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"England Expects..." CORE RULES

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This simple set of card- and dice-driven “Fast-Play” rules is designed for use in re-fighting naval battles in the ‘Age of Sail’ (early 1700s to early 1800s), involving small or large numbers of ships, in a tabletop situation.

The game is meant to be played by two or more players, each having control of one or more three ship ‘Squadrons’. The whole ‘Fleet’ may comprise of a variable number of squadrons depending upon the battle being re-enacted and / or the particular Nations involved.

In these rules we are more concerned with the overall progression of the battle from a Commanding Officer’s viewpoint. Therefore the rules allow for a loose and informal game treatment that can easily be resolved in an evening (two or three hours).

In keeping with this concept, we also only take account of the larger sized ships – the Ships of the Line (“SoL”) and the biggest Frigates. Smaller ships (of less than 30 - 50 guns) are generally assumed to be almost ineffective in relation to the main fighting vessels of the time, although historically they would have performed a service in relaying messages, harassment, etc.

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Martin G February 13, 2016 12:00 am UTC
I have not played yet, so take these moments in that context. The rules are light and look to be a lot of fun. The focus is on "squadron commanders" and the admiral with each player taking on one of those roles and three ships to command. It will take some convincing to get it to the table because wind direction has almost no effect on play (it determined drift direction). I am going to try to get some ships to the table but may have to graft on some wind direction rules (which WILL increase complexity and play time). The gist of the flow of the game is that each leader has a rating and placed impulse cards in the deck (along with some squadron cards and some other cards) and as cards are drawn that squadron acts. Unpredictable and direct to the action.
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This title was added to our catalog on March 25, 2013.