Are player laid minefields working properly in the campaign please?
I am playing the campaign from the Russian perspective and have reached October 1904.
There appear to be random losses of ships to mines within the campaign (I lost Petropavlosk and have seen a number of ships suffer mine damage as apparent random events when returning to base). I have also lost a DD and had Tsesarevich damaged in tactical battles when they ran into mine fields.
However, I have successfully drawn the entire Japanese fleet across my minefields in three battles now (on two occasions I saw their egress back across minefields) and the only loss/damage if any was one CA. The Japanese have lost three cruisers in the campaign to date but these may have been random events (they do seem to have a lot of cruisers active on most turns and this level of attrition could easily be explained by random events).
Thus, do player laid minefields actually work in the tactical phase of the game or has the AI just been very lucky?
Yes they do work during the campaign turns and just this AM I saw the Japanese lose CL Naniwa to one of my Russian minefields as she pursued a DD division back to Port Arthur. Some of the losses that you are seeing appear to be end-turn attrition that affects both sides and is randomly inflicted. The Japanese AI may well be suffering damage that is invisible to you (thanks to fog-of-war) although you should be informed of Japanese total losses; if not by message then in the end-turn summery and the Campaign Status window.
Mine attrition was brutal in the event and what you're seeing is probably working as designed and well within the actual mine casualty probabilities in the game. Ships on both sides that were total constructive losses due to mines by type were:
3 x Battleships 1 x Coast Defence Ship 6 x Cruisers and Gunboats 5 x Torpedo craft 2 x Minelayers and auxiliaries
A number of others suffered mine damage.
Last Edit: Jan 4, 2014 18:27:32 GMT -5 by randomizer