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colkitto17 Mar 2023 12:17 p.m. PST

I was interested to see these getting a mention from David Manley no less as a set of rules which had stood the test of time. Unfortunately my searching hasn't turned them up yet – are they by any chance still available anywhere?

John Armatys17 Mar 2023 12:36 p.m. PST

I think that he is referring to the set by Dave Harrison, published by Dodo Publications and printed by Skytrex.

There is a copy of the campaign supplement on eBay UK, but not a copy of the rules.

Nobel Knight have a copy in the US link

Happy memories, I typed them up in the 1980s!)

fantasque18 Mar 2023 2:02 a.m. PST

I will dig my set out of the loft and re-read them!

colkitto18 Mar 2023 3:11 a.m. PST

Thanks John. "I typed the up in the 1980s" is an impressive disclosure!

Looks like the campaign set and fleet lists are available from Skytrex, if that's still a live link.

colkitto18 Mar 2023 3:13 a.m. PST

Er … this one:


John Armatys18 Mar 2023 3:59 a.m. PST

The The naval Campaign was another one I typed up – on A3 paper using an electric typewriter. Two or three pages a night was good going. Thank heavens for word processors!

The price is far better than the one on ebay. If I didn't have a copy I might be tempted….. The Navy Lists were by Chris Shaw and were not done by Dodo Publications.

Andrew Walters18 Mar 2023 10:28 a.m. PST

Skytrex Modern Naval is available on – I have no idea whether it's there legally or not.

colkitto21 Mar 2023 4:29 a.m. PST

Thanks to a friend I have now been able to get a glimpse of these rules. I've not had a chance to study them, but first impression is mainly of a lot of old school very detailed charts and tables. Perhaps that's inevitable with this kind of game. There's a reference in the introduction to "a fast and enjoyable game"; not having tried them I can't comment, but I think I would need to be convinced. And they must have been a complete Bleeped text to type …

John Armatys21 Mar 2023 5:56 a.m. PST

They are from the early 1980s, when "old school" was cutting edge. They were a lot faster and more enjoyable than their rivals, "Harpoon" and Enola/Navwar's "Warship Commander".

Typing them on an electric typewriter (with a film ribbon, and a special correcting ribbon for overtyping mistakes) was much less work than using a manual typewriter and typex!

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