International Naval Wargaming Day



It’s August 6th, and you know what that means.  It’s the birthday of Fred T. Jane, the author of Jane’s Fighting Ships, as well as a set of naval wargame rules long before it was fashionable.

Stop your laughing right now, dammit!

A. This is the first year I remembered it was International Naval Wargaming Day, so I beg indulgence.

B. I didn’t actually get to play a game today.  Pretty much all of my friends are working because they have real jobs, and I don’t have to have a job.

C. But I did recently get a kind of cool looking board game, Thunder Upon the Water, on the Battle of Albemarle Sound from the American Civil War just before I headed to Pullman.  I haven’t played it yet, but I did take time to start preparing to play it solo.  This is the action between the Confederate ironclad Albemarle and its consorts and the blockading Union fleet.  It’s an interesting and bloody battle and I’m anxious to give it a whirl.

It’s published by High Flying Dice games, and designed by Paul Rohrbach.  It looks pretty easy to play.  Definitely best as a two player game, but very playable solo. It also has miniature influences and could inspire an Ironclads scenario.

Thunder On the Water

Cutting apart cards and counters took all my time today. But I’m ready to give it a try tomorrow. The game looks interesting and fairly easy to play, with some nice twists. Can’t wait to give it a try.

There is a fair amount of preparation.  I ordered mounted counters which all have to be separated with an X-Acto knife.  The cards used to play the games all have to be separated with a pair of scissors.  But there was other things to do that required my attention today, so maybe I’ll get to play tomorrow.

I hope  you had a chance to remember this special day.  And if you didn’t, well maybe next year.  Fred won’t mind.

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