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Alan Lauder15 May 2018 7:14 a.m. PST

I expect we've all got that favourite scenario and ruleset that we turn to when we've got a few spare hours and want a bit of naval gaming goodness.

For me its the Battle off Ulsan – an enjoyable, quick scenario when I have a hankering for some pre-dreadnought biffo! And when playing solo – as I almost always do – I find Coaling Stations provides an interesting game.

That's me … so, my question is, what's your 'go to' naval gaming scenario – the gaming equivalent of comfort food?

As always, the IJN pummeled Vice Admiral Jessen's armoured cruisers. But, it's not the destination, its the fun you have getting there. Right?

If you fancy a look, there's a report here: link

Sundance Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2018 7:31 a.m. PST

Battle of the River Platte.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2018 8:00 a.m. PST

Denmark Strait or Savo Island.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2018 8:23 a.m. PST

Java sea or Midway

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2018 9:03 a.m. PST

Chelsea Creek, May 27, 1775.

A one-ship battle, and the first American Naval victory of the war. General Putnam sank the HMS Diana, and we didn't even have a ship in the fight!

Texas Jack15 May 2018 9:16 a.m. PST

Ive fought Yalu more times than anything else, so I reckon it would be that.
However, I find it enjoyable to take battles through history and put them in another time. For example pre-dread Jutland is big fun.

SBminisguy15 May 2018 9:27 a.m. PST

Depends on the period:

Sail: Trafalgar, Nile or Chesapeake Bay
ACW/Steam: Battle of Memphis
WW1: Falklands
WW2: Narvik or Savo Island

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2018 10:39 a.m. PST

When I used to play and wore our SPI's CA, I loved Savo Island.

tristramdamores15 May 2018 11:08 a.m. PST

Lissa 1811. I've found it harder for the British to win in a game than they did historically.

Jim Selzer Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2018 12:19 p.m. PST

any of the 1812 great lake battles

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2018 12:58 p.m. PST

The only battle I keep refighting is the one I'm about to refight again in two weekends at Enfilade – the Escape from Mers el Kebir "what if" using GQ3. But the only reason I keep revisiting it is because it's an even (if asymmetrical) fight that's all painted, prepped and ready to go. Even with all that, I change a little something each time – as a night fight, as a day fight, with an aerial attack by Swordfish, etc. This time I'm running a CY6 game the day before, and any Swordfish which escape the air battle game enter the naval battle (played the next day) to make a torpedo attack. That should be a fun twist.

Later this year I'll finish up my Iron Bottom Sound fleets and then those will become my usual "go to" scenario generators. But again, not the same battle over and over, just variations on a theme.

- Ix

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2018 3:40 p.m. PST

The River Plate or the Java Sea for me too!

McKinstry Fezian15 May 2018 4:14 p.m. PST

Leyte Gulf where Halsey does send Lee to intercept Kurita.

Lascaris15 May 2018 4:33 p.m. PST

Savo Island or Denmark Strait

dragon615 May 2018 9:28 p.m. PST

I see Savo Island listed. How is it gamable? Do you just ignore the complete shambles of the American command and control?

Dexter Ward16 May 2018 4:20 a.m. PST

Barents Sea – an interesting battle with fairly balanced forces.
Cape Matapan – a great opportunity for 'what if' scenarios if the Italians are bolder with their ships.

Mobius16 May 2018 8:04 a.m. PST

River Platt. Generally you can tell the cut of the jib of a rule set on how this goes.

David Manley16 May 2018 10:25 p.m. PST

I don't tend to have any "go to" scenarios, more "go to" theatres of operation. So the Med for WW2 (coastal and larger), RJW in general for pre-dreads. I guess Dogger Bank is something of a favourite if I'm looking for something set in the Great War though

Lion in the Stars17 May 2018 4:50 a.m. PST

Usually just an open sea engagement for me. IJN Long Lances don't like islands in the way!

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