- Jan 6, 2008
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Did not see the need for a Designer's Note on the reason for it since all HASL CG's place restrictions on unit set ups and placement and do not normally provide an explanation as to why, but since you have asked.....A question for the designer. On the last map (pg BFP25) it shows the 503 RCT dropping roughly around the golf course (from the cover art map). In the CGII initial setup, the Japanese are required to setup at least 8 hexes from JJ17, which is kind of the center of the Parade Grounds.
I am curious, What was the reasoning in keeping the Japanese from around the Parade Ground? I do not see a designer note on this.
For a couple of weeks prior to the airborne drop the USAAF dropped bombs on Corregidor almost continuously. The Japanese hid out in the many tunnels and in the cellars to avoid "aerial death", usually only venturing out after dark to get water or shift positions. They did not expect an airborne drop at all. As had become their normal routine, they simply hid out during the daylight hours. Any positions set up or any guns placed in the open anywhere around the Parade Grounds and the Golf Course had been destroyed multiple times over to clear the way for the paratroopers. Restricting the Japanese from setting up within several hexes of the center point of the Parade Grounds was a game tool to reflect what actually was. Once the American paras were on the ground, the Japanese slowly began to react and moved troops into positions nearer the landing areas to engage the Americans. Allowing the Japanese in the CG to set up on the Parade Grounds was (beyond just being non-historical) gave them just WAYYYYYY to many opportunities to fire at the descending paratroopers, inflicting such substantial early losses and dispersals that the paradrop was a total failure....as happened in the very first playtest of the CG many years ago. So a setup restriction was put into place to solve the problem.....and it did. The Japanese will still have ample opportunities to engage the descending paras from their positions outside the Parade Grounds......guaranteed some paras will drift away from their intended landing areas and come to earth very close to the Japanese positions. Trust me....by turn 2 or 3 at the latest the Japanese will be inflicting some substantial losses on the paras that don't head straight for cover once on the ground.
That answer your question?