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#1 John Buck

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 08:09 AM

I the game we played the British had to roll one die when it shifted fire from one ship to another. But it would seem the Germans would have no problem and just fire on the new target with no negitive modifier. Did I miss something in the rules or is there a way to handle this. Thanks - John Buck

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 11:36 AM

The shifting fire (or initial salvo) modifier only applies to pre-July 1916 British fire. The early war RN ranging methods were consdiderably slower than those used by other nations. After absorbing the lessons from Jutland, the RN adopted the faster ranging ladders method for registering fire (such as used by the Germans and other nations).

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 12:14 PM

The shifting fire (or initial salvo) modifier only applies to pre-July 1916 British fire. The early war RN ranging methods were consdiderably slower than those used by other nations. After absorbing the lessons from Jutland, the RN adopted the faster ranging ladders method for registering fire (such as used by the Germans and other nations).

We played it that the Germans got their full number of dice but only hit on Ones, regardless of range. It seemed like there should be some detriment to switching targets even for the Germans.

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 12:13 AM

We played it that the Germans got their full number of dice but only hit on Ones, regardless of range. It seemed like there should be some detriment to switching targets even for the Germans.


Actually, no modification is necessary. The method of adjusting fire (as used by the Germans and others) allowed much quicker adjustments, often with a single salvo. The method used by the RN prior to July 1916, while as effective, was considerably slower.

Within the bounds of a game turn, the method used by the Germans does not really impact the total fire, so a modifier isn't necessary. The much slower early RN method does impact the total fire, so the modifier is indicated.




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