From: PDX (and now) London, UK
We shoot down 12 Bettys, 11 Jills, and 6 zeros for the lose of a Spit VC. My problem is that all my SAGs have left. I don't know why but they left. I have redirected one big one back into the area. I am wondering if I should stop the unloading and move the TF to MB for safety or keep them unloading. I don't see any Jap SAGs around but that dosent mean anything.
I have decided to give Koniu 2 options to our problems. I will leave my fighters on the ground for him to bomb then withdraw them or withdraw the groups and destroy the planes. I don't know if points are given for the destruction those planes.
One paradigm has been to disband groups in this situation, I beleiver Obvert has done this with Joc ... this returns planes go straight to the pool and then the rule book says a 2 week wait for pilots. Actually I have recieved pilots in less than 5 days ...Only bases that meet criteria get to receive replacements ..
Once we cross the bounds of game and think similation .. we get into trouble is my thought. "Gamey" has such a wide interpretation .. but this is why it will be a long time before another campaign game for me ..
I only use disband when I can fly out elements, and the disbanded remainder do not go back to the pools but most if not all are destroyed. I have used withdrawal when I can't fly out, which means that although the planes do go back to the pools, the group only returns in 60 days. That's not so bad if it's one or two groups, but if it's 15-20 as it was in my case, it ends up being a dear price to pay. Yet a fair one, I think.
I tried to bring this whole issue up in the main forum a few weeks ago, but there was not much interest. Either players don't want to get into the details of what they're actually doing or they just didn't see the significance of the problem. I think it's semi-major, as we all have to face what to do if your island is either isolated, as this case, or wiped by air or sea bombardments. Withdrawl is a valid option and as Bullwinkle and others pointed out was the method used by both sides often to reform a unit not combat worthy any longer for whatever reason.
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill