Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Silent Victory: US Submarines in the Pacific, 1941-45 Board Game Introduction

I've recently gotten into naval warfare for the first time in my life, particularly WW2 submarine action. I'm mostly interested in the U-Boat battles in the Atlantic and the US in the Pacific so to satisfy my submarine wargaming cravings I purchased the game U-BOOT. Unfortunately for me, the game came in the mail the day before Hurricane Isaias hit and knocked power out for a week and the game requires a phone or tablet to play and I couldn't spare the power to play the game. Plus it's pretty complicated and I wanted to watch some videos online to see how it plays. So for this reason I went in search of a submarine game I could play if I had no power and I found Silent Victory from GMT Games.

When it comes to wargaming I've only played miniature games like Nuts! by 2 Hour Wargames where you move miniatures around a 3D table. Silent Victory is the complete opposite of that and I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it but so far I'm a big fan. In Silent Victory you command one US submarine during the Pacific Campaign of WW2 with the goal of sinking as much Japanese shipping as you can while bringing your boat and crew back safely. The gameplay involves charts, dice, and chits and all I'll say is that if those things sound boring to you then this isn't the game for you.

I've really had a blast playing so far and I have the goal of playing the game from the beginning of December 1941 to the end of the war with each different type of submarine and to get the crew home safely. I'd also like to score a lot of tons of shipping which goes without saying. Finally, I think it would be really cool to win a battle with a Japanese submarine or to win a Medal Of Honor.

Tambor Class Ready For It's Second War Patrol

I'll be writing up After Action Reports for some of the games I've played for each War Patrol I go on. Who knows, if they are popular and I enjoy playing the game I may even play every single submarine available, I don't mean each class of submarine but each boat of each class which would be a lot of games so stay tuned for that.

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