Hello Gamers

I made a little movie here about lend-lease just to illustrate how it works as there have been a lot of questions about how to lend-lease a military unit. In this segment we walk through the US attempting to lend-lease an armor to the Soviet Union and show you how it might go down.

 

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The US wants to help the USSR so it produces an armor for delivery in its

factory and attempts to deliver it during its Place Units Phase.  It must go

from a naval base to a naval base via the shortest route across the ocean
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Routing that armor up to Murmansk is going

to trace through at least one German Sub.  The

destroyer would not matter –  The

Danish and Turkish straits are closed so…

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Another option is to trace to the naval base in Vladivostok.

The unit would stop moving when it reaches USSR home territory.

Not the best spot for the armor but it can rail to the front on the Soviet

player’s turn across the Trans-Siberian railway.  The Japanese ships

would not matter unless the Japanese were at war with the Soviets.

Fortunately you don’t have to be a tech wizard to use the Global War-2nd edition technology chart.  It is ridiculously simple and there are no batteries, moving parts, or wires.   When it is your turn, you simply pay 2 IPP to the bank, and roll!  You can make one roll per technology per turn.   If you get the number listed or better (7+, 8+ etc…) you pass that stage oIMG_7617f development and move your marker to the next stage.   Once you reach stage 4 (complete) you are done and you have full access to what that tech gives you.

Why are there markers printed on the board?

Some nations begin with head start in certain techs – Britain, for instance, has head start in Radar.   So, if you were Britain and the first time you passed a development roll in the game you would put your marker on stage 2.

Why this way?

We decided to do the technology this way because it accommodates a greater number of possibilities for expansions.  Earlier this year we released some early-generation jet fighters like the Me-163 Komet (and soon the Caproni N-1) that require less stages in Jet tech than full development.   December 2015 we will release our Ordnance set where you will find a lot of our advanced ordnance requires certain mix of radar, advanced artillery and or strategic rocket stages.

 

Design started this week on 2025, which meant I was back at the drawing board, problem solving a whole host of new dilemmas trying to get a futuristic version of Global underway.   First thing I did was lay out the map, which was our 1936 map with redrawn boundaries. I’d gone through the site Global Firepower to get force estimates for many countries.

The first issue I ran into was one of size.  North and South Korea have somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 infantry, not to mention other units – all packed into a very very small area of the map – no amount of resizing is going to fix that issue.  Likewise, Israel is a major hot spot and its way overcrowded.   Europe, in contrast looks a little lonely.

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The second issue was dealing with national incomes – I was using military budgets at first, however realizing that in an all out war budgets would be at their maximum I thought GDP might be a better measure but this had its own set of problems. I took GDP and plugged into a formula

CHINA: 40

EU/NATO : 37

USA/Israel: 36

PACIFIC COALITION: 32 (India, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea)

ISLAMIC CALIPHATE: 9

And here’s the problem: RUSSIA: 8

That means Russia gets its rear end kicked, right off the bat the Europeans pulled their forces together (blue above) and outspent the Russians really quickly – And the USA came over and dumped more forces in Europe, not looking good for Russia.

Balance was interesting as well at the start- while I will play with forces to suit the scenario and make the game playable, using 2015 strengths the “Allies” (Pacific Coalition, EU/NATO and US) had the upper hand right away with naval strength. Its pretty clear they are going to own the oceans, which is okay since the Chinese, Russians and IC are fairly centralized.

The IC was one of the early winners, taking out Israel, and putting the squeeze on India as Chinese forces came the other way.   IC navies were wiped off the map by the US but large amounts of IC land forces are causing problems.

Nukes are of course, yet another issue and I’ve decided to save those for an expansion for two reasons – first, nuclear weapons are sure to make the game ultimately complex – so complex I think they should be optional. Second, the sheer number and types of weapons is staggering.  But there are fun surprises in store here – Soviet nuclear tipped air-air missiles? Israeli nuclear mines?  How to make nukes not game-ending will be very interesting – one way to curb this will be to have them cost a lot of victory points for first use.

Overall, the initial testing has been fun.  While I’m using World War II units presently, I am really looking forward to the units we have modeled for Global 2025 – both for 3D expansions and for our base game.  We have lots of fun stuff and more in our 3D printed line.

 

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Hello Global War Gamers.

In this, my first series of Global War lessons, I want to broadly introduce the 1936 scenario. (Our 39 scenario will come out later).  Playing the 1936 is a different animal for many people to get use to so its important you have an early understanding of how this game is designed.

prelude-to-war-1The Axis: You’ll notice that the Allies have a mechanic in place that allows them to increase their peacetime income based on the aggressive actions of the Axis.   Germany, Italy and Japan will use the first six turns of the game to prepare for war – not execute it.   Starting the war early means a lot of extra income for France and Britain. We saw a lot of novice players rush to war on Turn 1 only to give Britain an additional 70 IPP over 6 turns!!!   Waiting for Germany has some other advantages – One being that Germany gets Mechanized Infantry and Medium Armor before other nations, allowing it to start the war with better units.  A good strategy is to save some money here so you can get better units

The Japanese will have to decide where they want to prosecute the war. China provides a lot of resources for the Japanese, but it can become a quagmire for them if they are not careful.   They need to go in strong, and realize that China starts off fragmented into Warlord zones and embroiled in a civil war with the Communists.   Letting them alone doesn’t give you any money, but attacking them causes China to jump from 6 IPP to 13 and brings a number of warlord units under their control.     Italy starts with a free hand – no one can attack Italy until it attacks a neutral so Italy can position itself nicely in the early part of the war.

Germany and Italy will also find themselves fighting the Spanish Civil War.   There is an element of strategy to figuring out how much resources to put here.  Too little and the Russians will control Spain, a bad bad thing for Germany.   Spend too much and you might not have what you need for the war against more powerful nations.

2. The Allies: Britain begins the game without a lot to do since it can’t just openly declare war on anyone until it reaches full production.  But Britain (and the Far East Command/ANZAC) have a lot of building to do in order to be ready for the war. There are many strategic positions that need reinforcing.   France will need to build carefully.  They also control Abyssinian forces against Italy. The USA will be busy controlling the KMT Chinese. If Japan doesn’t attack, the USA could use Chinese forces to take over warlord territories or wipe out the CCP – But too much of that might give Japan the weakness they are looking for.

3. The Comintern: Russia has NO attack ability due to purges until January 1939 – So its really just building and running the Communist Chinese (which are held up in the Mountains of Shensi) and the Republicans in Spain.  The Republicans will need some Soviet support in order to resist the Italian/German backed Nationalists.  Winning Spain can be a big victory for the USSR as a win here gives you Spain when you’re at war with Germany.   That not only causes headaches for Germany, but it interferes with both French and US victory conditions who suffer from this in victory points.   The CCP is important for you also. The CCP grew from 8,000 in 1936 to 8 million by the end of the war. The mechanic that allows this is the CCP’s ability to make a reinforcement roll every turn based on the number of territories it controls.   An unchecked CCP can grow quickly, and that should be your goal.

How does one get ready to play THE ULTIMATE World War II game.  Besides running all your old pieces through the gentle cycle on the dishwasher, here are some things you an do to get ready to read the rules and get your first game going:

Think Differently About Victory: Victory on Global is all about meeting your victory conditions and keeping your enemies from meeting theirs.  When you set out to play, study all the victory conditions so you know what each nation is trying to achieve.   Don’t get caugh
t up in smashing everyone’s armies.  IF you are the United States, you are powerful but your VCs are more difficult.  If you are China…well, you’ll be satisfied with kicking out the foreigners and squashing the CCP.  Remember also that not everything that is valuable for victory has an IPP value on it. In play tests people often wanted to know why every little island didn’t have a point value.  In truth, the islands are worth victory conditions for Japan and the US, so they ARE worth fighting for.

IMG_4303Study your Advantages: If you know which nations you are going to be playing in the next game, get to know the advantages they  have and how to exploit them, That said, know your opponents weaknesses as well.   Some people may ignore reading every nation’s sheet because they are use to those sheets only having set ups and stats but they are rich sources of information.  Its good to know that Britain and Japan are vulnerable to blockades.  That Japan can transport units on destroyers….and so on.

Organize: Nothing slows game play like digging through boxes of stuff to find the right piece.  Invest in some trays that will allow players to quickly sort their pieces.  Right now there are 30 new 3D units, soon to be about 8 new types of Global War-2nd edition units (in Spring), a ton of Global-compatible Amerika units, a new US set releasing this week, and a bunch more stuff in process – You will need good organization for the units, markers, roundels etc….

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Plan a Game Day: You will need a good full day to play the game, so pick a day that you can get the boys (or girls) together, and start reviewing the rules.  And EMAIL if you have questions  will@drhenson.org