My usual opponent, Ed, and I have a good game of Dystopian Wars last night. He wanted to try out his new Russian fleet and I used my Prussians. This was my first time playing against the Russians and the learning curve was rather steep, practically vertical .... In Dystopian wars (DW), the Prussian fleet is faster than most of its counterparts, very good at close range gunnery and boarding attacks but weak at long range. They are very well balanced opponents for the British fleet, Eds' usual force for DW. The Russians are slower than the Prussians, have very little long range capability, but are very dangerous at close range. They also have ablative armour, which makes it very difficult to damage them. Once you score a point of damage, the armour is cracked and the advantage lost. It means that the first hit on them can only cause a single point of damage, where everyone else can take catastrophic damage in one strike. My usual tactic against the British is to charge through their long range fire, closing to close gunnery range and then launching boarding attacks as soon as possible. This would be suicide against the Russians as you would be just running onto their bigger guns.
We went with the basic starter fleet, each having 1 battleship, 3 cruisers, 9 frigates, 2 bombers and 10 tiny flyers ( you have a choice of fighters, dive dombers, torpedoe bombers or spotters. We each choose 10 fighters.) When we deployed, I accidentally used 3 Battlecruiser models but used the stat profile for normal cruisers, so no cheating occured.
|The Prussian fleet deploys|
|The evil Russian fleet deploys|
Turn 3. The Russians took the initiative and advanced his cruisers. The fire on the Prussian cruisers and destroy one, causing 26 points of damage ( It sinks after 4..). The remaining Prussian bomber straffes the Russian cruisers, damaging one in a rather feeble attack. The Russian battleship advances to close range, downing the last Prussian bomber, sinking a Prussian cruiser and leaving my options extremely limited. Given that most of my fleet had become one-way submarines, I concede the game at this point for a fairly one-sided Russian victory. Next time I will cheat and use things like tactics and a plan, rather than just running forward like a goosed muppet.
|Look at all the empty space where the Prussian fleet was.|