A while back I got the opportunity to go for a day of games doing more tests on the forthcoming company level WWII rules, Fireball Forward. I’ve gotten a chance to play a few games at the HMGS cons and have liked what I’ve seen so far. I knew Mark and the guys had been working on PTO a lot, so jumped at the chance to drive to “the city” and take in a couple of PTO games.
One of the last games I put on before the move really got underway was another Pacific Front Flames of War game. In searching around for a scenario, I came across some accounts of the actions of the 7th Marines around Matanikau on Guadalcanal. I normally associate failures of overly complicated plans on Guadalcanal with the Japanese Army, but the Marine Corp actions near the end of September around the Matanikau River, 1942 proved the old adage that jungle fought everyone equally.
Late last month, I was in San Diego for the annual American Society of Microbiology meeting. While there I was able to combine business with a little pleasure. The meeting was in the San Diego Convention Center downtown by the water and just across the harbor from the Naval Air Station. From the window of my hotel, I could look out and see three aircraft carriers, the Nimitz (CVN-68), the Carl Vinson (CVN-70), and the Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).
Last week we got together for the first Check Your 6! game we had played in a while. Turnout was fairly low, so we broke out a scenario I had written that had a manageable number of aircraft for the three of us. The scenario was set on Java just before the Japanese invasion. Elements of RAF 605 Squadron, flying Hurricane IIBs, were patroling over the harbor at Tandjong Priok (part of modern day Jakarta) amid cloudy skies when elements of the Japanese 22nd Air Flotilla arrived escorting a C5M reconnaissance aircraft (allied code name Babs). The Japanese were searching for the USS Houston and the HMS Perth, survivors of the Battle of the Java Sea.
Haven’t had a game report up here in a long while, not because we haven’t been playing games, but just a combination of busy, lazy, and constantly forgetting the camera. Admittedly I could write reports without any pictures, but I like the eye candy. However last Friday I did remember about halfway through the game, which was a Check Your 6! game based on an attack on Japanese shipping in Wewak harbor by the B-25s of the 38th Bombardment Group.
There is little doubt that Check Your 6! has become the dominant air combat game at Historicon. There were many CY6! games covering all kinds of actions, from fighter scrums to 60+ plane B-17 raids on Berlin to jet combat over the Fauklands. This year I made my contribution with two games, one based in New Guinea using my Come On, Charlie! scenario and a second brand new scenario set during the Continuation War between Finland and the Soviet Union.