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How Can One Create Game Balance Axis and Allies WWI?

The standard way to create balance in Axis & Allies is to use secret bidding. For example, bid an amount of money that Germany would get extra at the start of the first round of the game (the one ...
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What Is the Preferred Strategy For the US in Axis and Allies? Why?

The game map does NOT emulate correctly the historical distances! Therefore it is far more feasible in the game to bring allied troops/equipment through Norway to Russia than it would in reality. E.g....
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Can Axis and Allies be played with two players, and does it require all countries to be picked?

Axis and Allies only works well if all five countries are in play, on their correct teams. If you have five players, this is easy to do. If you have fewer than five, here are the recommended sets: ...
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In axis and allies, how are casualties allocated when two allies both defend a single zone?

According to page 19 of the rulebook at https://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/rules/axis.pdf Defending together - when a multiple force is attacked, the attacker fires first as usual. If a hit is ...
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Axis and Allies 1941: Who, when and to where can you retreat?

TLDR Retreats are possible for the attacker. Retreats are not possible for the defender, ever. Land and Sea units retreat as expected. They all withdraw to a friendly adjacent space. They only ...
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Questionable borders on seazone 3

As per the official FAQ here Q: Does Sea Zone 3 connect to the United Kingdom? A: Yes, If my memory serves correctly, that is Scapa Flow.
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How can I speed up a game of Axis and Allies?

Axis and Allies when played with many players (one player per nation, usually this means five) can be a long game with a lot of down time between turns. A house rule we have used when we have a ...
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Can you build a ship in the Caspian Sea?

Yes, there are versions of Axis and Allies that allow building ships in the Caspian Sea. This is the exception tough. In Axis and Allies 1941/1942, the Caspian Sea is not considered a sea zone and you ...
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If a fighter can't land during combat, can they land on carriers moved to them during the non-combat move phase?

Yes, you can use your non-combat move phase to have a carrier move to a position so that those planes that were moved in the combat move phase can land. Fighters land in the non-combat move phase of ...
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Ship Movement Question Axis and Allies 1940 Global (Rules 2.0)

Here is a 2 part answer to your question: From the Rules (http://www.axisandallies.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Axis-Allies-Pacific-1940-Second-Edition.pdf): Move as many of your units into as ...
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Axis and Allies 1941 planes and industry

An air unit cannot capture a territory; since the territory is not captured it would retain whatever control marker was on it. There are no rules to "destroy" a capital or industrial complex. A ...
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Axis and Allies 2nd Edition: to Pearl Harbor or not to Pearl Harbor

I have read and studied Don's essays with interest and appreciation. His analysis of the game mechanics and general strategic principles are masterly. However, I find myself in disagreement with him ...
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In Axis and Allies, Does It Make Sense For Japan to Attack Sinkiang on the First Turn?

No! Japan should do no such thing. Here's my opinion of the right Japanese first moves (assuming no 1st rd. attack by Russia): 1) Assuming UK has built an IC on India: Japan Build: 2 Transports, 3 ...
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Could Axis and Allies be "balanced" by weakening the US just a bit more?

This would be an interesting variation. I'm thinking you would have to remove all 3 IPC from Brazil. The timing of when IPCs are delivered has a huge effect. Early IPCs allow the Germans to build up ...
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Is there a viable "Japan First" strategy for the Allies in Axis and Allies?

It can be done, but it requires such a level of cooperation among the allies that I wouldn't recommend it unless you are playing all 3 allies. Any Indian factory is a gift to Japan. 'Nuff said. The UK ...
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Is there a viable "Japan First" strategy for the Allies in Axis and Allies?

This response for Japan First is based on the 1986 Second Edition version and assumes No Russia Attack first round house rule. The allies should under no circumstance look to divert SIGNIFICANT ...
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How Can One Create Game Balance Axis and Allies WWI?

I would make the following observation, that there are THREE blocs (not two). They are: Central Powers, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire, 77 IPCs; Western Entente, Britain and France, 54 IPCs; ...
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In Axis and Allies, Can Infantry Building Lead to a "Stalemate" in the Early Going?

Adam's and Scott's comments here are very sound, and both follow the logic of OPTIMAL allied play. I'm interested to hear from either of you if you've ever played against OPTIMAL Axis play as I define ...
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In Axis and Allies, could a house rule upgrading the German navy finally "balance" the 1942 game?

Interested in what you say here about the Allies having a slight edge. I assume you mean First Edition here. My friend and I have been playing for years. We originally used to think that the Allies ...
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Can Axis and Allies be played with two players, and does it require all countries to be picked?

You always need all the countries. With 2 players, one should be all the allies and one should be the axis powers. So you will need to play Russia as well.
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Can the Russia no first turn attack rule be realistically extended for more turns?

Note that the following assumes that all players are playing a perfect game with no mistakes. In real games every player will make occasional mistakes so take what I'm about to say with a grain of ...
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Can the Russia no first turn attack rule be realistically extended for more turns?

You can play this variant at http://gamesbyemail.com/Games/WW2 in which one option is to have Russia unable to attack until attacked. Having played 1 game this way, I believe it gives too much power ...
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Can you retreat with Attacking Infantry in Axis and Allies Original - 2nd Edition

"Retreat" is not counted as a move. So the attacking infantry can move "back" to their original square. Or maybe a better way of looking at it was the attacking infantry moved to the border between ...
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A&A Sea Zone Attack Rule Clarification

The guidance from the updated 2005 Europe rules almost assuredly applies. You MAY take losses on allied units even when on the attack, and furthermore, MUST take them if there are not enough attacking ...
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How to capture unoccupied enemy-controlled territories?

On an island, there wouldn't be an opportunity for a tank blitz (unless it started from a land zone two zones away). But tanks or infantry can assault an island (or any coastal region) from a ...
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In a&a 1942 2nd edition, can bombers conducting a strategic bombing raid and fighter escorts retreat?

You are 100% correct. Retreating is part of general combat, Strategic bombing is a special type of attack that has no concept of retreating. AA units only get one shot at the inbound bombers, so ...
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Axis and Allies 1941 :Can a submarine sneak attack a battle ship when there is an enemy sub in the same battle?

A&A 1941: If you have a sub and the enemy has a sub and a battleship, you can make a Surprise Strike, but the defender can take the hit with whichever unit he wants (and if it's the sub, it would ...
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Can I block enemy's port if my navy is on the sea sector next to a factory zone?

I was able to find the answer after reading the rule book for 17th time after awhile. Clearly the rules state on page 20 paragraph 2 in section restrictions on Placement "Place sea units only in sea ...
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Axis and Allies 1941: Transport Rules for on loading and offloading units

Yes, what you are describing is possible and called an Amphibious Assault. However, the sequence load -> move transport -> offload is not limited to situations in which you land in hostile territory, ...
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Can sea units have more then the given amount in Axis and Allies 1941?

Unlike Monopoly, in which the rules restrict players to 32 houses and 12 hotels (in total), the number of pieces in Axis and Allies are limited only by what you can build according to the rules. The ...
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