When I began the
SNG Project, I had only one overriding objective for gameplay. That was
to present the players with realistic naval gunnery situations that would
be a challenge to solve. After many years of very hard work, I believe
that that goal has been achieved.
The essence of playing
SNG is situational analysis leading to decisive decision making.
Of course, there
is also a lot of enjoyment in just watching the results. But, as I see
it, the main elements involved in playing SNG are:
· What are my goals?
· What are the enemy goals?
· What are my strengths and weaknesses?
· What are the enemy strengths and weaknesses?
· How are the environmental factors affecting the situation? How
can I use the environmental factors to my advantage?
· How is the overall campaign and this battle now going? Am I now
winning or losing? Am I overconfident or discouraged? Calamities are a
part of naval gunnery operations. Can I recover?
· What is the enemy state of mind?
· What can I do? What are my strategic/tactical choices? What is
the best move I can make regardless of the overall situation? Does this
move fit into my overall plan? Do I have an overall plan? How can I hurt
the enemy the most, even if I might currently be losing a battle? What
are the solid and proven combat procedures?
· What can the enemy do? What is the enemy likely to do? What would
I do in their situation? What indications do I see about the enemy intentions?
Is the enemy pursuing an overall plan that I can perceive?
· How can I surprise the enemy? Can I disrupt their intentions?
What are the enemy fears? Can I present them with an unexpected difficulty?
· Is the enemy trying to surprise me?
· What are the risks? Should I take an acceptable risk? Would such
a move just create an advantage for the enemy? Is a near term loss a long
term gain? Or, does a slight gain now hurt me over the long term?
· Have I made a mistake? Can I recover before it is too late?
· Has the enemy made a mistake? How best to take advantage of it?
Or, is it a trap or diversion?
To answer these questions you need information and experience.
· In SNG, you get most of your information by mouse movement. You
can get a lot of information very quickly. And, most information is updated
automatically. If there is too much information, you can slow the pace
or pause the game.
· To get experience, you need to play a lot of SNG.
This exciting facet of SNG gameplay adds an entire layer of additional
complexity on top of the above issues. Essentially, the team must solve
these problems in a spirit of cooperation, mutual support and inspirational
· Often, one member can propose a solution the others cannot see.
There is usually a wide range of experience levels amongst the team's
members. It is probably best if each team member retains the right to
make the final decisions for their own command.
· A single team member can steady the team's morale.
· Team leadership is itself a very complex and sensitive issue.
If handled poorly, it could produce too much friction and reduce game
enjoyment. Being positive and supportive is the safest policy. Theoretically,
it would be possible for all team members to agree upon a workable military
style of team organization. However, this is probably too ambitious and
· Blame and post-game bickering could ruin an otherwise enjoyable
game experience. (Please keep the HSR Club Foundation Tenet in mind.) It does take a strong sense of camaraderie to objectively
evaluate the results of a session with the goal of making the next session
even more fun. Usually, an 'After Action Report' contributes greatly to
· A big advantage to team play is that each member may need to
analyze less information.
Please refer to the SNG User Manual and Key_SNG_Controls.rtf (accessible
via the SNG Help menu) for guidance on how to collect information and invoke
Other pertinent SNG
documents on strategy and tactics are:
1. Torpedo Attack Recall.rtf
2. Assembling for a Torpedo Attack.rtf
3. tactical vision in general.rtf
6. SNG BCFOs.doc
7. torp tactics1.txt
8. torp tactics2.txt
9. torp tactics3.txt
10. SNG Strategy Guide.doc
11. FAQ Formation orders.doc
13. Strategic Naval Gunnery maneuvering.rtf
Strategic Naval Gunnery
This section is devoted to
bringing you, the reader, information about SNG that will give
you a keener understanding of the devotion that went into it's creation.
SNG is not just another wargame, and that's not just talk.
The inherent qualities of the game speak for themselves. Every week we
will be providing more information about this game that makes it more
than a game. It truly is a historical strategic re-creation.
The first of it's kind. Of course, if you want to start enjoying
it right now just go to the HSR Store page.
Makes this Game Different:
These notes reflect the current state of the Strategic Naval Gunnery program
This section contains special
considerations made to make the game more playable and more realistic
from the overall view. It is helpful when considering the realism
of the game to remember that it is grand strategic level game and many
details are abstracted. What counts in this type of game is the similarity
of the final result to the possibilities presented in the historical situation
as well as the overall 'feel' that the game produces with respect the
decisions of grand strategy.
SNG graphics are not intended
to be stunning. They are intended to be functional. Here are
some design details for the early period that SNG covers:
is an excerpt from the designer notes to give you an idea of the kind
of considerations that went into the design.
The designations of the various
types of cruisers were undergoing significant change during this historical
period. Scout Cruisers, Protected Cruisers (PC) and Armored Cruisers (AC)
were being replaced by Light Cruisers (CL) and Battle Cruisers (BC). The
term "Cruiser" (C) seems to be used most often for ships that
didn't fit quite completely into any of these categories. These designations
have only minor effects on the actual play of the game.
The Japanese ships Ibuki,
Ikoma, Kurama, and Tsukuba are designated as ACs. It is arguable that
they could carry the BC designation.
The Canopus class battleships
have their gun range limited to reflect their age, unrefurbished state,
and greenness of the crews.
The Hizen has its gun range
reduced to reflect its age.
Several small, old protected
cruisers, destroyers, torpedo boats, and armed merchant cruisers are included
in Strategic Naval Gunnery in an abstracted form. These include ship like
the: Cosmao, Pegasus, Pioneer, Philomel, Psyche, Pyramus, Tokiwa, Yakumo.
Their impact on the game is within the defensive attributes of Entente
bases and the inherent escorts in the Merchant Areas. Also, French miscellaneous
small craft are included in adjustments to characteristics of French ACs.
German Navy Ship Advantages in
Greater ability to achieve
Powder burns rather than
The above shows the status
of the King George V Battleship just before the battle of Jutland.
Yes I said Jutland! I have experienced this battle first hand with
all the excitement that a battle with over 251 ships can offer.
Smoke, maneuver, pursuing, fleeing, torpedo attacks, ships blowing up,
everything that can happen will happen. The largest naval surface
action ever. If you want this experience you will need to play SNG.
SNG Shell Details
The following is just a small portion of shell hitting detail during
the battle of Jutland.
At 1311 Seydlitz:1400 pound
hit number 1
++++++++++++Seydlitz: little damage to weather deck
++++++++++++Seydlitz: this hit is VERY damaging
++++++++++++Seydlitz, this hit is SERIOUS
++++++++++++Seydlitz, jarring starts leak pump room flooding
At 1319 Derfflinger:1400 pound hit number 1
+++++++++Derfflinger 12 inch belt armour resists 13.5 inch 45 at 18 kyds.
+++++++++Derfflinger hit obliquely
++++++++++++Derfflinger: drives belt plate in, riveting leaking
At 1324 Tiger:893 pound hit number 1
++++++++++++Tiger: a small amount of hull damage
+++++++++Tiger: hitting shell explosion not complete
At 1324 Tiger:893 pound hit number 2
+++++++++Tiger 5 inch turret top armour resists 12 inch 50 at 20 kyds.
++++++++++++Tiger: hits roof fixture
At 1324 Von der Tann:1400 pound hit number 1
+++++++++Von der Tann 3 inch secondaries armour PENETRATED by 13.5 inch
45 at 20 kyds.
++++++++++++Von der Tann;deck bulged several feet.
++++++++++++Von der Tann: secondary out
At 1326 Tiger:893 pound hit number 3
++++++++++++Tiger:a small amount of hull damage
At 1328 Queen Mary:893 pound hit number 1
++++++++++++Queen Mary:little damage to weather deck
+++++++++Queen Mary:hitting shell fuze produced no delay
At 1328 Tiger:893 pound hit number 4
++++++++++++Tiger: breaks up
At 1338 Valiant:893 pound hit number 1
+++++++++Valiant 12 inch barbette armour resists 12 inch 50 at 19 kyds.
++++++++++++Valiant: explodes on range finder
At 1339 Valiant:893 pound hit number 2
++++++++++++Valiant:little damage to weather deck
At 1340 Warspite:893 pound hit number 1
+++++++++Warspite 13 inch belt armour resists 12 inch 50 at 19 kyds.
++++++++++++Warspite: fails to penetrate armour bulkhead
At 1340 Valiant:893 pound hit number 3
++++++++++++Valiant:a small amount of hull damage
+++++++++Valiant:hitting shell fails
At 1341 Kronprinz Wilhelm:1920 pound hit number 1
+++++++++Kronprinz Wilhelm 14 inch belt armour resists 15 inch 42 at 19
++++++++++++Kronprinz Wilhelm: fails to penetrate armour bulkhead
At 1342 Valiant:893 pound hit number 4
++++++++++++Valiant::boat fuel fire
+++++++++Valiant:hitting shell fails
At 1342 Barham:893 pound hit number 1
++++++++++++Barham: unarmoured hull hit
+++++++++Barham:hitting shell performs poorly
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