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1974
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2
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
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Wooden Ships & Iron Men
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Fighting ships in the age of sail! This classic title details military engagements in the golden age of sail with a plethora of historical scenarios. Players take their groups of ships and form their ship lines and then go at it. The game comes with a large generic ocean map overlaid with a hex grid. The ship counters occupy two hexes and include special rules for moving and firing with this design. Players can begin with the smaller scenarios and work up to whole fleets engaged in pitched battle.

Avalon Hill Complexity Rating - 6

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from "The Avalon Hill General Index and Company History, 1952-1980"

Wooden Ships & Iron Men (1975)
Prior existing published design (Battleline) redesigned by Avalon Hill
Designed by Craig Taylor
Development by Mick Uhl

WS&IM was a fine game in its own right. The AH development clarified the rules and tripled the rate of boarding combat (without checking with the original designer), while adding an Advanced Game which increased the focus of the action by lessening the abstraction of the gun factors and halving the scale.


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6 My House Rules
My changes to WS&IM regarding mainly rigging hits and anchoring
English
2014-10-08
17 WSIM Tournament Rules v1.2b complete package
The Zip file containing the complete package of WS&IM Tournament Rules version 1.2b
English
2013-05-24
18 WSIM Turn Sequence - Basic Game
A quick reference for the basic game with brief descriptions of what is being accomplished.
English
2009-10-29
30 2nd edition changes
Upgrade your 1st Edition to 2nd Edition.
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2009-10-02
0 Advanced Tables German
German version of the tables for the advanced game, made by Heiko Weyen.
2008-12-12
12 Paged version of WS&IM Map
This is the same map uploaded by bkindt but I've chopped it into pages for easier printing. In the teach them how to fish dept: I used the OS X freeware "Image Tool" to convert the PDF to a jpg and used "PosteRazor" to chop it into pieces.
2008-12-11
18 Easy to read Master Scenario Chart
This chart I made has bigger letters to make it easier to read.
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2008-06-20
25 WSIM_Ships_Log.pdf
Ships Log - 1pp. Better for smaller/longer battles. Easier to read.
2006-01-23
18 wsim_tables.pdf
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2005-08-30
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