I really don't know why I do it but I have kept statistics on the outcomes of naval and air battles for every WIF game that I have played since Ships in Flames came out. It's time consuming but I note the following:
Planes shot down (and by what opponent) Planes completing ground support missions Ground strike hits/misses Strategic bombing hits/misses (and any damage inflicted by hits)
I note the specific types and models of the A/C e.g. Me 109g
And I keep a record of all naval battles noting the outcomes. When a ship is damaged or sunk in surface combat , I randomly select a ship from the attacking fleet and award the damage inflicted to that vessel.For air/naval combat it is similar as I randomly select an attacking a/c to receive the credit for whatever damage is done.
It verges on the obssessive but to me a game isn't complete without this record. I suppose it's a subconscious way of trying to find some meaning in the meaningless hours I have spent in this damned hobby over the years . I have tried it with other games but only Europa comes close to providing the stats potential that WiF does.