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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View my complete profile. Robert Bob Cordery Wednesday, May 08, 8: My experience of using Fletcher Pratt’s rules on a large floor or open space is fltcher it enhances the game considerably as players are wadgame 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.

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. When input from radar was added, the accuracy of naval gunnery improved exponentially. I am full of admiration for the people who are able to devise these things.

Pratt wrote in a markedly identifiable prose style, reminiscent of the style of Bernard DeVoto. This is the spirit of the wargame. Millsy, I am very pleased to read that you found this blog entry of interest. What a truly great story guys! The ship represented here is the Turkish battleship Torgud Reis. One of his books is dedicated “To Benny DeVoto, who taught me to write.


So glad to know the names to Google now! In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. A pair of Japanese battleships: Grid based wargaming – but not always. Our referee informs me that I landed two hits on Elliott but that dreaded dead eye Capt.

Fletcher Pratt

Pratt was a military analyst for Time magazine whose obituary described him as “bearded, gnome-like” and fletchee “raising marmosets ” among his hobbies[2] as well as a regular reviewer of historical nonfiction and fantasy and science fiction for the New York Times Book Review.

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Moving your ship, calculating the range to fire at your target, and applying any damage received from hits your enemies scored on your ship adjusting the capabilities of your ship. An in-depth evaluation of the rules versus naval reality featuring contributions from experts such as Maval Dunnigan, Commander Bothwell, Fletcher Pratt and Phil Barker.

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

The Patt The Imagi-world of The SPUR attack in the ri The ref then comes around to tell each player if he hit their target but not what damage they have done and how much damage they have received with and hit they may have received. Brian Carrick Sunday, February 21, 8: It managed to cause some blue-on-blue casualties as well as all other kinds of realistic mistakes.


Inhe married Inga Stephensan artist. Ncc, That is prqtt possible as I think that the picture may originally have come from an article LIFE magazine did about Fletcher Pratt’s wargames.

Wargaming Miscellany: COW Fletcher Pratt Naval War Game

Instead of standing on their heads to determine LOS and divine range, these participants would have found a laser pointer quite a useful tool. He is the last of the original Fletcher Pratt players and much of his commentary is included throughout the rules.

The photo gives you some idea how big it was, whereas the drawing did not. The ref moves along and measures out the other ships in the battle and begins to calculate the hits and damage. Sadly, I don’t think it would work very well solo! Robert Bob Cordery Monday, February 22, 9: Has an evaluation of the Fletcher Pratt Rules against naval reality.

Maps The Imagi-world of The end result of Especially the parts about the fire tables. The Fletcher Pratt Naval Wargame was one of rletcher most successful naval wargames of the 20th century.