From: Covington LA via Montreal!
I wish I could step up to the plate but due to health and other time commitments, I can't. I did want to say that I applaud your "historically 'plausible'" approach, as I fully agree with it as an overall guide to play. However, given what I've read about World War 2 damage control, as well as seeing it first hand in the navy, I think I must agree with Anachro in that the Japanese DC was faulty to a fault (if it could be described as such) and put alongside the US system, even in 1941 when the USN was untested, as an equal is totally unrealistic. I urge you to read such works as "Shattered Sword" which goes into great lengths about the IJN's DC practices (or lack of them) prior to the battle of Midway. It will change your perspective if you are really interested in a historically slanted game. I would also bring your attention to your weather choice given the same perspective. Having crossed the Pacific six times, it can be VERY ugly much of the time. Just some input, ignore as you see fit and I hope you don't think I'm intruding on your desires to play your own game as you see fit. Hal
PS I've played the game in both the stock and the DBBs versions and still stand by my DC observations.