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Subject: The Post About The Guy Who Beat the Game... rss

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Mike Barksdale
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So, I've had a thread going on recently on my latest U-boat crew. In case you were busy doing things like, off the top of my head, having a life, and not busy reading about the patrols of my game, let me just set the stage here and then I'll talk about my 15th and final patrol.

I'm trying to replay EVERY sub commander in the Reich. Within reason, obviously. I don't really care about U-1849474...after about the first 100 boats it's not really fun. Suffice to say that this game was a rehash of one KptLt. Wolfgang Barten. Look him up. He's a handsome cat. I'd butter his bread. (Why yes, I did just make a pass at a dead Nazi, thank you). Anyways, through a very great series of patrols, I now was in U-66. It's a Type IXC. I also have the Ritterkruez, with Oakleaves, and Swords. You can search my posts and find my 14th patrol in March-April of 1943. The good news was I didn't die. The bad news was, I was 7,800 short of 300,000 tons. When you consider I had the Kapitan zur See rank and three of the four Knight's Cross bennies, I was happy to have my last patrol in June of 1943. Essentially it was a 15th patrol to BEAT the game. When you consider that the game has been beating me like a rented mule, it's only fair that I gloat about the POSSIBILITY of every once in awhile kicking it in the juevos.

Stage is set: 7,800 short of 300,000T. I'm in June of 1943. The patrol is going to straddle the end of game at June with my two month patrol. We looked the rule up. The patrol is allowed because it starts BEFORE the end of June. (I have to justify this to you guys so you don't think I just sat there and was making things up as I went along). Also, I have an Elite 2WO, LI, and Veteran Crew. I don't get to choose where I want to go but I roll where I'd go if I could choose which is North America. I've had 14 patrols, 13 of them "Successful".

PATROL 15:
We take off. Immediately we see an aircraft (Sunderland). However, for once, my fat arsed crew finally stops eating donuts long enough to roll 12 and we pass through. (yeah, I called them out--lolligaggers have been unsuccessful 4 friggin' times prior to this one)

First North America Box: Two ships (Yummy)--both are Tankers. They are both 9000+T. I have a bulge in my pants. Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited" comes on the radio (well, kinda)... I kill them both and go over 300,000 tons.

Then I get a Small Freighter.

Then I get two more Small Freighters.

Then I come upon a convoy. A smart Kommandant would say, "You've done your duty, you've beat the game, go home, find yourself a hot French hooker and make 15 little French-German kids with her and enjoy your life". I am not such a Kommandant. I am Wolfgang Barten and therefore a die-hard Kreigsmarine officer (seriously, look at him. The guy could crack walnuts with his butt cheeks). I decide to attack. No ship is bigger than 6800T. I fire 4xA torpedoes...and I hit the ocean. That was fun. Not. Thank God the Escort is Green. He doesn't detect me. For grins I elect to follow the convoy (even though I have the Diamonds waiting for me, I don't cheat, I still roll and I am able to follow). This time the convoy has nothing bigger than 5500T...and I withdraw. 5500T isn't worth it in 1943. There is a break-even point of about 9 billion tons in 1943. You have to REALLY pick your spots by then.

My second to last box I hit two ships--ANOTHER tanker included--both over 7000T.

Last box: Two ships plus escort. The biggest one is 5400T. I don't even think about it. Why attack here? If it was 15,000 or 20,000 I can see it but for about 8000T? No way. If I can't swim I ain't gonna get wet, no what I sayin'? (Look for my rap album due out in September).

Jim has warned me that playing the "What If?" game and trying out the attack after you've decided on a course of action is a SURE way to have hubris kick you in the nads. He's right. Really, he is. However, I am not a smart Kommandant. I see how it WOULD HAVE gone. I'd have sunk one ship and damaged the other and probably sunk it down the line...however, I WOULD HAVE been detected and it would have been tough to live through.

I'm home free...not quite. There is no resupply milk cow. I still have to get through three Transit Boxes and the dreaded Bay of Crapscay...er...Biscay. Sure enough, the LAST TRANSIT BOX...literally the last friggin' time we'll ever be transiting anywhere (is that even a word?), and I roll a "2". Aircraft. Wonderful. Sure enough, my chubby crew screws the pooch and I have two hits coming. THANKFULLY the Type IXC has a -1 modifier and I damage the aircraft so only one hit is coming. I roll an 8. Let's do some math. +2 for 1943. GULP. +1 for Air Attack. That's 11...12 sinks you in an aircraft. The Plane Quality is...TRAINED. I roll a 4. A six there kills us all. Instead, we take the hits which are by no means a walk in the park. Radio, Hull, Flak Gun(s). And Crew Injury x2 (plus the OTHER crew injury that is automatic). My Experte 2WO is seriously wounded. Crew gets hit also and KIA. Last hit? My unlucky 2WO gets another bullet--and is KIA. How would you like to be killed on the LAST leg of a patrol? That would suck major donkey balls. That's what happened to 5 of my men.

We make it past the Bay of Biscay--somehow undetected. It's over.

The final numbers are staggering. The patrol alone is 45,900 on 7 ships.

338,300 TOTAL on 53 ships. I sank a ridiculous 17 tankers!

I finally get to see The Diamonds. How cool is that? Am I bragging? Remember, this is the guy who's first THREE careers never got out of September of 1939! As the freed slave said to his old master as his plantation was burning, "Bottom rail on top now, massa".
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WOW, helluva patrol, helluva career !
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Mike Barksdale
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Thanks Chick! I finally put it all together for one mission. I need to also show the variants I was using:

1. All optional rules including the A Torpedoes to start in the tube, evasion, resupply, air and escort quality.
2. I also use the website's Capital Ship variant. I sank three Capital Ships but they were all small ships (HMS Fiji, HMS, Birmingham and something else I can't remember). I ALMOST sank the HMS Royal Oak AND Hood. I rolled the dice and I have two Cap Ships. I then roll and they were NOT escorted. Yes, it's true. I rolled a 99. Then, I got all set and then remembered, wait a minute, isn't the Royal Oak the one that Prien deep sixed? DUM!!!! So, I re-roll the whole thing and it wasn't half as cool.


In all, I've never actually even had the bennies associated withe even the Oak Leaves up until this mission. I either get them posthumously or the game ends. I'm so terrible at this game it's fun to actually have it come around for once. The Swords and Oakleaves Bennies are the two big ones. If you get those, you are pretty unstoppable--even in 1943. Because, think about it: you can fire from long range, submerge to test depth, and then still hit like you're at medium range and also, the odds will be +0 modifiers. A 9-12 hits you but that's not a LOT of damage. You still need to pick your sports, I'm not suggesting otherwise. I'm just saying, having those two REALLY helps you out.
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