Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jutland 1916: "100th Anniversary" Game Using Avalon Hill's "JUTLAND"

On May 21st, 2016, I hosted a game of Avalon Hill's "JUTLAND".

This venerable old game was published in 1967. I think it has worn very well indeed as our game demonstrated. The event was planned by Harmon Ward, President of our local HMGS. Harmon commanded the Imperial German Hochseeflotte (High Seas Fleet). I commanded the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet. Mark Deliduka was the Game Master/Umpire for the game. The Strategic segment of the game required each of the commanders to plot the activities of their respective forces. Mark then compared our secret plots and revealed any contact. As it happened, the Hochseeflotte was discovered by the larger part of the RN's Super Dreadnoughts. The remainder, plus the detached Battlecruisers, joined the battle later in the day, having stayed within steaming range of each other. The result was a very exciting fleet engagement. We fought for most of the game day but need to continue the fight on the next game day.

The tactical engagement is fought on any convenient space. I used x3 6 foot tables and a felt ocean game mat. Hexes are not required but we found them helpful. 

Here are a few photos of various parts of the large fleets in action.


  1. And after the last ship turned away to return to harbor...who won? This seems to be a very nice way to commemorate the largest naval engagement of the First World War and possibly ever.


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    1. Well, the German fleet came into battle line sooner and inflicted concentrated fire on the lead RN BB's. However as the BB's closed up, they outgunned the German Battleships scoring several critical hits. The RN destroyers and light cruisers were very aggressive at the front of the German column and bought some time for the fleet to form up. The German Battlecruisers have just arrived, as have the rest of the Grand Fleets Battleships. Visibility is practically unlimited and it is only 2:00PM in the afternoon. As we finished up the game (for now) the German's main concern was the arrival of the RN battle cruisers and the rest of the BB's. They are now seriously outgunned. be continued.

  3. I've been curious about that game over the years. Nice to see what it looks like out of the box. Neat way to remember the anniversary. Looking forward to hearing how it finally wraps up.

  4. Yes a Grand Fleet game, you have done a great job on the ships and the battle surfuce compliments this

  5. Yes a Grand Fleet game, you have done a great job on the ships and the battle surfuce compliments this