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Carrier Strike At Dawn

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My previous ruleset Dreadnoughts At Dawn reproduced large capital ship engagements in or around the 1st world war. It did not deal with aircraft or submarines, and focussed on the larger capital ships.

Carrier Strike at Dawn has a number of different "Mission types", opne of which is large surface ship combat in daylight, there are changes from WW1 but not that many.

The most important and innovative missions though involve aircraft carriers and long range carrier combat, there are a number of options here, pure carrier combat such as Midway etc, or combined operations where carriers and surface combatants are engaged in the same battle though the carriers are likely to be in a seperate task force than the surface combatants.

Getting this part of the rules right has been very difficult but I believe I have got it as good as I can get it.

As per DaD I propose utilising 1:3000th or 1:2400 scale models for the ships and personally I use 1:600 scale aircraft for the air wings, whilst each model ship represents 1 ship, a model aircraft represents a flight of 4 aircraft. This still means the larger carriers will have around 20 model aircraft assigned to them and we have happily played a game to completion in a normal gaming night with 2 or even 3 carriers per side.

For such large air wings the aircraft are forced to attack in waves.

There are simple and fun mechanisms for the carriers spotting aircraft to spot and track enemy carrier fleets, rather than a clever dice mechanism each player writes down a number between 1 and 10, this is where their fleet is "hiding" and then try to guess their opponents number.  Whilst not materially different than rolling a dice it adds an atmosphere of suspense and fun as players try to guess where the other players carriers are hiding.

There is also a mission based on north sea convoys that involve wolf packs of submarines hunting merchntmen and their escorts, the wolf packs may be assisted by land based aircraft and or surface raiders whilst the convoy may have an escort carrier assigned for air defence

To avoid complexity the rules for each mission typer are put together and duplicated where neccessary, so for example if it is a night time cruiser action mission you don't need rules for air combat, if it is a carrier V carrier action you don't need rules for surface combat as the opposing fleets never come within 100 miles of each other, etc.

Whilst all ships from destroyers to super dreadnoughts are represented the emphasis is on capital ships, escorts are covered in a simplified way.

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March 14, 2019 10:16 pm UTC
Good evening. Your revised/corrected spread-sheet arrived while I was away for a few days. I have been able to download and print it, so all is well. The German Cards have the German Ships and the Italian Cards are now there.

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February 24, 2019 9:29 pm UTC
Thank you for the swift attempt to solve the problem. However the Ship Charts PDF refuses to download. So I am no further forward.
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February 27, 2019 9:14 pm UTC
No joy downloading the Ship Chart PDF. It is not an excel spreadsheet, it is a PDF.
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Andy W March 07, 2019 9:04 am UTC
Hi there, I am very sorry you are having problems, I don't really understand why?
There is only one file to download now, called carrier strike at dawn V1 Which is a zip file.

Inside it contains these 5 files
carrier strike at dawn V10.pdf which is the rules
Carrier strike at dawn QRS V10.pdf which is the quick reference sheet
Carrier strike at dawn - dice cell template V10.pdf which most people will not need, it is just the little cards to print out and stick behind the dice cells if you choose to play that way
Carrier template 1.pdf which is an A4 template of an aircraft carrier to plot your aircraft through stages of a mission.
Carrier strike at dawn - ship charts V10.xlsx which is a spreadsheet of al the ships

If this is still causing you a problem email me at Dawn at and i will send you a spreadsheet directly
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February 22, 2019 11:43 am UTC
The German Cards still have the RN Ship details and still no Italian Cards in the download purchased today. A temporary situation, I trust.
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Andy W February 23, 2019 10:06 am UTC
Hi there, yes i uploaded the wrong file in the original zip file. I then uploaded JUST the corrected files to avoid you having to download the whole zip file again, so you do have the correct excel sheet it just is not the one in the zip file. I do apologise if that has caused you any inconvenience, I thought I did was for the best.
I am now uploading the replacement zip file so everything will be in the core zip file.
Again apologies, please forward any suggestions you have concerning the rules, we are playing a game at Reading this coming Wednesday with some new players.
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Anthony S September 02, 2018 8:29 am UTC
There are a couple of minor issues with the spreadsheet

1. The German Records Cards tab shows the British ships
2. There's no Italian Record Cards Tab
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Andy W September 03, 2018 11:43 am UTC
Apologies for that, I will have a look and correct this week.
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Anthony S September 03, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Thanks for the update
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Andy W September 04, 2018 1:20 pm UTC
I uploaded a corrected spreadsheet last night. You should all have gotten an email and you only need to download the one file rather than the whole zip file.
Let me know if you spot anything else
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