Avast! The 2017 campaign continued! This is the report for the March session, the April session has yet to be played, but will most likely happen in the next week or so what with Spring break next week we admirals should be able to gather for at least one session if not more. In other news, the Lord Sentinel has gotten a new camera and used it for this session, which is why the pictures may look different from previous reports. Now onto the action!
The homeward bound rule was used again, placing all ships within L of their home islands. The home islands of the Ninjamaster, and First mate Jones before their ships began moving.
Commodore Simon’s fleet around his HI. Some ships are going out, some are coming in for more cannons…..
The First Mate’s fleet moves out, wary of his neighbors. The Lord Sentinel has already declared his hostilities, and the Ninjamaster is allied with him and VERY close to the First mate.
Adding to his troubles, Ralph David is hostile: Pirates, so the First Mate had to ground the Enterprise immediately to avoid the penalty of David’s Hostility.
The Ninjamaster uses Calypso’s ability to place a whirlpool right near his a Home Island, and another one in the second sea! Already he has flung several ships there, runners and fighters to defend them.
In a curious act, the Ninjamaster used the Vodoo Doll UT (which he picked up in the last session) to shut down the ability of Jordan Dumas on the Celtic fury, thus preventing the Fury from benefiting from Barstow’s ability for a turn. This irked the Lord Sentinel but not overly.
The Ninjamaster sends the Baochuan to the nearest island using a SAC action to dock and completely empty it!
Commodore Simon’s Home Island, the Delusion, Dreadnought, and FS Apollo are all adding cannons, while his runners bring in a healthy stream of gold, which can be seen piling up on his HI around the docked ships.
The HMS Merlin
and HMS Victor
are among his recent launches, and are visible on the far side of his HI.
The Lord Sentinel used the Hessian to cancel the Mercenary keyword of the Celtic Fury, allowing her to dock and turn in Wayne Nolan for 5 gold, infuriating the First Mate Jones.
Not only that, but the Lord Sentinel has sent his battle squadron west, the HMS Grand Temple and Le Gule are bringing up the rear in that formation and can be seen in the background with the Oxford.
The First Mate Jones used the UT Elizabeth's Piece of Eight
to move the Neptune’s Hoard into the path of the Bloody Jewel, trying to block the ship from going to her island destination and muck up the Lord Sentinel’s gold system.
Commodore Simon strikes gold! The Hai-peng rolled to bring two coins from every other island to the one she has docked at creating a fortune right within the Commodore’s and Lord Sentinel’s reach!
The Commodore quickly brings in La Joya del Sol to take the best coins, but she rolls poorly and winds up stuck!
Using a small par of his fortune, the Commodore Simon commissions the Pirate flotilla’s Widowmaker
, placing them within L of his HI to be picked up by a friendly ship.
Using the Piece of Eight again, First Mate Jones sends the Neptune’s hoard into the fog, greatly annoying the Lord Sentinel.
The Ninjamasters gold ships are traversing between seas with little to no harm. The first ship to lose a mast this session was one of his runners who lost it to a whirlpool.
Here the damaged East wind and White Rose dock at the same island and load some valuable gold coins.
The Baochuan docks at the portal in the second sea, and loads all the gold there!
Despite the efforts of the First Mate Jones, the Neptune’s hoard docks at an island in the west, and takes some tasty gold.
The battle squadron of the Lord Sentinel: The Celtic Fury is bringing up the rear with the Guichuan looking to join them on the left of the frame behind the gold runners. In the background the Divine Dragon is leading the charge, with the Acorzado, Garante, Constitution, Le Gaule, and HMS Grand Temple not far behind.
The First Mate Jones spends around 50 gold and puts ten ships into the water at his Home Island! He has also grounded Ralph David, placing him on his HI so as to avoid the Hostile penalty.
A closer to ground shot of the Lord Sentinel’s fleet, the Guichuan has decided to not join the battle squadron, at least not yet. The Celtic Fury is still bringing up the rear, while the rest of the squadron groups up, getting ready to lead a strike into the waters of the First Mate!
Off to the left around the Guichuan, Intermediaro helps the Lord Sentinel’s gold ships get the gold faster, and without having to worry about the docking penalty.
In his first launching of the session, the Lord Sentinel puts four ships into the water:
+ facedown cursed crew
First Mate Jones manages a measure of vengeance and a first strike against the Lord Sentinel by using Jean Desailly to move the Acorazado onto a nearby reef! The Lord Sentinel rolled the die, hoping for a 5 or 6, but got a 1, stripping off 4 of the Acorazado’s masts!
This was a huge event, as it stalled the Lord Sentinel’s plans and forced a canceller out of the active battle squad which would be telling later on.
In another brilliant move, the First Mate builds St. Pierre
on the island that allows for a UT to be brought into the game, thereby denying easy access to anyone but him. However there is one other such island in the game and it is located in the second sea and firmly in the grasp of the Ninjamaster.
Commodore Simon launches El Tirador
One of the Ninjamasters runners becomes stuck at the easternmost island on the sea!
A long shot looking from east to west, the fleets of the Lord Sentinel and Commodore Simon are in focus, while the fleets of the Ninjamaster and First Mate are not so.
The Lord Sentinel’s battle group is gathered near the mid sea, about level with the Portal, with its eyes on the relatively unprotected fleet of the First Mate Jones, whose only capable gunship is the Executioner in the right mid-ground.
The Ninjamaster is employing his favorite tactic for large games, and has formed a physical circle around ‘his’ territory, visible (though blurry) on the left of the frame.
Commodore Simon is content to let the major powers fight, for now. He has been adding cannons to the Delusion, Dreadnought, and Apollo at a steady rate, soon those ships will have extreme firepower at their disposal…..
In a troubling move, the First Mate purchases several Events….. The Lord Sentinel blanched when he saw the four tokens show up on the First Mate’s home island, for he knows who they would be played against….
Having picked up a significant fortune at an island, the Guichuan comes about, and points her bow toward the HI of the Lord Sentinel. Behind her out of focus is the Lord Sentinel’s battle squad, minus the Acorazado who has come home to repair her extensive damage (you can see her main mast on the bottom left).
Next to her, the submerged Coleoptra, along with the slow Hessian head directly East- toward the waters of the Ninjamaster- while the Celestine and Hades Flame head home with valuable gold.
Realizing the trouble he could be in, the Lord Sentinel purchases his own, singular event.
The Lord Sentinel’s battle squad, from left to right: HMS Grand Temple, El Garante (with cursed Native Canoes), HMS Oxford, Constitution, Celtic Fury, Philadelphia, Divine Dragon, and Le Gaule; altogether an impressive display of firepower.
The Commodore Simon sends hi La Joya del Sol into the second sea, making him the third Admiral behind the Ninjamaster and Lord Sentinel to send a ship there. Now only the First Mate Jones is the only Admiral to not send a ship there.
The chaos begins! The First Mate Jones plays rolling fog on a fog bank near the Lord Sentinel’s battle squad. He then uses Jean Desailly to move the Divine Dragon onto a shipwreck reef, where the Dragon loses all but one mast!
Next the submerged Lamon moves into range with canceller Turner on-board, forcing the Lord Sentinel to reveal the hidden crew on the HMS Oxford, canceller Lawrence! The cancellers canceled out, allowing the Executioner to get into range and rip off most of her cannons, taking two masts off of the Oxford. The First Mate tried to land a firepot on the mighty Constitution, but failed!
The Rolling Fog event……
The Divine Dragon’s fall…..
The Lamon and Executioner’s attack.
The First Mate expected to get shredded on his next turn, but something odd happened. The Executioner was moved away by the Ninjamaster!
Immediately the effect of Rolling Fog is felt, as the fog bank moves to the right and engulfs the Constitution and Oxford, denying the very handy usage of the canceller Lawrence until the Lord Sentinel can free her!
The Constitution and Grand Temple both get their respective SAT and move aggressively to intercept two of the First Mate’s chief gold runners, the Golden Peacock and the Frontier. Incredibly, both ships survive their encounters with the Lord Sentinel’s gunships. Poor die luck was a contributing factor, even though the Constitution has world hating…..
In a fiendish move, the Lord Sentinel used a 6 from Ocean’s Edge Davy Jones to move the Executioner into easy firing distance of the Celtic Fury, who moved up shot two masts off, and then used Mycron to S-Board the Executioner, easily winning the board with Barstow taking the 9 point El Fantasma!
In the background, El Garante moves to support the Grand Temple and Constitution against the surprisingly resilient runners of the First Mate.
The Lord Sentinel finished his turn building El Castillo del Infanata, his only fort, on a nearby island, providing a place to repair ships away from his home island.
Looking East at the shared waters of the First Mate and Ninjamaster, Le Gaule is passing within firing range of Paradis, but the Lord Sentinel is confidant his ship will not be damaged heavily, thus choosing not use a SAC to get her closer to the fight around the Executioner.
In the background, the other capable fighters of the First Mate can be seen, La Lyon, Le Superbe and USS Eagan are his next best gunships in the water, but each are a turn or two away from any of the Lord Sentinel’s ships…. However, he recently launched the Tepant
from his Home Island, and the Enterprise is almost done repairing, both ships are combat ready and could provide a tipping force in the coming battle.
Rolling Fog continues to be an irritant to the Lord Sentinel, here it envelops the Philadelphia.
Amazed to find that all his ships are still floating, the First Mate uses the Lamon to cancel Bonny Peel on the Grand Temple, and ram a mast off the ship from underneath.
He then employs a swarm tactic, bringing one of his ten single mast ships to bear, and attempts to ram another mast off of the Temple, but fails to do so.
The Tepant weighs in on the Constitution, hitting all four times to take out two masts on her! Continuing his attack, the First Mate sent the nigh-unhittable Nubian Prince to attack the Grand Temple, who went 4/5, hitting with the stern 5L cannon!
The Lord Sentinel looked in in stunned disbelief, never has the First Mate shot this well with cannons.
Using a double action, the Nubian Prince turned around and tried to draw a bead on the Constitution, and managed to take one more mast from the powerful American warship!
The First Mate sent in La Lyon next, who took the final masts from the HMS Grand Temple! The Lord Sentinel was stunned beyond belief; his mighty battle squadron was being laid low before his very eyes!
To finish off his turn, the First Mate directed the gunners of Paradis de la Mer to fire on Le Gaule! Most of their shots went wide, but one managed to hit, taking off Le Gaule’s stern mast.
To add further woes to the Lord Sentinel, Le Superbe came around the Fort and managed to knock off one more mast, and give Le Gaule a firemast with a successful firepot hit!
Continuing his swarm tactic, the Rover is directed to ram into El Garante, but to no effect.
The Ninjamaster rejoices as his beloved peacock is freed at last from her island trap. She had been stuck at the easternmost island for most of this session.
The Lord Sentinel’s battle fleet had taken a thrashing, but the Celtic Fury and El Garante were still healthy and Le Gaule could put out her firemast at the newly built Castillo del Infanata. While he was formulating a plan to strike back, the Ninjamaster slid the CC Deliverance
(represented here by the Fool’s Hope since we couldn’t find all of the Dleiverance’s masts) up next to the Cletic Fury. The Lord Sentinel looked on in stunned anguish as the pirate gunship tore into the Celtic Fury eliminating 4 masts!
To emphasize his betrayal and declaration of war, the Ninjamaster brings the Fallen Angel
into play, who is towing the Cursed flotilla Death's Anchor
, and rips off more shots on the Celtic Fury as well as taking the final regular masts from Le Gaule.
The next ship in line to attack is the HMS Lord Cauldwell
, who tries to sink Le Gaule, but misses both shots! The Lord Sentinel’s relief was short lived as the Noble Swan
came up and fired the shot to sink Le Gaule!
This marked the first ship to be sunk in combat so far. Other ships had sunk before, but those were the result of Island effects, and not combat. The sinking of Le Gaule also signified the end of the alliance between the Lord Sentinel and the Ninjamaster.
Further infuriating the Lord Sentinel, the Ninjamaster sank the damaged Divine Dragon, who returned home with El Fantasma’s Eternal, but lost the two UT’s the Lord Sentinel had spent so much time and energy getting! Glowering at the Ninjamaster, the Lord Sentinel began making plans to avenge his fallen ships and get his UT’s back…..
In a last move, the Ninjamaster tried to attack the Hessian, but forgot about her built-in cancelling. He then directed the HMS Algiers
to attack the now badly damaged Celtic Fury and hit with Captain Percival Blake's
Broadsides Attack, taking the Fury down to one mast standing!
The Lord Sentinel was hungry for some revenge, and got it right away, with Jones rolling a 6. Looking over at the Ninjamaster, he directed the docked Endeavor (with 3 added cannons mind you) to fire upon the incoming Baochuan. Incredibly the Endeavor missed enough times with all cannons to leave the Baochuan afloat with two masts, her other shots on the nearby Buscador also missed.
Acting quickly the Lord Sentinel derelicted and took the HMS Algiers with the Oxford and Philadelphia, here both ships have gone back to the crowded HI of the Lord Sentinel.
In addition to Mycron, all of the Lord Sentinel’s Fleet Admiral crew succeeded with their rolls of 6, meaning up to three ships could be given EA’s. One was spent on the Philadelphia to move her into position and take the Algiers, and one was spent right after on the Oxford, getting her into position to attack the Julius Caesar with the Hessian.
Across the sea, El Garante got her EA from Victor de Alva, and wreaked havoc on the First Mate’s immediate ships, and took the HMS Grand Temple in tow.
The final Fleet Admiral action was given to the Hessian, who sank the Julius Caesar.
Finally to cap off his turn, and the session, the Guichuan managed to dock at an island and drain all the good coins from it.
That concludes this session of the 2017 campaign! The Ninjamaster has betrayed the Lord Sentinel, who has now forgotten all about the First Mate and is focused entirely on the Ninjamaster.
The next session should prove to be an interesting one, with all ships rebounding to within L of their Home Islands, which for the Lord Sentinel means his ships are probably safe from immediate harm…….
The next session should be interesting to see pan out, as two admirals are practically broke (Ninjamaster and First Mate) while the other two have the most gold saved up (Lord Sentinel and Commodore Simon). Who will strike back first in the new war between the Lord Sentinel and Ninjamaster? Who will emerge victorious overall? Stay tuned to find out!