From: Tucson, AZ
ORIGINAL: my worthy opponent
If you've started an AAR, ask the question about expanding HI/LI/armaments/etc. My understanding is that expanding too quickly can cause problems. Also ask what to expand and how much....
I have a real opponent but he requests anonymity and I respect that so for right now let's pretend it's the AI I'm playing and keep going. I've read all the documents and materials available for the setting up of a game from the Jap side and I found it invaluable. It's gotten me started and I'm setting up the game as we speak.
Strategically, I'm thinking of going for Manila's port on the first turn ( instead of Pearl ) to get rid of what Allied subs I can so that I can save what friendly ships I can. I usually have a major problem with Allied subs in the waters just south of Tokyo. Also, I'd like to see if it's possible to invade Australia's east coast at all. The Australian north coast has supply levels too low to be conducting offensive operations. But by staging first at Port Moresby, it might be possible to take over Australia starting at it's NE corner and working south. But that probabbly won't happen until mid-'42 or later.
I got some brownies for father's day and I'm eating them for breakfast, washing them down with chocklate ice cream. I really need to look into some fresh fruit some day.
Yesterday morning was when I started setting up this game. I've already given all the ships a mission to perform, something to do, someplace to go. Right now I'm going through all the aircraft adjusting them as appropriate. I want to set all the trainers at 100%, range 0, altitude 10,000 feet on an appropriate skill set. All the squadrons that have a morale less than 50 I'm standing down. There are three of those, two Nate units and one Ida unit, all in the home islands.
In my previous attempts at this, I noticed that on 08Dec41 the amount of vehicle points I have in the pools drops off a cliff, over 1,000 points in one turn. I interpret this as the units filling up with their authorized equipment and is normal. To respond I've been turning the largest ARM factory into a VEH factory.
I'm planning on turning off all the shipbuilding later than about mid-'44 because I doubt that the war will last that long and I'll never see those ships anyway. I can't do that until T2. Also, I want to go through all the cities and set the supplies required and expansion of facilities as appropriate. I want to limit expansions in China because I want to make China a side show for the most part. I want to see if I can build a rail line from Bangkok to Port Arthur to move LCU's and goodies back and forth as needed. The less I have to ship via boats the better.
I'm wondering if there's some special criteria about the expansion of the various factories building planes and engines and expanding the facilities of the various bases. I'm going to skimp in China and concentrate on my hubs and major tactical bases. What am I missing?
< Message edited by larryfulkerson -- 6/23/2019 4:15:34 PM >
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