SCA 4th Ed. is a full comprehensive rule set.
SCA Fast Play is a simplified version based on the full comprehensive set.
Each has its own Ability Chart - crucial to the game.
The Fast Play version is worth having, even if you already have the 4th Ed. It is ideal for club and participation games where you want to get others involved with an absolute minimum of explanation. Signal Close Action - Fast Play
Ideal as an introduction to Sailing Navy wargaming and written in an easy to follow format. They are perfect also for Club Games, where players who are familiar with naval wargaming can invite fellow members to join in with a minimum of explanation.
The size of game is
variable, from single ships to large fleet actions. Even with large fleets,
an accurate result can be achieved within two or three hours.
The Fourth Edition
What's new about
The Ability Chart remains fundamental to the game - particularly as it cuts down on the need for excessive dice throwing and record keeping. This time however, there are more dice and they play critical roles. In the past, if you had a 'bad throw', all your actions were affected by that same dice score. With Fourth Edition, the dice are colour coded, with one being 'common' to all. The score of the Common dice is added to the dice relating to the various actions.
Other new innovations include the division of a player's part of Turn into two segments and Reloading of the guns, so that the time scale of actions are more realistic. The actual Firing rules are not changed noticeably but there are new separate charts for firing at Unrated vessels.
The main rule book takes you through setting up a game, all you need to know e.g. Vessel Statistics, Sequence of Play, and descriptions of the main actions of the game.
The Appendices has advanced game options such as Tactical Initiative, Strategic Initiative, Outlying Patrol Vessels and Boatwork. A glossary of terms used during the period is also provided with the beginner in mind.
Any base size can be used as distance is measured from mast to mast. So no problem if you've already got ships based.
ACTION PAGE LINKS
Signal Close Action 4th Edition Feedback Q&A
Signal Close Action 4th Edition
After Action Reports
"Just finished the first read of the latest edition of Signal
Close Action. My compliments. After the first read, the only 'down side' I
find is that the pointing of the fleet still seems to be somewhat