From: San Diego (Lives in Indianapolis)
On thing you didn't mention is that there are a lot of xAKs that can convert to xAPs. I'd recommend doing most of these. Same for Brit xAKs that convert to LSI.
Really? So the farthest I've gotten is basically November 1942, but I've noticed I have loads of xAPs that just sit in port (without converting anything.) This has been true even in my game with Jorge where we are playing DeBabes-C.
It seems like:
1. The xAPs have limited combat usefulness. They take too long to unload in amphibious TFs and sometimes cannot actually unload the entire TOE.
2. Yes, I move a lot of LCUs, but I have as of yet, not run into a situation where I just do not have xAPs to move them in a timely manner.
3. While you can still use them to carry cargo in transport TFs, the conversion to xAPs mean that cargo capacity is significantly reduced. So here is a rare occasion where it seemed to me that the conversion was not necessarily worth it based on cargo capacity changes.
As for the LSI, APA, LST conversions, I have yet to reach a point where conversion is possible for these ships (except in ONE case); however, these are ship classes that I just take for granted I will need all of. So any ship that can eventually convert to one of these ship types is sitting in harbor. I prefer East Coast for the USMN and Capetown for RN/Commonwealth ships, mostly because in the early war I actually worry that one of my opponents might have the KB pay a visit to San Francisco, the West Coast, Colombo, or Bombay. If they did so and sank said ships, it would be a very sad day for me.
The exception being APs. I only husband half of these in far away ports. I do this because, until 1943, APs are the only ship type that can be relied on to make amphibious landings. Not that this comes up much, but I want the capacity at hand on a moments notice--just in case.
In any case, I am very open to being wrong, which is why I made the thread! I've been running PBEM turns almost every day for well over a year and I still feel like a noob. I've got much respect for the rest of you, because your knowledge and familiarity with the game seems infinitely greater than mine.
< Message edited by Revthought -- 2/2/2017 2:09:32 PM >
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