The first encounter between the Ortosilian and Tropezonian navies occured at a river estuary. Two monitors spotted each other, and after some maneuvering and exchanges of fire, the Ortosilian ship was sunk.
This was the first playtest of the 'Coal and Steel' rules. Both ships had the same attributes. One major point of the game is the unlimited range of fire and comparatively small movement allowance: however, a 12" movement for both ships meant they were in range all the time and closed in very quickly. From then on it was up to the luck of the dice.
A land battle will follow using match stick armies and One Hour Wargames, and Coal and Steel will be tested on a fleet encounter.