| ||Missiles flash above the sea and boomers lurk below, in this comprehensive game of modern naval warfare. The rules cover everything from aircraft carrier task forces to submarine vs. submarine combat, using a simple rules system with an exhaustive data base. Sinking your enemy is only half the battle -- you'll have to find him first.|
|Scale||Tactical. 30 seconds per tactical turn; 10 minutes per intermediate turn. 1:36,000 (2 inches per nautical mile). Units are individual ships and aircraft.|
|Basing||Individual ships and aircraft|
|Contents||Boxed game includes rules booklet (48 pages), scenario booklet (16 pages), and data book (136 pages), 2 reference cards, 2 six-sided dice, 1 decimal die. The inclusion of 180 die-cut counters allows one to play immediately, without miniatures.|
|Publisher||This edition was put out by GDW|
A detailed description is also available.
Harpoon 1990-91 Data Annex
More than half of this book consists of the ship listing (full game statistics for the navies of 18 major nations). This is followed by an aircraft listing for 12 of those nations (28 pages). Then comes 26 pages of information on individual systems (missiles, guns, radars, weapons directors, electronics pods, nuclear weapons, and so forth).
There are a few new rules as well. Annex N provides tables for generating a random environment for a scenario (time of day, sea state, wind, visibility, sonar variations). A 2-page rules supplement deals with long-duration air missions and in-flight refueling, and forms are provided for aircraft mission planning.
The scenario booklets (products 711, 718, & 750) contained scenarios, background material, and sometimes new rules, data and data forms for the scenarios.
The "Form" booklets were collections of data forms for ships and planes, with check-off boxes for missiles and hits.
This GDW product was not directly related to Harpoon, though it too was designed by Larry Bond. It was a stand-alone, introductory-level boardgame at a different scale.
The announced sequel was to have been Sealift, another boxed game which had a board that connected to the original game's board. We're not certain this ever shipped.
|28 June 1997||supplements update|
|19 June 1997||page split off|
|6 June 1997||added Hal Smith's comments|
|22 July 1996||reformatted|
|15 April 1996||reorganized|
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