4 stars because of the paper map
Posted by Jayson Garcia on Jan 5th 2022
This game is simply amazing. The flow with the charts is so simple and intuitive is just fun and fun. This is a great mix between war games with dice and those with tons of charts. Here is the best of both worlds. The only thing I dont like is the map which is paper. I want to love it but it is fragile and needs to be laminated or put under a clear desk mat. If it was mounted on board this game would have been 10 stars easily.
Picket Duty is Awesome!
Posted by Jeffrey H on May 7th 2020
Wow, what a great game! The attention to detail in this game is awesome. It covers a lot of aspects of the ship yet it doesn't feel overwhelming. There are tons of Japanese aircraft types. Tons! I love WWII history especially the Pacific theater and there are planes included in this game that I haven't heard of before. Granted, some are variants of the known ones but nonetheless it was a pleasant surprise to see them represented in this game. This game is historically accurate and very fun to play! There are a lot of charts and die rolls but what's wrong with that! The charts are organized by the sequence of play so it doesn't seem burdensome. I highly recommend this game! I'm glad a friend told me about it. I will be playing this game a lot.
excellent game system
Posted by Unknown on May 30th 2019
Since I thoroughly enjoy Today’s Target, I wanted to try Picket Duty. The system is very similar and makes for an excellent solitaire game recreating the drama and excitement of the destroyers around Okinawa and their constant struggle against Kamikazes. It took a few games to get up to speed with the number of tables and special circumstances but the action and suspense are excellent. Very good system!
A Sim Well Worth the Time
Posted by B. H. Lindsey on Nov 13th 2018
I just finished my first-ever playthrough and, although my tour ended in failure, the game is an unqualified success, IMO.
The game is tense; in fact, it's downright hairy. I had a lot of moments when my choices led me to a die roll to determine whether or no my tactical decisions were the right ones, and you *feel* those rolls. Fighting your ship effectively and getting your crew home at the end of it all requires some real intelligence and careful allocation of defensive force, including trying to compensate for weaknesses among your personnel.
And, you will learn to dread the Japanese word "Kikusui."
Picket Duty - 2nd Edition
Posted by Jim Rose on May 19th 2018
Could n ot wait to get my hands on this game. With the 2nd Edition rules "update/re-write" I am really looking forward to getting this on the table. Another winner from Steve Dixon.
Destroyer on station!
Posted by Wayne on Mar 31st 2018
A fantastic, narrative driven wargame! Name your ship, name your officers, then hit the water around Okinawa and hold off those Japanese planes long enough to make the invasion of Okinawa a success. A lot of dice rolling, but there's nothing wrong with that now is there? Don't get overwhelmed by the charts and rules, this one is easy enough to pick up once you start playing. If you like games like B-17 Queen of the Skies, then check out Picket Duty!
Okinawa Inbond Bandits
Posted by Hermann on Mar 20th 2018
Being a former Navy man, The game is very close to how a present day DD would respond to an aircraft attack. The game is somewhat time consuming. However, the realism is worth the time and effort.
Posted by Mike on Mar 19th 2018
An enjoyable game. The decisions you have to make during the turn are what make it fun.
One of my favorites!
Posted by Jim on Mar 16th 2018
My buddy and I just played it and we love it!! Took some time punching out and organizing the pieces but once we did the the game moved along nicely. Loved the charts and how in depth the game can be. Our first time out we only received secondary damage. Definitely one of our favorites when it comes to solitary gaming! Keep up the good work!
Here's my review!
Posted by Jim Brown on Mar 14th 2018
Good game. It's a bit puzzling why there are so many types of Jap planes, which may be just chrome. I like it, though.