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KSmyth19 Dec 2020 7:05 p.m. PST

A group of us are running a Spanish American War campaign using David Manley's Splendid Little War, resolving battles using Fire When Ready. It is not a surprise that on turn one the Americans attacked Manila Bay with a battle resulting. This is the story of how we tried to pull this off safely in the middle of a pandemic, as well as an after action report.


nsolomon9919 Dec 2020 10:00 p.m. PST

Inspiring, thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2020 5:27 a.m. PST

Great looking game Kevin. Those Houston models are nice.

David Manley20 Dec 2020 5:43 a.m. PST

Your games are always inspiring :)

epturner20 Dec 2020 12:06 p.m. PST

Thanks for sharing that. It was very inspiring.


KSmyth20 Dec 2020 4:39 p.m. PST

Thanks one and all. I know lots of TMPers are trying to game during the pandemic and I'm really interested in how they are trying to pull it off. Would love to hear your stories whether you're playing in person or electronically. It's going to be with us for a while so any interesting plans are great.

I did listen to the most recent podcast for Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy and how those fellows tried a Zoom-like game and it was interesting.

Col Durnford20 Dec 2020 6:22 p.m. PST

Looks like a fun (but somewhat cold) game.

I've often thought that the Spanish would have done better to come out fighting and meet the American fleet head on. Looks like they did on your table with better than historical results.

KSmyth20 Dec 2020 8:19 p.m. PST

Col. D,

They did, but the Spanish ships were really poor compared with the Americans. Slower, smaller, unarmored. They did better in the game because the 9.4" shore batteries were supporting them unlike the actual battle. Virtually all the damage inflicted on the Americans in the game was done by these batteries, not the ships or the lighter guns at Sangley Pt.

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