SteamCon V Battle Report

For the first time in over three years, I wasn’t able to attended SteamCon (a wonderful, Seattle-local convention that has embraced Leviathans from the moment I ran it with cardboard ships several years ago). While I was sad not to attend, luckily Alex and Andrew (part of our Demo Team) were able to not only run the game, but powered it up to a whole new level.

I’ll let them describe the game in their own words.

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We had the opportunity at Steamcon V in Seattle to run an 11 player, 37 ship battle, to test the viability of large scale fleet actions.

We believe that this is the biggest public demo game (by points) ever run on one table at a time, on the West coast. Randall has run a 40 ship battle, and Gen Con was a 38 ship (at one time) battle, although AFAIK our points were higher with a larger number of Battleships vs destroyers (still waiting to hear back for the exact details about Gencon).

We set up 2 battleship squadrons per side, with two mixed destroyer/light cruiser flotillas, and a pair of heavy cruisers.

BRITISH FLEET:

Leviathan class:
Leviathan
Vanguard
Victory

Leviathan class (Medusa class):
Cyclops
Gorgon
Medusa

Armoured Cruisers:
Defender
Defiant

Light Cruisers:
Charger
Courser
New Zealand
Hertfordshire
Essex

Destroyers:
Beagle
Anfield
Trafford
Raven
Crow

FRENCH FLEET:

Paris Class:
Bretagne
St Naziere
Provence

Jean Bart Class:
Jean Bart
Danton
Mirabeau

Heavy Cruisers:
Augustus
Conquerant

Light Cruisers:
Pontbriand
Ardent
Aigle
D. de Lome
Lave

Destroyers:
Montpelier
Pelletier
Genadier
Gloire
Montcalm x 2

We started out with 15 mapboards, but later expanded to 19 boards, 3 x 6, with a couple of half-boards set up at the end. The two fleets were set up in a line on each long side, facing at an angle in opposite directions.

There were positions on each side, the battleship squadrons were in the #1 and #3 position, (from left to right) with a mixed cruiser/destroyer flotilla or in the #2 & #4 positions. A heavy cruiser was placed at the end of each battleship line, initially to provide cover for the rear of the line.

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Thanks to Alex and Andrew for running such an awesome event and to all those that participated. Hope to you see you next year!

See ya next duty shift.

Randall

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