The ocean battleground.
The heroic Empire of the Blazing Sun on the right. The evil Federated States of America on the left. This was a 400pt recon game.
Two fine squadrons of Empire ships. A mighty Battleship and two cruisers.
Two sneaky Federation blimps and one solitary heroic squadron of Empire tiny flyer fighters.
The final shame. My Empire battleship was boarded by Marines from three Federation cruisers and taken as a prize.
Last night I travelled to the Outpost North gaming club to participate in my first ever game of Dystopian Wars. It was a simple 400 point recon game. My opponent was Jason, a fine outstanding gentleman with excellent modeling and game tutorial skills. The game lasted three turns. To put it simply, I got SMASHED. My whole fleet was sunk, except the battleship which was taken as a prize. My Tiny Flyers were all shot down. I did get a couple of campaign points for having a fully painted fleet. YAY. The Federals lost three frigates sunk, and one taken as a prize. (That only happened because Jason was gracious enough to tell me how to carry out that maneuver).
My thoughts on Dystopian Wars. This is not an easy game to play. You need to be aware of your ships capabilities. When to link attack and defensive weapons, when not to link them. Be aware of ranges. Watch out for blimps. They are nasty. Tiny Flyers suck. They are really complex to use, get shot down easily, and they don't do much damage. Jason explained that they are better to use as a swarm. Frigates are nasty little ships. Fast, and they throw out a heap of firepower. I really underrated the frigate but I now have a greater appreciation for them. Boarding ships is nasty. The number of marines in each ship is very important. Stay away from ships with a lot of marines. The battlefield gets ugly with a lot of counters next to damaged ships. I really don't like that but its part of the game. In summary, I really enjoyed myself. I have to study the rulebook more. Again, many thanks to Jason for his time. I learnt a lot. But will I remember it!