I think there is a link of some kind between maritime
war gaming groups like "ironclads" that use miniature
models of steam powered vessels as markers, and our
"pop-pop-steamboats" group. The link is mostly one way
and tenuous at present, three or more "ironclads"
members have joined us, and for the rest of the day we
have a photo of "The Union fleet at anchor" that was
taken during an ironclads gaming session. What I see
in the photo without much in the way of detail is a
fleet of pop-pop steamboats in what might be a
custom-made plastic wading pond with imbedded
transceivers controlled by a computer, game software
and individual players.
I have what might be a few workable notions for
turning burners on and off and maneuvering boats by
remote control but think maritime war game players
would probably use hand-held devices (iPods, cell
phones or whatever) to work through a computer that
would use a random number generator to introduce the
element of chance that is a feature of battles real
and simulated. This probably won't be the next project
after North River, but it might come after what comes
next- R/C models of tugs and towboats maybe, based on
some seriously intensive lurking on the "tugsandtows"
and "Towboating" groups.
Best wishes, old Frank
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