Well it took me about 14 months, but I am finally going to actually PLAY NT: BR today!
My buddy is coming over and we're going to give it a spin. We were going to play A&A War at Sea, but I talked him into trying this instead. He's a veteran wargamer so I imagine he'll pick it up quick. I've read the rules many times, but this will be my actual first time playing... I bought the rules back in Dec of '11...
First spin to teach the basics will be Fuso, Myoko and Shigure vs. Pennsylvania, Baltimore and Edsall. After that, we're going to give the 2nd Battle of Guadalcanal a try!
The game went great. We actually didn't get to the 2nd Battle of Guadalcanal... took long enough with the intro game that we called it afterwards. But we both enjoyed it greatly and found it a more "meaty" game than WOTC's War at Sea. We both "came from" Star Fleet Battles and Babylon 5 Wars, so this was more the kind of game we enjoy.
Used 1/1800 War at Sea minis for the game, natch.
Early on, the US targeted Myoko with Pennsy and Baltimore, letting her have it. She took heavy damage on the first turn and was finished off on Turn 2 before she could fire.
But the concentration on Myoko let the IJN pound on Pennsylvania, and quickly knocked out one of her turrets and set her afire. Also, Myoko's salvo left Baltimore with a severe flooding problem and she was in battered, sad shape.
Both DDs died just when they got to range to launch torpedoes, but we included them more for educational purposes than any real attempt to build a respectable DD screen.
Ultimately, Baltimore was down to half speed and heavily damaged, while Arizona had lost a turret and taken a severe pounding. Fuso lost two turrets and had been battered, but nowhere near as bad, before deciding to withdraw.
Definitely. I play WAS online at the ForuMINI because it's fast and easy. Would love to play this online, but until I figure that out, it will probably be the game of choice with my local buddies (as infrequently as we get together).
The beauty is it allows me to just use my extensive 1/1800 WAS collection.
You know, Phil, if we get online play figured out, I'd be happy to play you...