Usually the full battle day consisting of multiple sorties,
BYOB — or Bring Your Own Battle (Plan) — is a flex-day,
where the available skippers decide by consensus what the
day's plan will consist of. This year, there were two sorties
by normal NTXBG standards and a third under Western
Warships Combat Club custom (much shorter sorties, different rules as to ships counted lost, etc.)
The Texas Cage Match
Many rules are reversed for this Last-Man Standing
event. It is every ship for itself, as the rule that there is no
firing in port becomes all ships sequestered in port and all
combat takes place in the port basin. Battle reverse is
allowed, as there is not room to turn. After the first reload,
the rate of fire restrictions are often lifted. It is a wild and
woolly shoot-out in a small corral.
We did have some of the NAMBA Thunderboats racers
from the Cedar Creek area come by to watch.
A few highlights of NABGO 2008:
• Our first hosting of the AusBG's Big Gun Model
Warship Combat World Championships at NABGO.
• Our youngest armed captain ever: Charlie Webster,
• Our oldest battler ever: Dr. Bob Fristrom, age 87.
• Our farthest traveled battler ever: over 1,600 miles.
• Most captains and ships attending.
• Smallest ship in the Texas Cage match (USS
Reluctant, also the first sunk, too).
• Youngest ship in the Texas Cage Match (built that
week, the Lutzow, was "commissioned" on Friday,
battled all weekend, and still finished second in th
cage match on Sunday against several much larger,
more heavily armed ships).
• First time in the history of NABGO that Axis won
all (or, for that matter, any) team competitions and
this in spite of having two rookie captains and
one untested battleship built on-site the week
of the event.