Author Topic: RAF:Battle of Britain  (Read 1147 times)

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Reply #15 on: November 06, 2020, 08:09:20 AM
Event Horizon Games. More card- and RPG-focused but a decent wall of more mass-market boardgames, too.

Can share more in another thread rather than detail JD's excellent AAR

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Reply #16 on: November 06, 2020, 09:23:20 AM
Target - Rye Radar Site



Raid Deployment
2 Me109s go into the Channel Patrol Box
1 Me109 goes into the Hunt Box
3 Me110s go into the Close Escort Box
4 Bombers (3xDo17s and 1xJu88) go into the Bomber Box




Raid Detection
The RAF evaluate their detection information
Warning is Sufficient and Intelligence is Limited



Raid Rendezvous
The Germans try to rendezvous - but there's no check this turn - they automatically pass the rendezvous step due to the German Strategy Card pulled at the beginning of this day



British Raid Response
Check to see how the RAF respond. With a warning level of Sufficient, they can acquire 3 Sqns from Sector 7 in 11 Group, 1 Sqn from Sector 2 in 11 Group and 1 Sqn from Sector 6 in 11 Group.

Unfortunately, Sector 7 only has 1 Sqn available. So the total availability for a potential response is 3 Sqns.



Raid Priority
We have to check the priority we put on the raid.

Surprisingly, it's LOW so the number of Sqns potentially responding now are just 2.


Raid Response Tactics
With 7 Gruppen attacking and 2 Sqns available and only Limited Intelligence, the RAF has decided there will be no response here. I guess they're thinking with limited intelligence it could be a ruse to pull the RAF up.


Hunter Interception
None - so the Me109 in the Hunt Box moves to the In Flight box and the Me110s in the Close Escort Box will move into the Bomber Box and will strafe the target.



Raid Approach Event

All A Gruppen (3 in total) are reduced



Raid Target Event

Nothing to do - the Warning level was Sufficient


Bombardment
The Germans get through easily and bomb the target. The damage value was 2 so Rye Radar Net is marked as Lightly Damaged and the British lose 2 VPs.

All Gruppen move to the In Flight Box keeping their facing (reduced or full)


German Recovery
All bomber Gruppen return to their airbases flipped to their Full side.

All Full fighters move to 3 time spaces ahead of the current time space which is 0600. So they move to 1200

All Reduced fighters move to 4 time spaces ahead of the current time space which is 0600. So they move to 1400 and are flipped to their full side

These steps make sure fighters are ready to be deployed later in the day.



Airfield Operations
The time Marker is moved to the next raid time section which is 0800

During this phase any Sqns in the In Flight Box are returned to the board...somewhere - depending on the number of time slots moved and the state of the aircraft. There are 3 Sqns in the In Flight Box and they are all reduced. They were there from the previous raid. As they are reduced and as we only moved one time slot, they are moved to the Land box on the Tote Board

This essentially means they won't be available for the next 2 raid (I think as at the end of the 0800 raid, they will be moved to Re-Arm and then at the end of 1000, they will be moved to their sectors.




That's the state of play at the moment.

There's currently a hole in the British South East Radar Network with both Rye and Beachy Head suffering Light Damage. Although Light Damage being repaired overnight, more raids are heading into 11 Group so their warning and intelligence levels will drop without those radar nets up.




I hate to say it - but I can't carry on further. I will be playing the game, but the AAR takes up sooooooo much time. I wanted to give you an idea of how the game plays and I think I've done that with the first couple of raids on Day 2 of the very long Campaign.

Sorry - but I have  a full campaign to go and then I want to play from the RAF perspective which I've never done - and if I continue the AAR I will never get it off the table and get onto other games.

So I'm sorry for dragging you in. I hope you enjoyed it and honestly if you are a solo player and have an interest in managing the Air War over Britain then this baby is really for you. Also, as mentioned, you get to play the RAF fighting off the might of the Luftwaffe, play the Germans trying to beat the British into submission and to round it all off, if you have a pal to play with,  it has a 2 player campaign.

It really is a bargain.
« Last Edit: November 06, 2020, 09:47:12 AM by judgedredd »

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Reply #17 on: November 06, 2020, 11:48:53 AM
No problems JD. I understand and did enjoy the brief look at this fun game.  :applause:

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Reply #18 on: November 06, 2020, 03:20:05 PM
Also appreciate the AAR demo (so to speak)!  :applause:



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Reply #19 on: November 06, 2020, 04:01:30 PM
I'm gutted guys honestly. But I've just fired through 2 days worth of raids in no time at all.

Due to a couple of radar networks being damaged,  the Germans were able to perform 3 damaging raid without being intercepted.

For the first time, the Germans got the edge on VPs. It's close
« Last Edit: November 07, 2020, 02:16:28 AM by judgedredd »

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Reply #20 on: November 06, 2020, 04:04:36 PM
Its all makes good reading JD, whatever the outcome.

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Reply #21 on: November 06, 2020, 11:14:35 PM
Careful Bob, you're house might the next target on their list. You DO still have those Bofors installed don't you?   :biggrin:

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Reply #22 on: November 07, 2020, 06:11:21 AM
Indeed. I polish my cartridge's almost every day.

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Reply #23 on: November 07, 2020, 10:04:21 AM
The challenge in doing any AAR is in figuring out where to draw the line when it comes to information. Naturally, you feel as if you need to report every single thing, which means a picture of every single thing. People love that (goodness knows I do as well), but it can be exhausting. If you can find a happy balance where you're only doing a handful of pics per installment, it will go a much longer way to keeping your sanity.

I lost mine a while ago which is why I love the idea of doing them, more than actually doing them. :)



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Reply #24 on: November 07, 2020, 11:27:17 AM
But...But... We LIKE pictures. Pretty ones of airplanes, and blue sky. And flowers. And... KITTENS! Why are there no pictures of kittens flying Spitfires?  :waah:

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Reply #25 on: November 07, 2020, 11:39:53 AM
The challenge in doing any AAR is in figuring out where to draw the line when it comes to information. Naturally, you feel as if you need to report every single thing, which means a picture of every single thing. People love that (goodness knows I do as well), but it can be exhausting. If you can find a happy balance where you're only doing a handful of pics per installment, it will go a much longer way to keeping your sanity.

I lost mine a while ago which is why I love the idea of doing them, more than actually doing them. :)

All of this.  ;)

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Reply #26 on: November 07, 2020, 12:01:27 PM
The challenge in doing any AAR is in figuring out where to draw the line when it comes to information. Naturally, you feel as if you need to report every single thing, which means a picture of every single thing. People love that (goodness knows I do as well), but it can be exhausting. If you can find a happy balance where you're only doing a handful of pics per installment, it will go a much longer way to keeping your sanity.

I lost mine a while ago which is why I love the idea of doing them, more than actually doing them. :)

All of this.  ;)

What they said.


But a very interesting read so far JD!



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Reply #27 on: November 07, 2020, 04:30:04 PM
The challenge in doing any AAR is in figuring out where to draw the line when it comes to information. Naturally, you feel as if you need to report every single thing, which means a picture of every single thing. People love that (goodness knows I do as well), but it can be exhausting. If you can find a happy balance where you're only doing a handful of pics per installment, it will go a much longer way to keeping your sanity.

I lost mine a while ago which is why I love the idea of doing them, more than actually doing them. :)

Ha, yep.  So very, very true! 


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Reply #28 on: November 07, 2020, 07:26:07 PM
Sir Slash: Why are there no pictures of kittens flying Spitfires?  :waah:

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Reply #29 on: November 08, 2020, 05:21:43 AM
I'll see if I can find a happy medium.....

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