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#21 FullAuto

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 07:36 PM

C'mon c'mon, let's stick together...  ;)

West Africa is going to be mine, with a division left guarding each beach against assault.
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von Kluge's leading the infantry and dropping the individual divs off, after licking a hanky and wiping their muddy faces with it, while Guderian's panzer spearheads capture undefended province after undefended province.

East Africa is going to be in Italics, if they can manage to push the Brits out.  There are plenty of Commonwealth troops around too, so I've had to send von Rundstedt at the head of an army to assist.
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It's a full Axis versus Allies effort, and it's getting strenuous.

In Asia, the Japanese are doing well.
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I hope they declare war on the SU.  If so, I'll launch an offensive ASAP, and the Axis will crush the Commies, with Poles, Czechs, Bulgarians, Italians, Spaniards, Greeks, Hungarians and Germans all rolling forward together, as one, in overpowering friendliness.

North Africa belongs to the Axis.
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And soon, South Africa will be ours too.  Italy's still going strong, but they keep leaving the coastlines undefended, letting the Allies land behind them.  My panzers are spread thin, often bopping back and forth as they race forward and get pushed back, but overall it's going very well.  Portugal has put up a valiant defense, but it's losing overall, and pretty soon their forces will be wiped out.  The bottom third of Africa will be solid Allies by the time we get there.

The Battle of Britain isn't going too badly.  Brit fighters are rubbish, three steps behind, but their interceptors are just as good, if not better, than mine.  Although equal technologically, they must be well ahead doctrinally, as even with a 2:1 advantage my ints are taking a thumping.  Of course, the Brit radar and AA guns probably help a little.
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I need to expand my IC considerably.  The UK, weakly defended but ringed by one Hell of a navy, looks like a good option.

The Altmark incident.
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Went with prepare for invasion.  I'm not going to for years yet, but that's not the point.  I'm going to teach those Scandos a lesson.

It took some doing, but Yugoslavia have taken the Craziest Country Crown.  Although there's been some tough competition this game, not least from Greece and Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, if you remember, joined the Axis, only to leave in an awful hurry.  A bit nutty, you might say, but not really jaw-dropping.  But what other country has joined a major alliance, then left it, then declared war on the other two major alliances in the game, first declaring war on the Soviet Union, then the Allies.
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Yugoslavia, I salute you.  With your Belligerence of 50, you have shown me the true path to frothing at the mouth and biting yourself.  Now I suppose I'd better see about inviting them back into the Axis.  The maniacs.

In an effort to lure some Allied forces away, I send a div in a troop transport to South America.
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Lots of unguarded provinces and islands there.  Taking them won't do much, but it will draw forces away, bent on re-taking their property.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 11:04 AM

DAMN how many provinces... How long does a game last?!

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 04:53 PM

There's thousands of the buggers, SV.  Games are variable length, with the longest ending in 1963.  IIRC there's a mod that removes the time limit, though.

In terms of Victory Points (important provinces are worth VPs), I'm actually winning, with 184.  The Soviets are second (174), then Japan (117), the UK (102) and Italy (90).  So the Axis is well in the lead, overall.

Turkey's doing well for herself.
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Although she has non-aggression pacts with Saudi Arabia and Persia, she can always break those.  No reason why she couldn't conquer the whole Arabian peninsula.  Don't fancy Israel's chances of spawning now.

A nice drive down the coast, sea breeze, great views, cheap food, dead bodies.
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That's about thirty divisions, I think?  I hope but doubt that's the majority of their forces in Africa.

Hmm, what shall I do.  Let's see.  Hungary's an ally.  Romania isn't.  Hard cheese, Romanians.
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Hungary gains two provinces.  I didn't want Romania for an ally anyway.  Good riddance, with your border with the Soviets.

Er, okay then.
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I want to, but I can't, I'm afraid.  I'm fully engaged elsewhere, and I doubt the ability of Romania, even with Austrian/Hungarian/Bulgarian help, to hold back the Soviets, even on a border only two provinces in length.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:02 PM

I see all is going well for you, FA!

I hope the bulk of the Allies don't get pushed back into the jungles of Africa, that always make for some long hard fighting.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 11:32 AM

Thankfully, neutral Belgium owns most of the jungle provinces, but there's also a fair few forest provinces that are owned by the UK, though it looks like they're currently empty.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 12:00 PM

 FullAuto, on 19th July 2010, 4:53pm, said:

Games are variable length, with the longest ending in 1963.  IIRC there's a mod that removes the time limit, though.
I meant hours of real time.  ;)

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 12:40 PM

It varies, basically.  You can pause whenever you like, and the game has eight speeds.  You can also adjust the notification settings for just about anything, so it appears in the game log, or pops up, or pops up and pauses the game.  So you can vary the pace quite a lot, and while you can go through it quite quickly in times of peace, in times of war I tend to slow down drastically.  Dozens of hours per game, usually.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 01:00 PM

PS FA makes this look like a breeze. It's not. ;)

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 02:03 PM

Let me know how it goes, Sunflash.  :P

South Africa is no more.
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The first of the Allies to fall, and a minor one, but nevertheless, a sure sign that Africa is now under the Axis.  There's some few British provinces, and Belgium has some holdings, but that's it.  The rest is Italian or German.  And so it shall stay.  Holding it shouldn't be so difficult, and if the Italians fail to guard their portion, I'm going to start liberating minor states, so the Allies can't get their provinces back.  ;)

Stratergee.

The European theatre.

France's last few VP provinces are in Asia, out of my reach, so I'll just have to cope until Japan annexes Indochina (please God let them annex Indochina).  This is also a good reason to leave several armies in France, policiing the place along with the garrisons, meaning rebellion is suppressed and any invasion force will meet serious opposition.

Against the Soviets, I wield the might of an almost-unified Europe, with only the UK directly opposed.  Poland, Romania and Yugoslavia all want in, to one degree or other, but I can only let the first two in when I'm ready for war with the Soviets, as they share a border.  Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland are all possibilties as well, and also share a border with the Soviets.  If it does come to war, I'm going to smash up the SU as best I can, taking the best provinces for myself, and let the other Axis countries run for the rest.  They can prosecute the war all the way to Siberia for all I care.  Our combined might should be enough to take care of the SU, given that I've shared blueprints with every Axis member, so everyone should be fairly up to speed.

The Atlantic theatre

It's getting murderous out there.  France, unbelievably, still has some respectable fleets operating, and the Canadians are starting to make more of a contribution.  Added to Britain's dedication to ASW, I've lost more subs in the last 2-3 months than I have in the preceding years.  I'm going to have to stop encircling the UK, and get the convoys further out, at the chokepoints around the southern tips of South Africa and South America, and between Africa and South America.  Attempting to build a navy to rival the RN is pointless without a Hell of a lot more IC.

The African theatre

Nearly done!  A handful of Brit provinces, and it's all cleared up.  Yummy.  Bit of a diversion though, and looking back on it, not worth it.  But it was this or let the Italians get in the shit.  So here I am.

I noticed Bulgaria was getting a hard time from the Soviets via the air.  Friendly Deutschland to the rescue, with a flight of Focke-Wulfe one-nineties.
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The Soviet planes are behind the times, and their pilots certainly aren't as experienced.  Cleared off with no trouble.  Must make more interceptors, and shield my friends from the nasty cruel world.

First amphibious assault averted.
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Sending my fleet (5 capital ships, 8 screens, with the heaviest ships being battlecruisers, no battleships or carriers) into the Atlantic is risky, but worth it if I can sink transports full of troops.  I'll have to park the fleet somewhere closer to Africa than Marseille.

Hess does one.
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Brilliant, thanks for that.

The Brits hit Casablanca, and Rick's has to close temporarily.
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The Royal Navy made shipping in reinforcements a little tricky, what with their overpowering numerical superiority, but ultimately this little venture was cut off and squashed.  Six divisions lost for the ownership of four provinces for a few weeks.  Think I'll leave some more divs guarding the coast.

Ernst Udet tops himself.  It's okay, I didn't want to research any more doctrines for the Luftwaffle anyway.  Plank.
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Although the only aerial combat we've had with the Soviets have been total wins, the RAF still have control of the Channel and UK airspace.  Lost a lot of planes contesting it.

Von Reichenau dies.
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Christ's sake, will everyone stop dying?  Good thing he wasn't in charge of anything important.

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 06:06 AM

Speaking of the Baltic states, have you bothered with any kind of defenses for Konigsberg in case the SU decides to war with 'em? I see it happen more often than not, but the DoW may be event triggered after the fall of Poland.

Has the US been supporting the Allies via Lend-Lease or Destroyers for Bases yet?

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 07:31 PM

For whatever reason (my interference, in other words), Lithuania/Latvia/Estonia have not become puppets of the SU, so there's no threat there yet, but I have an army waiting in Stettin (not in Konigsberg, to save on a supply convoy) with troop transports ready to ship them to Konigsberg.  If they do try invading, I'll merely try and hold.  If they succeed in pushing me back, I'll let Poland join the Axis and start fighting the Soviets.

Although the US has been actively meddling with the Axis, delaying research and production, smearing etc, neither Lend-Lease nor Destroyers for Bases has happened yet, when they should have went off a while ago!

As is my habit, I've been fascinated by the history of the nation I'm controlling, and am currently distracted by Taylor's The Course of German History, which was written in the closing stages of the Second World War.  Sharp (or blunt, if you prefer), its main point is that the Germans are to blame for letting the Nazis take control, which was thoroughly off-message for the time, and surprisingly enough his book wasn't used by the Political Warfare Executive.

Also, a cheap laugh.

Well, it's March '42 and things are much the same.  The subs are doing well, but the UK has obviously built up massive stockpiles, because all the sinkings don't appear to be having a lot of effect.  I've had to cede the Channel to the Brits, because controlling the airspace was just too punishing for me.  Those damned British interceptors, apparently equivalent to mine on paper, consistently outfought my lads, so it's back to defending northern France, which I can do easily.

Still haven't pushed the Brits out of Africa.  They hold a small pocket of two provinces, holding 30+ divisions.  I'm currently shipping more divs to Africa to get rid of them.

However, the Brits have expanded Operation Torch to Operation Bonfire.
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Attacks are regular, and landings becoming more so.  I may have to layer more divs all along the coast at this rate, something I do not want to do.

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