It sounds painful … but I hope that it isn’t!

I have had an idea clumping around in my head over the past week or two … and it is that it should be possible to devise a simple set of ironclad-era naval wargame rules based on my ITCHY AND SCRATCHY rules. For want of a better title I have called them the ITCHY AND SCRATCHY NAVAL wargame rules. (Had I called them the itchy and scratch navel rules, they might have sounded unpleasant … or even painful!)

Ideal candidates for a play-test of my ITCHY AND SCRATCHY NAVAL wargame rules.

I have yet to put pen to paper – or, more accurately, finger to keyboard – but I am thinking along the lines of ships moving 3, 4, or 5 grid areas per turn (depending upon ship type) and using the same gun ranges as in the current ITCHY AND SCRATCHY rules. Hits would be scored on targets using a similar D6-based dice system to that already used in the ITCHY AND SCRATCHY rules (e.g. A pair of 1s will hit and damage an unarmoured ship whereas a pair of 1s and another double will hit and damage an armoured ship). Allocation of damage caused by hits would require a second D6 die throw (e.g. 1 = Hit on armament that knocks out a gun; 2 or 3 = Hit on machinery that reduces speed; 4, 5, or 6 = Hit on hull that can cause a ship to sink).

It is very early days as yet, but I think that it should not take me very long to get a working set of rules ready for play-testing … hopefully before Christmas.


16 Comments on “It sounds painful … but I hope that it isn’t!”

  1. Tim Gow says:

    I think you can get ointment for that sort of thing.

  2. Tim Gow,

    I will drive to the pharmacy at once and buy some!

    All the best,


  3. Tim Gow says:

    I used to suffer from undulating terrain but it's cleared up now.

  4. Tim Gow,

    I am told that a course of Hexon II will do the job. Expensive … but very effective.

    All the best,


  5. Arthur says:


    In a similar vein, one could also suffer from Navel Fluff Rules, quite common amongst wargamers, I hear.

    It is caused by wearing socks, without shoes, when playing large Fletcher Pratt type games on the floor. It is the outcome of fluff wearing off the socks and travelling up the legs until it lodges in the navel.

    The known cure is to not wear socks, however, not all gamers will stand for this…


  6. Arthur,

    So that's how it happens! I never realised … and now that I do, I can avoid the problem in the future.

    All the best,


  7. telemachus says:

    Its about time! Thanks to your previous influence I got a hold of half a dozen wooden Titanic sets (plus numerous assorted wooden bits I have no idea what to do with) and tried to play a game of Fletcher Pratt with the kids only for them to ask for something with dice……

    Look forward to the rules.

  8. telemachus says:

    Should have added a smiley to my post. Your influence whilst costly in time and money is appreciated πŸ™‚

  9. David Crook says:

    Hi Bob,

    This looks like a potential winner and the mechanism of using a hit and then an effect/location roll ticks a number of boxes in respect of the all important 'flavour'. I am REALLY looking forward to seeing what you have come up with for the period.

    All the best,


  10. Telemachus,

    So that's where all the wooden Titanic models went! Every time I go to Hoobycraft they don't have any in stock.

    So you have tried using Fletcher Pratt with your children? That is brave! :^)

    All the best,


  11. Telemachus,

    I guessed that your message was meant to be slightly ironic, so no need to be at all apologetic.

    I need to apologise for saying that I go into Hoobycraft to look for wooden Titanic models when that should read HOBBYCRAFT. (What a twit I am!)

    All the best,


  12. David Crook,

    I have started to put the first draft of the rules together and will send you a copy as soon as it is complete.

    All the best,


  13. arthur1815 says:

    Perhaps – by analogy with your WWII rules – we could name these Togo & Jellicoe?
    They look like they'll be good fun.

  14. Arthur1815,

    Thanks for the suggestion! It would certainly be in keeping with the other names in the series.

    I intend to keep the rules as simple as possible – possibly too simple for some people's taste.

    With luck I should finish the first draft in the near future,and I will send you a copy as soon as I have.

    All the best,


  15. What about Bangy and Sinky?

  16. The Dancing Cake Tin,

    Many thanks for your suggestion.

    It is so clever and so funny that I will have to give your suggested title very serious consideration!

    All the best,


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