I've been away from the blogging for a bit (and also away from modelling) due to a chronic case of real life. I am a university lecturer and it's the second last week of classes - so I'm busy but the light at the end of the tunnel is visible.
However, I've been thinking about possible pre-dreadnought rule sets to use for my Santiago project. The contenders include.
- Fire When Ready
- This is the current front runner. I have a lot of time for David Manley having read several articles, scenarios and rule sets of his over the years. I have a copy of these rules, and they are well though out have good ideas (and look like the type of rules I'd like to write).
- Another set of professional rules, which has been used by the Edinburgh club (including Angus Konstam). They are apparently fun and do carry over from the Fred Jane Rules. It looks like there's a lot of paper work, the Edinburgh games seem very bloody> I also have some issues with the probability models used for gun combat (it wouldn't bug most people but I teach 3rd and 4th year courses in probability theory!)
- At some point I will run a game using these rules, they look fun and they were state of the art 120 years ago. These do require an umpire (at least for rules interpretation) and the production of both scoring templates and strikers.
- Phil Barker's DBA variant for pre-dreadnought naval games. Look like they give fun, fast, easy to learn games. However, they are abstract and may not translate well to cases where the two fleets are of diverse qualities.
- The option does exist and there are rules translation out on the web. The GQ system is abstract (but not as much as DBSA) but does give good results. This will involve some fiddling around on my part (which might lead to me writing a whole new set of homebrews).
- Bob Cordery intrigued me with his posts. He kindly sent me an up--to-date set. Again they look like they give a good fun and fast game. Plus there's the advantage of being playable in a limited table space. More abstract than the others.
- In days of old (pre-child, mortgage etc) this would be the natural starting point. However, this looks to be yet another project that I would start and then stall at.