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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/12/2004 7:05:50 PM   
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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/13/2004 3:27:12 AM   
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Germany supply situation is catastrophic, but he again wreaked havoc with his subs (subs don't need access to supply to move) in the Atlantic. Right now we consider it nuisance, cause we'll be transferring our naval assets to Pacific starting this turn. We'll let the Soviets finish off the Axis in Europe. More or less. Perhaps not. Who knows.

We did Taranto again, this time sinking his BB.

In the long-neglected Pacific Japs are roaming free. His subs are indestructible and my (improved) DDs suffer damages whenever they try to clear the conwoy routes. I guess I can't complain since I wanted to do the same to him (ie. overwhelm him with subs). Right now I'm abandoning everything in Pacific but Hawaii, and am bringing naval stuff from the Atlantic. I can't supply Hawaii until I clear the sub menace on my West Coast, and I don't have any tools for the job (DDs are damaged or destroyed). I managed to do a conwoy linkup over Alaska and reinforce Hawaii, but it's only a matter of time until IJN supersubs cut this route as well. Anyway, I don't think Hawaii are in any immediate danger of occupation.

Panama Canal is going to busy in the coming months. Up to now I always started my turns doing things in Europe, neglecting Pacific, but that'll have to change.

Man I'm totally outta destroyers...

My sub fleet managed to sink one of his transports (laden with troops? Maurice, was this intended or just an oversight on your part?) in South Pacific.

Edit: pic shows reinforcing Hawaii via Alaska and North Pacific, with his indestructible subs lurking near Seattle and California.

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/13/2004 3:52:28 AM   
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JA super subs? i've only had 1 research result on them. they just start pretty good.

it was definately an oversight leaving a unit on a transport. i'll have to load my production save and take a look where it was.

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/13/2004 4:44:46 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: MButtazoni

JA super subs? i've only had 1 research result on them. they just start pretty good.

it was definately an oversight leaving a unit on a transport. i'll have to load my production save and take a look where it was.


You get special bonus if you find one of MY transports with INF unit on it (there was one - and it was my oversight, but that unit is now unloaded).

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/13/2004 5:11:15 AM   
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i saw it on my turn, wasn't it a militia? (or that maybe was an AI game)

i think what happened was i undid a reinforcement to Rabaul and the unit did not end up back in Korea where i sent him from. after iawhile i gave up looking for him. looks you found him first (and last )

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/17/2004 5:07:21 PM   
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Spring 43 - Japan

I sunk another 3 subs and 3 Transports (+ 1 damaged Transport) this turn. that puts the WA at 20 Transports (which i believe is his achilles heel right now, that's why i keep hunting them down).

here is the Force Pools at the end of the JA Sp43 turn:




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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/17/2004 11:01:05 PM   
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Let's go boys, summer holidays are no excuse. We need more AAR information or Matrix needs to release the product

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/17/2004 11:07:27 PM   
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We crush AGS & AGN - news at 11

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/18/2004 1:13:45 AM   
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Two Thoughts:

1. Soviet Union - Holy Armour Batman!

2. China - Supply? We don't need no stinkin' supply!



Of course, relatively speaking the Germans could be saying the same thing.

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/20/2004 1:57:16 PM   
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Akula lives!!!! I ran into some minor problems opening the save, but Maurice fixed the problem & we're back.

Soviet Union - Spring 1943

We completed our liberation of the Ukraine this season - eliminating Army Group South completely (including a substantial amount of German air). Supply & transport difficulties have prevented us from moving the bulk of our forces into Eastern Europe, but a realignment in our production should allow for further offensive actions against the Germans next season.

Our allies are still having major difficultes with U-Boats, but our land campaign should put the war back on track.




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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/21/2004 12:13:59 AM   
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Used some supply produced in India to send to Chinese via Ledo road. My Atlantic subs are arriving in Indian Ocean and DEI, attacked one transport fleet there, and sunk it. I guess this will force IJN to move some ASW assets in this, western sector of his empire.

I totally goofed with DDs and transports, and underestimated Axis sub threat (ironic, since it's subs that I planned to unleash on him!). Very st00pid of me. Heavy bombers seem totally useless vs. subs - I never saw any success using them. To admit the truth, I didn't research their ASW capability (but I do now).

What (unexpectedly) saved my ass somewhat is the supply I hauled from ME and India into the Med.

This allowed us to take South Italy. Remains of Italian fleet seek refuge in the Adriatic, but the Rooskies and the guy in my sig are not very happy about it. Italians, surrender already! I guess Raeder took command of the remanining Italian ships. We took Western France this turn as well, and Holland too (using the Paradrop vs. defended coast rule, one of my personal favs).

Ah, I guess we'll have to finish the Germans ASAP, so as to remove his *#$% sub flotillas from the map. Berlin here we come.

I managed to reopen some sort of conwoy route in the North Atlantic and bring supplies and troops from US to Europe, but far from satisfactory. German subs will feast on my poor transports in the very next turn.

Pacific. Hawaii are cut of from the mainland but I have large forces there so they'll have to take care of themselves for now.

Loose lips sink ships, and I am of the opinion I babble here far too much, giving hints to my enemies perhaps more than I should, but this AAR has marketing and educational purpose I hope

No screenshot this turn cause I am angry at being unable to kill the damn Axis subs, and don't want you to see how Axis subs rule the sea.

O.

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/21/2004 5:55:21 AM   
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Not sure when it changed over but I am really liking the new and improved UI. The new color scheme just seems to fit the game a lot better then the old one IMO. I see there are more buttons and some changed graphics also.

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/21/2004 3:34:00 PM   
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If Germany dies I assume the game is done as the forces against Japan will be way to much for them to handle alone.

Do I hear the Russian shipyards springing into action?

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/21/2004 6:53:24 PM   
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Russian shipyards! Now that would be interesting!

Unfortunatelly for Allies, SU can declare war on Japan only on historical date (Summer or Fall '45 - don't remember which for sure) but not earlier, OR if the Japanese player is uncautious and leaves Manchuria under-garrisoned (requirement is that Japanese have at least three units as garrison there).

So, it's obvious WA will have to deal with Japanese alone for some time. That's why I am *trying* to leave ETO, and transfer my assets to the Pacific, but it's not that easy....

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/21/2004 11:00:11 PM   
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Here's something that might make your staging into the Pacific a little harder:

For 3 turns i drooled over those 2 Indian factory regions but i always had other things i had to do (mostly hunting down WA Transports) but i finally had a chance and had my units staged properly to jump into India; and not a moment too soon, you had moved into Burma with nothing but evil intent .

I bombed the Burma units (2 Arty destroyed) and I bombed China as well (1 Inf and 1 AA destroyed); at sea i sunk 1 Light Fleet, 1 Sub, and 1 Transport and damaged 2 Transports and 2 Subs.

BTW, I think the Japanaese are a blast to play...




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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/22/2004 11:10:44 PM   
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Soviet Union - Summer 1943

Although we were able to capture both East Prussia, Austria & Albania, supply & transportation issues have left many of our units immobile this season. A major change in production should help for the future, but the Reich may be able to hold on a little longer before the bulk of our forces come into play.




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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/23/2004 5:40:08 AM   
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The situation I'm in... is somewhat frustrating. I'd want to move my assets to Pacific, but can't. Each turn is struggle to re-open the transport routes, vs. swarms of Axis subs. German Reich might be shrinking on land, but his subs are strong as ever.

Japanese attack vs. India wasn't as surprising as it might seem, though. I've been expecting it for some time. Anyway, it's encouraging to see Japan put up a bold fight

This turn we commisioned more DD and transport fleets, thus managing to re-open the US-Europe route, and US/UK-Mediterranean route as well and bring some supplies etc. This enabled us to move two CV fleets via Suez canal and attack and sink two unescorted IJN transport fleets in Bay of Bengal (pictured below, after the actual battle). We hope the hurt is felt as far as Tokyo. Prior to CVs moving we had to attack IJN sub patrolling near the Red Sea with DDs.

Using heavy fleets (CVs and DDs are badly needed for more important tasks) we finished off the remnants of Italian fleet in Adriatic (1x heavy, 2x light, and 1x transport fleet IIRC). Most of those were only damaged, but unable to retreat (unable to trace back the supply route to nearest friendly port) they were destroyed.

With Med cleared we *finally* move some assets in Indian ocean to be used vs. pesky Japanese.

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/23/2004 5:45:25 AM   
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This is the production capability/victory score screen. Allies outproduce Axis exactly by 4 to 1 which is IIRC borderline between draw and marginal Allied victory (or is it 5:1 ratio?).

Anyway, black dots on seas on world map represent German subs (note one near Australia - he must have forgotten it ). Line of green dots accross Atlantic is my conwoy route to Europe reopened this turn.

Panama canal is contested area. You currently see green dot there cause my subs outnumber Japanese 2:1 but there is IJN sub flotilla lurking there waiting for ships to cross from the Atlantic.

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/24/2004 6:40:58 AM   
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Fall 1943 - Japan

Japan wins the first Carrier Air battle of the war in the Indian Ocean! I sent my 4 CV's adjacent to the WA fleet (2 CV's 1 Heavy, 1 Light and 1 Transport) and damaged the 2 CV Air and the Heavy Fleet. then i sent in 3 LS and 1 Sub and they damaged the rest of the WA fleet. i suffered 2 damaged CV Air.

I also destroyed the three Infantry in Rangoon and took the Region (lack of supply on his part helped me win this battle).

Here is the Force Pools at the end of the JA turn, Fall 1942. I'd like to point out that the JA Fleet is as big as the entire WA Fleet currrently but i see a lot more WA ships coming




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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/24/2004 3:58:42 PM   
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Good to see little yellow men so jubilant (excuse my non-PC remark ). Really, though I wish to crush the Japanese, part of me is very happy to see that even with Japan (that is usually considered to be hardest to play) this game can be enjoyable and successful, and that Japanese have more options than is usually thought. Of course, you have to be expert player like Maurice.

But WA's production will make long term resistance futile...

This post is technical note - I had problems with my mail account Lawrence (and may still have them) - if you sent me your turn in past several hours, it may have been lost so please resend...

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/24/2004 6:41:00 PM   
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Yes Oleg, Japan is quite fun to play. i probably won't survive to 1946 but many WA will die before i am taken out!

another great reason to play Japan: very little map scrolling, my South East Asia sandbox is all i need.

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/24/2004 11:58:29 PM   
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Soviet Union - Fall 1943

Not a whole lot happening on our side of things. We repaired some of our rail lines, transferred the bulk of our forces forward & liberated Bulgaria & Greece from the Germans.




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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/25/2004 3:03:59 AM   
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My subs are slowly coming into play. Destroyed IJN transport fleet, damaged light fleet.

Using the fact we're trying to shift naval assets to bear vs. the Japanese, German BB Tirpitz sortied to North Atlantic, but was damaged by our land based air from UK.

We invaded Danemark, because it seemed like a fun thing to do, and went back the same turn. Did some other things as well, but they're really minor...

Picture: as you see IJN moved most of its assets westward. There was a lone DD fleet protecting the eastern flank, it was damaged, and then my other sub entered to attack the transports in Yellow Sea. We will be preparing offensives in the Pacific in the future, but first we must clear 75% of IJN sub fleet patrolling of my West Coast!

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/25/2004 6:25:39 PM   
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Winter 43 - Japan

Chinese troops came into contact so i bombed them from the air again; 1 Militia Dead, 3 Inf damaged

I sent my new and improved sub hunting tactical bombers after the US sub that encroached into the Greater Co-Prosperity Sphere; CINCPAC will not be hearing from that sub anymore. I consolidated my position in India and took care of a Transport that was lurking around Australia. A Sub that was getting too close in the Central Pacific was also destroyed.

Here is the Strategic picture at the end of the JA turn in Wi44:




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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/25/2004 11:19:55 PM   
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Soviet Union - Winter 1943/1944

Supply production reached an all-time high last season....Stalin is pleased. We were able to finally repair our rail links across the frontier & start moving the bulk of the Red Army up to the current front lines.

Our troops once against liberated Czechoslovakia & we prepare for the final offensive.




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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/26/2004 6:09:34 AM   
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What we learned from Dirty Harry movies? Always count your bullets...

Maurice bottled up my entire West Coast using two flotillas of his MegaDeath Black Magic undestructible alien artifact technology IJN subs, but...

He forgot to reload their torpedos!!!

Thats right, even the experts make mistakes. My transports are able to "walk" right over his torpedo-less sea monsters and deliver supplies and reinforcements to Hawaii. No OpFire, nothing. Subs are harmless as little kittens (only not as cute). Up to now I never even knew this is possible.

Unfortunatelly I have no time right now to finish my turn (its 5 AM here) and don't want to make an oversight like my Japanese buddy

Though one can never be sure with cunning Japanese, maybe this is just a part of some bigger IJN plan?

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/28/2004 5:35:55 AM   
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Allright finally I played my turn. There were some issues we had to discuss on the beta board in the meantime...

Again a very busy turn for WA. I reinforced Hawaii, but further amphib operations in Pacific will have to wait till we accumulate more transports. Hawaii is proper Fortress Pacific right now.

I attacked and sunk one IJN transport fleet, cutting his transport "chain" to India, at least for the time being.

We managed to get enough supply to Middle East (Jordan and Iraq) via extremely long route over Atlantic and Mediterannean (luckily - German Atlantic subs mostly run out of torpedos like IJN ones!). This enabled us to move some British and US infantry in contact with dreadful Japanese in Afghanistan and (future) Pakistan. See screenshot. We guess Japanese stop here. (Who was complaining we only ever fight in Europe?)

In an interesting sideshow we sunk German DD fleet in North Sea using landbased, CV-less CV group from Britain.

Further sorties of combined Brit and US Med fleets via Red Sea into Indian Ocean won't be piecemeal, but en masse, so we started buildup in the Alexandria. Again I babble too much ruining my security, but I'd really love to see IJN doing the Pearl Harbor thing in Alexandria!

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/29/2004 8:46:08 PM   
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GO JAPAN GO if u cant do it no one can....cause germany is screwd, but i liked the german stategy this game, stop the US as long as u can in the atlantic...worked for me in axis and allies for a while.....viva la resistance

so what i can grasp so far that supply routes are just as important as actual fighting units..and germany needs 2 try a new route of attack earlier on...idk just guessing from what i can read and see

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/30/2004 2:27:28 AM   
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so what i can grasp so far that supply routes are just as important as actual fighting units..

supply routes are 10 TIMES more important than actual fighting units.

one could argue "infintely more important" since no supply = no move, no attack.

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RE: AAR - PBEM Game "Akula" - 8/30/2004 2:04:18 PM   
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yes.

supply is critical. my biggest mistake was not making AGC the strongest grouping -i was depriving my enemy of his supply and resource areas in the north and south and allowed agc to become weakend-that was where all my supply came thru as well as my repaired rail lines. when it fell i had no way of correcting the situation as i could not get any supply to those units-a massive stalingrad if u will somewhere in the Ukraine.

however, Fortress Germany still stands .... thanks in part to supreme efforts from our u-boat crews :)

we wait for the Reds to rain down on us.

Next time the Soviets will not find me in such a weakened state of preparedness.
Maurice is doing a fine job with the Japanese i must say.

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