Barca (Allies) defeats LouisXIVXIV (Axis +8) in a match that lasted 37 rounds and was a continuation of our ToC13 matchup. This was an epic game, a battle of David and Goliath, with the undefeated reigning ToC13 champion playing the axis.
Allied play style centered on dominating Total Unit Value (TUV). IPC advantage was the top priority at all times. The allies received more IPCs per turn in every round. No pitched battles were fought, all confrontations were limited to small units trying to edge out positional advantages.
Controlling Africa in the early and middle rounds was critical for the Allies. The allied plan was to use Africa as a spring board. There were three primary reasons for this,
- Controlling Africa early helps to ensure the IPC income advantage
- Allied troops in northern Africa forces Germany to keep defense troops in Europe, which in turn alleviates pressure on Russia.
- The end goal was the resource rich Asia mainland and pacific islands. The breakaway for the allies occurred in round 21 and ended in round 34 with the Americans taking all of Asia and the pacific islands. This was no simple accomplishment. Axis and Allied strength was nearly equal at the point of contact. An allied maneuver seized the initiative by creating multiple pressure points which included a direct attack on Japan itself (Round 28). Japan responded by diverting resources (infantry and fighters) to defend its homeland which weakened both its Army and Navy. At this point the Japanese military was left with two bad options; annihilation or retreat. Choosing the latter, America consumed nearly all of Japan’s territory uncontested in quick succession. The bi-product of an effective divide and conquer strategy. Henceforth, Japan was relegated to a minor power with little usable IPC income.
While the Americans and Japanese were fighting it out in the Pacific, Germany was growing stronger and needed to be contained so they could not take Russia. To do this England was tasked with fighting Germany in all Dead Zones. This allowed Russia to preserve its manpower so that it could contest Germany in a counter attack. In addition, Germany was forced to control its Victory Cities (VCs), because with the Pacific lost the threat of the Allies taking 9 VCs (a winning condition) was real. This diverted much needed resources from the eastern front.
The coup de grace came in round 37 with the Allies focusing all of their attention on Germany. With their fate sealed the Axis powers resigned.
I want to thank LouisXIVXIV for being a good sport. He had the option to continue our game from ToC13 (starting in round 21, where the Allies probably had a slight lead) or start a new one. If winning was all the mattered he probably would have chosen to start a new game. Mutual respect and a love for the game prevailed. I wish him all the best in ToC14 and hope our paths meet again.