Post by oldpop2000 on Dec 31, 2013 22:59:16 GMT -5
I've just played the Chemulpo scenario five times as the Russian. The first two times I got an error message stating that the Korietz has zero endurance. I did not get this error before the update, BTW. I bring up the Korietz in the design ship and save, problem appears to go away. I play three more times as the Russian. The first and third times, as soon as I see the unknown ship, I break hard to starboard, go to maximum revolutions and escape. Scenario ends with Japanese failing to sink both ships. The second time I did not go to max speed and the Japanese catch me. So, someone explain to me how the Japanese failed, but I didn't win. In my book, if they fail in their mission and I am still afloat, I win. Final Results displayed. Let's talk tactics. If I am the Varyag, my job is to avoid being blown out of the water and heading back along the shoals toward Chemulpo is not a sound option. I've seen the AI do this twice with the bad results. I can cut him off easily and destroy both ships. His only sound tactic, is as soon as he sees an unknown ship, assume it's not friendly and get out of Dodge. The burden is on the Japanese player to anticipate this move, if he doesn't, its game, set and match to the Russian.
Strategically, the Japanese have a major problem of being caught in the middle between three forces; one at Vladivostok, one at Chemulpo and one at Port Arthur. In history, splitting forces to deal with this has failed. But Togo gets away with it. He masks Vladivostok, attacks the Varyag and destroys her and then focuses on Port Arthur. For the Russians, the key is to reinforce one of those locations by moving the Varyag to either Vladivostok or Port Arthur. To me, if I am the Varyag and get away from the Japanese, then open ocean or not, I can go to either location, the easiest is Port Arthur. Am I making my point, or did I miss something in the objectives. The Russian knows he is at war, he has been given an ultimatum and that is why he is where he is, so this isn't 10/20 hindsight. This Russian captain is fully aware that the next ships he meets, won't be his buddies.
Question: If I stay near the shoal( I assume that light colored area is the shoal), does that make visibility more difficult? If I make the quick turn and accelerate, but head at an acute angle towards the shore and run along it, I can escape every time.