The end of another solar cycle brings me around to reviewing the game data. This year fell a little short as compared to others for two rather important reasons – the OP13 upgrade and Operation:Exodus. With the best of intentions, I transmitted most of the upgrade data to Belkov back in July, only to discover that some bug crept in along the way. Without a working shiplist, the various models and sounds were of little use. More importantly, Belkov’s decision to execute Op:Exodus meant that the game be understanably put on the backburner. Fortunately, circumstances now allow for more F2F meetings, as well as on-site upgrade installation.
COMBAT REVIEW SD11300
- Gaming sessions: 10
- Battles fought: 35
- Free For All 30 Victories: Montel = 21 Belkov = 9
- Fests 5 Victories: Montel = 3 Belkov = 1
While seemingly lopsided in favor of Montel, it’s important to note that most of these games were played with OP2011, and that many of the Montel victories were suing “new” or “modified” units, This is more indicative of the problems IN the OP11 version and why the newer upgrade was needed. For example, several Montel victories involved SFB fighters like F14s, which were undervalued in terms of BPV in OP11, and have been corrected in the OP13 upgrade.
Over the years, the number of losses and wins balance out. Inclusive from SD10801 to 11312, there were:
- 489 battles over 147 sesssions
- Montel = 257 victories (177 Free4All, 62 Fests, 18 Random)
- Belkov = 198 victories (159 Free4Alls, 33 Fests, 6 Random)
Prior to the OP2011 implementation the wins/loses were almost split 50/50. Again, this may indicate some imbalance in the OP11 BPVs rather than an overall flaw, but ultimately comparison with the OP13 upgrade will be needed.