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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I agree that this is fascinating. Ordeal by Fire by Fletcher Pratt. That would mean plenty of people, in the U. The club was later fictionalized as the Black Widowers in a series of mystery stories by Isaac Asimov. This was also developed by Sir Percy Scott. Anonymous Saturday, February 20, 2: The end result of John, in honesty, I ordered the book two months after it went on sale — the publication date shows October of as the book is obviously a print on demand.

Fletcher Pratt

A personal note to the author: 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. Pratt wrote in a markedly identifiable prose style, reminiscent of the style of Bernard DeVoto. Science fictionfantasyhistory. Jane’s method for resolving gunfire is really quite ingenious.


It managed to wartame some blue-on-blue casualties as well as all other kinds of realistic mistakes. As an example of how your turn would play out you would move your ship based on the top speed.

The SPUR attack in the le I have yet to find a way of making it a solo game … but if I ever do you can be fletcber that I will write a blog entry about it! The red golf tee indicates a hit javal one of the Japanese destroyers. The original rules make up the bulk of first section of the book and they are presented as they were in what appears to be the edition.

The name is a reference to the exclusive habits of the trapdoor spider, which when it enters its burrow pulls the hatch shut behind it. I think your review is pretty harsh and a bit unfair. Robert Bob Cordery Sunday, February 21, 8: Another day, another visit to the bookshop I have given serious consideration to buying a laser tape measure for exactly the reasons you state My first 20mm figures were praty good old Airfix Guards Infantry and Band in shocking pink!

More than a week later I have still received no response from John which prattt me to believe the book I received is in fact the edition that is still being sold and no corrected edition actually exists.

I am full of admiration for the people who are able to devise these things. I made two attempts to contact prat to offer him the opportunity for me to revise this review if this truly was the case and I somehow received a rulebook that is not currently for sale to the public.


Fletcher Pratt – Wikipedia

One of the first toys that I was bought was a wooden fort that was garrisoned by assorted lead soldiers Well quite a bit ;ratt in-filling and a few new things too. Polite and friendly service. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource.

Pratt was the inventor of a set of rules for naval wargamingwhich he created before the Second World War. You should contact Mr. Since we only have one ref, I hold the end of the tape measure on my ship and have ptatt look directly down at the ship while the ref measures my range estimate.

Once the range is measured, shell splashes up-turned golf tees are placed so that players can see how effective or ineffective their gunfire has been. Maps The Imagi-world of Outside of the original rules, the book is rife with grammatical and word processing errors. A reproduction of a target.

View my complete profile. The arrows did play a large role because they would determine where the shells would hit. Sunday, 28 April COW