From: La Salle, Colorado
Have thought about this issue a bunch the last couple of days and have made some changes/additions. The spirit of what I have chosen to do complies with the vision of the Mod in that Japan ramps up its Naval Side preparing for war from 1939-Pearl Harbor. These changes COST supply, fuel, oil, and resources. What Michael has discovered within the Mod perfectly demonstrates the success of this vision.
Japanese players start the war in slightly better shape, will grow in 1942, and peak in 1943 but they are behind the 8-Ball IMMEDIATELY with the economy. Lots of expansions, changes, and new directions cost bunches and must be taken into account.
I have focused changes and additions on ideas brought up by readers and players. I agree that the Home Island production of 'optional' fuels is not shown well so I've bumped that just a bit to reflect limited Japanese success in this area. The Anshan, Manchuria project shows its success as well. All other tweaks and additions is 'out there' where the Japanese player MUST GO and take. If anything we continue to grow the economic motivation for the war, taking the DEI, HOLDING the DEI, and monsterous headache of transporting all this stuff back home. Since we have the Allies starting in a slightly stronger strength, I have taken the idea presented earlier to add some industry into Java making that location even more important.
1. Home Islands +50 Oil spread in little amounts at Yamagata, Tokyo, Sapporo, and Niigata.
2. Non-DEI additions: Anshan +50 Oil, Shikuka +20 Oil, Magwe +50 Oil
3. DEI: Palembang +100 Oil +80 Resources, Medan +40 Oil, Toboali +50 Resources, Bandjermasin +40 Resources, Tarakan +25 Oil TOTAL: +165 Oil and +130 Reources
4. Java Changes: Batavia +25 HI, +50 LI, +20 Resources, Djokjakarta +30 LI and Soerabaja +20 Resources, +50 Oil, +30 HI, +10 LI TOTAL: +55 HI, +90 LI, +40 Resources, +50 Oil
Overall Totals: 385 Oil, 170 Resources, +90 LI, and +55 HI.
I thought about adding to Australia to make that location more enticing for invasion but wasn't sure.
Am not wed to this. What do you think?
The files are being sent over to Michael so he can crunch them with Tracker.