From: Grass Valley, California
Assuming Scen 1 or equivalents.
A. How long can the J economy ignore not taking Palemburg? When would it crash? And before that...How long would it be before players change their production plans in worry?
There is absolutely no simple answer to this question. It depends so much on whether the Japanese player is a really strong (Grandmaster level) or just an average player. Also depends on whether he is focussed on implementing a good strategic plan or is one of the typical Japanese payers who mistakes irrelevant pyrotechnic tactical forays for proper strategy.
A weak player will need Palembang within 3-4 months. A grandmaster level player can survive until mid 1943 without capturing Palembang. The other oilfields captured in a timely manner will more than suffice. This requires proper use of the navy which is not to sail continuously in search of tactical pyrotechnic opportunities which provide no lasting strategic benefit. It also means knowing what you are doing with Japanese industry and not being seduced by the potential new toys.[/I]
B. Are resources every a bottle neck? Are supplies a bottle neck? Or is just fuel/oil?
Supplies are always a bottleneck. More specifically getting supplies, fuel and oil to the correct places is usually the problem. This game is about logistics, not the pyrotechnic actions which so many players indulge in. Managing the demand curve, not the supply curve, is central to playing Japan well.
Just trying to understand the misery of a non boosted Japanese economy.
Now that's what I'm talking about; experienced, sage advice.
I know I am relatively inexperienced, but from day one in reading AARs I thought to myself, "The Japanese just extend themselves too far for little gain and major headaches.
P.S. Of course though, it sure is fun reading AARs wherein the Japanese just go nuts; like wanting all of Australia or Canada.
"No one throws me my own guns and tells me to run. No one."
-Bret (James Coburn); The Magnificent Seven