Oct 13 Gaming Report; Fall Gaming Season Begins
The fall gaming season kicked off at Hometown Comics and Games in Greenfield on October 13th, following the Indy Squadron's traditional summer break. Four games were played with four players in attendance.
The first scenario featured a pair of French SPAD 7's (Ethan, Stephen) attacking a balloon. Ethan's pilot attacked the balloon twice, scoring a maximum burst on his second pass, while Stephen managed only one hit factor. Yet Stephen won the cut for the kill, his pilot's first in four missions (SGT Ferdinand Steniello, 4/1).
Game Two featured another French SPAD (Rick) defending an Allied balloon floating at 500 feet. The Albatros DV's of Ethan and Stephen attacked, both inflicting heavy damage and flaming the balloon with a single firing run. The credit again went to Stephen's pilot (LTN Johannes Beck, 6/2), although his Albatros was severely shot up with four critical hits and barely managed to limp home.
The third game of the night was the most interesting. It featured Ethan's five-man crew flying a massive Caproni C4 bomber for an attack on a German submarine. Lukas Marlett, an experienced gamer who was fairly new to Dawn Patrol, flew a British Sopwith Camel as escort to Ethan's Caproni. Defensive duties were handled by Rick and Stephen's Austro-Hungarian Phonix DII fighters.
The Caproni proved a difficult target. After briefly dogfighting with Lukas' Camel, Stephen's Austro-Hungarian pilot (FW Heinrich Sokoll, 5/4) latched onto the Caproni's tail. Ethan's rear gunner returned fire and shot the Phonix pilot in the shoulder, inflicting a critical wound. In spite of the overwhelming odds, Stephen's pilot made a successful emergency landing at a forward airfield and survived the critical wound with no incapacitation.
The big Caproni continued lumbering toward the German submarine while under continual attack from Rick's remaining Phonix fighter. With several critical hits and one dead engine, Ethan's crew dropped its bomb load on the U-boat and scored a direct hit, sinking the target after a huge explosion.
The night's final scrap was a simple dogfight between two Oeffag Albatros 253's (Ethan and Stephen) and a pair of Italian Ansaldo fighters (Lukas and Rick). The Italians were the surprising victors and cleared the skies, albeit without scoring any confirmed kills or casualties.
One warm up game will start at 11 am on Saturday, November 10th, and then we will immediately begin the Indy Squadron's 30th annual Armistice Day Fits Tournament. A venue will be announced shortly. It is likely to be held at either Saltire Games in Indianapolis (northeast side) or at a private residence if anyone volunteers their home.
The title game should begin around 1:00-1:30 pm. The winner will be the new Armistice Day Fits Tournament champion, with the highest scoring eligible player earning the Indy Squadron championship title and the Victory Medal.
The 100th anniversary of World War I was the theme of Dawn Patrol Rendezvous 2018, held on September 21-22 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton. The air show featured about a dozen flying replicas of World War I airplanes, along with radio controlled aircraft, a WWI re-enactor's camp and a midway with vendor booths in a state fair-like atmosphere.
Addressing rumors that the 100th anniversary version of DPR would be the last such event, early word from the museum staff is that the bi-annual event will continue in 2020.
By a vote of 2-0 (with two abstentions), the Indy Squadron passed the following house rule on October 13, 2018:
Head-On Pilot Chance Reduction
All "probable" pilot hit opportunities described in 7th edition rules are hereby considered "possible" pilot hit opportunities. Standard adjustment for pilot experience levels remain unchanged. The "non-deflection" head-on rule that results in shifting up one table on the hit chart is hereby eliminated.