I Lost World War II Today


Continuing our military theme from the other day, I regret to inform you, Dear Reader, that the Axis won World War II. After Pearl Harbour, the US couldn’t decide whether to concentrate its efforts in the Pacific or the Atlantic, and ultimately came to play only a minor role in the war. Britain, meanwhile, defended itself well and harassed the Axis in Northern Africa, but it lost almost all its overseas colonies to the Japanese and never gained a toehold on the Continent. After losing two huge battles against the Germans in the Ukraine, the Russian forces collapsed, and the Axis powers divided Asia between them.

David usually beats me at games, and it was no different with my first go at Axis & Allies today. But I had fun, and next time I’ll know a little more about what to do.

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  1. #1 Paul
    August 30, 2008

    A&A is a fun game…with one big flaw. The game in the end often boils down to Germany versus Russia in the Ukraine or Karelia. If Germany can win there, Russia is doomed and so are the allies. If Russia holds on, the Axis eventually gets mopped up.

  2. #2 Martin R
    August 30, 2008

    A commenter on BGG tells me that the 2004 version of the game is “better balanced and more strategically open”. Today we played a mid-80s version.

  3. #3 Björn
    August 31, 2008

    The real war more or less boiled down to Russia vs Germany in the Ukraine…

    David must be good at A&A, since it’s quite hard to win as Germany.

  4. #4 Martin R
    August 31, 2008

    Yes, David is very good, but remember that he played two noobs. Also, he controlled both Germany and Japan.

  5. #5 paddy
    September 1, 2008

    Cool! Now I can bring my set over and wreck some havoc. Plus I have an interesting mod – when I bought my set I had two sets of German infantry and no Americans. So I hand-painted all of the extra Germans green. And they look fabulous!

  6. #6 Martin R
    September 1, 2008

    Fabulous as in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert? Wunderbar, Liebchen!

  7. #7 Marcus
    September 1, 2008

    *cough* You are not really supposed to lose if you play Allies in that game. *cough*

  8. #8 Martin R
    September 1, 2008

    Silence, subhuman scum! *sings* “Fahne hooooch…”

  9. #9 JustaTech
    September 12, 2008

    A&A is a great game, but when my friends play, we usually end up um, editing, history. As in, we’ll have one guy play the island nations, one guy play the US and Germany, and I always get Russia. It’s an interesting re-interpretation, even if it usually end with a food fight and threats of cabbage.

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