From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
Yeah, I knew that. :)
There are different schools of thought and strategy, I'm sure. On the one hand would be the notion of trying hard as early as possible, before the odds get even worse. On the other, don't "banzai!" when it's hopeless.
And there are the gamers vs. the simulators. You and I are gamers. I suspect Dave is a simulator (even if the thought never occurred to him).
Dave's style of play reminds me a lot of how I recall Miller - tenacious, fighting defense, even when it seems or is hopeless.
He also knows well these are his very last bullets (as opposed to the situation John III or Obvert were and are in), now or no more; I like his style of play; from the peanut gallery point of view, it seems he may have improved coordination and planning, but that's a result possibly of his very fast turn pace;
the Allied protracted move within the DEI offered a big number of possibilities to the Japanese defender, that a player like John or Obvert may have better exploited (coordination between land based and carrier based wasn't much, at least from an external point of view; thanks greatly also to CR anti air/airfields successful campaign, but where is Japanese AA? Should Japan have thought and planned better how to defend its airfield network in the region, knowing the menace?);
Your conclusions are good ones, Adar. I agree with you.
The night bombing has been decisive in this campaign, even though I haven't been using uber numbers. Dave uses night fighters but they haven't been close to effective. I don't know if he's distributed his AA well. I do think he exposes masses of planes (and sometimes ships in port) too readily. One factor may be that it's late '44. I don't have anything better to do with my B-29s, given the locus of the war, so they're all contributing to this campaign. I don't know if he has better options for night fighters but hasn't built or deployed them properly, or whether he somehow doesn't have them at all. IE, I know the night bombing has been decisive but I don't know whether Dave's been at an unfair disadvantage or simply overlooked or neglected aspects of defense.