From: The Coastal Elite
I don't know. Depending on the risks and decisions you make, early '42 can be full of guts and glory for an allied player. In this mod, that can extend into '43. Any '42 carrier battle is risky, such as my cavalier use of flank speed in my decisions to take on John's Tahiti raid. In real life, Nimitz's decision to fight Midway was very risky and probably in many simulations could have ended in disaster for the US; if Japan had opted to be a bit more flexible and send Zuikaku with re-constituted air groups to participate in Operation MI, or perhaps if Japan had had both of her carriers or the carriers from the Aleutians Operations, things might have ended very differently. Heck, the decisions to fights Coral Sea, the Guadalcanal Campaign, etc. were all risky.
While it's easy to approach this game methodically and purely from a strategic point of view and not play in such a manner, realistically in real life that was not the case politically or perhaps even at a more basic human level. The fact is, Allied commanders didn't just sit back and wait for the strategic calculus to change, they did take risks that in the grand scheme of things were not needed (but in the early days of '42 were considered vital). It wasn't until '44 off the Mariana's that there is a recognizable shift from tactical considerations to purely strategic in how the US and Allied fleets operated, such as Spruance's decision to protect the landing forces instead of opting to pursue reports of enemy carriers during the Battle of the Philippine Sea. He recognized that at the point in the war the strategic importance of securing the Marianas mattered more than sinking some carriers.
As you say, fighting in such a manner isn't fun. More importantly for me, in consideration of how human commanders responded to the heady days of '42, I believe it's unrealistic to turtle/Sir Robin and simple sit back until mid '43 or '44. Obviously, you don't want to do anything stupid. Nimitz didn't feel confident taking on the Marianas until 44 when he had overwhelming material advantage, but the breathing room he got to pursue such a strategy was secured through the risky actions he took two years earlier.
< Message edited by Anachro -- 3/21/2019 7:39:34 PM >