Oh the system is really something. I do lots of playtests CBs these days - in fact that is usually the lion's share of my work. I have another update to do for PQ-17 soon, like within the next couple of weeks. Could certainly get you in the playtest if you like.
My CB work really jump started Here I Stand and Triumph of Chaos. I suspect it did the same for Shifting Sands, but I don't follow that community. Now I did get Decision Games to warm up to CB stuff when I did the "Nine Navies" CB kit. Maybe "the company that shall remain nameless" could be brought along as well. There stuff would do well in CB format. Now I have a French kit of one of their naval games (GWAS - Med) that is real nice.
The reminds me - I will have to show you an idea I had about doing away with those hit record charts. Since I don't play the WW2 versions of WAS, I have no idea what records come with planes and such, but my idea seems to work well with GWAS. One of the problems with CB implementations of GWAS would be the large number of records that need to be kept. I think I figured out how to do it. Since CB is not supported, I've not really done much with my idea except file it away. Well, that and no around me plays naval games. This CSW social net may have opened a new world :)
I took a look at PQ-17. Should be interesting to see how the system works. We should talk when you have time. GMT's lucky to have you developing their CB gamebox. Seems such play aids are becoming the norm and a necessary ingredient to a game's long-term success. Too bad a certain publisher we know of still hesitates to embrace this truth. R
I still have a copy of the old AH Miday. The piece for the IJN cruiser Tone still has tooth marks in it from a high school opponent who got a bit frustrated during one of our games.
If you like naval games and aren't familiar with the double-blind search spreadsheet I prototyped and my friend Jim Stear programmed, we should talk some time. It allows players to have a non-umpired game in which you've got true limited intelligence. It supports air searches, coast watchers, etc. And sometimes a fleet may be spotted and not even know.