From the “Errata” section of the Avalon Hill site:
Subs have always been confusing. Can you summarize the changes?
Here’s what you need to remember about subs:
1. Every sub, regardless of whether it’s on the attacking or defending side, fires in the Opening Fire step of combat. That’s the only time a sub ever fires.
Q: Submarines are part of a large naval engagement. Do they get to fire during the opening fire step of every round, or only the first round?
A: Every round.
Can someone please clarify the meaning of “opening fire step”?
When they say round, do they mean a round as in russia, germany, GB, Japan, and USA is one round, or do they mean round as in attacker rolls then defender rolls and back to the attacker is one round?
I ask because one could load up on cheap subs and send them into naval combat as cannon fodder to absorb hits while hopefully dishing out in return, which is what my regular opponent usually does. Not a bad idea, but if it’s not legal then that would change alot of things.
I realize I’m not asking this as clearly as I want to…hope y’all understand what I mean. Like, I know about the opening fire step in that subs have an advantage if no destroyers are present, but the Avalon Hill quote above is confusing in what they mean. If you read that section one way, it says that subs only fire once in any naval combat engagement, and if you read it another it means that the subs fire continuously until the combat ends.
I hope someone can clear this up for me.