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Devon Wargames Operation Cerberus Channel Dash-1942
One thing that occurred to me after I had written the game report, was that we didn't get all the toys out in the game, no Swordfish planes on the table, no British ships other than MTB counters, and yet the result was pleasing from an historical sense and the game was interesting with some great moments of drama and tension as the occasional unexpected event occurred.
The combat with the MTB's was particularly interesting as the little ships ploughed on in the face of withering fire and losing half their number to get in range to launch their torpedoes. At extreme range with only eight fish in the water neither I or the German commander was expecting much. As we were playing through this little scenario I was reminded of the TBD squadron in the Midway movie having a similar experience with all of them ending up in the drink vainly hoping that one of the torpedoes would avenge their casualties.
There is a peculiar pleasure to be had from a game that gives a sense of the actual events in history, without necessarily having all the hardware on show.
Perhaps this is something that is lost when wargames businesses, in their drive to sell us more models, backed up by rule sets that encourage and often require players to have lots of kit on table that would have amazed veterans who took part in the actual events, pursue more game than simulation.
Don't get me wrong, if having lots of models on the table blazing away, floats your boat, then why not. I am a strong believer in the independence of the gamer to play what ever and in what manner of game he/she and the other players want to play. In addition I benefit from all these great models being produced to feed this market. I can remember the days of scratch building just about everything and I certainly wouldn't want those times to return soon.
My simple point is that when looked at from the game/simulation, fun/tiresome aspects, I can definitely recommend the simulation/fun combination every time.
As always thoughts on a postcard to JJ's Wargames..........