Here is a brief recap of the Kaufman Retrograde scenario we played:
The Klingon force attacking the five Federation cruisers (four CAs and one CC) was composed of two D5 squadrons (3 ships each), a scout, and a D7L. The scout was positioned in the rear, while the D5s led the assault. Nick, James, and Martin played the Federation, while Gren, Brian, Dave, and I played the Klingons.
The Klingons pursued the Federation ships (moving in reverse), all at speed 20. The Klingons launched their Disruptors at medium-range at one of James’ CAs. The attacks weakened the ship’s forward shield. The Federation attempted to concentrate their attacks on the Klingon scout, which was using its Special Sensor channels to lend EW to its comrades. The attacks did some minor shield damage, but little else.
Next turn, the Klingons sped up to speed 30 and began to close distance on their targets. The Federation launched shuttles against the Klingons, which were dispatched by ADD and phaser attacks. The Federation launched another wave of shuttles, and the Klingons began launching drones. The remaining (manned) shuttles were kept busy trying to eliminate the drones. The Klingons turned away as the Federation maneuvered to maintain firing arcs.
On the third turn, the Federation slowed and attacked one of the D5s, eliminating its #5 shield and causing some minor internal damage. The Klingons shrewdly closed distance and kept pounding on the damaged CA—the ship was rendered useless by the combined attacks, taking down two shields and gutting the ship, leaving it with only a couple control boxes remaining (all weapons and engines were gone!). Gren’s D5s managed to catch up to the main formation and began attacking another of the Federation CAs.
At the start of the fourth turn, the gutted CA declared self-destruction, taking out two drones passing nearby. The D5s again attacked—one formation went after Martin’s CC, while the other worked on the second CA—both attacks successfully tore down the Federation ships’ shields. The second CA was reduced to dust. The CC suffered some moderate damage.
At this point, the Federation were given the option of withdrawal, which they accepted. The engagement was a success for the Klingons, who were able to use the Disruptors to maximum efficiency. In this particular instance, the Kaufman Retrograde was a failure. The Federation lost two ships, while the Klingons had only suffered moderate damage to three of their eight ships. Congratulations to Gren, Brian, and Dave for proving that the Kaufman Retrograde can be defeated. The tactical challenges to the Federation team were greater than expected, so some consideration should be extended to Nick, Martin, and James, as well. Better luck next time, guys.
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