MacArthur Escapes Ambush
We got together for to playtest my Check Your Six! scenario for Historicon. The scenario involves a Japaese attack against MacArthur while the General was observing a parachute drop on New Guinea. The general was in a flight of 3 B-17’s protected by P-38s. The Japanese attacked with Ki-61s (Allied code name Tony) and Ki-43 (Allied code name Oscar) fighters.
The attack got off to a rocky start for the Japanese. The Tonys engaged a pair of Lightnings right off the bat and immediately lost 3/4 Tonys! Since the Tony has twice the firepower of the older Oscars, this really presented a problem against the very robust American heavy bombers. The Oscars were soon wading into the fray against the bombers and consistently getting hits, only to have the US bombers shrug off the damage from the two 12.7mm machine guns of each Oscar. Soon the P-38s were in amongst the Oscars and more Japanese fighters started to fall. The heavy defensive armament of the B-17s proved equally dangerous to the lightly constructed Japanese fighters. One Oscar collided (accidentally) with one of the B-17s, but the bomber survived relatively intact (although a couple of crew were lost). An Oscar finally set a B-17 aflame with a lucky hit, but the blaze was easily extinguished before any damage was done. The Japanese Ace made a last attempt to bring down a bomber, relying on his Ace status to keep the Americans from hitting him. Poor decision. The last Oscar in the fight was blasted from the sky and the VIP flight was able to fly back to Port Moresby.
The Japanese attack was completely destroyed, but given the amazingly cruddy dice rolls for the Japanese the result wasn’t too bad. The Japanese players consistently rolled very low on their robustness rolls and seemed to roll a 6 every time for one of the two damage dice against the B-17s. Only once did a B-17 have to roll above a 4 to pass a robustness roll. The Americans had all the dice the Japanese lacked, as the bombers were hit many, many times and only suffered a single lucky hit. The bomber crews were also putting on quite a show of aerial gunnery for the Old Man, consistently hitting the attacking Japanese fighters. Despite the lopsided dice, everyone had a good time and the issue remained in doubt as the Japanese were able to get shots on the bombers throughout the game. With a few minor tweaks I’m sure it’ll go off well at the convention.