Well, just what I needed. A nice relaxing day at the game meet up and an introduction to another game that I really shouldn't get involved with. I finally got a chance to play War at Sea for the first time. It is a miniatures game from the Axis and Allies trade name which focuses on naval engagements during WWII. The coolest thing about this game is that the minis come painted and ready to go out of the box and they look pretty darned good as a bonus. The second best thing about the game is that it is fairly easy to play while still providing a pretty decent 'flavor'. One of the things I like most is the way that the carrier groups work. While your aircraft are out reigning hell on the enemy you have to protect your own groups and find the right balance of attack and defense. Since the game provides ample opportunity to react to enemy movements it takes a lot of the luck out of an otherwise simple game system. Anyway, the game is easy, fun, and very pleasant on the old eyes so I give it a double thumbs up. Here's a few shots of our actions today.
This game is all about managing your assets and combined arms and match ups. There is a little luck involved as well, but I think it is a very acceptable level. I think that if Jil's bombers had been carrier based, the outcome of this mission would probably have been the opposite, or at least very different. Flying in from land bases was just killing him as I could strike him with bombers at a much more concentrated pace. I really enjoyed my first outing with this game and plan to make this a regular game in our arsenal.