Good day everyone, this past Friday I invited a couple of friends over for a game of Metaverse involving fleets from Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica. This mixing of two Newtonian universes provided for an entertaining game of relative mosquitoes versus giants. The scenario called for an Interstellar Alliance task force to take on a Battlestar and her escorts in the Kuiper belt of an unnamed star system. Simon chose to play with the BSG ships leaving the B5 ships with Kevin and I. Kevin ended up with the Earth Force assets and myself with the Minbari.
The Colonial fleet comprised the following:
1xValkyrie Class Light Battlestar (Dionysus)
Loadout: 2xViper Mk VII Squadrons (No Ordinance), 2xViper Mk VII Squadrons (Anti-Fighter Missiles), 2xRaptor Mk II Flights (Nuclear Anti-Ship Missiles)
1xApollo Class Heavy Gun Cruiser (Sovereign)
1xKopis Class Fast Destroyer (Basilisk)
The ISA fleet comprised the following:
1xWarlock Class Destroyer (EAS Foxfire)
Loadout: 2xSA-32 Thunderbolt Squadrons (No Ordinance), 1xSA-32 Thunderbolt Squadron (Anti-Fighter Missiles), 1xSA-32 Thunderbolt Squadron (Nuclear Torpedoes)
3xMarathon Class Cruisers (EAS Daedalus, Proteus, & Tempest)
Loadout: 2xSA-32 Thunderbolt Squadrons (No Ordinance) each
2xNova Class Dreadnoughts Beta Model (EAS Leviathan & Maelstrom)
Loadout: 4xSA-23N Aurora Squadrons (No Ordinance) each
6xCronos Class Attack Frigates (EAS Avenger, Colossus, Gorgon, Hannibal, Minotaur, & Thunderchild)
3xSharlin Class Warcruisers (Dogato, Ingata, & Takari)
Loadout: 4xNial Squadrons each
6xWhitestar Class Gunships (WS 64, 11, 73, 28, 117, & 68)
The two fleet commanders started the game by opposed die rolling for deployment. When a player was forced to deploy a squadron onto the table they had the choice of leaving the squadron in reserve (outside the battlespace for BSG or in hyperspace for B5). The reserve squadrons could be brought anywhere onto the table as in a Strategic FTL Jump but had to wait a minimum number of turns equal to the charge times on their FTL drives.
As it happened the BSG fleet commander rolled poorly and ended up putting his entire fleet (all 3 ships) before a single B5 ship hit the table. This provided a certain tactical flexibility to the Earth Force General (overall command). Looking at his ships he quickly surmised that the Earth Force ships were not good candidates to leave in reserve as their jump drives required a long charge time. The Minbari assets, however, could charge their drives much faster. Yet, he did not want to forgo the naked firepower of the three warcruisers. Weighing his options the General opted to put the six whitestars into reserve, a seemingly wise move.
Paying little attention to the chaos that the Humans were in, the Minbari continued their pinpoint fire on the Dionysus (Valkyrie Class Light Battlestar). Neutron Lasers streaked across the armour of the battlestar knocking out secondary systems but failing to cripple the behemoth. As green beams of death lit up the vacuum, the Vipers and Raptors closed with their target. Softening up the Ingata (Sharlin Class Warcruiser), the Dionysus' batteries tore through the crystal structure of the ship paving the way for the fighters to land their ordinance.
The Colonial fleet was down to a drifting and lifeless Kopis Class Fast Destroyer and a ballistic Valkyrie Class Light Battlestar. With the devastation the battle had wrought, both commanders surrendered the field to each other, incapable of pursuing the battle any further. A satisfying and cataclysmic end to a hard fought battle.
I would like to thank Simon and Kevin for a fantastic evening.
The rules we used can be found here: http://metaverse.battlespacepublishing.ca/
Our Facebook group can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/battlespacepublishing.ca/