These rules are quick and simple to play providing a game in the period 1906 to 1918 not complicated by too much detail. The scale is 1 nautical mile to 10cm. The rules incorporate weather, spotting, submarines, aircraft, shore batteries and minefields.
The rules have been enhanced with the introduction of Crew Quality and the use of Contact Markers to replicate the initial uncertainty of where the enemy forces might be.
A simple gunnery system requires a roll to hit with each gun, and an innovative damage system takes account of the range and penetration by specifying the dice that are rolled for damage. Modern battleships benefit from the introduction of gun directors when shooting their main batteries. Torpedo and Mine attacks are resolved using similar mechanisms, so there is a consistent feel throughout the combat system. Simple aircraft rules have been included which allow for air attacks on ships and for air to air combat.
In line with the intention of the rules to provide a simple system, armour has been standardised for each type of vessel and guns have been grouped by calibre into 10 classes. A detailed differentiation between the performance of ships and guns is not used, though ships with a significant weakness are taken into account. Not all guns can engage all vessels, and the largest guns have a minimum range.
A ship data list is provided covering the significant vessels of 10 nations in this period with over 300 vessels. A simple conversion system allows you to quickly put together the ship data you need for ships that do not appear in the data tables.
The order of battle and data for the ships that took part in the Battle of Jutland are included.
– catalog listing
- Graham Short, Andrew Finch, Alan Butler
- A&A Game Engineering
- In Print
- Available online (Wargame Vault) (38-page PDF)
Recommended scale 1/1200 TO 1/6000
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Naval Wargames Rules for the Dreadnought Era 1906-1918
Current edition is 2.0