Axis and Allies is a franchise of World War II simulation board games that pit the Axis powers of Germany and Japan against the Allied powers of the United States, United Kingdom, and Russia.

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How can I beat Germany in Axis & Allies: Europe?

I've played Axis & Allies: Europe BGG quite a few times now. It seems that Germany always wins by rushing for Moskva in all the games I've played. Usually USA never plays an important role, coming ...
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Axis and Allies - Is there a best country?

I've been told by several people that different countries are statistically better choices for Axis and Allies? Is there any evidence that one or more countries have a significant advantage?
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Axis and Allies with TWO boards!!!

So, I have been developing a way to play A&A with two boards. You have the Axis on one and the Allies on the other. Now, before you start saying that this is ridiculous and stupid and would ...
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Recommended Axis & Allies alternative rules / variations?

What rule variations do you recommend for playing Axis & Allies, from ones meant to balance the game to ones that add a little spice? Here are the variants I've played with - always looking for ...
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Advice for responding to “Kwabang” attack when playing Japan?

When playing Axis & Allies as Japan I occasionally have an opponent use the "Kwabang" opening against me, which is where UK attacks Kwangtung on her opening move with the two infantry and fighter ...
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Computer AI programs for Axis and Allies?

Many classic board and card games have had their strategy studied, formalized, and "digitized," for lack of a better word. For instance, there are a plethora of computer programs that can analyze or ...
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How can I speed up a game of Axis and Allies?

I find Axis and Allies takes a long time to play. Does anyone have any house rules that would shorten the game? I actually own A&A Europe, but general answers are welcome.
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What are the differences between the various versions of Axis & Allies?

I used to play Axis & Allies all the time when I was younger. I recently purchased the Axis & Allies Revised Edition, and was floored by all the added complexity/new units/new rules/map ...
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Is it ever a good idea to research weapons development?

In Axis & Allies (2nd Edition Rules), is it every a smart move to spend IPCs to research weapons development? I usually forego doing any weapons development, but I play with others who spend 5 ...
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Axis & Allies - Opening strategies for the U.K.

I haven't played Axis & Allies in a while, and I'm currently getting my butt handed to me in an online match (partly due to a failed Kwabang attack). I've got what I feel is a solid grip on ...
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How many submarines do I need to take down an aircraft carrier?

In Axis and Allies, how many submarines do I need to have a greater than 60% chance to take down a lone aircraft carrier?
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What is the “shuck-shuck” strategy?

I've seen lots of Axis & Allies discussion refer to "shuck-shuck" in passing. I understand it has something to do with the US and UK supporting Russia in northern Europe using fighters and ...
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In A&A-Europe - When does an economic attack makes sense?

I've been playing Axis & Allies Europe (first version) for a long time and have never found a real value in using my bombers to run Economic Attacks. It seems that the strength of the bomber is ...
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How do you keep track of which units have already moved?

Let's say you have fifty different units on the board. When it's your turn, you get to move each of them. How do you keep track of which units you've moved already and which ones you haven't?
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Secret Mission Axis and Allies

My friend and I sat down one day and made up some "Secret Missions" for all of the countries in the board game Axis and Allies. For example, if Japan takes Western United States, they are immune from ...
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How does transport movement work?

Here are a couple of scenarios that my friends and I always fight about when we play Axis and Allies Spring 1942 edition: A unit(s) is loaded onto a transport that has not moved yet, then the player ...
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When retreating from a compromised territory should you always leave one infantry?

In his seminal essays, Don Rae suggests that a retreating player always leaves one infantry in the territory she is retreating from: Retreat and regroup when faced with overwhelming odds against ...
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What Is the Preferred Strategy For the US in Axis and Allies? Why?

Everyone knows how the United States REALLY won World War II. It concentrated first in North Africa, then the Mediterranean (Italy), and closed with the cross-channel invasion at Normandy that ended ...
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Axis and Allies 2nd Edition: to Pearl Harbor or not to Pearl Harbor

When playing as Japan in Axis and Allies, 2nd edition, should Japan attack Pearl Harbor on its first turn? If so, why and what force structure do you use? Do your actions depend on what Russia and ...
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How difficult is Axis and Allies to learn and teach new players?

Axis and Allies seems to be a very popular game to the point where I've even seen copies in Toys 'R Us! Before I jump on the bandwagon, I want to be sure I'll be able to get some use out of it. How ...
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Can you place units in an Industrial Complex the turn you place it?

Me and my friends were playing Axis and Allies: spring 1942 and one player placed an industrial complex on a country and then placed their units there, in the same turn. We looked through the entire ...
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In Axis and Allies, Should the U.S. Build a “Factory” in Brazil?

In Axis and Allies (original version), the basically maritime powers, the US and UK have a problem coming to grips with the land-based Axis. One solution is for them to buy industrial complexes in ...
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Are airplanes involved in defense if they are on an aircraft carrier?

In AAA, if you are defending against a sea attack, and you are defending with an aircraft carrier, do the airplanes on the carrier contribute to the battle or are they considered cargo? The rulebook ...
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Which Axis and Allies Game Takes the Least Amount of Time to Play?

I have A&A Europe. I generally just play with one other person. The problem is that the game takes so long to play that we rarely play - because it takes so long. Do different editions take ...
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In Axis and Allies, could a house rule upgrading the German navy finally “balance” the game?

Because of the historical strength of the Allies, Axis and Allies is somewhat Allies favoring, despite numerous attempts to "balance" the game. I was wondering if curing the Axis' "achilles heel," the ...
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What is the optimal mix of infantry, artillery, and armor in Axis and Allies Revised?

Axis and Allies 2nd edition had two primary ground units: infantry (1/2/1/3 attack/defense/move/cost) and armor (3/2/2/5). Axis and Allies Revised increased the defense of armor to 3 and added an ...
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Axis & Allies Chess

My curiosity in this variant was piqued by this comment in my 'Games that have no element of luck' thread. I'd love to read an expanded explanation of the rule changes and peoples experience ...
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Are the German tanks in Axis & Allies Panthers?

I know in some A&A rulebooks it is printed what the plastic miniatures represents. I own A&A 1942 and Pacific. When I see the German tank it looks like a Panther.. is it? Is it the same tank ...
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How many units do you use to attack a dead zone in Axis and Allies?

How many units do you use to attack a dead zone territory? Is there a formula or computation that can be used to discover the optimal number of units to attack with? Consider the Eastern European ...
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In Axis and Allies, Which Ally Should “Take Out” Norway.

In most versions of the game it is essential for the Allies to capture Norway to allow the US and UK to properly reinforce Russia. A question them arises, which Ally should do the capturing (i.e. ...
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Is there a viable “Japan First” strategy for the Allies in Axis and Allies?

In the "real" war, the Allies concentrated on, and defeated Germany before Japan. That might not have been the case if Hitler had not declared war on the United States in 1941, and the U.S. had ...
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A&A surprise strike on loaded aircraft carrier

In Axis and Allies 1941, submarines can make a surprise attack surprise strike: Each attacking submarine conducting a surprise strike rolls one die, scoring a hit on s roll of 2 or less. After an ...
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Can I still capture a territory if I lose all my land units in combat?

My friend and I had the following battle: I had 3 fighters and 5 infantry, and he had 3 infantry. At the end of the battle, all of my infantry got destroyed and all I had left was the 3 fighters. He ...
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Can a tank attack across water within the same space (Germany to UK)?

When there is a space that has one country's tank (Germany for example) and the same space on the board contains water between the enemy's land (UK for example), can the Germany tank attack UK...even ...
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In Axis and Allies, Should Germany build a first turn transport and try and control the Med/Africa?

When playing Germany in A&A 2nd Edition, is it a feasible strategy for Germany to buy a Italian transport on the first turn, for the purposes of cementing Germany's Mediterranean naval presence ...
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In Axis and Allies, is the Axis “economic victory” condition a valid one?

In Axis and Allies, the Axis, unlike the Allies, do not have to play for the total destruction of the other side. If at any time, they control territories representing 84 industrial production ...
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In Axis and Allies, how do you choose which player plays which country? [closed]

Can players choose because there enough diversity of interest so that everyone can get their first or second choice? Do you use a bidding system where players "bid" for a country by specifying the ...
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In Axis and Allies, Can Heavy Bombers Be “Tamed”?

Most players of Axis and Allies understand intuitively that the original heavy bombers tech "unbalances" the game by being disproportionately good. My own research confirms this by valuing the two ...
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Can We Find a Middle Ground on the Russia First Turn Attack Rule In Allies and Axis?

Some (mainly Axis) players refuse to play Axis and Allies if Russia is allowed to attack on the first turn. Other (mainly Russian) players argue that Russia is unfairly hobbled if it has to play ...
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How many IPCs does the USA receive in Axis & Allies Global?

In the combined global game for Axis & Allies: Europe 1940 and Axis & Allies: Pacific 1940, how much money does the USA receive before and after it is engaged in a war? Many references I've ...
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Can Russia make a truce with Japan (without USA/UK knowing)?

Just played a 16 hour game of Axis & Allies (classic). I thought the guy playing Russia just didn't know what he was doing, but it turns out he had made a deal with Japan to just leave him alone. ...
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When should I pay to invade a neutral country in Axis and Allies

What factors should be considered when deciding whether to invade a minor country and pay the 3+ IPC's?
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In Axis and Allies, Can Infantry Building Lead to a “Stalemate” in the Early Going?

Most has been made of the so-called infantry push mechanism. Specifically, infantry are awfully useful for shielding heavier pieces (tanks, planes) from losses. But could they be too much of a good ...
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Can the U.S. Open With an Air-based Strategy in Allies and Axis?

In Axis and Allies, the U.S. starts with the largest number of IPCs, and also has the furthest to go to reach the main battlefields. These conditions both suggest the use of strategies using ...
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Axis and Allies Europe edition: Neutral Territories?

So, as far as I understand it, the rulebook for Europe states that if a country invades a "strict neutral" (that is, any neutral that doesn't specify if it is Pro-Allies or Pro-Axis) then ALL other ...
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In Axis and Allies, Should Russia Head East, West, Or Stay Put in the Early Going?

Some Russian players like to send armies east. That is, to reinforce Allied outposts in Sinkiang and India. Maybe attack Manchuria on the first turn, if allowed. The theory is that Russia is strong ...
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Should Japan and the US Meet on Another Battlefield Than the North Pacific In Axis and Allies?

In World War II, the US and Japanese navies battled it out in the north Pacific. That's understandable because Japan controlled the western edge, the US the eastern edge, and the ocean was the route ...
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In Axis and Allies, Does It Make Sense For Japan to Attack Sinkiang on the First Turn?

The idea would be to prevent America from building a factory there. The attack would be with two infantry from Indochina, supported by fighters from there and Manchuria. (Japan would replaced the two ...
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In Axis and Allies, When (and How) Would You Adjust Your Opening Strategy?

Most AA players have a preferred strategy. But not every player gets to go first. Meaning that the later going players may have to adjust their strategies, based on what has gone on before. Or do ...
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When can I scramble?

In Axis and Allies Pacific, What constitutes an adjoined sea space for a scramble? Sea space in square contains the fighters or all sea spaces that touch that square?