Recently we helped our mom move into an apartment where she can get some assistance in everyday living. She's getting too old to live by herself anymore. My sisters have been going through the house where she lived for 64 years, where all us kids grew up, and they're finding things we haven't seen in decades, including a set of naval miniatures rules I wrote in 1978. I designed the game to be played on two scales, a fleet action scale played with counters, and a boarding scale where miniature figures could duke it out on ship deck plans. Here is some imagery:
The work was done on 8 1/2 X 11 typing paper using pens, a manual portable typewriter, a Xerox machine (which was still a recent step up from Gestetners back then) and rubber cement. The yellow stains in the middle of the deck plans are where the rubber cement holding them to the substrate has aged. We would use rubber cement to glue the copies onto pasteboard, then cut out the pieces.
Today the deck plans would be called "deck tiles".
Not bad for cardstock models, thirty-one years ago, when the first electronic calculators were still making their ways out of the labs!
Have fun! Steve
Last Edit: Feb 3, 2009 15:53:19 GMT -9 by stevelortz
The old naval designs we found in my mom's attic were for a game Chaosium intended to publish under its Elric license. The game was tentatively titled Proud Prince of Ruins, and supplied miniatures rules, so a person could use Chaosium's Elric board wargame to run a miniatures campaign. All of the ships moved under oar-power (unless magic was involved).
That was back in the days when Games Worshop was merely a distributor, making most of its money by importing D&D to the UK.
In the '90s, after GW had come out with their fleet scale naval game, I used their ships to fiddle around with some sailing rules. Here are some templates I developed:
It would be interesting to integrate the two systems and come up with a comprehensive naval miniatures game. I haven't mastered the medium enough to do the ships and components, and I doubt that I will be able to do so anytime soon, but I could do the rules!
Have fun! Steve
Last Edit: Feb 3, 2009 18:03:05 GMT -9 by stevelortz
I've never tried a naval battle game but they have always intrigued me...
How soon do you think the rules might be in a presentable state?
That's hard to say off the top of my head. It would take a little time to integrate the systems. Playtest versions could be ready not long after that. It would take a while longer to polish the results. I'll give it some thought. If I remember right, there are some model fantasy ships in the MMiP archives (?).
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