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First Edition Game / 1st Edition in Clermont Florida.
« on: July 01, 2021, 03:38:56 PM »
In other, somewhat better news, I am now living in Clermont Florida, and I have a little bit of interest in 1st ed here.  In case anyone lives nearby, let me know.

First Edition Game / Fuji
« on: July 01, 2021, 03:33:48 PM »
He was never a friend, he was always my brother.  Fellow gaming nerd, Paratrooper Brother, and Brother in Christ- Always!,  Len Fujimoto died from pancreatic cancer June 2020.

My turn in the Barrel (the Axis) last weekend.  Bad dice for Japan, okay to better rolls for China.  Eastern front wasn't going so hot either.  Amphibed an Italian tank into a West Egypt  attack for a total of 3 tanks to his 2.  Odds slightly in my favor for the attack as a whole.  Both of my tanks coming in by land missed on 3's, both of his hit on 2's.  Amphib tank missed, surprise- his didn't.  Barely got past popping his fort, I retreated with one infantry left out of about 7.  Air attack on his fleet- 5/7 of my fighters hit air to air, 4/5 of his hit.  His naval AA took out 2/3 of my bombers.  At that point I figgered Il Duce got strung up a helluva lot earlier than historical, the Germans went, "hmmm.....", gave it some thought, came to their senses, and followed the Italian example.  Looking forward to a convention one of these days for a change of scenerey- a complete stranger whuppin' my ass for a change.

General Discussion / New addict!
« on: April 25, 2013, 06:31:41 PM »
Fuji and I have added to the cult!  He works at the shop where Fuji had the Advanced Europe map printed, and is coming back for a second evening of Russia in '41.  Also, I am deserting the Wall, and my fellow Crows, and moving to Florida next January.  Any Strugglers down there?

It says there combat value is reduced to zero, so I reckon that means no, along with carriers, right?

General Discussion / Winter is coming- Play by email?
« on: September 02, 2012, 04:47:18 PM »
As I've mentioned before, I think a 2 player game tends to favor the Allies.  Fuji and I came up with the idea of seeing if anyone would like to play by email this winter.  A lot would depend on his babysitting availability, but we can usually manage a few hours a weekend.  I'm thinking try to do moves in advance, and roll dice "simultaneously" (be warned- dice tend to hate me, and love Fuji), post results, then mech and build.  There aren't usually a lot of mech moves in the Pacific, so I figure the active player for that theater could do most of the result posting.  We just started another game, so we're thinking of maybe doing this in October if anybody is interested.

Rules questions from first edition / Airbase attacks and AA guns
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:43:39 AM »
If an attacker does an airbase attack, and there are no other air attacks into the territory, then the AA guns are not supposed to get any defense?  I always thought that airfields almost always had AA, primarily for that reason.

General Discussion / Crossfire- The best tactical miniature WWII game.
« on: November 08, 2011, 04:52:26 PM »
Just as my humble opinion is that WWII SEA is the best strategic WWII game, Crossfire is the best tactical miniature WWII game I have played.   Use the power of google and it will take you there.  The short version- no measuring tapes or rulers.  At usual 1/72 scale/20mm figures- weapon range is line of sight, and movement is terrain feature to terrain feature.  It is a game that concentrates on tactics, rather than volumes of rules.  I hit upon the idea of putting the top over the Struggle game, and using a Crossfire game to determine whether an Airborne bridge assault works rather than just rolling the one die in Struggle.  We havn't tried it yet, we're still working on getting minis and terrain.  I will keep everyone posted if we ever do.  If you get a chance to check Crossfire out, or if you're lucky enough to have also played it, please post some feedback here.

Rules questions from first edition / Build airbases for buddies?
« on: August 20, 2011, 07:34:19 PM »
Can German/Italian, British/American build airbases for their allies?  Specifically- can the Germans Build an airbase on Italian territory in Africa?

General Discussion / My two cents...
« on: November 18, 2010, 07:35:01 PM »
Why is it, "My two cents", and "A penny for your thoughts?"  Hmmm...  Anyways, I love the game.  It's fairly realistic, in that with fairly matched players in a mano y mano game the Axis is usually screwed.  When there are multiple Allied players I think the Axis has more of a chance.  So one of the ideas we've been playtesting is 4 extra points on the 1 production line for Germany and Japan, and 2 extra production points for Italy when they declare war.  Subtract one of these options for every extra allied player.  Hard to say how this has played out so far, because my Axis opponent has been having an unbelievable amount of luck until recently.  About to start my Autumn '42 turn, and his damaged German cruiser is still wreacking havoc from Russia to South Africa, and has even managed to put Africa out of supply!  I think a good basic test for fairness of variant/house rules is if everyone agrees to them, then determine countries at random.

Reviews / Best global WWII game.
« on: November 12, 2010, 07:09:46 PM »
Original A&A is of course, a classic.  But in my opinion this is not only the best A&A variant, but the best game that encompasses the entire war.

General Discussion / Double decker gaming table- build it, they will come
« on: November 12, 2010, 06:59:48 PM »
It sucks when you have to either put the game away, or not use the table for something else- but I stumbled across an alternative.  After doing some bathroom remodeling I had an almost full sheet of 1/2" plywood, and a bunch of scrap 2"x2" a little over a foot long.  I screwed 4 of the 2" along the long edge of the plywood, and one along the short edge.  Skootch in the pieces on the West coast a little bit, write down what you have on your production charts, put a piece of 2"x2" in some unoccupied territory in the middle of the map as abrace , and you're all set until the hostilities can resume at a more convenient time.  This works especially well if you have a Catzilla/Feline Assassin of Joy like I do. more pics coming soon!

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