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Naval Action: A Simple Combat Resolution System for Model Fleets of the 1898-1945 Era
Naval Action: A Simple Combat Resolution System for Model Fleets of the 1898-1945 Era
by (Self-Published) (1997)
Player Count
1 to 100

Player Ages

Playing Time
15 minutes to 4 hours
  • Nautical
  • Dice
  • Miniatures
  • World War II
  • Educational
  • Print & Play
  • Designers
  • Lou Coatney
  • Mechanisms
  • Simultaneous Action Selection
  • Simulation
  • Dice Rolling
  • Artists
  • Lou Coatney
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    A relatively fast and simple naval miniatures (or boardgame, if you want to grid it) set of rules. Each simultaneous-movement turn is 5 minutes of real time. Floor scale is 1 inch per unit, while tabletop scale is 1 centimeter per unit. Ship statuses for all World War 2 ship classes are provided, as are 5 sample scenarios, including Denmark Strait, where Bismarck sank Hood.

    Torpedo tracks are laid out before pre-plotted movement, so "friendly" torpedo hits (in addition to those from malfunctions) are a real possibility.

    Air and sub/antisub rules are simplified.

    This was being considered for publication by Game Designers Workshop, shortly before GDW went out of business. It is currently free print-and-play on CoatneyHistory.

    I refer to my Naval Action rules as an alternative naval battle resolution system for my boardgames Lion's Lair: Malta Convoy Battles 1940-42[/thing], Murmansk Run: Arctic Convoys to Russia[/thing], and now Matapan: The Naval Battle for Greece, Mar41[/thing], and I provide individual (deck plan) ship pieces for individual Royal and Italian Navy ships there, using reductions of the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Intelligence identification manuals' deck plans and/or my own pixel-by-pixel reconstructions.

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