The Kaiser's Navy:
Fancy Carrier Cards
By Mike Bennighof, Ph.D.
During the early design stages of the game system that became Second World War at Sea, I wanted each aircraft carrier to have a fairly detailed card including a picture of the carrier. On the card, the player would move aircraft pieces between the hangar and the flight deck and then on to their missions. I just thought it would be cool to “process” the aircraft on a deck view of the carrier.
Down below is my kind of rough version of what these cards looked like in my brain, for the two Imperial German aircraft carriers plus the two zeppelin carriers of SWWAS: The Kaiser's Navy. They’re in color, with the aircraft carrier basing boxes (use them just like the plain ones included in the game) plus the ship data from the hit records. You can mark off hits with counters or coins, or slip the card into a sleeve and mark on it with a grease pencil just like a real staff officer. The carriers have their light hull armor in green because I liked that better than the standard hatch pattern, otherwise the symbols are just like the standard ship data sheets.
Admiral Scheer Carrier Card
Admiral Hipper Carrier Card
Graf Zeppelin Flying Carrier Card
Peter Strasser Flying Carrier Card
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Mike Bennighof is president of Avalanche Press and holds a doctorate in history from Emory University. A Fulbright Scholar and award-winning journalist, he has published over 100 books, games and articles on historical subjects.
He lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife, three children and his dog, Leopold.