This was my first every multi-continent game, but its been going on for a long time and has only just finished.
From turn one this didn't look good. I found my Low and Medium invasion forces facing the same territory my opponents High was going for. Never mind, I could take him, at least I thought so, until I found out the neighbouring Low was his too. So, no chance of reclaiming the initiative anytime soon.
At least, that's what I thought. However, my opponent made two constant mistakes which were to cost him this game very early on, contrary to the turn counters opinion. Firstly, he made very little use of transports. This was evident in his Low territory line where he picked a good mix of LAVs, Tanks and Mortars to break through my thin LAV line with great speed, only to grind to a halt in the sand because he didn't transport the,
His second mistake was always using his $4 territory for $4 units. Rathering than finding myself facing 10 hit points worth of tanks, I'd find 7 hint points worth of bot, sitting right on the front line. This allowed me to do a lot of damage to his forces in the East, with far less money, and delay his High's victory on the East continent for a very long time.
After all the East declarations came the North where my High was situated. For a long time there was a battle of attrition on the front line where I threw units against him, while he pulled units from his back territories to beat me back. On the southern front, he quickly took another territory and lined himself up for an invasion of the Medium territory there to threaten the southern flank of my High.
This could have been a walk over, but luckily I had forseen this invasion and already had a LAV line in place which marched in to support the Rocket Launcher guerilla, which was soon followed by Mortars. On the North, the stalemate was broken by a flanking move by a Naval Transport loaded with Tanks. This shattered his front line and drove him back. To the South of the Northern continent he couldn't break through the line I had established in the country he invaded, and now began to reinforce it with units from my High which were no longer needed to the North. Soon, the Northen continent was in my hands, while he held the East.
Down on the Southern continent I had declared a territory followed by his declaration next door. This was a mistake as it allowed me to fire first, and he who fires first in a LAV & Mortar line Vs LAV & Mortar line battle, wins. This fight went on for most of the game, but I emerged victorious.
So, I held the North, he held the East, and I was winning in the South. Almost equal? No. Because he had thrown so many expensive troops into battle early on, I had a far larger army than him. His units had been chewed up in my Eastern holding action, while my losses had been cheap and easily replacable.
He now made moves to invade the North, while I headed South. He also sent reinforcements to the South. I was able to establish a beachhead at the Western end of the Southern continent, and quickly pushed East where my forces were fighting a battle against enemy reinforcements. In the North, my superior numbers and mobility allowed me to react, and quickly crush, each invasion. I had been prepared and had LAVs on the roads ready to react to any attack.
It had started with a battle of attrition, and at times looked like it could have gone either way, but with hindsight it can been seen that snowman's lack of mobility, and frontline use of expensive troops, cost him this game very early on. When his lines broke I poured troops throw, loaded up transports and was ready to breach the next territory within a turn. When snowman broke my lines, the troops were not that plentiful and the advance was slow, often allowing me to hold him longer in the East than he should have let me.
What I did gain from this game was an insight into early adoption of the navy. It wasn't until I was well in front that I challenged snowman for the sea.
Note: I lose a territory in the 24th turn to an empty transport. Reason for this is because the game broke for me, I repaired, and thus I didn't see the moves snowman had made. Since he killed my only unit in the area, I never noticed what he'd done till it was too late.
"Massive Assault is a game for those, who like to think. In this game random factor exists without doubt, but it doesn't play a decisive role." - Tiger