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US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by airboy » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:48 pm

I'm working through an AAR of the entire US Pacific Campaign. The AAR, annotated screenshots, etc.... are on my game blog.

I'm only posting links to the blog pages that contain the US Pacific Campaign AAR. I'm not posting here until an entire scenario is completed to minimize my posts.

If you have any questions, ask away and when I return from linking to a completed scenario I'll respond.

Scenario 1: Pearl Harbor
https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... rl-harbor/

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by airboy » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:51 pm

Scenario 2: Philippines

This scenario is detailed in three blog posts. In order the AAR of this scenario is:

Part 1: https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... cific-aar/
Part 2: https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... es-part-2/
Part 3: https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... onclusion/


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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by terminator » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:34 am

I can’t wait to hear the rest of the adventures :D

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by airboy » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:45 pm

I appreciate your interest and the interest of others on my AAR.

As mentioned in the last post on the Bataan AAR, I got a little down remembering the WW2 vets from growing up and the horrors they faced in the Pacific.

The next installment will "probably" be completed within 10 days. I've already played it and have the screenshots. I've figured out the angle I'm taking in the text of the AAR setting up the battle.

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by GiveWarAchance » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:29 am

Those pictures are well done with the paintshop enhancements to help us understand the action.

In Bataan, it seems you retreated while winning the fight which is unusual. You really gone & brewed those tanks like freshly ground coffee beans. I guess you were following the mission instructions to retreat.

I read the historical story of Bataan a month ago and it was similar to yours except that the Japanese kept infiltrating the American lines which forced the entire line to keep falling back. And there was an amphibious landing just like in your game behind American lines which was hit by PT boats which ravaged several boats filled with badguys, and then after landing, the Americans managed to round up the rest in the rough terrain, so only a small number of the 2000 enemy troops escaped north to their lines. But the Japanese pushed hard and keep squeezing the Americans and Filipinos down the island towards the underground bomb-proof tunnel where the brass were hiding out.

As for veterans, it seems some don't mention the war at all while others can hardly stop going on about it. I think it is due to them either hating or enjoying their wartime experience.

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by airboy » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:17 pm

Scenario 4: Raid on the Marshall & Gilbert Islands is completed and posted:

https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... attle-ww2/
https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... id-part-2/

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by airboy » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:27 pm

GiveWarAchance wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:29 am
Those pictures are well done with the paintshop enhancements to help us understand the action.
Thank you. This is my 6th big AAR? Most have run at www.grogheads.com It took me years of time and a lot of practice to acquire the screenshot editing skills. I've read a bunch of AARs from some true masters of the art and liberally stole their techniques. Copy from the best is my motto - just like the Ancient Romans.

I tired of losing my AARs, reviews, etc.... when websites go dark or have problems. I've written for 4 game sites: wargamer.com; armchairgeneral.com; grogheads.com; armchairdragoons.com I'm still writing feature stuff for armchairdragoons and grogheads. When I neared retirement I decided to start a blog to collect all of my game and travel writing. A lot of the travel writing is to battlefields and war museums.

For example, I had multiple posts on the US National WW1 Museum in Kansas City.
https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... ty-part-1/
https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... mulations/
https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... w1-museum/
https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... ropaganda/

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by GiveWarAchance » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:55 pm

Make sure you save all your work on your own computer especially as you are making it. That's my cardinal rule of posting anything online. I've done AARs too with doctored screenshots and short stories and often deleted my own stuff from online if I didn't like the websites.

I like the picture of the grenades. If I was a soldier in WW1, I would want a big bag of grenades and I'd be perfectly happy.
I noticed in the war effort posters, the ones encouraging women start out with "Joan of Arc saved France so you should buy war bonds" or something. I think they should add "....saved France from us English" would be a nice touch.

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by airboy » Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:37 pm

First part of the Coral Sea scenario is up.
https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... cenario-5/

This is just a pain to illustrate. The map is huge. Your forces are split up and cannot support each other. When you spot something without a positive ID, it does not show up on the main situation map. Last, the strategy is complex due to the difficult victory conditions.

This is the hardest to illustrate Scenario for an AAR that I've ever attempted. I'm going to two conventions over the next two weeks so progress will be slow.

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by airboy » Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:44 pm

2nd Part of the Coral Sea Scenario is posted. The AAR now runs through turn 9.
https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... ea-part-2/

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by airboy » Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:28 am

Part 3 is up.
https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... ea-part-3/

I took 130+ screen shots just to remind me of what happened when I had the time to write it up. This battle was so complicated I'll probably use close to 50 screenshots.

This update takes us up to turn 13. The Jap troop ships have finally been spotted and it will be hard to sink them.

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by airboy » Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:20 pm

Coral Sea is complete.
https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... ea-part-4/

This was a very narrow shave for the Allied forces.

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by airboy » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:45 pm

Guadalcanal Part 1 is up:
https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... -campaign/

This is a very long (50 turn) scenario. The first part of Guadalcanal discusses my strategy and how the different objectives are possible at different points in the 50 turn scenario. I've played this scenario at least 8 times and my strategy works well - at least at this difficulty level. If you don't have a clear strategy it is easy to make serious mistakes.

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by airboy » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:07 pm

Guadalcanal Part 3 is Up.

https://averysgameblog.wordpress.com/20 ... al-part-3/

The Japs launched a massive attack. If the Marines defeat the attack, the rest of the ground combat will be mopping up.

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by GabeKnight » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:46 pm

Impressive AARs. You're one hard-working dude. :)

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by airboy » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:37 pm

GabeKnight wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:46 pm
Impressive AARs. You're one hard-working dude. :)
Thank you - I'm retired.

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Re: US Pacific Campaign AAR

Post by terminator » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:58 am

airboy wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:37 pm
GabeKnight wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:46 pm
Impressive AARs. You're one hard-working dude. :)
Thank you - I'm retired.
But still active in strategy games :wink:

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