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I like to play classic battleship at the park. What other games are there that feature ships?

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I think this is only one...but another good game is Stratego, or Risk

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I mean, doesn't Axis & Allies have sea combat?

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7 hours ago, Landsraad said:

I mean, doesn't Axis & Allies have sea combat?

Yes, but that takes forever to play, so haven't played it in forever...

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Avalon Hill, a long gone company, had quite a few naval board games. Some examples I still have are: War at Sea, Victory in the Pacific, Jutland, Bismarck, Flattop, and Submarine. I even have the Avalon Hill Bookcase game Trireme. I used to save my allowance, baby-sitting, grass-cutting, newspaper and snow-shovelling money to buy them from our local toy store. 

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While they aren't technically 'navy' games there are two space games I've played on hex boards that are 2-D, and for all intents and purposes are just warships with fancy weapons.

The classic Starfleet Battles is the most popular one. Plays a lot like WoWs on a board with angling and tactical resource allocation being just as important. Highly immersive, but has a steep learning curve.

There's a lesser known one called 'Starfire' that I've called 'Starfleet Battles Lite' because it has similiar mechanics but drastically simplified ship systems and can be played on a simple sheet of paper. What 'Starfire' does is convert ship systems to specific letters of the alphabet, and those letters like shields (s) and armor (a) or weapons like lasers (l) are in a line like 'SSSSSSAAAAIEOLLOEDW' and damage occurs left to right via dice rolls. Bigger ships have more spaces for letters. Highly ingenious, quick to learn and scales to as many players as you want. Easily applicable to a Navy game with some name changes of course.

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I still own three Avalon Hill titles from my high school days. They are:

Midway -- https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2250/midway

Submarine -- https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3083/submarine

Wooden Ships & Iron Men -- https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/237/wooden-ships-iron-men

Those were some good times but then cars and girls happened.

Couldn't hang on to those cars or those girls, but I kept the games.
 

 

 

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On 2018-07-16 at 7:01 AM, Ziggy_Sprague said:

I still own three Avalon Hill titles from my high school days. They are:

Midway -- https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2250/midway

Submarine -- https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3083/submarine

Wooden Ships & Iron Men -- https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/237/wooden-ships-iron-men

Those were some good times but then cars and girls happened.

Couldn't hang on to those cars or those girls, but I kept the games.
 

 

 

Midway and Wooden Ships & Iron Men were both great games which were played to death with my friends. Thanks for reminding me of them! 

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