Combat Log SD 11401.19

AAR-02

CA-OMHP+2xSPM

F-DVLX

F-NER

Success!!

After a long struggle, the upgrade to OP has been successfully installed, run, and battles fought. Only a couple were fought on this inagural run, but predominantly with new ships. OP2014 is now the official mod of the Montel/Belkov Gaming Commission. And with new horizons, interesting new issues…

A) Free 4 All, BPV 400 duration 12:3   – Federation NCB & DWV (F8s & F18s) vs CA Megahawk & SED

     Fed victory, SED destroyed, MH escapes

B) Free4All, BPV 780, dur   – Fed DVLX (F14s, A10s, F18s) & NER  vs  CA OMHP (Eagles) & 2x SP-M

     Colonial victory, DVLX & OMH destroyed, NER escapes

I’d like to blame my sloppy playing on my over-exuberance on seeing the new ships flying, and to take full credit on taking out the OmniHawk, but I can do neither. Whatever distracted me, I allowed Belkov to close in quickly and lock the DVLX in a tractor beam, preventing it from launching WW or fighters. It took quite a pounding and I decided to give up on it. Transferring command to the NER, I circled helplessly for a few minutes before I got the bright idea to try a tractor from the NER to OMHP to break it’s hold on the DVLX. While this was successful, it was too late to do anything with it. Then a lot happened really fast. The DVLX may have launched fighters; it did fire on the OMH, taking down its #1 shield. The NER also fired, taking down the #6 shield and scoring some internals. The OMH then fired a barrage of plasmas at the DVLX, which blew up, but the explosion also destroyed the Omnihawk, which then caused the “self destruction” of all 4 of it’s Eagles. Suddenly, a lot of things had blown to pieces! It took 3 slow-motion replays to get some of this timing figured out. It’s remotely possible that the OMH had taken just enough damage prior, and the DVLX explosion was just big enough on a down shield to cause it’s destruction, but it still seems… odd. (Though, highly reminiscent of the fabled “Condor bomb” in SFB, when an exploding DN took out a fleet, leading to coutnless arguments and a few rule changes.) It is also possible that SFC:OP does not just use the “explosion strength” heading in the shiplist (put there from after afore-mentioned rule changes) and uses a version of the SFB “Commander’s Edition” explosion rules that include missiles, mines and armed fighters still on the exploding ship. More research will be needed, and in this particular battle, both Belkov and myself could only laugh over the resulting pyrotechnics

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