from building any more forts. This oil and resource rich base will fall to Jacks within the week, giving Jacks a oil source closer to the Home Islands than Palembang.

The good news for me is that Jack's amphibious TF composition was less than ideal, which means that his invasion TF has stuck around for four turns now, and is getting beat up badly by Petropavlovsk's sizeable naval fort.

SouthPac

I've been slower in this game to set up my important lines of supply, so I'm working to fix that now. Supply is being brought forward to my island bases, and in the near future I'll begin to move significant men and materials from the West Coast to begin forming a defensive perimeter. I didn't do this early because I've been caught too far forward by the Japanese player before, and I didn't want to repeat that mistake. However, this game is moving at a slower pace, which means that I may have time to build a more robust defense.

Philippines

The Philippines are holding out quite well, with Jacks wary to move into my key bases on Luzon. I've used the time this has bought me by using my PBY units here to pick up isolated base forces and infantry units scattered around the Philippines, increasing my AV on Luzon by 500+. Both Clark and Manilla will be tough nuts to crack.

Dutch East Indies

Very quiet here. A patrolling carrier force prevents me from mounting any major amphibious operations to pick up isolated base forces here, but for now I'm content to build forts so that when Jacks does come calling he'll have a more difficult time.

Burma

Jacks now has an ID in Moulmein. I'm bombing it, but the Jungle terrain means that I'm doing next to no damage. Moulmein is only lightly defended, and will server as only a speedbump. I have no need to defend Rangoon, I'm much rather fight on the Imphal line, so I'm working harder to reinforce there than to make a fight over this less favorable terrain.

China



My defensive line here is complete. Now I'll begin the process of moving heavily damaged Corps back to Chunking and perhaps even to India before the road closes to re-supply and train. Jacks and I are engaged in a low-intensity and largely inconclusive air war here, with both of us using second and third string aircraft.

Soviet Union



I'm in serious trouble here. I didn't move quickly enough or in enough force to prevent Jacks from seizing an rail-line hex in good terrain, cutting off the entire southern Soviet Union. I have massive tank formations here, but for some reason they are getting absolutely wrecked by Jacks IDs. I'm now moving in significant artillery to try and disrupt Jack's stack here enough to put a dent in it, but unless I can do something quickly, I will lose almost the entire Soviet Union.

Sub Warfare

Very quiet on this front. Most of my USN subs have pulled into Pearl, where they'll undergo a lengthy conversion process to be able to fire a more reliable torpedo before being sent back out to hunt.

Air Losses

I am significantly ahead on this front, though Jacks has been able to sweep more successfully in the Philippines now that I have withdrawn my P-50s.

Naval Losses

No major changes here. I have picked off a few of his ships here and there, with no large sinkings. Jacks hasn't managed much large prey either, but he did catch a fleeing Soviet tanker and cargo TF with the KB before they could make it to safety.

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 3/20/2017 5:55:43 AM   
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December 31st, 1941

I now have WitP:AE working on my laptop, which means that the game should continue on a brisker pace.

In a setback for me, Jacks has begun using his Zeroes more aggressively in a sweeping role. Since the beginning of the game, I've felt that he was under utilizing them in that role, as there is not much in the Allied air-force in 1941 and early 42 that can stand up to them. I've tweaked my CAP over Manilla now a bit to see if I can get some better results than the 6 to 1 that I've been suffering.

I still had a small squadron of three destroyers at Kwangchowan, so I sortied them into Hong Kong harbor, sinking two DMS that Jacks' had stationed there.

Georgetown falls.

In sub action, one of my Dutch boats puts a fish in to a PB south of Saigon.


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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 3/21/2017 2:38:24 AM   
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Ack! Just accidentally clicked into Jack's AAR. Clicked back out as soon as I realized where I was.

Is there any way to hide a post so that I can't see it? I don't want to accidentally click on that thread again as I browse AARs.

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 3/21/2017 2:56:18 AM   
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Not that I know of. I am glad you are getting to play your mod. Joglinks and I are still at it, we are in November 1942 now.

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RE: Focus Pacific Redux: OneEyedJacks(J) vs paradigmblu... - 3/21/2017 3:50:35 AM   
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You could green-button Jacks until the game is over. That would at least keep his posts invisible to you.

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