Author Topic: Naval Warfare Game Boards  (Read 94 times)

Reh3dZone

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on: April 12, 2019, 02:01:19 PM
As some of you may know, I go gaga for age of sail era naval warfare games. There are so many to choose from and all have their best qualities. Sadly, I cannot figure out how to ask multiple questions in one poll, but in this one, I'd like to get a feel for what type of game board layout people most prefer when playing a naval warfare board game. I know it certainly depends on the structure of movements and how pieces interact with one another, but in general, which type of board would you prefer?

* Square tiles like Fighting Sails
* Hexagon tiles like Flying Colors
* Triangle tiles like Naval Battle in Archipelago
* No tiles like Sails of Glory

Thank you for your time,
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Reply #1 on: April 12, 2019, 02:52:39 PM
If I had my druthers, it would be minis and no tiles, but for naval board games hexes do just fine.

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Reply #2 on: April 12, 2019, 02:56:03 PM
If I had my druthers, it would be minis and no tiles, but for naval board games hexes do just fine.

Yeah, but even cardboard ships on a gridless surface is  better than on grids... I like playing Bismark and Jutland that way....

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Reply #3 on: April 12, 2019, 02:57:42 PM
If I had my druthers, it would be minis and no tiles, but for naval board games hexes do just fine.

Yeah, but even cardboard ships on a gridless surface is  better than on grids... I like playing Bismark and Jutland that way....

Oh, I completely agree and those counters are large enough that it works well to play with a grid.

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Reply #4 on: April 12, 2019, 07:11:51 PM
Hexes for me since I don't have the room to do a gridless minis game justice.

Squares I can see if they are offset, functioning much like hexes, but triangles? What would their advantage be?

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Reply #5 on: April 12, 2019, 07:42:03 PM
Hexes for me since I don't have the room to do a gridless minis game justice.

Squares I can see if they are offset, functioning much like hexes, but triangles? What would their advantage be?

Triangles? No idea. I didn't pay enough attention to the movement rules of NBiA. It was new to me, but thought I'd include the option.



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Reply #6 on: April 12, 2019, 09:30:53 PM
As you likely surmise, I like big, open, unmarred sea with minis.

Play "Flying Colors" or "WS&IM" any time, though.

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Reply #7 on: April 13, 2019, 12:12:17 PM
For once in my life I seem to be in the majority - griddless by preference, but hexes for smaller footprint games.

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Reply #8 on: April 13, 2019, 03:29:10 PM
For once in my life I seem to be in the majority - griddless by preference, but hexes for smaller footprint games.

Interesting, what about maybe if it is just a small duel of 1-2 ships per side? Using a small map with hexes could be better, but provide a gridless map for fleet battles?
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Reply #9 on: April 13, 2019, 08:00:53 PM
For once in my life I seem to be in the majority - griddless by preference, but hexes for smaller footprint games.

Interesting, what about maybe if it is just a small duel of 1-2 ships per side? Using a small map with hexes could be better, but provide a gridless map for fleet battles?

Certainly workable. Generally, if I'm just doing a small engagement I'll play Sails of Glory, so that's gridless again. Most of the later period stuff I've played has also been minis and an open map. I would see hexes being of great use for a more operational scale game, though.

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