Relief of Wake Island – Pacific War (GMT Games)

Having graduated from the school of Engagement Scenarios, I laid out the first Battle Scenario for Pacific War. The Japanese, having been rebuffed at Wake before, return to finish the job. But the arrival of three American carriers could complicate the matter.

This first scenario marries all the mechanisms taught in the tutorials to great effect. Searching, positioning, and providing effective aircover all evoke the decisions and challenges faced by maritime commanders in this theatre. This playthrough featured some harrowing close calls and a wild American gambit that skirted with catastrophe.

As always, these leave me wanting more and ready to get the next scenario to the table.

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