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Grandviewroad Inactive Member23 Oct 2012 12:40 p.m. PST

I'm interested in ship to ship fighting rather than battlesquadrons (altho small ships like torpedo boats can be in little flotillas), and am really looking for something that gives great feel for the ships and their quirky, experimental characteristics. In other words I'm most interested in the period feel, more than anything else. Mechanics could be streamlined, altho a really characterful damage chart is always fun!

Also, would love a good history book about the naval war, as well as characterful memoirs of both American and Spanish participants. I don't care if they're anecdotal, I'd like to hear the fighting in their own words, and feel the salt spray, so to speak.

Thanks in advance!

floating white bear Inactive Member23 Oct 2012 1:46 p.m. PST

I was thinking an adapted version of Dystopian Wars would work for this period. Rob.

Texas Jack23 Oct 2012 2:03 p.m. PST

If you arenīt adverse to the pdf format, here are some links from contemporary sources over at internet archive.

The Battle of Santiago:




And Manila Bay:



And the autobiography of Dewey:


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member23 Oct 2012 6:51 p.m. PST

I recommend "A Splendid Little War" for a good overview of the fighting with lots of great pics.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Oct 2012 9:46 a.m. PST

Alright, shoot me, but "Rough Riders," by Chris Ferree, is the most accurate and authentic rules system for Cuba in general, and San Juan Heights and El Caney in particular.

Play it once, and you will see exactly how and why the battle developed as it did, and how the leadership of a few Yanks was able to motivate and direct just enough men to actually carry the day--eventually--in both actions.

No brag, just fact.


afilter Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2012 8:13 p.m. PST

I have used Naval Thunder -Rise of they Battleship for all my Pre-dread action. Unfortunately the Span-Am war was pretty lopsided for historical naval actions. The below link was a alternate history scenario I did using my historical fleets.

Remember the Maine:

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