The Battle of AntaresDeep Space Scenario: 6 Rounds

*Summary: *The Narn Regime has sent a squadron of cruisers to attack a vulnerable Klingon border world. Unbeknownst to the Narns, the Klingons recently reinforced the system with a full light cruiser squadron. The Klingons are watching in the shadows, waiting for the Narns to arrive...

Narn Regime (Good +1)

Ga'Toth (Flagship; G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Nu'ronn (G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Ka'Farr (G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Frazi 1 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 2 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 3 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 4 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 5 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 6 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Klingon Empire (Good +1)

K'T'inga 1 (Flagship; K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 2 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 3 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

B'rel 1 (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

B'rel 2 (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

**K'T'inga 4 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

**K'T'inga 5 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

**B'rel 3 (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

**B'rel 4 (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

Assignments

Ga'Toth on Defensive mission [4 CR] (-2 AS, -2 AF)

Klingons undetected, get First Strike (double AS/AF)

Narn reduce Formation of K'T'inga 1 by 2, B'rel 1 by 1 using 3 Disruptor (FIRE ENERGY MINES!)

Fire Phase One

NARN: 13 AS x (1+1) = 3 damage

* DD Cripple B'rel 1

KLINGON: (16 AS x 2) = 32 AS x (6+1) = 23 damage

* Destroy Nu'ronn (16 damage)

* 7 leftover damage cripples Ka'Farr

Fire Phase Two

KLINGON: (8 AF x 2) + 1 AF = 17 AF x (2+1) = 6 damage

* Destroy Frazi 6

Fire Phase Four

NARN: 15 AS x (1+1) = 3 damage

* DD Destroy B'rel 1

Narn Regime (Normal +0)

Ga'Toth (Flagship; G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Nu'ronn [Destroyed] (G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Ka'Farr [Crippled] (G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Frazi 1 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 2 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 3 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 4 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 5 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 6 [Destroyed] (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Klingon Empire (Normal +0)

K'T'inga 1 (Flagship; K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 2 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 3 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

B'rel 1 [Destroyed] (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

B'rel 2 (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

B'rel 3 (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

**K'T'inga 4 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

**K'T'inga 5 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

**B'rel 4 (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

Reorganization

Klingons add B'rel 3 to task force

Assignments

Ga'Toth on Defensive mission [4 CR] (-2 AS, -2 AF)

Klingons B'rel 3 undetected, gets First Strike (double AS/AF)

Narn reduce Formation of K'T'inga 1 by 1 (PULL BACK, PULL BACK!)

Fire Phase One

NARN: 6 AS x 5 = 3 damage

* Cripple B'rel 2

KLINGON: (3 x 2) + 14 = 20 AS x 6 = 12 damage

* Destroy Ka'Farr (8 damage)

* 4 leftover damage cripples Ga'Toth

Fire Phase Two

KLINGON: (2 x 2) + 7 AF = 11 AF x 6 = 7 damage

* Destroy Frazi 4 (6 damage)

* 1 leftover damage is lost

Fire Phase Four

NARN: 12 AS x (1) = 2 damage

* 2 leftover damage cripples B'rel 3

Narn Regime (Normal +0)

Ga'Toth [Crippled] (Flagship; G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Nu'ronn [Destroyed] (G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Ka'Farr [Destroyed] (G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Frazi 1 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 2 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 3 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 4 [Destroyed] (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 5 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 6 [Destroyed] (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Klingon Empire (Normal +0)

K'T'inga 1 (Flagship; K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 2 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 3 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

B'rel 1 [Destroyed] (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

B'rel 2 [Crippled] (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

B'rel 3 [Crippled] (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

**K'T'inga 4 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

**K'T'inga 5 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

**B'rel 4 (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

Assignments

Ga'Toth is Retreating

Fire Phase One

NARN: 3 AS x 1 = 1 damage

* 1 leftover damage is lost

KLINGON: 16 AS x 4 = 7 damage

* 7 leftover damage destroys Ga'Toth

Fire Phase Two

KLINGON: 8 AF x 4 = 4 damage

* Cripple Frazi 3 (3 damage)

* 1 leftover damage is lost

Fire Phase Four

NARN: 11 AS x 2 = 3 damage

* DD Destroy B'rel 3

Narn Regime (Normal +0)

Ga'Toth [Destroyed] (Flagship; G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Nu'ronn [Destroyed] (G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Ka'Farr [Destroyed] (G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Frazi 1 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 2 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 3 [Crippled] (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 4 [Destroyed] (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 5 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 6 [Destroyed] (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Klingon Empire (Normal +0)

K'T'inga 1 (Flagship; K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 2 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 3 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

B'rel 1 [Destroyed] (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

B'rel 2 [Crippled] (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

B'rel 3 [Destroyed] (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 4 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

**K'T'inga 5 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

**B'rel 4 (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

Reorganization

K'T'inga 4 moves into task force and decloaks

Assignments

K'T'inga 4 was undetected, double AS/AF this round

Fire Phase Two

KLINGON: (2 x 2 )+ 7 = 11 AF x 1 = 2 damage

* 2 leftover damage destroys Frazi 3

Fire Phase Four

NARN: 9 AS x 5 = 5 damage

* DD Cripple K'T'inga 2 (4 dmg)

* 1 leftover damage is lost

Narn Regime (Normal +0)

Ga'Toth [Destroyed] (Flagship; G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Nu'ronn [Destroyed] (G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Ka'Farr [Destroyed] (G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Frazi 1 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 2 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 3 [Destroyed] (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 4 [Destroyed] (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 5 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 6 [Destroyed] (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Klingon Empire (Normal +0)

K'T'inga 1 (Flagship; K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 3 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

B'rel 1 [Destroyed] (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

B'rel 3 [Destroyed] (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 4 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 5 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

B'rel 4 (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

**K'T'inga 2 [Crippled](K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

**B'rel 2 [Crippled] (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

Reorganization

Remove Brel 2 and K'T'inga 2 to Reinforcements (3 CR)

K'T'inga 5 and B'rel 6 decloak and are added to the Task Force

Assignments

K'T'inga 5 and B'rel 6 were undetected, double AS/AF this round

Fire Phase Two

KLINGON: (4 x 2) + 6 = 14 AF x 1 = 2 damage

* 2 leftover damage cripple Frazi 1

Fire Phase Four

NARN: 8 AS x 1 = 1 damage

* 1 leftover damage is lost

Narn Regime (Normal +0)

Ga'Toth [Destroyed] (Flagship; G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Nu'ronn [Destroyed] (G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Ka'Farr [Destroyed] (G’Quan: DV 8, AS 5, AF 4, CV 2, CR 4, Disruptor 1)

Frazi 1 [Crippled] (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 2 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 3 [Destroyed] (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 4 [Destroyed] (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 5 (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Frazi 6 [Destroyed] (Frazi: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, Atmospheric)

Klingon Empire (Normal +0)

K'T'inga 1 (Flagship; K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 3 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

B'rel 1 [Destroyed] (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

B'rel 3 [Destroyed] (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 4 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

K'T'inga 5 (K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

B'rel 4 (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

**K'T'inga 2 [Crippled](K'T'inga: DV 4, AS 4, AF 2, CV 1, CR 4, Stealth 1)

**B'rel 2 [Crippled] (B'rel: DV 3, AS 3, AF 2, CV 0, CR 3, Atmospheric, Stealth 1)

Fire Phase Two

KLINGON: 10 AF x 2 = 2 damage

* 2 leftover destroys Frazi 1

Fire Phase Four

NARN: 6 AS x 2 = 2 damage

* 2 leftover damage cripples B'rel 4

== END OF BATTLE ==

This was another brutal battle, and it taught me a few things about this new combat system. The number one most important lesson is that ESCORTS ARE LIFE. This is the second battle now where the lack of escorts seriously hurt one side's chances of survival. If I would have had a few destroyers or corvettes with me to soak damage I could have probably held on to my G'Quans longer. The first turn barrage from the decloaking ships hurt, there's no denying that, but the partial damage auto crippling/destroying my cruisers was brutal.

And that is a GOOD THING! That means that the issue I was concerned about in regards to big ships having an undue influence on the battle was unfounded. Capital ships without escorts are sitting ducks under these rules.

Not that I would always want to destroy my screen. If the enemy got a good lick in, then I would be tempted to cripple a battlecruiser rather than destroy a few escorts. But it's nice to have the option.

The other thing I learned is that while Stealth's first strike is powerful (boy howdy!) it relies on you rolling well to have any benefit. The Klingons rolled VERY WELL, but they could have just as easily botched the roll and ended up decloaking and doing absolutely nothing.

As the Narns, I desperately wanted to use my Disruptor ability to take out the enemy flagship on the first turn, but the rolls were just not there. I needed some heavy-hitting escorts to help maximize AS. A Rongoth or Thentus screen would have achieved that.

The fighters seemed to acquit themselves pretty well during this fight. They are the only weapon that really dealt any damage. With better rolls I could have expected to take out more ships, but for the cost I think they still did an okay job. The two flights that "survived" the battle would have been scuttled for lack of a carrier to take them home, but they fought bravely to the end.

The Narns could also have benefited from having a Sho'Kar light scout cruiser along to give them 2 Scout to detect at least two of the enemy ships during the Movement Phase and eliminate their bonus.

This was fought as a Deep Space Scenario, but knowing what I know now the Narn admiral should have refused that scenario and turned it into a Pursuit. Depending on the modifier used, that would have been either a -4 (1E) or -2 (2E) scenario length modifier. If the former, the Narns would have been able to escape with at least one ship and two flights of fighters. The Klingons would have been subject to the Pursuit command penalty, too, and would only have been able to bring Flagship + 2 ships in its task force. A group of 2 K'T'inga and 1 B'rel, more than likely. That wouldn't have been much of a Pursuit force, but it would have still been enough to bloody the Narns as they exited the system.

Speaking of the Pursuit command limit, given that a K'T'inga is only a CR 4 unit, it highlights that Light Cruisers are probably not very well suited to lead those sorts of missions. A larger ship with better CR would be tapped to lead the chase in most cases.