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Yamamoto Isoroku, Vampire Killer: FDRLincoln (J) vs. Az... - 7/17/2012 3:29:21 AM   
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I am currently involved with an intense PBEM with Bakerman (see NOT JUST Submarines in the Pacific), and that will remain my main gaming priority. However, Aztez has made an offer I can't refuse: a steady game, using Scenario 6 with DaBabes ASW and AA modifications, plus he's letting me experiment with a few toys of my own design, some real and some conjectural. I've included a few pleasant surprises for the Allies, but you can read about them in Aztez's AAR when he discovers them on the first turn. There's nothing there that will imbalance the game, but I hope there will be a few "that's cools."

We probably won't get the game started until the end of this week, but I'll post an AAR when I can. We will be using 2-day turns so even with this game as a secondary priority to my game with Bakerman, I hope it will go at a nice clip.



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RE: A Distant Ship, Smoke on the Horizon: FDRLincoln (J... - 7/19/2012 5:34:29 PM   
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The first turn has been sent. I opted for a more-or-less traditional opening. Nothing fancy.

KB is heading north to refuel and provide the tankers a bit of cover while they head back to Japan in case he sends Enterprise after them, then they will swing southwest to support the Wake Invasion and then onward to Truk. The Wake invasion force has been strengthened at the expense of the Tarawa invasion force, which will be postponed for a few days.

Main Battle Force of six BBs and supporting cruisers and destroyers is gathering south of Japan then will move towards the Philippines to assist other forces in cutting off the US Asiatic Fleet.

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RE: A Distant Ship, Smoke on the Horizon: FDRLincoln (J... - 7/19/2012 9:42:28 PM   
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FDRLincoln -

I am very pleased that you are hard at it - and still thinking out of the box!

The Best to you (and your opponent) in both PBEM games.

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RE: A Distant Ship, Smoke on the Horizon: FDRLincoln (J... - 7/19/2012 9:58:25 PM   
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The extra toys I included in the game: 2 conjectural "Ayase" class light cruisers, which are about halfway between Yubari and Kinugasa in size and capability, armed with 8x5.9 inch guns and a typical Japanese CL torpedo battery. Also 4 "Super Mutsuki" class destroyers, which are sort of a transitional design between the real life Mutsuki and the real life Fubukis, armed with 4.7 inch guns.

I also included the ancient armored cruisers Izumo and Iwate, and some additional oddball ships like Tsukushi (configured as an escort) and those two target ships converted to escorts late in the war. I also included a new TK named Kobayashi Maru. :) After all, this is a no-win scenario!

The Allies got equivalent tonnage in conjectural ships, including a stronger ANZAC navy, and a pair of *VERY SPECIAL* xAPs that I hope Aztez enjoys.



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The Secret Diary of Yamamoto Isoroku, Vampire Killer - 7/21/2012 12:18:09 AM   
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December 10th, 1941

All around me, the men celebrate. Our reports indicate that the strike on Pearl Harbor was very successful: at least two American battleships were sunk and several others severely damaged. The following day, submarine I-6 torpedoed and sank the US Navy cruiser Honolulu while patrolling outside the harbor. Very symbolic, the sinking of this cruiser. All across the Pacific, our forces are victorious.

Yet, a doubt haunts me. As I have mentioned to several officers and politicians (perhaps recklessly), the industrial might of America is not something we can hope to match in a long war. Our only hope for survival is to cause such damage to the American, British, and Dutch navies, and to seize and fortify so many positions so quickly, that they can be persuaded to come to the bargaining table rather than accept the casualties necessary to retake the Pacific from us. Is this a forlorn hope?

On material grounds, I would be more comfortable if we had caused more damage to the facilities at Pearl Harbor, or if we had caught the aircraft carriers as helplessly as we caught the battleships. Everything must go perfectly for us to succeed, yet in war, nothing ever goes perfectly. Witness yesterday's events in Malaya: some of our fighters failed to link up with our attack bombers, and the British pilots defending Singapore with their obsolete fighters shot down six of our bombers.

On spiritual grounds, America will be bent on revenge, especially given that the Foreign Ministry did not deliver the diplomatic note severing relations before the Pearl attack began. Like a vampire, the American Navy will rise from the grave of the first days of this war.


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RE: The Secret Diary of Yamamoto Isoroku, Vampire Killer - 7/21/2012 10:00:44 PM   
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Every game has a certain "feel" to it, and I don't like the way this one feels yet. Annoying USN Catalinas put a torpedo into the side of cruiser Nachi, which was covering the Legaspi invasion. She has 40 FLT damage already...will she make it home?

Four USN DDs hit the convoy unloading the assault force at Brunei. Cruisers set to cover this task force had mysteriously withdrawn to Saigon, so it wasn't protected. I'm assuming I forgot to set the cruisers for station-keeping.

On the positive side, I got 2-to-1 odds at Hong Kong, and I took Wake Island without any problems. I've detected a task force of unknown USN ships heading westward towards Wake. I assume this is Enterprise or Lexington or both, heading to ambush me. KB is moving to intercept. I do not regard this as gamey, since he is moving westward to threaten my attack force, and KB had initially withdrawn towards the northwest.



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RE: The Secret Diary of Yamamoto Isoroku, Vampire Killer - 7/21/2012 10:06:53 PM   
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On another positive note, Bettys and Nells sank three allied APs that were trying to run away from Singapore down the straights. Ryujo also sank a couple of freighters attempting to escape the Phillipines, but so far I haven't seen much in the way escaping shipping. However, her CAP of Claudes had to fight off several attacks on the task force by Catalinas and various Dutch bombers. Nothing go through...but, well, I don't like the way it feels.

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RE: The Secret Diary of Yamamoto Isoroku, Vampire Killer - 7/22/2012 7:14:45 PM   
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A6M2 losses are considerably higher than I've experienced in previous PBEM contests, I lost 22 yesterday alone. Either bad luck or Aztez is doing something different compared to my other opponents that will require me to adjust something. I'm also having problems with bomber coordination, Nells around Malaya keep flying without fighter escorts and getting hit hard by Buffalos, despite fighter escort settings being correct. Quite annoying.

He has also deployed British torpedo planes to the Phillippines, which isn't something I've seen before.

His land forces are withdrawing almost everywhere, conducting the Sir Robin defense it looks like. I will be invading Palembang with a full division within 7 days.

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Catalinas Kill 889 Japanese Soldiers - 7/26/2012 10:17:09 PM   
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Iba at 74,72

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 3 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes


Allied aircraft
PBY-4 Catalina x 3


Allied aircraft losses
PBY-4 Catalina: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Goyo Maru, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Japanese ground losses:
889 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 65 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x PBY-4 Catalina launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo



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RE: Catalinas Kill 889 Japanese Soldiers - 7/26/2012 10:19:51 PM   
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I am very unhappy with the way this game is going so far. I don't seem to have much of a defense against these incessant Catalina attacks...bombing the airfields does no good, and even when CAP is present some get through. This is a particularly egregious example.

Meanwhile, a cruiser sweep into the Celebes Sea didn't do anything....the cruisers just sat near Jolo and didn't move a bit, despite orders to the contrary. I rechecked the orders and they were correct, they still indicated a sweep south, but the ships just didn't move. They had enough fuel and ammo, but Kurita was in charge, maybe that made the difference. Frustrating...lots of juicy targets are escaping. I have given them a different destination hex to see if that jars them.

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RE: Catalinas Kill 889 Japanese Soldiers - 7/27/2012 6:56:38 AM   
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Totally in for the name of the thread alone! BANZAI!

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RE: Catalinas Kill 889 Japanese Soldiers - 7/27/2012 1:33:11 PM   
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I could be wrong but Catalinas are not sitting in airfields. You could possibly hurt them bombarding ports not airfield.

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RE: Catalinas Kill 889 Japanese Soldiers - 7/27/2012 2:32:32 PM   
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I agree with Cribtop. Te title of this AAR is fabulous!

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RE: Catalinas Kill 889 Japanese Soldiers - 7/27/2012 5:52:52 PM   
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Thanks, guys. I wish I had more time to devote to it.

On the positive side, Hong Kong fell last turn. Loyang has been seized and most of his forces in northern China seem to be retreating.

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Minesweepers Commit Suicide - 8/1/2012 11:10:37 PM   
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Nothing is going right in this game. The two-day turns are killing me.

This time, a minesweeper squadron reacts into the Bataan hex to chase down allied AMs. They sink them, but in turn are sunk by the Manila Bay batteries. I'm certain I did not have this squadron set to enter the Bataan hex. They were patrolling a hex away.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Bataan at 78,77, Range 13,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DMS W-9, Shell hits 1
DMS W-10
DMS W-11
DMS W-12
DMS W-17, Shell hits 2
DMS W-18

Allied Ships
AM Finch, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
AM Bittern, Shell hits 2
AM Tanager, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
AM Quail, Shell hits 1



Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 17,000 yards
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 13,000 yards
AM Tanager engages DMS W-17 at 13,000 yards
DMS W-11 engages AM Quail at 13,000 yards
DMS W-9 engages AM Tanager at 13,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
DMS W-18 engages AM Tanager at 7,000 yards
DMS W-17 engages AM Tanager at 7,000 yards
AM Bittern engages DMS W-17 at 7,000 yards
DMS W-11 engages AM Finch at 7,000 yards
DMS W-10 engages AM Bittern at 7,000 yards
DMS W-9 engages AM Quail at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DMS W-17 engages AM Tanager at 10,000 yards
DMS W-12 engages AM Finch at 10,000 yards
DMS W-11 engages AM Bittern at 10,000 yards
AM Quail engages DMS W-10 at 10,000 yards
DMS W-9 engages AM Bittern at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
DMS W-17 engages AM Quail at 13,000 yards
AM Tanager engages DMS W-10 at 13,000 yards
DMS W-17 engages AM Bittern at 13,000 yards
DMS W-17 engages AM Finch at 13,000 yards
DMS W-10 engages AM Finch at 13,000 yards
AM Tanager engages DMS W-9 at 13,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
DMS W-18 engages AM Bittern at 14,000 yards
AM Tanager engages DMS W-10 at 14,000 yards
AM Bittern engages DMS W-11 at 14,000 yards
DMS W-11 engages AM Tanager at 14,000 yards
DMS W-10 engages AM Bittern at 14,000 yards
AM Tanager engages DMS W-9 at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 15,000 yards
DMS W-11 engages AM Quail at 15,000 yards
DMS W-9 engages AM Tanager at 15,000 yards
AM Bittern engages DMS W-9 at 15,000 yards
DMS W-11 engages AM Quail at 15,000 yards
DMS W-10 engages AM Bittern at 15,000 yards
DMS W-9 engages AM Finch at 15,000 yards
Range increases to 17,000 yards
AM Tanager engages DMS W-18 at 17,000 yards
AM Tanager engages DMS W-17 at 17,000 yards
AM Finch engages DMS W-12 at 17,000 yards
AM Finch engages DMS W-17 at 17,000 yards
DMS W-10 engages AM Tanager at 17,000 yards
DMS W-9 engages AM Bittern at 17,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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TF 235 encounters mine field at Bataan (78,77) - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

46 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DMS W-18, Shell hits 12, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS W-17, Shell hits 10, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS W-12, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS W-11, Shell hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS W-10, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS W-9, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage



Manila Bay Defenses firing at DMS W-18
Manila Bay Defenses firing at DMS W-17
DMS W-17 firing at Manila Bay Defenses
Manila Bay Defenses firing at DMS W-12
DMS W-12 firing at Manila Bay Defenses
Manila Bay Defenses firing at DMS W-11
Manila Bay Defenses firing at DMS W-10
DMS W-10 firing at Manila Bay Defenses
Manila Bay Defenses firing at DMS W-9
DMS W-9 firing at Manila Bay Defenses
Manila Bay Defenses firing at DMS W-18
DMS W-18 firing at Manila Bay Defenses
Manila Bay Defenses firing at DMS W-17
DMS W-17 firing at Manila Bay Defenses
Manila Bay Defenses firing at DMS W-12
Manila Bay Defenses firing at DMS W-11
Manila Bay Defenses firing at DMS W-10
DMS W-10 firing at Manila Bay Defenses
Manila Bay Defenses firing at DMS W-9
DMS W-9 firing at Manila Bay Defenses
123 mines cleared


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