From: Old Los Angeles pre-1960
Remember - there are NO NEW UNITS, Nor any units that didn't exist, but it's going to be real challenge for an experienced Japanese Player, and a real Challenge for an experienced ALLIED Player, because the IJA and IJN Air units are substantially stronger that stock.
I wanted it to be realistic and a headache for everyone. :-)
ORIGINAL: Big B
First comments from the Japanese point of view.
I opened up the game and could tell from the start that China is very difficult for Japan now, well done.
More PPs in play will actually benefit the allies more, most likely the Japanese wont get to buy many units from the Chinese front but might have to use them to move units in.
The pilots now available would change my previous strategies in using air power, Japan would have strong air superiority at the start.
I dont know what allied players think but I would be happy to play this scenario as it does seem to fix China.
Pacific War started in China and it was the main effort of Japan for most of the war, your scenario gives a new and historical challenge for the players.
Thank you, I designed it as a double edged sword...
Experience in playing has shown me it is challenging for a Japanese player.
If a Japanese player insists on trying to conquer all of China - he will most likely entangle himself in a Tar-Baby he can't escape by freeing up Chinese units that could never otherwise move.
On the other hand, if a Japanese player ignores China - he will find himself reeling from counter attack eventually.
It should (as I have seen, and designed) be a headache for Japan...but a Japan with a stronger Air Force - than in stock.
EDIT: It should prove to be very much - a player's game of judgement
I want to try this in my PBEM, I feel this is new sandbox where I want to play.