Sunday, 10 October 2010

Memoir of Battle at Sea: Firing ahead and astern

After I had written yesterday's blog entry, it struck me that I had not made allowance in the firing rules for the restrictions placed on a warship's ability to fire ahead and astern.

I have therefore come up with the following amendment to the firing rules:

If the target ship is ahead or astern of the firing ship (i.e. it is in a hex that is wholly in a hex that is within a sixty degree arc either side of the hex ahead or astern of the firing ship), the firing ship may ‘fire’ with half effect (i.e. it only throws half the number of dice it may normally throw). The number of dice thrown is reduced by one for every two hexes the target ship is distant from the firing ship. For example, a modern pre-dreadnought firing at a target ship that is ahead of it ‘fires’ by throwing four dice. The number of dice thrown depends upon the range, and is counted down as follows: 4-4-3-3-2-2-1-1. Therefore if a target is at point-blank range (i.e. one hex) she 'fires' (or throws) four dice, but if it is five hexes away, the pre-dreadnought ‘fires’ two dice.

I hope that this makes the revised mechanism clear.

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