We sail the ocean blue …

During the lulls in my somewhat busy week, I have been giving some thought to the naval wargame that I want to design and take to the next Conference of Wargamers (COW2016). So far I have come to the following conclusions:

  1. The rules will use my ‘new’ Hexon II blue hexed terrain tiles
  2. The model ships will all be designed and built so that each one will to fit within a single Hexon II terrain tile (i.e. they will be no longer than 4-inches/10cm)
  3. The game will have rules based upon either my MEMOIR OF BATTLE AT SEA (MOBAS) or my PORTABLE NAVAL WARGAME rules
  4. The mechanisms will be modified to enable the rules to be used for simple one-on-one, face-to-face battles as well as ones involving several players per side

Not a long ‘shopping’ list of requirements, but one that I need to spend some time working on and play-testing.


There are no prizes for working out where the title of this blog entry comes from … it is from Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore.

We sail the ocean blue,
And our saucy ship’s a beauty;
We’re sober men and true,
And attentive to our duty.

When the balls whistle free
O’er the bright blue sea,
We stand to our guns all day;
When at anchor we ride
On the Portsmouth tide,
We have plenty of time for play.

Ahoy! Ahoy!
The balls whistle free
Ahoy! Ahoy!
Over the bright blue sea,
We stand to our guns, to our guns all day.

We sail the ocean blue,
And our saucy ship’s a beauty;
We’re sober men and true,
And attentive to our duty.
Our saucy ship’s a beauty,
We’re attentive to our duty,
We’re sober men and true,
We sail the ocean blue

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6 Comments on “We sail the ocean blue …”

  1. Tim Gow says:

    And you even have a title for your game. 'The balls whistle free.' It wants doing.

  2. Tim Gow,

    I suppose I'll have to use it now, won't I?

    All the best,

    Bob

  3. Tim Gow says:

    I expect the wicked Conference Organiser has already added it to his list…

  4. Tim Gow,

    I am surprised! (A description of the session will follow in due course!)

    All the best,

    Bob

  5. There is far too much sobriety on that ship.

  6. Michael Peterson,

    In the absence of rum, did they make up for it with a greater indulgence in the other two things that – according to Winston Churchill – was what the Royal Navy was famous for?

    All the best,

    Bob


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