From: San Jose, CA
ORIGINAL: Dave Reckoning
I've been lurking for a while, but took the plunge a few weeks ago and bought the game and I'm glad I did. I've worked through the tutorial a few times and the Coral Sea scenario as US a few times and I'm now getting going on the Campaign as the Japanese.
My aim at this stage is just to marinade myself in the game to get up to some level of competence, looking towards being an ok PBEM opponent in due course.
I guess this post is really just to say "Hi" to you all, and thanks for all you've written here that pursuaded me to get the game.
However, I've a couple of initial questions...
1) Are there any standard downloads or game settings I should be using now, to get as close to a typical PBEM game whilst learning with the AI?
2) How vital is it that I get my mind around the Production side of the game, if I'm aiming to be a competent Japan player? (I think I understand the game mechanics, its more about whether I need to fully understand all the various aircraft types etc in detail and thoughtfully plan out my development / production, and also the advisability of expanding various industries, especially given Japan's historic limited Merchant shipping fleet etc).
Thanks in advance for any advice.
As to Japanese production - it is easy once you learn how!
Here is a thread - to give you some ideas about how things can go wrong and still get fixed - this being said - there is little substitute for experience. I recommend diving in to the full campaign! Play both sides through May 42 against the AI .. then you'll be ready for a (forgiving) PBEMer!
AE Project Lead