When a battle is to be played out, three things are initially determined. The Scenario, the Priority Level and the Fleet Allocation points. The Priority level effectively sets the cost of the ships, so it is cheaper to buy the heavy cruisers and battleships at 'Battle' or 'War' level, than it is at 'Skirmish' level, for example. Within this framework, the fleet allocation points determine the size of the game. This is a novel points system which means players won't always be buying the biggest and 'best' ships.
The only downside was that, for the first game in my campaign, I rolled that it would be 9 points at War Level. Given that you only start with a fleet worth 10 points and Battle Level, it meant that every ship on both side would be involved. From a narrative perspective, I guess that both sides were really keen on seizing this planet! The scenario rolled was 'Call to Arms', basically a straight up fight.
So, following on from the swift capture of the important jump gates, the stage was set for an initial battle that would no doubt have repercussions for the rest of the campaign...
|Initial deployment (well, most of it)|
The Centauri deployed five Primus battlecruisers in the centre while their flagship, an Octurion class battleship hung back, defending two fleet carriers. The other flank again had lighter ships, consisting of destroyers and attack cruisers.
Both sides deployed all the fighters they could and the stage was set...
|The lines break up in a general melee|
|An inconvenient critical hit.|
|The Centauri have no qualms over destroying a fleeing Narn Vessel|
The rest of the Narn fleet jumped to safety, but the battle had been an absolute Centauri victory. The Narn were left with four of their initial eleven ships, while only three of the Centauri fleet had been destroyed, leaving them with 9 ships. And to add to the defeat, the industrial world was now firmly in Centauri hands.
All in all, it was a good game with the only downside being it was a lot larger and took a lot longer than I was expecting!