Jaws as a Wargame

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jedion357
March 5, 2017 - 7:30am
Kids and I played Knight Hawks yesterday and later we discussed a movie to watch with pizza which inevitably meant Jaws being mentioned- my kids love Jaws.

Idea emerged: Jaws as a table top wargame? I had played in something similar at Historicon which was Moby Dick as a war game- each player had a whaling long boat and the whale was diced as to where he would appear and whether it was just the tail, hump or whole head out of water. The guy had sculpted the three piece of whale- it was cool. I missed out on landing a harpoon and having my boat go for a Nantucket sleigh ride.

So basic evolving idea is this: typical wargaming table is 4'x'8 layout a blue cloth with marks along the edges to identify 6 or 8 sections of the table top either 2 rows of three or 2 rows of four. In one section will be aminty island (not to scale) and in another is seal rocks the rest of the sections are open sea.

Each player will have a boat (Possibly 25mm scale with 1, 2, or 3 figures) boats will have stats most have motors that let them move one table section in a turn but one or two might be faster moving 2 sections but other liabilities will come into play for those boats.

dice and card mechanics Players will have 3 cards: things like chum that they can play on themselves or fouled propeller, bent propeller shaft, coast guard inspection, etc that they can play on other players

Dice mechanic for sharks showing up and in what section. Tiger, bull, great white etc. Battle with sharks is diced but details about your boat, cards recently played and crew on board can all impact the dice roll

going to amity island and not fishing allows for card from island deck to be drawn, make repairs, (cards like bent propeller shaft will require repairs which could be done by a crew member who is a diver or at amity if you call for tow. Also Jaws is not above damaging a boat).

Jaws will be able to eat crew and smash boats it will take harpooning him with 3 or more barrels to bring him down. Wont matter who put the barrels on him.

Thats the basis I came up with.
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ExileInParadise
March 5, 2017 - 11:01am
If I was playing a JAWS game, I'd start with a variant of Larry Bond's game HARPOON... because I'd want to "bring a bigger boat"

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jedion357
March 5, 2017 - 1:34pm
ExileInParadise wrote:
If I was playing a JAWS game, I'd start with a variant of Larry Bond's game HARPOON... because I'd want to "bring a bigger boat"


I'll have to look into that game.

In truth my daughters do not call Jaws by its name, they call it "You're going to need a bigger boat!"
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JCab747
March 5, 2017 - 2:30pm
Changing avatars I see.

Well, I like my star destroyer.
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jedion357
March 5, 2017 - 2:33pm
JCab747 wrote:
Changing avatars I see.

Well, I like my star destroyer.


In the avatar thread Iggy commented on how he still sees a dralasite when reading my posts which was funny because I was missing this little guy.
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ExileInParadise
March 5, 2017 - 5:02pm
Well, a naval simulation like HARPOON is probably orders of magnitude of overkill for what you were talking about, unless you think 688 subs with cruise missiles and destroyers are the way to go...

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jedion357
March 5, 2017 - 8:40pm
ExileInParadise wrote:
Well, a naval simulation like HARPOON is probably orders of magnitude of overkill for what you were talking about, unless you think 688 subs with cruise missiles and destroyers are the way to go...


Oh ok. Im thinking a game like a mash up of a miniatures war game and UNO. Card play helps you or hinders others.
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Shadow Shack
March 9, 2017 - 10:03pm
Just keep the sequels out of the deal and it will be a proper good thing.
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jedion357
March 10, 2017 - 9:39am
Shadow Shack wrote:
Just keep the sequels out of the deal and it will be a proper good thing.


In the world I live in the sequels dont exist. Although the recent movie The Shallows is a damn good runner up for a Jaws sequel. It held some good scares and the tension was rather high throughout. Loved it.

And it genuinely scared my daughters where Jaws doesn't
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Shadow Shack
March 10, 2017 - 7:24pm
Sold!

Where can I sign up? Wink
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JCab747
March 16, 2017 - 7:22pm
Here's a real Jaws game.

Image result for jaws game 1970s
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Shadow Shack
March 17, 2017 - 6:12pm
I remember that, IIRC there's a rubber band that makes the jaws snap shut once enough weight is removed.
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iggy
March 17, 2017 - 10:58pm
Yes it is a rubberband.  I had this game.  It was fun and we would change the rubberbands to change the action of snapping shut because my brother and I would quickly figure out which items were enough weight to hold the jaw open and avoid taking those until last.
-iggy