Another playtest of Empire of the Seas, as said last week we played the same scenario with the amendments (3 ships out to win) and reversed papers. Fog meant shooting restricted at 15cm.
Setting: the british fleet is blockading Toulon, but then, out of the mists, come the french ships of the Marquis du Verger...
British blockade with reefs at port, the wind came from the background during all game
The first british broadside takes out one mast
The french cut the british T
Splintering some masts
But the brits soon closed in and boarded, trying to pin the enemy down
The central boardings weren't quite a sucess
The french flagship, le Vengeur, taking point blank broadsides
The boarding at port was going better, and would go for the rest of the battle till the white hulled ship surrendered
Now it was time for my flagship, the Stirling Castle to suffer
This ship's excellent gunnery wouldn't save her bacon today
Two french ships dodged my fleet after repelling boarders and headed for the exit, note the race in the background between le Vengeur and one of mine.
I managed to get ahead just in the nick of time and cut her way out, but forgot to drop anchor
Wary of the french marines the brits just shot from a safe distance
It'll be over soon
First frenchy to strike!
This one took advantage of not being grappled to run for it, but her pursuers soon closed in again
These two ships broke the blockade, with just two out it was a draw, time to count the surrendered points for the tie break.
Unable to get out, the french admiral boarded my ship into surrender
But I had two french
For a total of 8-4. Victory (again) to the Royal Navy.
I was quite satisfied with how it played out, so I'm not making anymore changes to the rules. The game could have gone either way until I managed to stop the french flagship; victory was down to sailing, as it should be!