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Naval Command: Modern Naval Wargame Rules

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"Vampire, Vampire, Missiles Incoming!"

The Game of Modern Naval Warfare

***New 2018 Edition***

Naval Command is a set of wargame rules for recreating naval battles with fleets of miniature warships and aircraft in the age of the guided missile and jet aeroplane. Covering the period from the late 1950s to the modern day or near future.

The game can be played with fleets ranging in size form one or two ships per side to full sized battlegroups of ten or more ships. The rules can be used for different sizes of ships ranging from small fast attack craft up to super-carriers engaged in open sea battles or littoral and amphibious missions.

The aim of these rules is to create a game that captures the feel and provides a fairly accurate recreation of modern naval engagements but is still relatively quick to play with reasonably sized fleets and does not require excessive bookkeeping and paperwork.

 This new edisition of NAval Command is the result of extenisve play and user suggestions. Here are a few of the most substantial improvements:

  • A new easier to use but potentialy more devastating damage resolution system.
  • Improved RADAR and SONAR rules.
  • Improved Air Defence rules.

The rulebook contains all the rules needed to play, a selection of scenarios and the followng ship data:

  • British Royal Navy - Cold War and Modern
  • United States Navy - Cold War and Modern
  • Sovied Navy - Cold War
  • Russian Navy - Modern
  • Argentine Navy - Falklands Conflict 1982

Additional ship data and new scenarios wil be availiable as free downloads from the Rory Crabb Games webste.

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February 26, 2019 2:06 am UTC
This game is extremely biased since Mr. Crabb thinks eastern systems have a 10% failure rate and poor maintenance. Don't buy it.
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Darren P December 09, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
Is there a printed hard copy available yet?
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Darren P December 09, 2018 8:52 pm UTC
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Michael C July 20, 2018 8:55 pm UTC
What has changed from v2 to v3? I ask mainly because v3 is smaller in file size with 92 pages versus 114 pages in v2. Thanks.
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Stefano Z May 05, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Really an excelent game with realistics modern naval battles results
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evan M March 08, 2017 9:00 pm UTC
rory wonderful rules I just that it was a little printer friendly. I feel I'm going to use a whole cartridge to pint them. by the way bought target locked, and armored strike. still wish for printerfriendly yhey are all awesome
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Michael W November 16, 2016 12:01 pm UTC
Hi, Just bought the rules. Wondering what scale and brand of figures you used on your blog. I also likd the larger scale for planes and helos, looked good!!
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Eric S September 10, 2016 9:22 pm UTC
Totally worth $10 folks if you wanna have a modern naval game to play, that isn't harpoon.

I would have preferred a bit more detail on things, but I'm ok with harpoon levels of detail. This kinda reminded me of the various simple starship games out there like the mongoose stuff or BFG, though with a nifty feel to it.
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Eric S September 10, 2016 9:14 pm UTC
Make sure you get the ship lists at

Though the rules are a little light on detail for me, it is a great and well written rule set.

If you want help making those cards, let me know, and I can write something that takes the raw data and spits out little cards you can add the pictures to (or specify them in the raw data, like an excel file).
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John K September 01, 2016 6:38 pm UTC
Still trying to find out about this. I was willing to take a chance on it at $5, so I put it in my cart, but when I came back it was back to $13 - even though there were still 4 hours left on the deal.
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John K August 18, 2016 3:28 am UTC
Any AARs or reviews? $13 is a lot of money for me right now.
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Michael C August 18, 2016 9:09 pm UTC
His home page has some.
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John K August 20, 2016 7:14 am UTC
I ddn't see anything that goes in to detail about the system. There are a number of other modern naval rules sets. What makes these different?
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Rory C August 20, 2016 4:14 pm UTC
I'm planning to get some more detailed AARs uploaded very soon.

I have tried to make the rules as fast to play as possible without too many abstractions. I find many of the modern naval rules currently on the market to be too complicated with too much paperwork and book keeping.

These rules were the result of my desire for a simple and fun modern naval game that I could put on at my local wargaming club.

Hopefully they should speak to players new to the naval genre as well as offering enough details for experienced naval gamers.

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Rory C August 20, 2016 4:14 pm UTC
*appeal to players new to the naval genre
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Stephen P August 16, 2016 6:53 pm UTC
Any plans for a print on demand version?
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Rory C August 20, 2016 4:10 pm UTC
Hi if there's enough demand I will definately look at making a print version available. I always prefer a hard copy as opposed to a pdf.
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Allen W August 16, 2016 3:14 pm UTC
What is the sequence of play?
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Rory C August 16, 2016 4:57 pm UTC
The sequence inf play is as follows:

1) intitiative phase
2) Movement (alternate activation)
3) Detection phase
4) Attack phase
5) Damage control phase

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Stephen P August 16, 2016 8:24 am UTC
Does it include the Chinese?
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Rory C August 16, 2016 4:59 pm UTC
Yes a basic fleet list for the modern Chinese navy is included. I am currently working on expanded fleet lists fire the nations included in the rules and for other countries. These will all be available as free downloads.
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