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This was my first Campaign for Raiders of the Deep.

Lüdwig Hornyák was born on January 8, 1887 in Budapest. From 1901 to 1905, he studied at the Fiume Naval Academy. As a seekadett, he served on board the Erzherzog Karl and the Habsburg.
On February 1915 he took command of the SM U-12 as Seefähnrich, a SM U-5 Class Submarine of the kuk Marine. Until the end of the year he performed 5 patrols in the Adriatic without any hostile encounter.

Uniform of Georg Ludwig von Trapp

Finally in January 1916 he sunk the SS Stura 17 miles east of Brindisi and took the Italian Città de Messina as prize
Città de Messina

On the way back to Pula an Entente Escort was spottet, but detection could be avoided.
For this success Hornyák was promoted Fregattenleutnant.
On the next five patrols the SM U-12 sunk 4 more Ships and took 3 more prizes, getting a total tonnage of 14.174.

Early Whitehead Torpedos

The König Albert was once spottet, but Hornyák didn't want to engage the hospital ship. Once the crew suffered from gasoline stuper, but mostly the ship worked well.

Painting of French "Curie" and interior model of SM U-27

On February '17 Hornyák was transfered to a training command.

Commanders-in-Chief of the Austrian(-Hungarian) Navy

For a total tonnage of 14.174, thereof 9.937 prize tonnage, during 11 patrols he received the Maria-Theresia-Order.

Awards of Hermann Rigele, including the M-T-Order (Top Left)

After the war, he worked for an insurance company in Brno. In 1939 he was reactivated by the German Navy with the
rank of Kapitänleutnant. He served in Italy and in Kiel. On February 1, 1942, he was promoted to Korvettenkapitän. On
reaching his 58th birthday, he was released from duty. He was killed on 2 May 1945, shortly before the German surrender,
while attempting to protect a woman from drunken Soviet soldiers.



Tower and Photo of SM U-20

Painting of the Jean Bart attacked by SM U-12 and model of SM U-27

Pictures form the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna


Questions:
There are no Ship Encounter from Aug'14 to Mar '15 in the Adriatic/Med?
You crew becomes Green after three failed patrols in the Adriatic, too?
No Q-Ships in the Adriatic/Med?
No Encounter-Multiplier in the Adriatic/Med?
No Capital Ships from 1916 on?
When having a prize, you can still escape from Escorts without losing your prize?
A-H COMMANDER'S FINAL FATE Roll 3: "60th birthday" doens't correspond with some of the Birth dates from the EARLY LIFE CHART.


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Edward Kendrick
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Since you mentioned this museum ... my son William worked there as an intern for a month a couple of years ago. Some of the exhibit labels you may have seen might have been his translations!

I remember seeing this very interesting naval display. Another poignant display they have is of the car in which the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated. As well as the car they have the Archduke's uniform - both complete with bullet holes.
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Edward, than tell your son thank you! We recently visited the museum, and found many wonderful translations that helped us! It is an a,azing museum, not to be missed!


Barbarossa wrote:
Since you mentioned this museum ... my son William worked there as an intern for a month a couple of years ago. Some of the exhibit labels you may have seen might have been his translations!

I remember seeing this very interesting naval display. Another poignant display they have is of the car in which the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated. As well as the car they have the Archduke's uniform - both complete with bullet holes.
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Hey Aranubis,

Lovely campaign report! Great photos! A very realistic career. I love that you used the name generator and the pre/post career charts to help you build the commander's life story. Well done!

To answer your questions:

"There are no Ship Encounter from Aug'14 to Mar '15 in the Adriatic/Med? "

There are. See [14.5.1]: "Because of the unusual nature of the Austrian Campaign, players ignore the usual date-based Encounter Charts and use chart [E1-2] from August 1914 until February 1917, and chart [E1-6] thereafter."

I must admit, it's easy to miss this. Maybe it would be clearer if I made a note on the actual charts.

"You crew becomes Green after three failed patrols in the Adriatic, too?"

Yes. Sorry. The crews just didn't get much battle practice holed up in the Adriatic. It shouldn't affect the game too much though.

"No Q-Ships in the Adriatic/Med?"

That's right. The Q Ships were a British response to German U-boat activity around the British Isles. Q-ships reported elsewhere were probably just armed merchants with well trained gun crews that the Germans and Austrians assumed to be Q-ships (the Germans and Austrians were so freaked out by the Q-ship tactics that they started to imagine Q-ships everywhere).

"No Encounter-Multiplier in the Adriatic/Med?"

That's right. The encounter multiplier exists to simulate a phenomenon of a target rich environment that only existed for German U-boats in certain waters and at certain times. The Austrian U-boats were effectively bottled up in the Adriatic. They had difficulty breaking through into the Med - and when they did, their poor range and armament limited their effectiveness.

"No Capital Ships from 1916 on? "

Yes. Sorry. The Entente Powers kept the Adriatic under blockade and they needed their capital ships elsewhere. IIRC, the only times the Austrians sank capital ships, it was after they had got through the blockade.

"When having a prize, you can still escape from Escorts without losing your prize?"

Hmmm. In that situation, with escorts around, I'd say that would have to be a sinking using gunfire or explosives. I suppose weather might play a role in allowing a prize to be taken with escorts around, but that would be very rare. I think I will have to modify the rules in [9.35] to say "During the course of a patrol, any *unescorted* small freighter may be taken as a prize."

"A-H COMMANDER'S FINAL FATE Roll 3: "60th birthday" doens't correspond with some of the Birth dates from the EARLY LIFE CHART."

Oh, you're right! I'd better adjust that one too.

Thanks for spotting those inconsistencies. I'll fix those for the upcoming publication of the game.
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