LouisXIVXIV defeats Bayder (Axis,9). Resignation at USA round 3. All PBEM.
This was only a few turns but I put considerable time into it. The highlight of the action is in Egypt, where I invested heavily to leverage Bayder's light Africa bid placement. The fatal attack depended on luck to be fatal, but the downside was low, and I probably would have been happy to plow all my forces into Egypt or India fleet in any case.
There was a rules conflict and substantial debate in round 1 regarding UKs attack in 7. The issue was, could Bayder submerge his subs and deny my ability to retreat, or did I have the ability to retreat before the subs acted. I thought the latter, he the former. Prastle ruled in his favor and that's how the game was played, which slowed my planes' Africa action down and forced an awkward dd move. In theory, it could have sunk my fleet. A day later, Prastle had dove deeper and realized my position was correct, but too late. In future, the engine will be modified to better reflect the rules, by switching the action order of attacker and defending subs. I'll post the arguments related to that in the appropriate forum spot later and link it here.
The game was short, but the gist was that Russia spent the whole game in full retreat except in persia, Germany had total domination of Eastern Europe and was playing catch up in Africa, UK played air heavily, Japan played fairly traditionally but was hampered I think unexpectedly by UK Indian ocean action, and USA was pure transports and land units. The game didn't feel over at all before the Anglo attack scenario developed; but with the die I threw on that attack, I could stay and triple hit egypt. IPC exchange would have actually been minimal, but with no J air, stilted J movement with UK air coverage, and Germ fleet gone Axis would be behind the clock with little tactical maneuverability, and I don't think a Hail Mary Russia blitz was in the cards.
Good games Bayder. I'm sure our battle will continue into future tourneys!
Having won the tourney, I want to give an honorable mention to Barca, who might well have beaten me (maybe!) in the game he resigned for time. I never got back to him to finish it though we both were interested - just too much axis time already committed. Maybe it will still be finsihed... But it also sticks out to me because I was rusty going into that game and it was a grindstone, which set me up for the rest of the tourney.
The Mayfly lives one day. Sometimes it rains.