Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Avalon Hill Naval Games CD

Apologies for the delay in reporting about the above - my only excuse is that I have been somewhat distracted with the usual round of domesticity and other 'shiny things!'

The CD arrived and I am very impressed with both the quality and the contents. The games included are as follows:

Attack Sub
Flat Top
Peloponnesian War
Tokyo Express
Victory Games - Pacific War
War at Sea - Victory in the Pacific
Wooden Ships and Iron Men

For each of the above games the rules, countersheets, play sheets, maps, game boxes and any associated articles from the Avalon Hill General magazine - this often includes some of the variants e.g. Tsushima for Jutland and the South Atlantic mapboard for the Hunt for the Graf Spee using the game Bismarck.

All the components are scanned into PDFs and are easily opened. the games are scanned usually within several files and so each game has its own folder but be warned - due to the content the files are pretty hefty is size!

I plan to get some of the maps and counters printed (probably at a local print shop) and I am sure that anyone with the requisite knowledge could chop the files around if need be. I do not have access to a printer of larger than A4 so would need to do this but even colour printing would not be overly expensive in the quantities I envisage. I was quoted £3 to £4 for colour printing and laminating an A3 sized map using a matt film which is not too bad - Bismarck search boards in this case.

Overall then, a cracking product and more than sufficient to be able to construct the games from scratch if need be although printing, mounting and cutting the 2,000 odd counters for Flat Top may be an exercise in patience or needing a long and uninterrupted weekend!


Paul O'G said...

AWESOME selection of games - well done Sir!

David Crook said...

I was pretty impressed I have to say.................

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Total cost less of "raw materials" for than a tenner?


I got the War at Sea element from the website direct for a £5

I forget
Was it an ebay or direct buy?

David Crook said...

Hi Geordie,

£6.71 was the cost from ebay - and worth every penny! You could easily construct any of the games from scratch with some time and patience or even use the disc as a source of spares.

All the best,