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Subject: Scenario # 2 - struggling in the dark rss

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Michel Sorbet
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"A son seul aspect n'est-on pas terrasse? Nul n'est assez hardi pour l'exciter" Job 40:28
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After two plays of scenario 1 (Nightfighter # 1 and Nightfighter # 2) it was time to tackle scenario 2.

The new thing that comes with this scenario is radar search. On the other hand, compared to the variant of scenario 1 (London Blitz) there will be no searchlights.

Scenario 2 - DUNAJA

Last time I managed to tally and to attack a bomber. Unfortunately the Heinkel not only survived, it shot my Hurricane down. Let's see what will happen now.

My nightfighter. This time it is a Me110C-4.


The conditions. An initial roll for the moon phase results in a no moon. This is bad!


TURN 1

The first bomber enters play. Three high uncertainty counters appear on the board. My fighter closes in.

I use my Freya and test the counter on 1602.
Roll: 5 - the counter is a phantom and is removed



TURN 2

The Hampdens move ahead. Three additional high uncertainty counters enter the board.

Freya search - 0405: 2 - the counter is a phantom



TURN 3

The bombers advance.

Freya search - 0905: 5, reroll - 1! - all the other counters are removed. Here is the real bomber.



TURN 4

The lone Hampden flies in the dark.
I use my Freya to bring it from moderate uncertainty to low uncertainty.

Freya search - 0908: 3 - 2 (radar value) = 1. The search fails.

I try to tally the bomber. I have 3 dice (2 for moderate visibility and 1 for good view from my Messerschmitt. The chances are fair

Tally rolls: 2, 4, 4 - fail


TURN 5

The second bomber enters play.
Freya search - 0910: 3 - 2 (radar value) = 1. The search fails.
Tally rolls: 2, 2, 3 - fail


TURN 6

Freya search - 0903: 2 - the counter is removed as a phantom
Tally rolls: 2, 3, 4 - fail


TURN 7

Freya search - 0305: 1! - the counter proves to be the real bomber!
Tally rolls: 5, 6, 6 - there is a chance for a tally
Moderate uncertainty roll: 2/2 - failed!


TURN 8

I switch my attention to the leading bomber. With such slim chances of tallying the bomber while it is at moderate uncertainty, I have to use my radar to reduce it to low uncertainty.

Freya search - 0918: 1 - 2 = 0 fail
Tally rolls: 3, 3 6
Moderate uncertainty roll: 4/1 - failed!


TURN 9

Freya search - 0920: 5 - 2 = 3 Got it!
Shift roll: 4 - the bomber, now at low uncertainty lands on 0921
As my Messerschmitt is at a different hex there will be no tally this turn (we are under moderate visibility conditions).


TURN 10

The third bomber enters play.

Freya search - 0313: 1 - 2 = 0 fail
Tally rolls: 1, 2, 5 - fail


TURN 11

All the bombers move forward.

This will be my final occasion to tally and attack the leading Hampden.

Freya search - 0315: 6 - 2 = 4 got it! The second bomber is reduced from MU to LU.
Shift roll: 6
Tally rolls: 1, 2, 6
Low uncertainty roll: 6 - the tally attempt fails as the bomber would be switched to a hex outside the area being searched.


TURN 12

All the remaining bombers move forward.
My Messerschmitt turns back and barely stays on the map.

Freya search - 0408: 4 - the counter is removed as a phantom.


TURN 13

Freya search - 1610: 4 - the counter is removed as a phantom.


TURN 14

Freya search - 1013: 4 - the counter is removed as a phantom.
Taly rolls: 1, 1, 4 - fail


TURN 15

My last chance to shoot down the second Hampden!
Freya search - 0312: 2 - the last bomber if found!
Tally rolls: 1, 1, 4 - fail


TURN 16

Freya search - 0315: 5 - 1 = 4! Got it!
Shift roll: 5


TURN 17

As the last remaining bomber is already at low uncertainty my Freya becomes useless. With a search value of 2 it cannot reduce the counter from low uncertainty to no uncertainty.

Now all is in the hands (or rather in the eyes) of the Messerschmitt pilot.


TURN 18

The Me lands on the same hex as the Hampden.
Tally rolls: 2, 2, 4 - fail


TURN 19

Tally rolls: 3, 3, 5 - fail


TURN 20

Tally rolls: 4, 5, 6
LU roll: 4 - fail
Damn it!


TURN 21

Last turn and last hope!
Tally rolls: 1, 1, 3 - fail

TURN 22

The last Hampden exits the map.
All the three bombers safely continue their mission.


My Messerschmitt, after hours of fruitless research, returns to base.



FINAL THOUGHTS:
I so desperately needed searchlights during this play! Having experienced how great they are during my previous game, this time I was having a feeling of making a step back all the time long. The Freya proved very helpful but as it cannot reduce a counter's uncertainty from Low to no uncertainty I had to rely on my tally rolls in the end. With moderate visibility that meant that after a successful tally roll I had only one chance on six to actually spot and tally the bomber.

In the end these odds proved to low.

I hope that with the combination of radars AND searchlights the game will become a lot more interesting.

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Glad to see session reports with both detail and enough commentary for non-experts to follow along.
 
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