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Wrapped up the year with Hornet Leader Taiwan Defense Long Campaign. I randomly selected from aircraft available in 2008. Got 4 FA-18C, 4 FA-18E and 4 FA-18F. Unfortunately the more-capable E and F models cost me 51 SO points so we only had 26 left to start the campaign with.
You start off with target #47 Central Command and #27 Naval Base active, both have bad effects ("improvements") if you don't knock them out.. Had trouble with the Naval Base, so had to buy JDAMs on Day 2 to take out the Railyard #24 that took the Naval Base off the target list.
After Day 2 we were pretty much out of SO points except for the 6 you get every turn. A few night missions helped replenish the SOs, but most attacks after Day 2 were made with iron bombs, AGM-88s and AGM-65s for lack of SO points.
Lost Tonto MIA attacking the ASW Fleet on Day 4 and Boston on Day 10 attacking the Oil target.
Another tough campaign. I think I would select more FA-18Cs to save on SO points next time. Although I like the more capable Es and Fs. I received 31 VPs for target destruction, but subtract 8 VPs for the two lost Hornets and MIA crews resulted in a 23 VP "Adequate" result. I hope the Taiwanese held out!
A big game of Queen's Gambit with my son, 12. He won't play historical wargames, but will play Star Wars games.
Fehrbellin 1675 in NGBG. The Danish cavalry looked like it would turn the Swedish left until the Swedish infantry made a desperate counter-attack and trapped a bunch of the Danes against the impassable marsh. Wound up a Decisive Swedish victory!
A fun afternoon 4-player game of Warlords of Europe, a Euro-style treatment of strategic medieval war in Europe. Lots of little plastic soldiers, cards, etc. I finished third, as usual.
Nothing Gained But Glory - Malmo night assault scenario. An unusual situation for this series. A close draw/Danish marginal victory.
Over Thanksgiving at my buddy's house in Des Moines:
C&C Ancients - Colline Gate, Baetis River and Pharsalus. I think I was on the losing side in each one. . .
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