This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a WWI naval game using the Seekrieg 5 rules. The scenario was based loosely on the situation in the Falklands in December 1914, but with significant historical revisions to produce a more balanced battle.
The scenario deviates from history just before von Spee’s squadron reaches the Falklands. Von Spee is alerted to the presence of a strong British force, hides until dawn on 9 December and then uses the cover of fog to start for the Argentine coast. The British divide their forces to search, and one element finds the Germans. The scenario was scaled to give one ship to each of the five players.
Visibility 12,000 yards.
British: battlecruiser Invincible, light cruiser Bristol
German: armored cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, light cruiser Dresden.
The German ships (especially Scharnhorst) were given an advantage in crew quality to help the scenario balance.
After about 4.5 hours of play, we stopped play. Damage was about even, mostly to Scharnhorst and Invincible. No ship had been sunk or crippled.