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Queen Catherine24 Apr 2017 6:21 p.m. PST

This is a pretty detailed analysis and playtest. I fought the battle of Manila Bay using Basic Combat rules.

There's plenty of thinking for an old salt or a new crew, so check it out for yourself!

EJNashIII24 Apr 2017 7:16 p.m. PST

Welcome to the games. Interesting write up. I have half a dozen of the games, but happen not to have 1898.

Queen Catherine24 Apr 2017 11:48 p.m. PST

Any of the ones you have particularly appealing or useful? I also have Jutland, Strike South, Cruiser Warfare, Plan Gold.

I think using the SW Pacific map from Strike South would make for an interesting What if? for Mexican American War. Certainly Japan would regard America's presence in the region instead of Spain as a concern, and Germany was almost ready to intervene at one point. I think it'd make for a great notional campaign for pre-dreads. In the area are already the Russians and Japanese, British, Spain and now the USA.

Queen Catherine15 May 2017 7:11 a.m. PST

Couple of images.

Play with basic combat rules – no board needed:


Logs – not too complicated.


I think I'll be making a sheet to use for the basic combat rules – just to help organize and conceptualize the fighting better.

VicCina Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2017 10:36 a.m. PST

Neat. I will be watching this to see how it all turns out.

Pirate190020 May 2017 10:08 a.m. PST

Thanks for the great AAR, looking forward to others. Seems like all the rules need is table top tactial maneuvers. With that it would be a fun fast game.

Queen Catherine24 May 2017 6:28 a.m. PST

Yes, I've been working on converting it, and even managed to extract a ground scale / range from the hex / square measurements. I'm planning another go at the Basic Combat rules with a handy sheet to give more "visuals" and make it easier to work with – less abstract and more concrete, but no rule changes.

Queen Catherine30 May 2017 9:20 a.m. PST

OK, new post at blog with another AAR and some play aids:

Pic of Basic Combat player's aid:


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