Following the outbreak of COVID-19, and the resulting shutdown of Houston, we had to resort to creative means to continue our monthly multiplayer wargaming meetups. Using a combination of Gimp, Roll20, and Discord, we established a club presence on Discord and played the Black Sheep scenario from the Road to Rabaul campaign book for Check Your Six!
Here is a link to the stream recording of the online game: https://youtu.be/ISSm_4uN_eY
We spent Saturday, November 9th, at the Lone Star Flight Museum, running WWI, WWII, and post-WWII aircraft vs. aircraft simulations using three very different rule sets. The venue is awesome as the Museum was in the midst of its Veteran's Weekend celebrations.
Everyone had a great time, we entertained and educated a number of families, publicized the hobby and the club, and built a great relationship with the Museum staff.
We look forward to 2020 with helping out with the Lone Star Flight Museum's plans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, throughout the summer months.
In July, at our monthly game night, Rob hosted a game of Check Your Six! at Asgard, in central Houston. Rob sums up what happened.
"This was a play test of my Marianas Turkey Shoot scenario over Guam for Historicon the following week. Check You Six! Rules. Great game, minor Japanese win but they had six Zekes against four Hellcats.
Game was all about the Japanese landing their bombers safely. First wave cut to shreds by Hellcats, massive fur ball over Orote Field. Lots of AAA and some friendly fire. Zekes got the bonus objective (SOC Seagull).
Will be interesting to see played again with full sides of eight Hellcats and Zekes. I can throw in ResCap Corsairs if too many Hellcats go down early."
The April 2017 game night offered me a chance to run a Check Your 6! scenario I wrote several years ago and never got the chance to play test. It stars Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many other classic childrens' books. Roald was a RAF fighter ace, scoring five confirmed victories over Vichy French and German aircraft in the Greek and Levant theaters in the Middle East in 1941. The Gremlins is a book he wrote in cooperation with Walt Disney in 1943.
January game night was held at Black Labrador and featured The Marianas Turkey Shoot, the greatest air battle in history. Scenario was based on the morning intercepts of the first raid sent by Ozawa to the Saipan invasion fleet. New guest Gunnar and Andy played US naval aviation with Matthew who faced his father Larry, and Barry who flew for the Japanese.
The Sons of Nippon were on a bomber escort mission, guarding a flight of four Judys with their four Zekes. TF58 fighter direction vectored three sections of Navy Hellcats and the fight was on! Scenario specific rules were a favorable tail wind for the Japanese bombers which gave them a free first move, and some of the US Navy planes had been in action prior to the scenario start and already had their First Fire box checked.
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