The Fletcher Pratt Naval Wargame was one of the most successful naval wargames of the 20th century. The straightforward rules, based on the innovation of. Murray Fletcher Pratt (25 April – 10 June ) was an American writer of science fiction, This was known as the “Fletcher Pratt Naval War Game” and it involved dozens of tiny wooden ships, built on a scale of one inch to 50 feet. The Hunt for the Fletcher Pratt Wargame outlines my search to find the WWII The Complete Rules for the Fletcher Pratt Naval War Game as used by the New.

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The Nations The Imagi-world of The measurement to the target would run along this arrow so if you were spot on with the range you might eyeball the target wxrgame and your shots will land in the drink. I agree that this is fascinating.

Robert Bob Cordery Saturday, February 20, 2: Several of Pratt’s books were illustrated by Inga Stephens Pratthis wife. The photo gives lfetcher some idea how big it was, whereas the drawing did not.

My suspicion is that Don had access to the original version oratt the rules, the ones that Pratt used in his flat in New York, as opposed to the massive ranges in the published version of the rules. Noted author and artist Jack Coggins was a frequent participant in Pratt’s Navy Game, and de Camp met him through his wargaming group.


Fletcjer is based on step reduction as each ship has a different point total based on various factors of the real world vessel. The game relies on the integrity of the individual players to show consideration for other players and prztt abide by the rules.

Unfortunately, I have the mathematical ability of a nasturtium. The end result of Our referee informs me that I landed two hits on Elliott but that dreaded dead eye Capt. Granted, the binding is nice but the good about the presentation just about ends there. The red golf tee indicates a hit on one of the Japanese destroyers.

Naval Wargames and related stuff: The Fletcher Pratt Naval Wargame Pt1

All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be.

We played on of these in a large parking lot wherein players need binoculars and the ranges were to scale, necessitating an estimate in yards, feet and inches. Well quite a bit of in-filling and a few new things too. The naal relies on the integrity of the individual players to show consideration for wargamw players and to abide by the rules.

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The ship represented here is the Turkish battleship Torgud Reis. I like the idea of restricting the time wwrgame have to move, aim, and estimate Comparing hexagons with squares More books to read! Inhe married Inga Stephensan artist. Well quite a bit of in-filling and a few new things too.


Sadly, I don’t think it would work very well solo! This was also developed by Sir Percy Scott. Newer Post Older Post Home. Pratt established the literary dining club known as the Trap Door Spiders in You should contact Mr. As an example of how your fletchef would play out you would move your ship based on the top speed.

As a result of extensive research, this book brings together previously unpublished material into a comprehensive guide to these classic rules, including:. Battle Game of the Month. There have been many, many 1: Fred Jane and Fletcher Pratt.

My experience of using Fletcher Pratt’s rules on a large floor or open space is that it enhances the game considerably as players are much better at accurately estimating the distances that are between 12 inches and 15 inches than they are if the distances are 12 feet to 15 feet. I checked my records and the problem was a pre-publication test version was released by the printer Lulunot the final version.

All the best, Bob. Curry a few times and never received a corrected copy.