LouisXIVXIV (Axis,8) defeats Bayder. Resignation at USA round 14. Mainly Pbem with some live play.
This game was a good one. There was very detailed play I would say, with few tactical mistakes by anyone, but there were some. I found Bayder to be a tactical player overall, with lots of precision-tactics traps laid about, which means I had to play my moves to the last detail and be careful, or the mistake would be seized upon.
The game opened with UK throwing the works at Japan as best they could, with a general KGF format. Bayder was bitterly disappointed with his opening dice Russia1, which were the worst possible for the move he made. Things progressed in somewhat typical fashion for a med-focused USA allied KGF, with Japan lagging a bit behind the clock from UKs successful R1 blitz, and Germany ahead. Early Japanese play included an IC in EI, lots of fighters and a focus on Africa, with light Asian ground forces. Early German play was economic. I'd say UK play was marked by a focus on air power and USSR by tactical pressure on Japan. Things started to move away from both sides stacking near Egypt when USA attacked Southern Europe in round 4, and changed dramatically by round 6. There were also some interesting Eastern European dynamics around this period, but you wouldn't know it at first sight from the moves that ended up being played.
In round 6 the main of the axis navy moved into the Mediterranean, which gummed up the allied naval strategy of that moment. The allied response was even more dramatic than those naval moves, as USA chose to sail all the way around the map to East Indies and initiate a species of KJF. Bayder claimed he planned a KJF from the outset anyway. However, this was quite a surprise to me. In the end it proved to be a surprisingly strong course of action. Of course it did leave the Atlantic at the mercy of the Axis and I very nearly switched into Sea Lion mode (using Japanese transports to boost a German assault). Without thinking too hard though, my intuition was that I was winning and it wasn't necessary to get fancy - I decided to focus on Russia for offense and use the navy for defense and began moving the axis navy to meet the USA in the Pacific to slow things down. Bayder said he calculated UK could have been captured, so there might have been a missed opportunity there, I'm not sure. Even so, factoring in what might have transpired in Japan the better move is undecided for me at the moment.
The final part of the game was a race for Germany to take Russia while Axis were fending off the dynamic tactical assault of the US navy near ei, be it on africa or in the pacific. Allies steadily gained overall strategic ground in this period as Japanese relevance shrank, Africa broke free, and TUV went from equal to ~150+ Allies, but it couldn't save Russia, and Bayder chose to resign the game once Moscow's fate was sealed and there were no VC snipe opportunities on the board. GG bayder.
Art thou not sorry for these heinous deeds?
Ay, that I had not done a thousand more.