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Randy C
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I believe the counters represent the ship and the space between friendly ships in formation.

Can your ships sail into, over and thru the enemy line? Even if it is a solid line of counters?
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Yes, they can. The ships as pictured show the ship and the space between ships which is much bigger than the ship itself. Therefore ships can move through the line of other ships.
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There is scale distortion. Ships often maneuvered with 500 yard intervals between ships. I wouldn't allow ships to go through another formation without a substantial chance of ramming. Also, if ships do that, then ships following behind should also have a chance of ramming, as ships will need to slow or stop to avoid others.
 
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thanks for the swift responses on a very old game! BGG is a great resource!

So a line of battle can just move over, thru an enemy line. the rules do not have any provision for collision tho, right?
 
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Warren Bruhn wrote:
There is scale distortion. Ships often maneuvered with 500 yard intervals between ships. I wouldn't allow ships to go through another formation without a substantial chance of ramming. Also, if ships do that, then ships following behind should also have a chance of ramming, as ships will need to slow or stop to avoid others.


This depends on whether you are using the optional rule that allows the ship counters to be stacked. If you're not, then the distance between ships is great enough that the collision danger is reduced. If you are using the optional (and more realistic rule) then you probably should not allow capital ships to cross paths. I don't think there were any cases in the actual battle of captital ship formations interpenetrating. On the other hand, you should probably allow light ships to do it. It seems like it was a basic skill of DD skippering to dodge other ships -- even the DD formations alone involved an amazing number of ships sharing a pretty small piece of ocean without colliding very often. Avoiding getting in the path of a battleship steaming in a stately formation at a steady speed seems like small potatoes compared to managing to stay out of the way of a flotilla of speedy DDs moving at speed.

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