Today I had a very good game of 5150 Star Army -- enough to make me start a little new campaign based on it. The plan is to run seven games or win/lose due to campaign morale, whichever comes first.
The Star Army are contesting MR-4/76 an uninhabited world in the fourth ring, which contains valuable mineral deposits. The Hishen have sent a military occupation force to the planet and are defending it. Obviously, this conflict happens hidden from the citizens of Gaea Prime...
This first mission was a patrol. The objective was to confirm the position of what seemed to be a camouflaged base in aerial recon data. [I got aerial recon for this mission, as well as an investment level of 3 and intel level of 3. These gave me a "good intel" result and thus, I was able to determine the enemy's investment level at the start: 4.]
Just as the squad entered the mission area, they observed a Hishen squad out in the distance and opened fire. Half of the enemy squad was defeated and the rest ducked down or ran for cover. [The enemy activated first, and one of the PEFs was already in sight so I resolved it.]
ConclusionThis mission was successful, with one casualty that will not be replaced [I did not get a good roll.] The wounded troopers recovered well. Fourteen Hishen were taken out of the fight and four were killed during the mission. [Alec won one fame point for this mission.]
While the patrol mission was completed, the enemy base was not found. It is possible that the Hishen moved to another position and left some forces to ambush the Star Army. [The mission did not alter the campaign morale of either side and the next mission will be another patrol.]