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Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2017 2:33 a.m. PST

My latest blog entry recounts the fun and games at the 75th Anniversary refight of Midway, held yesterday in Gloucestershire…….

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Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2017 2:33 a.m. PST

My latest blog entry recounts the fun and games at the 75th Anniversary refight of Midway, held yesterday in Gloucestershire…….

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Shedman11 Jun 2017 3:48 a.m. PST

Nice report

Wish I could have made it

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2017 4:41 a.m. PST

I have similar, smaller scenario that we could do sometime

Personal logo Private Matter Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2017 5:07 a.m. PST

Excellent write up, thanks for sharing.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2017 10:25 a.m. PST

Thank you!

Yellow Admiral11 Jun 2017 5:33 p.m. PST

Nice AAR. I do hope more photos turn up, but I can't blame you for not getting any. I'm like you – I never get pictures to show off my own games. :-(

I didn't see any mention of the rules used. How many different sets of rules were used, and how many were published (as opposed to just being David Manley ad-hoc creations…). I've always wanted to play or even run a big carrier battle game like this, so I like to hear how other people have pulled it off.

- Ix

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2017 2:28 p.m. PST

Did something very similar years ago using the AH "Midway" board game and then did a variant called "Bermuda" which was a similar yet very hypothetical battle in the Atlantic.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jun 2017 12:11 p.m. PST

Of course any Midway game gives the Japanese players the huge advantage that they KNOW the American carriers are nearby.

Has anyone ever tried a game where the situation is what the Japanese THOUGHT it was supposed to be: the American carriers back at Pearl Harbor? You could have the whole game with the Japanese players frantically searching for carriers that aren't there. :)

Yellow Admiral28 Jun 2017 3:38 p.m. PST

That might be a fun game to run once, if the GM is about to enter a witness protection program and disappear… :-)

I always though the best way to short circuit historical foreknowledge would be to randomize the forces or deployments just a little. There was plenty of fog of war obscuring the force locations and composition at Midway, and there could have been more.

Some example American adjustments: remove Yorktown but put her air groups on Midway; assume Yorktown *did* sink at Coral Sea and replace her with Ranger & Wasp; assume Lexington didn't sink at Coral Sea either, and put her in the battle wounded and patched; bolster US forces with Saratoga; etc.

One could play around with the Japanese OOB too, assuming the Japanese get a bit of a break on the intelligence leak (e.g., they replace their code book much earlier) and make a few last-minute adjustments to the Japanese OOB or plan, e.g.: the Japanese come in from the south or west; Yamato decides to pull the whole fleet closer together for mutual support; Shokaku and Zuikaku come along; cancel the Aleutians diversion and move some or all of it to Midway; etc.

- Ix

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