Posts Tagged ‘Jutland’

The Flare Path: In Brine

It’s only a matter of time. At some point during the coming week someone is going to ask me to recommend a Battle of Jutland wargame. Wafted towards WWI’s most costly and consequential naval engagement by the squall of centennial documentaries and articles, the enquirer will request the name of a realistic, atmospheric and affordable simulation of the scrap known to Germans as the Battle of Skagerrak, and it will be my unpleasant duty to report that no such game exists. While there are half-a-dozen titles aimed at sham Scheers and cod Jellicoes, and the majority of those titles entertain and inform, the wargame that does full justice to both the tactics and the spectacle of Jutland is, I believe, still waiting to be made. Read the rest of this entry »

Jutland: Hell Or High Water?

Few nations have produced as many great naval tacticians as the British. Drake, Nelson, that bloke out of Master & Commander, Captain Pugwash… our history is awash with them. No surprise then that the few that do under-perform are quickly forgotten. Show me a UK resident who knows who John Jellicoe was, and I’ll show you a bearded man in his fifties or sixties who spends far too much time sat at the back of the library reading Jane’s Fighting Ships. I’ll also show you a potential buyer of Storm Eagle Studios’ latest real-time wargame.

My landlubberly impressions of the Jutland demo after the cut.

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