ORIGINAL: Adam Parker
Guys, do any of you own HPS's Jutland? As I just posted in another thread, I highly recommend you give it a look for a game that adds swarms of individual ships, where formation is key and being able to manage weaponry ranges the decider.
The art is quirky (traditional tear drop text book stuff actually) but the action full-on if you've got the abilities for command in truly large scale, ship-ship naval warfare.
If any are interested in HPS Jutland, Gualdalcanal, or Tushima take a look at the Naval Campaigns Club at http://www.navalcampaigns.org/ These games are played online in real time. I am the head of the Kaiserliche Marine and we would welcome new recruits. I also on AH Jutland, AOS and AOS II , and the old SSI games Dreadnought . Also have GNB. I also have Iron Clads and Inronclad expansion and WS&IM. I would likke to see AOS done right and ironclads but the game uses really different engines. What was great about Ironclads was the detailed ships ratings and guns rating along with detailed damge routines. If it wasn't for the poorly written rules, I would say it was the best naval warfare boardgame made. Can you picture running past Vicksburg at night in 3D realtime. Or damning the torpedoes. As for HPs Jutland, our club was responsible for compiling the updated ship lists and pictures. You can play anything from Lissa to Coronel-Italian, Russian, French, US, Italian, Greek, Turkish navies and more included. We have a moderated 1905 Ruisso Japanese campaign going on using modified GWAS rules for strategic and HPS Tsushima for actual combat resolution. I own all the Talonsoft games and all the HPS games and I will buy the Matrix updates for them.