We just finished another game of Shipwreck, this time working through an actual scenario set up. Our situation is the PLAN deciding to take action against a USN escorted shipping lane. The USN defenders were bound to not attack the PLAN until 1) they or the merchants were attacked or 2) any PLAN vessel closed within a certain distance.
The PLAN were given some initiative by this set up, and with some careful planning, could perhaps strike a lethal blow against the running dog capitalists.
We used contact counters, to add a little mystery. We had to ad lib a method for detection rolls (the EW modifier could be a giveaway)... here my PLAN vessels steam ahead, with a Z-9 to the fore.
The Wu Hu, sensing impending doom, fires its full complement of C-801, while each OH Perry fires a pair of Harpoons. With no real AA defense other than useless 37mm guns and a good EW rating, the Wu Hu would stand little chance of survival.
So what was the conclusion?
The sinking of a USN vessel, even with the loss of 2 PLAN vessels, could be a huge propaganda victory for the Chinese... except that the Chinese ambushed the USN. American public opinion might swing into a more warlike mood over the sneaky attack.
The merchants, shaken (especially the one with the minor hit) by their experience, would get through. Unless a sub might show up in their way....
As the PLAN player I declare this to be a USN victory. The merchants were (basically) unharmed, and though the loss of the OH Perry should have been prevented, the American people will be willing to see this conflict through. Hopefully it will be limited to naval engagements until such time the diplomats can force both parties to break off actions.
Still... it was nice to sink an enemy ship :) As the PLAN commander, I was concerned about getting too close (and losing my chance at the sneak attack). I feel I made a huge mistake in not waiting for both of my ships to be in range, so they could unleash a coordinated attack. Had I done so, I feel I would have taken out the lead OH Perry and merchant, and possibly made my escape unscathed. In a campaign setting, I have now lost my advantage of the sneak attack and can only hope the loss of one USN FFG weighs heavier upon the minds of my foes, than the loss of a PLAN DDG and FFG does upon my nation.