Captain's Log, USS Invincible, Stardate 31627.4"We have crossed into the Neutral Zone near to Regulus III in support of the new Federation carrier, the USS Gemini. There we will conduct fleet exercises to test the effectiveness of her fighter squadrons. Admiral Bellamy has chosen this remote location to reduce the likelihood that passing merchantmen will observe our latest weapons in action and then sell such data to a hostile power."
Klingon Defence Force, Sector 5 Headquarters"The Admiral Kang and her escorts are to proceed into the Neutral Zone towards Regulus III . Her maiden voyage will thus be far from prying eyes who would report the existence of the new battleship to our enemies".
Doctor Who Miniatures Game (DWMG). At the start of the game, each side is dealt 3 cards from a deck of random events. 1 card (maximum) may be played by each side in any given turn. My Full Thrust deck has a mixture of possible events drawn from real-life naval battles and from Star Trek & other science fiction shows; hopefully this would add a bit of flavour to the proceedings!
How it went
The battlecruiser IKS Relentless was chosen to shoot first and the sneaky Klingons used another event card "Match their shield harmonics!" to neutralise the USS Intrepid's screens for this salvo. The Federation battleship was gutted by the torrent of fire, helped by some high Klingon dice rolls She was left with 3 hull points, life support was failing, the warp core was about to go critical and the engineer's secret stash of Arcturan Pornography was vapourised!
One group of fighters broke off from pestering the Admiral Kang in order to attack the Relentless instead. Initially they misjudged her location quite badly, but using the afterburners put them in attack range. However, a point defence turret on the Klingon ship got lucky and destroyed most of the attacking squadron single-handed.
The remaining Federation ships and fighters hoped to deliver a death blow to the Klingon flagship as they passed by, but the IKS Admiral Kang cunningly played an "Evasive Manoeuvres!" event card to reduce the damage. In doing this, the Kang forfeited her own chance to shoot, but she had very few systems still operational and this wasn't a big sacrifice.
ConclusionWe had to call time on the game at this point. The Federation had definitely lost one battleship (the USS Intrepid was abandoned and about to hit the asteroid field at speed), whereas the Klingon fleet had one battleship badly damaged and one cruiser out of the fight (weaponless).
I'd say that the remaining Klingon fleet was well positioned, behind the Federation ships, but that pursuit would have been hampered by the Klingons' need to cross the asteroid belt safely (the USS Los Angeles and USS Invincible in particular were not in the asteroids and could just pour on the acceleration to escape. Doubtless they would have taken some long-range parting shots, but they would probably have survived this). The fighters had been potent early on, but were now reduced in number and short on fuel and weapons. Overall, I'd give the Klingons a minor victory, I think.
Several Klingon officers are due for a medal, I think:
- Maglus, tactical officer of the IKS Relentless receives the Order of the Bat'leth for neutralising the shields of the Federation battleship USS Intrepid and thus leading to her destruction.
- Weapons Officer (2nd class) G'Vera of the IKS Relentless is mentioned in dispatches for her exemplary defence of the ship against Federation attack shuttles.
- Engineer (1st class) Toragh of the IKS Admiral Kang is awarded a posthumous Star of Kahless; his quick actions saved the ship from a catastrophic explosion, though at the cost of his own life.