Rebel Raiders Replay (Turn 7)
Designer Mark McLaughlin as
CSA; Naval Historian Brandon Musler as USA
When we left off, the South was suffering from an increasingly effective Union blockade, and girding itself for the terrible swift sword the North is preparing to wield at the dawn of the new and fateful year - 1863
7 – April
1863 “The Yankees Are Coming!” - The First of Battle Nashville
The Confederate submarine David (Card 65) tried to open a path on one Blockade Station, but failed. Three more Blockade Runners are caught. The Raiding fleet, now being hunted and shadowed, manage to snag only 3 VP – and what Blockade Runners made it home brought in a mere 2 VP. The South is now done to single digit VPs, which means no more heady bonus buys of batteries and ironclads!
Fortunately, the Tredegar Iron Works (Card 95) is once again drawn after having been reshuffled into the deck, and that again means a third battery – so
and Mobile get strengthened, and 4
Blockade Runners and a Raider are built.
“The Yankees Are Coming! The Yankees Are Coming!”
With the number of dice thrown in land combat now finally to the
Union’s advantage (it increases in 1863 and again in
1864) and his wall of ships on blockade firmly in place, Brandon
begins the great push – and last turn he paid build points to allow him to make
a third attack. The first target is Nashville:
Proclaiming loudly "You shall not pass!" Mark empties half of his hand to defend the city – playing Infernal Machines (56), The Mosquito Fleet (81) (which adds a Gunboat on a die roll) and the Hulks, Rafts and Chains (110) Cards.
makes one of his Ironclads The
Carondelet (Card 15) and plays Queen of the West (38) to turn a gunboat into a ram.
This makes FIVE cards being played
out of the 12 held by the two players.
The Infernal Machines force one Ironclad and one Gunboat to retreat. The Queen of the West misses ramming the Rebel Gunboat. In the exchange of fire the
Union loses an Ironclad and a Gunboat, the South
loses its sole Gunboat and one of the three batteries.
To be continued…