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Lluis of Minairons

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Caribbean fisticuffs
« on: March 10, 2019, 09:50:07 PM »
Some time ago, a few gaming mates and I started a long term campaign focused on naval action in the Caribbean, set approximately in the War of Spanish Succession times --so the players, besides of choosing a nation must also team in one of two sides: the Two Crowns (France and Spain) or the Confederates (Britain, Holland, the Holy Empire, Portugal or Catalonia).

We aren't using Pieces of Eight but another ruleset of our taste; this is why I've thought it better to post this thread on the General Discussion forum rather on the Pieces of Eight one, despite the vast majority of ships we're using are from Peter Pig; apologies if I've mistaken the place to post this.

We are four players, having each selected one nation from above. My mates chose Spain, Britain and Holland, while I'm doubling as French player and game master. Each player starts with a warship of his choice and the mission of patrolling the Caribbean and intercepting enemy warships and merchants --these latter, as a result of random encounters on the grid:


Yesterday we gamed a couple of battles belonging to the fourth turn. One of these consisted of a random encounter where the Spanish player irrupted into the pursuit of a French small merchant by a pirate galleon. As the encounter happened in a port hex (Campeche), the Spanish player had the right to call for the assistance of a local patrolling boat, so adding a garrison sloop to his own frigate.


So this was a 3-player engagement; the one taking care of a French merchant sloop, another one running the pirate galleon and the third one ruling the Spanish squadron.

The Spanish ships took their time to calmly approach to the pursuit, so meanwhile the pirates had time to cut off the French route and engage their sloop with a couple of deadly volleys. Please observe that, while the sloop is a slightly modified piggy model (belonging to my collection), the pirate ship comes from WizKid's Spanish Main collectible card game. The plastic ship has been improved in a quite simple but effective manner, by painting its white plastic edges, as well as adding a stand and Minairons flags to it.


The gaming season took place yesterday morning in my home's backyard; here I can be seen having a bad time trying to make my sloop evade the pursuit.


Fortunately enough to the French, the Spanish fleet kept approaching steadily, and soon had the pirate at range of their cannons. The frigate is from Peter Pig too, while the sloop is from... er... well... a doll house decoration [cough]


This was the moment where the pirate gamer started having his bad time, while my sloop swiftly slipped behind the Spanish warships that started delivering volleys to the pirates, inflicting serious damage to their ship :D



In the end, the pirate had to desist and flee, so allowing the French trader to safely leave the tabletop escorted by the Spaniards.
The game lasted about an hour and a half, more or less.

Lluís



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Re: Caribbean fisticuffs
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2019, 07:09:53 AM »
Looks like a good campaign Lluis, the new PO8 rules have arrived and there is a campaign system in that as well as the land and sea games.

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Re: Caribbean fisticuffs
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2019, 07:37:03 AM »
Love those photos. What a great place for a game!

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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2019, 07:42:59 AM »
That looks greta. The real weather gives more realism to the game. I am jealous :)

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Re: Caribbean fisticuffs
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2019, 07:47:01 AM »
Beautiful location for a game. The scenery reminds of my visit to Salamanca.

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Re: Caribbean fisticuffs
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2019, 09:33:30 AM »
Lovely map, and probably the best wargames room I've ever seen :)

Thank you for these photos and commentary Lluis.

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Re: Caribbean fisticuffs
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2019, 09:24:56 PM »
Great looking table, cloth or paint?

The dappled sunlight very pleasant.

The views from the war-game room amazing.

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Re: Caribbean fisticuffs
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2019, 09:58:30 PM »
Thanks for your warm comments, sirs. Next time I'll try to have some better pictures for showing!

As for the campaign rules themselves, they're a product of my feverish mind based on the generic mechanisms of Galleys & Galleons ruleset, with some ideas picked from other campaign settings. I don't know how well could they be adapted into Pieces of Eight, but as soon as I have it translated into English (for quite logically, I wrote them in my own language, Catalan) I'll share them with you. Even if not straightly adaptable, perhaps they might serve as an inspiration source.

Cheers,
Lluís