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Naval Thunder: World War II [BUNDLE] $34.90 $29.95
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Naval Thunder: World War II [BUNDLE]
Publisher: Steel Dreadnought Games
by Nathan F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/31/2018 06:18:08

Naval Thunder presents the basics of naval combat in a very easy-to-play format. Ship movement is simple to learn and play, but at the same time it captures the essence of the critical factors in changing range, speed, and direction.

Gunfire and torpedo attacks are nicely tailored to range bands which differ by ship class and gun type. Hits and resulting damage are straight-forward, with the excellent twist of Critical Damage. This accords well with my view on naval combat in the WW2 era - sometimes a ship would take a number of hits that do little damage while at other times one or two hits doom a ship. Some damage, such a fires, flooding, and listing, can extend across turns, gradually wearing down the ship's resistance to further structural damage.

A nice plus to the Critical Damage resolution is that offensive and movement capabilities do not degrade in a straight line. So a cruiser might have very heavy hull damage, and in danger of sinking, but the entire main battery may still be functional. There were certainly examples of this during the war. Conversely, it might be necessary to pull a battleship out of a fight (or attempt to) because several main battery turrets have been knocked out long before the ship is in any danger of sinking.

We've fought a wide variety of actions with Naval Thunder from battleline meetings to small ship skirmishes, including night actions in restricted waters, and the results have always been quite believable. This factor, in addition to ease of learning and ease of play, make Naval Thunder my top pick for WW2 naval gaming.



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Naval Thunder: World War II [BUNDLE]
Publisher: Steel Dreadnought Games
by richard h. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/01/2017 04:22:05

A great set of rules been looking for a simple but realistic set of naval rules for ages and these seem to have got the balance just right .Well laid out and printed off perfectly and the links to the data base were great ,highly reccomend these.



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Naval Thunder: World War II [BUNDLE]
Publisher: Steel Dreadnought Games
by Ransom w. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/24/2012 11:54:18

I played this game at a convention in Rockford Illinois. I t much better hought it was great much better than the navel wargames i have been playing for thrity years. I downloaded your games and battleship row worked and printed fine but the data card and rest wont work please help me.



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Creator Reply:
Glad you enjoyed the game! The official data cards are in the rulebook. What you were having trouble with was the bonus fan-created data card printing tool which we've made available for free. The printing tool is a MS Excel file, and we've discussed over email that you need to verify that you have to have a working copy of Excel of a recent enough version to run it.
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