Summer, 1942

Well, last night’s game was cut a little short because of set-up time and the fact that Mike’s phone kept ringing.

We completed the first turn and now are in the middle of Japan’s turn. We’ll continue the struggle tonight. Mike will get drunk and lose. Badly.

The first turn of an A+A game is critical. For experienced players the first turn is comprised of standard troop purchases and maneuvers, but can be severely effected by unlucky die rolling.

Playing Russia, I stayed with the only plan that gives her any fighting-chance to survive past the first few turns: I purchased eight infantry and placed them all in Karelia, expecting a large German force to make a push there in an attempt to gain the factory and the strategic position to assault Moscow.

I further reinforced Caucasus with infantry and a fighter plane. Then I moved a couple troops east to help against the predictable though unhistorical fight against Japan.

In Russia’s battle sequence, things turned out quite well. I destroyed Germany’s transport and Submarine in the Atlantic with a sneak attack from my own sub.

Next, it was the German war machine’s turn. Mike made his purchases, then proceeded with a massive invasion of Karelia, using an armored force comprised of at least eight tanks and a large stack of infantry and one aircraft. I knew it would be a tough fight, but here, Russian conscripts proved worthy. I repulsed the German attack, forcing them to retreat back to Eastern Europe, and leaving the Ukraine defended by a single German infantry unit. The normal quandary applied here:  One tries to adhere to the military maxim of troop mass, but is tempted to defend all his territories for fear of losing IPCs.

In other parts of the world, I didn’t fair so well against German might. My British battleship was destroyed, and German Panzers roared across the Suez Canal into Anglo-Egypt Sudan, easily defeating the British garrison there. Britain only retains a single troop in South Africa. Not good.

Japan managed to take China and the Soviet Far East. Hopefully America can soon place enough pressure on the Imperials to make her pay the ultimate price…

I’ll make sure to employ Suzie’s mathmatical theorem’s–the one’s I stole off the comments section. It was kind of like decoding the Enigma machine.


5 Responses to “Summer, 1942”

  1. 1 How You Doin Blondie
    April 17, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    I’m rooting for ya, Doug. Be sure to remind Mike not to drench the board with his tears of defeat 😉

  2. April 17, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Keeping Mike from sloshing Heineken all over the board is job enough.

  3. 3 How You Doin Blondie
    April 17, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Bless his heart, you’ve driven him to drinking already?

  4. April 17, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Not yet. At least not here at the house. Even working at Fish Eye photo studio, he’s only allowed to drink 2 or 3 beers at lunch. They’ve really cracked down it seems.

    Oh–the daily strains of the artiste’.

  5. 5 How You Doin Blondie
    April 17, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Well I can understand that, no one wants beer goggle-d family portraits.

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