From: LI, NY
What's even worse is that Japan embarked on the war while still bogged down in China.
I'm a new player, very little experience, but this aspect of the game -- that is, the China theater -- is what bothers me the most. Historically it's just as you say, but in game far from being "bogged down" the Japanese can completely conquer China (!!!) which outcome is utterly preposterous. But I've read of this in several AARs and in my own game (as Allies) I don't see any evidence that I can avoid it, though admittedly it does take the Japanese a while to do it.
I haven't played yet as the Allies, but I think I can see ways that China can be saved or if not made too costly. I think the Allied player must use the axiom of he who defends everything defends nothing. Now I know that any production center that China 'gives up' is gonna cost 'em. But lets face it some are just not defensible, like those near the northeast (don't recall their names). So if you're trying to defend these while the hexes right behind you are jungle/rough and you lose well that's on you. IOW China has no chance to defend other than in the best defensive terrain. I think the exception may be Changsha. There's large forces there at start and maybe you can build up fortresses, which BTW China can't do everywhere. This location will also help protect those production sites behind it.
Another thing I might try is infiltration. I looks to me that Japan will have a hard time keeping a 'solid' front. If you take small rebuilt units push them through the lines and cut some supply paths... Looks like it'll take time, but may work. Even if it makes Japan keep a few forces behind the scenes it'll help.
Also you need help from your allies and if you don't get as much supply there as soon as possible its over. Now again I haven't played as the Allies, but when I do I intend to get the 'aluminum trail' up and running ASAP.
One thing I can tell you is China is a huge supply sink for Japan while she's conducting ops there. I feel it at the 'front'. Japan IMHO must at some time go to the defensive in China or put the rest of the Empire in peril. My intent in my games will be to leave China impotent as IRL, not to conquer the whole thing. From what I've read here Japan does anything else at her own peril. For if she leaves China alone she will eventually rise and crush Japan, at least within her borders.
Of course YMMV. Who knows I may fell otherwise when I'm on the other end too.
< Message edited by rustysi -- 7/23/2015 6:34:31 AM >
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