I, being all up in the strange and useless facts of life, have found the history of Battleship to be very intriguing. I was looking up the original years games were patent and found the history of one of the most memorable games to be much different than I had thought.
Battleship was originally called Battleships and it was a game played on paper, not with plastic ships and pegs. The players each had a piece of paper with two grids on it. The directions were the same as the board game. Only there were two more ships. Players positioned their ships as they felt would be the most strategic, and the game began. I have posted a link to the original game board layout. Print one off and give it a try. “It is known throughout the world as a pencil and paper game and predates World War I in this form. The pencil and paper game was invented by Clifford Von Wickler in the early 1900s, but he never patented the game making it available for public use. It was soon published by Milton Bradley Company in 1931 as the pad-and-pencil game “Broadsides, the Game of Naval Strategy”. The predominant playing strategy has been likened to the Monte Carlo method.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battleship_(game).
Feel free to come in and play a game, or challenge Melany or I, if it is slow, either of us will take you on.