This previous weekend, I used to be on Fb once I began to see some posts from David Thompson as he was enjoying by way of his upcoming sport By Stealth and Sea on Tabletop Simulator and giving a type of After Motion Report together with the play-by-play of the sport. This sport follows components of an Italian commando frogman unit throughout World Battle II known as Decima Flottiglia MAS. Below your command, groups of frogmen will pilot manned torpedoes in assaults towards the Royal Navy within the closely guarded harbors of Gibraltar, Algiers, and Alexandria.
The sport is scheduled to hit Kickstarter as of February 25th and I’m presently engaged on an interview with David Thompson in addition to enjoying a prototype copy of the sport and taking pictures a overview video with my ideas for the marketing campaign. I believed this is able to be an attention-grabbing and informative merchandise to carry to you to provide you a greater thought of how the solitaire sport works.
By Stealth and Sea playthrough. Mission B.G.2., Gibraltar, 30 October 1940.
The submarine Scirè, commanded by Junio Valerio Borghese, left La Spezia on 21 October, with three SLC’s of their pressure-resistant canisters and 4 crews. The first crews had been Birindelli with Paccagnini, Tesei with Pedretti, and De La Penne with Bianchi, whereas the reserve crew consisted of Bertozzi with Viglioli.
The Scirè arrived in Algeciras Bay on 29 October. Borghese positioned it a couple of hundred meters from the mouth of the river Guadarranque, properly inside Algeciras Bay and straight reverse of the Rock. This could function the drop-off place in all future missions. The crews had been assigned their targets: the battleships HMS Barham and HMS Renown.
All operators had difficulties with their SLC’s proper after extraction from the canisters: Birindelli’s and De La Penne’s had bother with their ballast pumps and the crafts couldn’t keep surfaced. De La Penne’s had additionally points with the batteries and the craft finally suffered an inside explosion that compelled the crew to desert the mission. Tesei and his second operator had been suffering from troubles with their respiration gear and likewise the spare gear was discovered defective. This, coupled with the problem of preserving the craft surfaced, led Tesei to the choice to abort the mission. They separated the warhead and set the self-destruction mechanism and let the craft sink. Each crews swam to security on the seashore at La Linea the place they had been picked up by brokers of the Italian secret service and finally repatriated to Italy.
Birindelli and Paccagnini pressed on regardless of the difficulties with the buoyancy of the craft. Ultimately, Paccagnini’s respiration gear was additionally discovered defective and he had to make use of the spare one. They used the road of ships within the roadstead to cowl their method to the interior harbor and after three hours and forty minutes of getting left the submarine, they handed the interior harbor obstructions on the floor undetected. Their goal — the Barham — was a mere 250 meters lifeless forward when the oxygen bottle of Paccagnini ran empty and he needed to depart Birindelli alone. Birindelli approached the goal submerged. At about 70m from the Barham, the SLC stopped, lifeless within the water. Birindelli tried to pull the craft to the goal and likewise tried with the warhead alone, however was finally overcome with fatigue and exhaustion. He determined nonetheless to activate the warhead and tried to flee the harbor. He was turned in by the crew of a ship the place he had tried to cover. Paccagnini was fished out of the water within the morning. Each had been taken
The mission was a failure, primarily because of the faults within the crafts, however had necessary penalties: one SLC was discovered by the British and triggered into movement their countermeasures. One other did not self-destruct and was discovered intact on the seashore at La Linea by the Spanish. The British had been allowed to take some footage, however to not take it with them.
Ahead Positioning Section: This section happens at first of the sport. On this section, you make fault checks for the SLC’s. Sadly, because of the lengthy distance of journey for the primary mission and the poor high quality of the prototype SLC’s within the first mission, faults are quite common. SLC 1 skilled ballast tank and transmission faults, whereas SLC 2 skilled a warhead fault. Not a good way to start out the mission…
Having a ballast tank fault may be very harmful – it signifies that an SLC can’t submerge (and due to this fact, is way simpler to detect). Due to this, the operators for SLC 1 dedicate their flip to repairing the ballast tank. In the meantime, the operators for SLC’s 2 and three dive in an effort to keep away from detection.
Sadly, as a result of the operators for SLC 1 spent their whole flip repairing the ballast tank fault, they couldn’t additionally dive. That left them susceptible, and certain sufficient they had been detected by a patrol craft (the yellow token on SLC 1 signifies it has been detected).
At first of every spherical, you make a fault examine for one of many SLC’s. This represents the fixed wrestle the Italian operators confronted because of the mechanical unreliability of the SLC’s. The operators for SLC 2 fail their examine, and the SLC experiences a transmission fault. Transmission faults scale back the pace of an SLC.
SLC 1 now has a tough alternative. The operators might spend their whole flip diving, which might guarantee success. However they’d nonetheless be detected. Alternatively, they may use one motion level to attempt to dive, and a second motion level to maneuver, which might imply they had been not detected. This is without doubt one of the core ideas of the sport – balancing motion effectivity with chance of success. On this case, they play it secure and spend the whole flip submerging.
The patrol craft close to SLC 1 strikes in direction of the SLC (as a result of it’s nonetheless detected) and assaults efficiently. This stuns the operators (lowering the variety of motion factors they’ve per flip from 2 to just one).
SLC 2 spends the flip repairing their transmission fault.
SLC Three begins shifting in direction of the harbor. The operators want to vary path. However as a result of the SLC is submerged, the operators have to make a pilot examine to navigate (and rotate the counter). The operators fail their pilot examine. Sadly SLC Three can also be noticed, regardless of being submerged.
One of many operators for SLC 1 will get a rip of their wetsuit. Usually this is able to pressure a Stamina talent examine, with failure leaving the operators shocked. Nonetheless, they’re already shocked, in order that they take no additional penalty.
Detected and shocked, SLC 1 is determined to flee the patrol craft. The operators use their 1 motion level to maneuver ahead. When a submerged SLC strikes, you take away a detected token if there may be one on the SLC. The operators have purchased themselves somewhat time to attempt to recuperate.
Sadly, SLC 1’s poor luck continues. The patrol craft spots it once more and strikes in to assault. What’s worse is that SLC 1 and SLC 2 are each in the identical hex, which suggests the patrol craft will get to make an assault towards every SLC. The assault towards SLC 1 succeeds. Meaning the SLC is sunk and it forces the operators on SLC 1 to attempt to escape, which is a stamina examine. Totally different situations within the sport have an effect on the probability of the operators’ escape. On this case, they profit from not being within the interior harbor and the assault being so early within the night time, however are penalized as a result of there’s a patrol craft of their house. They fail their stamina examine and are captured.
SLC 2 takes a Full Transfer motion. This permits the SLC to maneuver two areas.
SLC Three needs to vary course (in direction of the harbor) and transfer, which might take away the detected token. The one approach to pull this off is to spend one motion making a profitable pilot examine (to rotate the SLC counter) after which a second motion to maneuver. And the pilot examine is profitable! The SLC rotates, strikes 1 house, and removes the detected token.
Patrol craft 2 loses sight of SLC Three and begins looking for it.
The operators’ struggles continues. SLC 2 suffers a ballast tank fault, forcing it to floor in the identical hex as patrol craft 1.
The operators for SLC 2 acknowledge the hazard and spend the flip repairing the ballast tank. Nonetheless, they’re nonetheless surfaced on the finish of their motion. Amazingly, SLC 2 goes undetected regardless of being surfaced. However patrol craft 1 continues to function within the hex and assaults SLC 2 (although unsuccessfully).
In the meantime, SLC Three continues in direction of the harbor.
On the finish of the spherical, Patrol craft 2 is faraway from the board as a result of it’s too far-off from an SLC to be related.
One of many operators for SLC 2 additionally experiences a tear of their wetsuit, however is ready to overcome the fatigue with a profitable Stamina examine.
SLC 2 spends the spherical diving, guaranteeing success.
SLC Three closes in on the anti-torpedo nets that guard the interior harbor entrance.
Sadly, the Royal Navy appears to be on full alert now (because the mission goes on, the deck of playing cards that determines the alert degree of the harbor defenses will get more and more tougher). Each SLC 2 and three are detected, prompting the arrival of extra patrol craft. Patrol craft 1 assaults SLC 2, however fails.
The respiration gear for the operators on SLC 2 start to fail. This implies stamina checks will probably be tougher for the remainder of the mission.
SLC 2 makes a full transfer, advancing two hexes and eradicating the detected token. It appears to have misplaced patrol craft 1 and a pair of, which start looking the waters close by.
SLC Three strikes ahead one house, eradicating the detected token. It’s now in the identical house as patrol craft Three and adjoining to the anti-torpedo internet. To ensure that the SLC to enter the anti-torpedo internet hex, it should make an Ops examine, which is does. SLC Three is now within the interior harbor.
In the meantime, SLC Three is noticed by the patrol craft, which provides chase and assaults. Thankfully the assault fails.
SLC 2 advances in direction of cargo ships within the roadstead, whereas SLC Three makes for a battleship within the interior harbor. SLC 3’s motion removes the detected token, however the patrol craft refuses to surrender! It spots SLC Three once more and offers chase. Thankfully its assault misses.
SLC 2 has now nearly made it to the cargo ships within the roadstead, and stays undetected.
The chase is beginning to take its toll on SLC 3, which experiences a warhead fault. The operators on SLC Three received’t be capable to detach the warhead from the SLC till they first restore the fault. However their fast concern is escaping – and making it to the battleship. They spend their flip piloting the SLC and rotating the counter. Time is beginning to grow to be a difficulty now. They solely have 4 extra turns earlier than dawn.
Patrol craft 1 reappears in help of patrol craft 3. Patrol craft 3’s assault towards SLC Three fails once more, however issues are wanting grim. The probability that the operators on SLC Three escape now are very slim.
SLC 2 reaches a cargo ship within the roadstead and the operators are capable of restore the warhead fault the SLC skilled at first of the mission.
In the meantime, the operators on SLC Three rigorously contemplate their choices. They’re very near a battleship, and destroying it might be a significant victory. However their possibilities of success are slim at this level. The one probability they’ve at survival could be to interrupt off the assault now. In the event that they wait any longer, they are going to be doomed for certain.
This can be a important resolution within the customized marketing campaign. Operators accrue talent both by destroying ships (cargo or naval) or penetrating the interior harbor. The operators on SLC Three have already met the situations of advancing one among their expertise on the finish of the mission. But when they’re captured, that important talent development will in fact be misplaced. On the flip facet, incomes 10 victory factors for sinking a battleship is a large reward. It could unlock beneficial tech improve factors.
The operators on SLC Three press their luck. They transfer ahead (eradicating the detected token) after which make a pilot examine to vary path. They’re noticed. Patrol craft 1 and three each transfer in, however each fail their assaults.
Spherical 10 is important in that it’s the final spherical the place operators have a bonus to flee. The clock is ticking…
SLC 2 experiences a battery fault. A single battery fault has no impact, however a second fault would render the SLC unable to maneuver. The operators on SLC 2 spend the spherical detaching their warhead and readying an assault. (the crimson token on SLC 2 is the warhead).
SLC Three strikes ahead (eradicating the detected token), and positions itself underneath the battleship. The operators try a Restore examine to restore their warhead however fail. Nonetheless, they nonetheless have a Surge token. Surge tokens are related to the operators’ respiration gear. You may discard the surge token to make a re-roll, however should you run out of Surge tokens (or expertise faults with respiration gear), it’s going to will give a -1 penalty to Stamina checks. With the re-roll, the operators are profitable in repairing the warhead.
The Gibraltar searchlights spot SLC 2 working within the roadstead. It has been detected, however no patrol craft reply. In the meantime, SLC Three is working undetected, and the patrol craft within the interior harbor start their search.
It’s 0530 now and will probably be daybreak quickly.
The operators on SLC 2 connect the warhead to the cargo ship. They’ve efficiently sunk the ship! Now they should scuttle their SLC and escape.
The operators on SLC Three make an Ops examine to detach their warhead, however fail to connect it. They’ll have yet one more spherical to make an try. Out of the blue SLC Three is noticed, and the patrol craft reply by shifting in to assault. One in all them is profitable, and stuns the operators on SLC 3.
SLC 2 spends the whole spherical taking a Scuttle SLC motion, guaranteeing success. After finishing a Scuttle SLC motion, you additionally instantly resolve an escape motion for the operators, which is a stamina examine. The examine is profitable. The operators on SLC 2 — Tesei and Pedretti – have efficiently destroyed a cargo ship, scuttled their SLC so it can’t be discovered by the Royal Navy, and escaped to security.
The battery on SLC Three experiences one other fault. It’s unable to maneuver, however that doesn’t matter. The operators aren’t going wherever they usually comprehend it. There’s no time to scuttle the SLC and escape. Their solely hope now’s a profitable connect warhead motion with their single motion level. Extremely, they make the examine. They’ve sunk a battleship (the HMS Renown). However they’ve run out of time. The mission is over. With the SLC nonetheless on the board, they’ve did not scuttle it, and the operators have been captured.
Now it’s time to fill within the Customized Marketing campaign After Motion Report and the Customized Marketing campaign Operator Roster.
Within the after motion report, I seize the actual fact the operators destroyed a cargo ship and a battleship, scuttled an SLC, and one set of operators escaped. This ends in 13 victory factors. As well as, one of many Operator playing cards featured a particular attribute that awarded me 1 VP within the occasion that the operators had been captured (that is tied again to an historic occasion associated to the precise operators). So the overall VP on the finish of the mission was 14.
I spend VP to extend tech ranges. On this case, I enhance the placement from which the Italians launch their assault (which helps scale back the variety of fault checks per mission and provides surge tokens to the operators), I advance the tech degree of the SLC’s (making them simpler to restore), and I enhance the kind of warhead used.
I additionally calculate the alert worth primarily based on ships destroyed, SLC’s not scuttled, and operators captured. This alert worth determines the alert degree for the following mission. On this case, the alert degree went all the best way from zero to three, which is a major enchancment for the Royal Navy’s harbor defenses.Lastly I replace the Operator roster. On the roster, I word which operators obtained talent will increase, in the event that they earned medals for his or her efforts, in the event that they obtained a promotion, and in the event that they had been captured (or killed). Medals and promotions haven’t any in-game impact, however they mirror particularly spectacular feats (resembling sinking a battleship!).
On this case, Birindelli and Paccagnini had been captured. De la Penne and Bianchi entered the interior harbor and sunk a battleship, which earned them a talent improve, however they had been additionally captured. And Tesei and Pedretti sunk a cargo ship, earned a talent improve, and escaped.
Due to David for taking the time to place this playthrough AAR collectively to provide us a greater thought about how the sport performs. As I discussed, the sport will probably be going to Kickstarter on February 25th. Within the meantime, we’re engaged on a written interview with David Thompson to get a greater thought in regards to the interior workings of the design and now we have a prototype copy that we’ll be enjoying after which doing a preview video for the marketing campaign.