[My forces are] unable to control the sea in the Guadalcanal area.... The situation is not hopeless but it is certainly critical.
~Admiral Chester A. Nimitz
On 03 AUG, we met at King’s Head Pub and remembered the Battle of Savo Island (75th Anniversary fought 08 AUG 1942). This is the first of several Guadalcanal sea battles (Iron Bottom Sound) that we were playtesting a new ruleset for use at this year’s Texas BROADSIDE!
There was a great turnout and many were catching up. The game would have played better with more participants each in command of a small group of vessels.
Casualties were higher than the original battle and the Americans fired many more shots than in the original battle. The Japanese mission to sink transports was achieved and the Americans would have suffered greatly as a result. The Japanese lost their cruiser fleet (much different outcome than the original battle).
Lots of input from the Houston Beer and Pretzel gamers and as a result the rule system will be adjusted slightly and gaming aids will be updated for ease of play.
What's This About?
Stephen and Joe, with the support of many other club members, as play testers, have endeavored to undertake a grand club project - to develop a game system that commemorates the six months of battle around Guadalcanal (09 August 1942 to 14 February 1943). The campaign will involve air, land, and sea logistics in true milk stool fashion.