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After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: Spring 2019 Game
« on: April 18, 2019, 06:08:31 PM »
The Battle of France and Operation Barbarossa

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Spring 2019 Game
« on: April 18, 2019, 03:45:10 PM »
Hi everyone,

A friend and I have been working our way through a 39 Europe Game. It's my first time playing the Allies (but 10th or so game overall) and his first time playing the Axis. We are treating it as more of a learning game for him; should knock out a couple more turns of game 1 tomorrow and will likely then reset and play again over the next 6 weeks or so. I have been remiss and not taken many pictures but I will take some more tomorrow when we start with the summer 1942 turn,

Thus far:

France, with significant help from her British Allies lasted until Autumn 1940 throwing a real wrench into Germany's preparation for Operation Barbarossa. In Africa, Wavell aggressively attacked Rommel and his Italian minions and, with the help of the Med Fleet routinely disrupting Italian convoys, quickly crushed Mussolini's dreams of empire. Currently the Afrika Korps is retreating towards Tripoli while a combined Anglo force is poised in Gibraltar to invade French North Africa.

In the Atlantic, Germany's difficulties with France and need to build up against the Russians precluded any large commitment of resources to the U-boat fleet. Combined with steady British destroyer production, the British and commonwealth continue to churn out a plethora of units. In England strong Anglo forces are already semi-postured to launch a cross channel attack in the near future.

In Russia, Germany invaded in the summer of 1941 and achieved solid initial progress in the center behind Gen. Guderian's tactical prowess. The Germans have also made use of daring parachute attacks, forcing the Soviets to maintain garrisons well behind their front lines and even destroying a Soviet factory in Kharkov in the midst of its disassembly for transport to the East. However, the slower buildup of units due to France has been difficult to overcome. In the South the Soviets have bottled the Germans up behind the Dnieper. Meanwhile, in the North the Germans have pursued a curious strategy of moving substantial units to Finland, bypassing Leningrad, and approaching Moscow from the Northwest. While this has forced the Russians to employ large forces in the North in order to maintain supply to Leningrad, they are well situated to cut the German spearhead out of supply, and the Germans are struggling to achieve any significant strategic affects from their strategy.

Game Design / Re: Counter battery fire / firing on support units
« on: May 21, 2015, 02:54:08 PM »
I like it for realism but how does it affect game balance? A question for playtesting

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: Christmas Special
« on: February 28, 2015, 06:53:41 AM »
Makes sense. Thinking about it, and it seems that there is a pretty significant trade-off between committing to Africa versus bombing britain

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: Christmas Special
« on: February 26, 2015, 05:38:38 PM »
What strategies are generally pursued by italy? I have never had any offensive success with them, even with German fighters and tanks

Reviews / Re: Pacific Game Pics
« on: February 25, 2015, 05:23:47 PM »
Your miniatures are amazing. Im salivating at these pics. Cannot wait to play the Pacific

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: Christmas Special
« on: February 23, 2015, 05:45:19 AM »
Thanks! The decals I ordered just arrived so hopefully I'll have those ready to go next time. Definitely interested in making it to ConSim in June if my schedule permits.

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: Christmas Special
« on: February 23, 2015, 05:43:45 AM »
and more pics

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: Christmas Special
« on: February 23, 2015, 05:42:50 AM »
more pics

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: Christmas Special
« on: February 23, 2015, 05:41:51 AM »

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: Christmas Special
« on: February 14, 2015, 06:42:19 PM »
The Allies definitely didn't have enough firepower, could have used more heavy artillery and bombers. I still feel that the Allies have the edge - going off of this game it seems like the Allies have a lot more room for improvement in how we played it than the Axis

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: Christmas Special
« on: February 13, 2015, 06:20:27 PM »
I will put a couple more pics up of the final turns. Cant wait to play again

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: Christmas Special
« on: February 13, 2015, 06:19:45 PM »
Pics from autumn 1944

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: Christmas Special
« on: February 13, 2015, 06:18:15 PM »
Sorry for the delay. The final word is..... German Victory!!! Germany held on for a turn 23 win. The Allies simply did not have enough time. In the west the Allied forces were unable to break through the Rhineland in autumn in the biggest battle of the game - Germany was down to a handful of units by the end while the allied line was wiped out in round 4, and also failed to take it during a desperate winter battle that might have been a bit foolhardy. With Germany nearing victory they threw their forces across the rhine into holland in spring 1945 planning a mech attach into koln but german reinforcements saved the day as the Allies exhausted their forces and a few german units survived. The westwall proved most formidable and the winter turn occurred at the perfect moment for germany, breaking allied momentum. In Italy the Allies occupied an evacuated Casino reinforced it in Winter but failed to take Rome in a bloody battle. The british recoup some minor pride with a successful amphibious assault on Oslo. In the East the Russians knocked finland out of the war and advanced two spaces from berlin in winter 1944. They also advanced to budapest and ploesti preparing for a summer 1945 attack but were unable to put enough pressure on the germans. The deciding factor in the game was an overly aggressive strategy by Russia early on in the game which prevented them from pressuring Germany enough mid and late game. This allowed Germany to stack its western defenses and hold the western allies at bay. Germany wins with Berlin, Rome, Budapest, Koln, Munich, and Bucharest.

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: Christmas Special
« on: January 05, 2015, 07:55:37 PM »
Definitely a super close game. I can't decide who has the edge. I think that if the Axis can hold onto one of Rome or Berlin they will win as it doesn't look like the Russians will make it to Budapest or Ploesti. On that note, we've played the western half of Autumn 1944 which was marked by two major battles. The Allies bounced off of Cassino for a third time reducing the Allied commander to tears. The Allies sustained tremendously heavy casualties. The Allies also failed to take the Rhineland - the battle went all four rounds and neither side had any reinforcements available by the end of it. I think each side lost well over 100pp of damage, and numerous Allied Planes were shot down.

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