29 December 2011

Turn 3: A quiet week (mostly)

24 — 31 December 1941

Shirts: optional.
As foretold, this week saw very little action.  It was characterized mainly by most of the fleet returning to port after failing their endurance rolls last week.  At least there were no Transit Events worth noting.

Of the seven damaged boats that were at sea at the beginning of the week, three made it to Pearl Harbor, with three more due in next week.  USS Trout—hit by that Diligent Escort in the very first combat action of the war—made it in, and her damage was found to be moderate.  USS Skipjack, who scored the service’s first kill, also made it; she was found to be more heavily damaged and will be out of action for a number of weeks.

I only sent one of the damaged boats (USS S-41, SS-146) to Manila.  As a general matter, I hate sending boats to be repaired there.  The Philippines, inevitably, are going to fall, and it could happen at any time.  Boats under repair (at least the ones in the R2 and R3 boxes) when that happens will have to be scuttled.  Moreover, the facilities at Pearl are so much better that it’s almost always worth an extra week of transit to send them back to Hawaii, in my opinion at least.  Luckily, S-41’s damage was found to be minor enough that she could put to sea in the event of an emergency evacuation.

Only six boats were on station to conduct combat operations this week.  All encountered the enemy, but five of the six failed to score a hit.  The experience of the USS Sailfish (SS-192) was particularly frustrating—first, she missed (by a mile) a 10,000 ton maru, and then a 10,000 ton AC.

Unbelievably, yet another boat was damaged by a counterattack, the USS Permit (SS-178).  This time, it had nothing to do with being overaggressive—just perfect execution and/or luck on the IJN’s part.  {It was the attack round, revealed ASW was 0, and I rolled a 9 on the counter.  Nothing you can do there.}

USS Pike (SS-173), cutting a particularly rakish figure.
The highlight of the week came on Christmas Eve.  USS Pike (SS-173), after working unsuccessfully for most of the night to achieve a favorable firing position, finally launched a desperation salvo at a small target as she was about to lose contact.  One of the torpedoes struck home, bringing down a 2,000 ton merchant.  Coincidentally, the real Pike is credited with exactly one kill during the war — a 2,000 ton merchant.

The score so far for the war:  four ships sunk, for 19,000 tons.  I have eight turns to left to rack up another 71,000, or this project will come to an embarrassingly early conclusion.


  1. Ah, just do what I do...ignore the minimum and continue to play as your replacement.

  2. I dont own the game yet , but when you wrote at the end that you still need 71,000 tons to make it a successful mission , it made me think that you will need to keep or be more aggressive on the next turns , but like I said , I don't know the rules or any strategy about the game , just my crazy 2 cents :)
    Great writing .