Over the previous weekend I ran for the CITW get together at
the Dragons Table in Champaign Urbana a game of Battle-fleet gothic. The twist
was that the miniatures used were from SaganamiTacticalIsland.
The game took part in my Meta-Human chronicles world, and
the scenario was based on the WW1 Battle of Coronel. Essentially a under-crewed
and under-gunned squadron of the star navy of the Union of Liberty must hold
out and damage a superior Kingdom
of Edriani squadron. The
UL had an ace in the hole in the form of a battle-cruiser at beck and call
(arriving in turn 5). I played the UL.
The battle started out with the UL squadron dividing in two.
The CLs were trying to cut of the enemy squadron, while the UL CAs moved to box
them from behind. The KE started out moving in the same direction.
The UL CLs ran to far from the CAs and found themselves engaged
with the bulk of the KE squadron.
The KE CAs turned to move parallel to the UL CAs,
which also permitted them to rake the two UL CLs while those were in furious
combat with the KE CLs
The firepower was too much. One UL CL was vaporized, while
the other was a rendered into a drifting hulk bleaching fire. The KE CLs
suffered damage but survived executing a turn to help the CAs in their engagement
with the UL CAs. A truly disastrous turn of events for the Union of Liberty
squadron. The UL CAs fired their rail
guns (BFG torpedoes) hoping to hit the KE CLs as those were executing their
A moments respite for both forces.
The UL BC arrives close to the KE CAs. The KE CLs drift into
the range of the UL CAs, while the rail-gun shots fly harmlessly away.
The two KE CAs engage the UL BC in furious combat crippling
it!! In the turn it came in. The KE CLs suffer damage from the UL CAs, with one
of them becoming crippled.
Furious broadsides between the UL BC and KE CAs
The KE CLs try to escape from the UL CAs
While the UL BC and KE CAs are still locked in combat.
The KE CLs form a line and move away from the UL CAs, while
the BC and KE CAs disengage.
The KE CLs still try to escape, while one of the CLs bravely
breaks off to attempt to finish off the crippled but still scary battle
The UL CAs move to engage the KE CAs that are trying to
protect the retreating CLs. One of the CLs is left with 1 hitpoint. The BC
focuses its fire on it.
The KE CLs just escape death, as the KE CAs engage in
furious combat the UL CAs
While the BC approaches to kill.
The protection for the KE CLs comes at a terrible price as
one of the KE CAs explodes under the fire of the two UL CAs and the crippled
BC. The last KE CL and KECA escape.
Remaining UL forces
This was fun a battle. The low morale of the UL ships
(representing the raw crews of the the historical British squadron at Coronel) was
a deadly as ships failed to get Brace for Impact orders. I was cursing
Churchill throughout the game (he kinda doomed the historical Cradock by
refusing to send one of the modern BCs to his assistance).
BFG does provide for tense mobile and fun games. Maybe not the most realistic sci
fi, but defiantly fun!