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|10-11-2011, 08:43 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2010
Notes from a full campaign
Shells of Fury full campaign game review.
(Special thanks to Der Schmutt for U-Boote Kurs West!)
Tips: When enemy is sighted, go to logbook for gross registered tonnage (GRT) info. This will let you know if it is worth your time to chase him. Always fire two torpedoes at a warship!
1st Patrol: 5 Aug 1914 “Attack the Home Fleet”. Sank two freighters.
2nd Patrol: 23 Aug 1914 “Patrol”. Sank a collier and a freighter.
3rd Patrol: 16 Sept 1914 “Patrol”. Sank armored cruiser. The other two escaped when I was detected.
4th Patrol: 8 Oct 1914 “Support Land Units” Sank a dreadnought in shallow waters. Observed Gneisenau engage two destroyers and sinks one with gunfire but she is hit by a British torpedo and sinks!
5th Patrol: 25 Oct 1914 “Securing the coast”. Sank armored cruiser and was promoted to Lt.
6th Patrol: 17 Nov 1914 “Diesel sub patrol”. Sank a freighter with gunfire.
7th Patrol: 9 Dec 1914 “Patrol”. Sank eight ships.
8th Patrol: 4 Jan 1915 “Patrol Baltic Straights”. Missed three destroyers and sank three destroyers.Let all destroyers pass without attacking them. They are hard to hit anyway. Crash dive!
Don't fire while you or the target are making course or speed changes.
9th Patrol: 24 Jan 1915 Sank battlecruiser and three freighters. Rec'd Iron Cross 2nd Class.
10th Patrol: 10 Mar 1915 “Unrestricted economic warfare”. Sank five ships, including neutrals. Later, I surfaced too soon and was sunk by coast guard vessel gunfire. Replayed and rec'd Iron Cross 1st Class.
11th Patrol: 29 April 1915 “Patrol Scapa Flow and sink warships”. Sank dreadnought.
12th Patrol: 24 May 1915 “Economic warfare”. Sank two steamers.
13th Patrol: 16 June 1915 “Unexplained losses”. Captain's Log- Held down for 20 hours by aircraft.
Enemy aircraft launched torpedo while I was sitting still at 25 meters. After 24 hours “on the bottom” oxygen is at 70% and two enemy aircraft are circling above. They seem to have unlimited fuel. Now an oil tanker shows up. I let it pass. After 48 hours, I have completed my mission objective of patrolling the area for 48 hours. Oxygen is down to 35% in my diesel powered boat. 50 hours submerged and oxygen is at 17%. Soon we will be forced to surface. At slow speed we have traveled 100+ kilometers and still the English devils hound us! After 72 hours my first officer advises we must surface. We do so at full engine speed. Only one torpedo plane is seen and while it makes dummy runs on us, it does not strafe and we easily shoot it down. Sank three freighters.
Sinking only merchantmen is becoming boring. Like real life, missions don't have enough variety.
15th Patrol 10 Aug 1915 “Economic warfare” While chasing a freighter, it shelled me at 3.5 kilometers and sank me. I had forgotten the Brits were now illegally arming freighters in violation of the Hague Convention. Replayed and sank three freighters. Perhaps it was a Q-ship.
16th Patrol 20 Sept 1915 “Transfer to the Med” A crew manned deck gun will automatically open fire at 2.5 kilometers and is very accurate in smooth seas and very inaccurate in rough seas. Sank three freighters.
17th Patrol 10 Nov 1915 “Patrol the Med” Attack convoy leaving Malta. After 5½ days no convoy sighted and no radio messages. Sank five freighters.
18th Patrol 10 Dec 1915 “Attack warships at Cypress” I used the “Q + left mouse click” feature to move to my patrol area. I reappeared in the middle of three destroyers, instantly crash dived and was destroyed by shellfire before I could get under. To be fair, the manual noted this could happen. Replayed and sank a cruiser and an oil tanker.
19th Patrol 12 Jan 1916 “Patrol Gallipoli” While I was shelling a freighter, a second vessel appeared on the Tactical Display (lower right hand corner). Before I could identify it in the dusky gloom I was sunk by gunfire. Replayed and sank a freighter.
20th Patrol 25 Feb 1916 “Sink tanker convoy mid Med” Used radio messages and successfully tracked and sank six freighters.
21st Patrol 26 Mar 1916 “Attack Suez Canal shipping” Sank a freighter.
22nd Patrol 27 Apr 1916 “Protect German cruisers by sinking British battleships”. I was spotted and the battleships steamed away. Failed mission.
23rd Patrol 26 May 1916 “Attack shipping in Med”. Sank a freighter.
24th Patrol 28 June 1916 “Sink shipping off France” Lots of armored cruisers. Sank one cruiser.
25th Patrol 24 July 1916 “Sink shipping en route to France” Sank cruiser and promoted to Lt. Cmdr.
26th Patrol 17 Aug 1916 “Finishing shot” Mission to sink damaged command ship. Water too shallow to enter. Failed mission.
27th Patrol 15 Sept 1916 “Sink tonnage” Attacked by one aircraft with aerial torpedo. No sinkings.
28th Patrol 8 Oct 1916 “Attack battleships” Observed Gneisenau sink two destroyers with gunfire. Then, Lion class battlecruiser appeared and my laptop battery died. Replayed. If you heavily damage a battlecruiser, chase it as long as you can. It may suddenly sink. This one sank later and I did not receive credit for it.
29th Patrol 2 Nov 1916 “Sink shipping” Sank a ship.
30th Patrol 21 Nov 1916 “Sink shipping” Sank a ship.
31st Patrol 1 Dec 1916 “Sink shipping” Sank a ship.
32nd Patrol 19 Dec 1916 “Sink shipping” Sank another ship.
33rd Patrol 9 Jan 1917 “Sink one valuable ship” Water level too low to enter the Thames River. Sank a few ships and failed the mission.
34th Patrol 14 Feb 1917 “Unconditional submarine warfare” Sank one freighter.
35th Patrol 15 Mar 1917 “Lay mines off Edinburgh” New sub type UC-II
36th Patrol 2 April 1917 “Lay mines off Cherbourg”
37th Patrol 1 May 1917 “U.S. Enters the war”
38th Patrol 15 June 1917 “Mine Iceland” Sank some oil tankers.
39th Patrol 30 July 1917 “Destroy fishing fleet” If there was ever a game for testing the tinsel strength of tedium, this is it.
40th Patrol 10 Sept 1917 “Sink channel shipping”
41st Patrol 26 Oct 1917 “Sink convoy”
42nd Patrol 2 Dec 1917 “Bay of Biscay”
43rd Patrol 14 Jan 1918 “Sink minelayer” Sank it but it was still listed as an objective. Failed.
44th Patrol 8 Mar 1918 “Bay of Biscay”
45th Patrol 20 Apr 1918 “Long journey”
46th Patrol 6 June 1918 “Bay of Biscay”
47th Patrol 1 Sept 1918 “Last chance”
48th Patrol 30 Oct 1918 “Protect High Seas Fleet”
49th Patrol 30 Oct 1918 “Attack High Seas Fleet” November 4, 1918- Rec'd radio message that the fleet has mutinied, the war is lost, return to base. Remained on patrol in the North Sea . At 1300 hours on November 11, 1918 I sank a British collier with gunfire. No special messages rec'd from game. Returned to base and game ended without any special events. End of war.
As stated in the manual, this game is all about tonnage. Sinking large ships will earn you medals and promotions. I was successful in about 80% of my missions and that fact did not appear to influence medals or promotions very much. However, the missions I failed were important ones because I did not sink the specific ships I had been ordered to sink.
|03-27-2012, 12:48 AM||#3|
Join Date: Mar 2010
I enjoyed the game but it was a bit tedious. Not quite enough variety. I've played it once all the way through and that's enough for me. Cheers.