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Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1165]
Joep Fennema
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Played one patrol, was not instantly sold on this game yet. I'll have to wait for a normal campaign to find out.
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Mostly unpunched. 1st edition.

Soft reserve: $35
BIN: $50
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Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1165]
Antonio B-D
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I cannot pronounce "grandiouse" properly. So I just point to this game. Almost no decision whatsoever, but, together with a spreadsheet, counting each submarine's life is a joy.

And I prefer this version to Steel Wolves. Probably "too much of a good thing".
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Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1165]
Mike Haverty
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Played a few times but in excellent condition. Also includes a printout of FAQ and some alternate scenarios.


Soft Reserve $50.
Shipping $11.
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Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1165]
Antonio B-D
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This is an involved game. During months you will repeat the same mechanism over and over, with very little decisions.

It is fun (I do like spreadsheets )

But the only expansion for this game, IJN, jumps the shark.

Having EACH japanese combat ship is TOO much. It does not introduce almost anything in the way of gameplay, simply adds another drawing step.

I don't think I will ever play with the IJN expansion again (yes I have done it once).
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Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1165]
Robert Fox
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Chit pulling!

This is an interesting game that focuses on keeping boats on patrol and sinking merchant shipping. It is, though, a very clinical exercise. You aren't the grim reaper, you are the reaper's accountant.

The biggest hurdle to enjoying the game is all the chit pulling.

For one sub, you will likely pull somewhere between 8 to 25 chits from 5 different cups

Each week, you will probably have somewhere between 20-30 subs on patrol.

Four weeks a month, twelve months a year from 1942 through 1945. At the very low end, it's almost 30,000 chit pulls to complete a campaign.

So. Many. Chits.

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Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1165]
Anthony Edwards
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Montreal
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English.
Mostly unpunched and in excellent condition.

Also included;
IJN

English - new in shrinkwrap.
 
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Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1165]
Bob Hansen
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Dishing on the bottom of the box. Pieces are stored in GMT counter trays.
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Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1165]
Anthony Edwards
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70% unpunched, components in excellent condition.
Minor shelf wear on the box.

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Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1165]
Ryan S
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Continued from: Silent War: Week 2 December 1941 - Week 2 January 1942

January 1942, Weeks 3 and 4
Radio reports from subs at sea and logs from returning boats claim 28 instances of contact with IJN vessels. A very disappointing 11,000 tons were sunk when two Japanese merchantmen were confirmed sunk, one each week. Of all places, both were sunk in the Aleutians. The Triton, still at sea, claims also to have had a shot at CV Hosho but instead fired on an 8,000 ton Maru that offered a slightly better attack angle. The Maru was great but it would have been a big deal to have knocked out a Japanese carrier so early! Outside the damaging of a couple IJN vessels, including the CL Nagara, the last half of January was replete with poor shooting. Complaints about torpedoes running too deep or failing to explode seem to be very common. The Bureau of Ordnance isn't buying the defective equipment story and fires back that the skippers and crews are shooting poorly.

Brass isn't too happy with my performance thus far. My men are gonna need to pick it up and send a lot more tonnage to the bottom by the end of February. Rumors are I'm likely to get sacked if things don't improve by then.



Each of the two vessels sunk came from the first attack I resolved each week, each of which happened to be in the Aleutian Islands. That of course got me pretty excited but each week ended up being a let down as I couldn't sink anything else. Right now I'm sitting at 15 vessels sunk for 48,000 tons. I need 90,000 tons in the next four weeks. Basically, I need to double the tonnage I acquired in 7 weeks over the next 4 weeks. Hopefully I'll get some favorable setups to facilitate that.

I didn't lose any subs the last half of January, but I do have a few sitting in repair docks that don't seem to be moving.

Stats for the last 7 weeks:
Tonnage sunk by US subs: 48,000 tons
Ships sunk by US subs: 15
Tonnage sunk by Allied subs: None
US Subs lost: 1 (Porpoise)
Instances of contact with enemy vessels: 78 (sinking about 1 ship for every five contacts)

Entire campaign tracked here: Silent War campaign history
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Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1165]
Christian K.
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Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1165]
Brian Uhrig
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Solo game. Played a few times. All components bagged and sorted.
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Ryan S
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Queue joke about this game taking a year to play. Vassal is the only way to play for me. I've not played in over a year but intend to soon. The Pacific theater in WWII has always been a strong interest of mine and the submarine war even more so.

Goal 1: Complete my Silent War Campaign Tracker spreadsheet. Playtest it and upload to BGG.

Goal2: Successfully play scenario 1 through the end of the tonnage checks in May 1943. May set a new goal to proceed further if I meet this one and still have the desire to forge ahead with more in 2015.

Comment: Each week turn is approximately 1 hour of play (bare minimum) once I'm comfortable with the rules again.

Status Goal 1: Sheet is basically done. I'm validating it as I play to work out the few kinks remaining.

Status Goal 2: (1 star per week to get through Dec 1943)
Dec 41 10,000 tons, 5 IJN ships sunk, 1 US sub lost (29 January 2015)
January 42 48,000 tons, 15 IJN ships sunk, 1 US sub lost (28 February 2015)
February 42
Campaign comes to a screeching halt as I realize I've been playing re-attacks incorrectly, and drastically to my favor. I've been treating the tactical rating of the sub during re-attacks as a ceiling (accounting for what is already out there) and not revealing new ships equal to the tactical rating during the re-attack in addition to what is already out there. Time to start again but with a correct understanding of this critical rule.


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December 42: 4 ships sunk for 15,000 tons (14 March 2015)
January 42:
February 42: First tonnage check - 90,000 tons
March 42
April 42
May 42 Second tonnage check - 220,000 tons
June 42
July 42
August 42 Third tonnage check - 360,000 tons
September 42
October 42
November 42 Fourth tonnage check - 620,000 tons
December 42
January 43
February 43 Fifth tonnage check - 720,000 tons
March 43
April 43
May 43 Sixth tonnage check - 980,000 tons
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Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1165]
Ryan S
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Past due entry for January.

Playing Campaign Game 1: The Submarine Campaign Against Japan. Dec 1941 - 1945. Played with expansion IJN. Also using Allied subs.

So this is the longest scenario possible. In story format...

December 1941

"Execute Unrestricted Air and Submarine Warfare Against Japan."

We knew this war was gonna come sooner or later but it feels like we were caught off guard. Sounds like we really took one on the chin at Pearl.

With our sub fleet scattered in a variety of locations we didn't do much to get back at the Japanese right away. Only two ships reported contact with Japanese vessels the first week. Patrolling for fleet vessels off Wake, the USS Tambor discovered a large task force. She reported maneuvering to a favorable firing position and sinking small cargo vessel among the capital ships estimated at 2,000 tons. Shame she couldn't bag one of the capital ships but it's a start.

The third week of December we had 31 subs patrolling for the Japanese Navy. 23 of them reported contact. Only four boats reported affirmative ship sinkings, the largest of which was estimated at 3,000 tons. USS Porpoise failed to make further radio contact after reporting a moderately sized merchant convoy in the North Philippine Sea. (Post war Japanese naval record analysis shows a couple major depth charge attacks against a submarine. Destroyer escorts reported dropping 23 charges after a small Maru was damaged. Attack ceased after an oil slick appeared on the surface. Escorts reported another attack later same day that failed to inflict any hits. An oil slick on the surface was a dead give away to a damaged sub captained by an aggressive commander. After another long depth charge attack, Japanese sonar indicated breakup sounds followed by debris floating to the surface.) USS Porpoise* was the first submarine lost to Japanese activity in the Pacific.

Last week of December. Sounds like the surface fleet took a bloody nose in the Coral Sea. All subs in the area were directed to search for and aggressively target the IJN carrier Shokaku. However, no contacts were reported. Brass is displeased as they anticipated her to be a slow and vulnerable target after her battle damage. Many subs in transit back to base or undergoing overhaul after first war patrols, thus only ten subs on patrol. Each found a convoy but analysis of reports indicates likelihood that no enemy vessels were sunk (later confirmed by post war records). This week didn't reflect well on our sub force.

January 1942 (Weeks 1 & 2)

Radio reports and returning sub logs indicate productive first half of January. We only had 15 boats searching those first two weeks but all reported contact with surface forces. Many merchant vessels claimed sunk. Largest estimated at 5,000 tons. Japanese naval vessel identified as the 8,000 ton IJN Jingei** (Submarine tender) reported by ULTRA intercepts as torpedoed and sunk in Marshall Islands. USS Pompano credited with sinking Jingei, as well as a 5,000 ton Maru in the Marshalls the previous week. (Post war records confirm the effectiveness of the US sub fleet these two weeks, crediting 8 vessels worth 27,000 tons lost the first half of January. USS Plunger is credited post war with 2 vessels worth 6,000 tons in one attack while USS Pompano held the lead at that time with 13,000 tons and 2 ships sunk on its second war patrol.)

While some of these submarine crews gave performances worthy of note, many encounters are felt to have been prosecuted ineffectively due to timidity, poor shooting, or hastily fired shots. Numerous captains reported failed attacks on Marus displacing over 5,000 tons. There seems to be a common theme among the captains by blaming their failures on faulty depth settings and problems with the magnetic exploders. The brass isn't buying it and counters by placing the blame solely on the captains and their senior officers.

*USS Porpoise completed 6 war patrols sinking at least 4 Japanese ships and hitting two more during those patrols. She also rescued 5 airmen. After her sixth war patrol she arrived in Connecticut in September 1943 and was used as a training vessel for the rest of the war. Scrapped in May 1957.
**IJN Jingei setup on by USS Scabbardfish due to ULTRA message from COMSUBPAC on 19 September 1944. Scabbardfish fires a spread of four torpedoes at the Jingei, hitting her with two. Two boilers and her generator room flood and Jingei goes dead in water. Jingei is towed to a nearby anchorage the next day. on 10 October 1944 the Jingei, still at anchor and unnavigable, is attacked by US aircraft in preparation for US landings at Leyte. Jingei is struck by several direct bomb hits and many near misses. She is heavily damaged and gutted by fire and later abandoned. Exactly 100 men are reported killed on Jingei with unknown wounded.
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Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1165]
Gator Skin
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I've progressed to late 1942 (a full year after Pearl Harbor) on the main campaign game, which allegedly takes several months to play (and that does feel accurate). It's not what you'd call exciting, but there's something fascinating about it, almost zen-like, as hour after hour, week after week, the success or failure of the war in the Pacific begins to take shape. I plan on playing out the whole damn war.

A snapshot:

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Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1165]
Ryan S
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Playing Campaign Game 1: The Submarine Campaign Against Japan. Dec 1941 - 1945. Played with expansion IJN.

So this is the longest scenario possible. Could be a regular monthly installment on SGoYT (I hope)!

December 1941

"Execute Unrestricted Air and Submarine Warfare Against Japan."

We knew this war was gonna come sooner or later but it feels like we were caught off guard. Sounds like we really took one on the chin at Pearl.

With our sub fleet scattered in a variety of locations we didn't do much to get back at the Japanese right away. Only two ships reported contact with Japanese vessels the first week. Patrolling for fleet vessels off Wake, the USS Tambor discovered a large task force. She reported maneuvering to a favorable firing position and sinking small cargo vessel among the capital ships estimated at 2,000 tons. Shame she couldn't bag one of the capital ships but it's a start.

The third week of December we had 31 subs patrolling for the Japanese Navy. 23 of them reported contact. Only four boats reported affirmative ship sinkings, the largest of which was estimated at 3,000 tons. USS Porpoise failed to make further radio contact after reporting a moderately sized merchant convoy in the North Philippine Sea. (Post war Japanese naval record analysis shows a couple major depth charge attacks against a submarine. Destroyer escorts reported dropping 23 charges after a small Maru was damaged. Attack ceased after an oil slick appeared on the surface. Escorts reported another attack later same day that failed to inflict any hits. An oil slick on the surface was a dead give away to a damaged sub captained by an aggressive commander. After another long depth charge attack, Japanese sonar indicated breakup sounds followed by debris floating to the surface.) USS Porpoise* was the first submarine lost to Japanese activity in the Pacific.

Last week of December. Sounds like the surface fleet took a bloody nose in the Coral Sea. All subs in the area were directed to search for and aggressively target the IJN carrier Shokaku. However, no contacts were reported. Brass is displeased as they anticipated her to be a slow and vulnerable target after her battle damage. Many subs in transit back to base or undergoing overhaul after first war patrols, thus only ten subs on patrol. Each found a convoy but analysis of reports indicates likelihood that no enemy vessels were sunk (later confirmed by post war records). This week didn't reflect well on our sub force.

January 1942 (Weeks 1 & 2)

Radio reports and returning sub logs indicate productive first half of January. We only had 15 boats searching those first two weeks but all reported contact with surface forces. Many merchant vessels claimed sunk. Largest estimated at 5,000 tons. Japanese naval vessel identified as the 8,000 ton IJN Jingei** (Submarine tender) reported by ULTRA intercepts as torpedoed and sunk in Marshall Islands. USS Pompano credited with sinking Jingei, as well as a 5,000 ton Maru in the Marshalls the previous week. (Post war records confirm the effectiveness of the US sub fleet these two weeks, crediting 8 vessels worth 27,000 tons lost the first half of January. USS Plunger is credited post war with 2 vessels worth 6,000 tons in one attack while USS Pompano held the lead at that time with 13,000 tons and 2 ships sunk on its second war patrol.)

While some of these submarine crews gave performances worthy of note, many encounters are felt to have been prosecuted ineffectively due to timidity, poor shooting, or hastily fired shots. Numerous captains reported failed attacks on Marus displacing over 5,000 tons. There seems to be a common theme among the captains by blaming their failures on faulty depth settings and problems with the magnetic exploders. The brass isn't buying it and counters by placing the blame solely on the captains and their senior officers.

*USS Porpoise completed 6 war patrols sinking at least 4 Japanese ships and hitting two more during those patrols. She also rescued 5 airmen. After her sixth war patrol she arrived in Connecticut in September 1943 and was used as a training vessel for the rest of the war. Scrapped in May 1957.
**IJN Jingei setup on by USS Scabbardfish due to ULTRA message from COMSUBPAC on 19 September 1944. Scabbardfish fires a spread of four torpedoes at the Jingei, hitting her with two. Two boilers and her generator room flood and Jingei goes dead in water. Jingei is towed to a nearby anchorage the next day. on 10 October 1944 the Jingei, still at anchor and unnavigable, is attacked by US aircraft in preparation for US landings at Leyte. Jingei is struck by several direct bomb hits and many near misses. She is heavily damaged and gutted by fire and later abandoned. Exactly 100 men are reported killed on Jingei with unknown wounded.
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Oh Silent War, why are you so addictive? I just want to finish the last two weeks of February 1942 to see if I make the tonnage requirement. Alas, work calls in the morning, and likely a young child will call before then.

Weeks 1 & 2 February 1942
A maddening 4 IJN merchant ships were sunk for 14,000 tons in the first half of February, bringing the total so far to 62,000 tons. The Dutch sunk their first Japanese ship. Radio reports and captain's logs tell the same frustrating story over and over. Missed shots and reports of duds and deep running torpedoes causing perfect shots to inflict no harm. 27 contacts were made with IJN vessels; 4 vessels were hit and sunk while 8 attacks were reported failed to supposedly improperly functioning torpedoes. Even worse, multiple attacks on Japanese carriers, cruisers, and light cruisers were squandered.

Some of my staff and are prone to blame poor shooting and timidity for the wasted attacks. Other Division Commanders are starting to back their sub captain's claims of faulty torpedoes.



Outlook not so good for the future. I've got to sink 33,000 tons in two weeks and my average tonnage sunk per week is only 6,300 tons. Unless I can nab a few big ships at once I think I'm going to get sacked.

Edit 6 March 2015
And my campaign just came to a screeching halt partway through the 3rd week of February, 1942. I realized that I've been playing a critical rule incorrectly for my last two campaign games (total of about 5 months game time). For anyone who has the rules and is interested, I misinterpreted the rules in [14.4]. Instead of revealing new units equal to the tactical rating of the submarine during a re-attack round, I was only revealing additional Japanese ships up to the tactical rating if there were fewer ships on the board than the tactical rating. Basically, if I didn't sink any ships, I didn't reveal any new ships on the re-attack.

Now that I see my error it is obvious I was making things much easier on myself. Additionally, the correct way is a much more accurate representation of anti-submarine warfare on the part of the Japanese.

This shall make my new campaign much more challenging. Woe for the 15,000 ton merchant ship I just sunk on a re-attack a few minutes ago!

Edit 14 March 2015
I restarted Campaign 1. The first two weeks were slow. By slow I mean awful. Zero Japanese ships sunk. The third week of the war and the last of December '41 was magnificent. I sunk 4 ships for 15,000 tons. Two of those were merchant ships sunk by the USS Seal off the South China Sea. The USS Saury sunk the 10,000 ton Kokuyo Maru* (AO Kokoyo) in the Marianas in a daring reattack after damaging her in the initial attack. In the East China Sea the USS Seawolf sinks the DD Uzuki**. The Seawolf had the same odds to hit a Light Cruiser (CL) but attacked the smaller 1,000 ton DD in the hopes of making a possible reattack safer. (This was the first DD I've sunk playing Silent War!). The first two weeks of January were a grand disappointment after the last week of December. Only one ship was sunk for 3,000 tons; and that by the USS Cuttlefish of all subs. Many successful attacks ended up being failures due to dud torpedoes. Frustratingly five merchant ships were only damaged. Five out of six successful attacks were failures because of crappy torpedoes! Aaaah!

I've only got six weeks left to earn 72,000 tons. Not likely, but I'll give it my best.

*IJN Kokuyo Maru was a Japanese oiler that spent her war shipping oil across the Pacific. She supported the Japanese carrier strike force that attacked Pearl Harbor. She was involved in many different campaigns and survived air and submarine attacks that sunk other ships in multiple convoys until she was finally blown up and sunk by the USS Bonefish commanded by Lt. Commander Lawrence Edge. She was hit by 4 of 5 torpedoes fired by the Bonefish in a night surface radar attack.
**The DD Uzuki was a post WWI era Japanese destroyer that served in many different campaigns and battles. The Uzuki make many Tokyo Expresstransport runs during the Solomons campaign. She survived numerous air attacks and naval engagements with US vessels until she was sunk by torpedoes from two US PT boats in the Philippines on December 12, 1944.
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Make the necessary preparations for inter-desk conflict

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Scott Smith
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Partially punched and clipped. I'll cover shipping in the U.S. and the first $15 anywhere else.
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just showed up at my door. will report back after christmas.

thanks santa!


Christmas Day update: it's a great solitaire game I've wanted for a long time! This will be great - I travel a fair bit for work, room in the suitcase for this for sure

Thanks so much, S.G. !!!
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rated it a 10 with no comment.
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After watching this languish on my FLGS shelf for the last 3 years I finally broke down. The counters are clipped, rules read and I'm ready to do a few test patrols before trying out the big campaign.
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Lee Edgson
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I've started Campaign 1 using the IJN expansion.

Have played through the first three weeks to complete 1941 and have sunk 7 ships for 27 tons with 1 sub lost at sea, so am just ahead of the curve to get 90 tons by the end of February 1942 to stay in command.

It's weird that I love this game so much as I hated B-29 Superfortress and Patton's War, but think it's due to the fact that:
a) it's submarines, and;
b) that it covers the whole war and not just an individual plane/tank.

The one thing I do find frustrating is that the only realistic way to play the campaigns is via Vassal as there's no way I can keep the game set up for months on end and it's too much hassle to record your position, put it away and then set it up again.

Plus the automated chit drawing and war cup seeding is so much quicker on Vassal.


Like:
That I get to see the big picture of the whole submarine war in progress.

Don't like:
That the only realistic way to play the campaigns is on Vassal

That -2 torpedo modifier

Lee
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Silent War
1st Edition
Excellent (unplayed)
Comes from a smoke-free home

$50
 
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