In my three GW games to date, here are my average VP scores in MWIF – I was just wondering how they might compare to others’ experiences:
US: 10.5 -1= 9.5 (with Brazil/ Mexico -1)
Total: 66 (25 for axis and 41 for allies)
All three games were close to each other in scores but were all very different games which is interesting. The last game could have been higher for the allies- Warsaw and Paris were about to fall to the allies but appalling weather in ’45 meant that this didn’t happen in time. As well, USSR made a blunder in an ill-conceived invasion of the middle east which came to nothing and put Tehran and Baghdad into Italy’s tally (they would have gone to USSR and CW otherwise). Going into the middle east only makes sense for the soviets if they are trying to win against the CW or US. If playing just two sides, there’s no point as USSR doesn’t need the oil.
This brings up a good point about VPs: some will almost always go to one side or the other. In the history of WIF/MWIF has anyone ever controlled Sverdlovsk [made it through spell check!] other than the USSR?! Riyadh other than CW? Then there are those which are likely targets (Bucharest, Shanghai, Paris, Warsaw, Batavia, Saigon etc.) or tempting targets. Then there are proximity VPs like Madrid (France), Oslo (Germany), Istanbul (Italy), or Baghdad (I’m looking at you, Stalin) and so on. Of course there’s Vichy too (which so far has not survived a game).
There are points which can easily be lost or gained due to an oversight or due to remoteness. In last game Dutch harbor nearly fell to a Japanese Invasion as part of ‘pearl harbor’ but the US made a tense 50-50 DOW roll which resulted in an aborted invasion. Then there is the triumvirate of Kwajalein, Truk, and Rabaul (in last game CW started with Rabaul as per another thread). Hard to capture if properly garrisoned, but tempting. Then there is Diego Suarez in Madagascar. If it aligns with Japan it is a major pain for the allies (historically the CW didn’t tolerate its pro-axis stance).
Anyway the permutations go on and on. The main point of this post I was going to make was that in my experience the average point total in MWIF is higher for the axis than previously published averages for WIF, for the purposes of bidding.