Alas, there was no session for the month of April, but the May session has just been completed!
When we last left off, the Lord Sentinel had attacked the First Mate Jones, who got sudden un-expected help from the Ninjamaster, who broke his alliance with the Lord Sentinel. Several of the Lord Sentinel’s ships had been damaged and one had been sunk, the first combat sinkage of the game!
As the Admirals gathered around for another session, the Lord Sentinel had one thing on his mind: revenge.
Here is a shot of the Eastern Ocean, which contains the fleets of the First Mate and Ninja master on the left and right, respectively.
The Fleet of the Lord Sentinel before the session got underway, the Celtic Fury should only have 2 masts standing, but I didn’t want to take them out….. A close look reveals an event on his HI, possibly to counter the several events that the First Mate purchased last session….
Commodore Simon moving his ships about, the Commodore is so far the only admiral to not have been engaged in combat. He has neither shot nor been shot at.
The Commodore sends the ridiculously fast Hai-Peng to an island, where she promptly rolls a one to get stuck.
The fleet of the First Mate Jones spreads out, looking for gold, and looking to stay away from combat.
The Lord Sentinel took quite an eventful turn, sending four ships into the second sea: El Garante, Bloody Jewel, Hades Flame, and Concepcion. Their destination is the islands in the far reaches of the second sea, away from the whirlpool that lets them go between the seas.
That’s not all the Lord Sentinel did, in a game record, he spent over 100 gold and put FIVE ships into the water, each with a Captain, Helmsman, Fire Shot, and Fire Pot Specialist!
The largest launch so far of the game! The five American Schooners squeezed in around the now Crowded HI of the Lord Sentinel. The Hessian is cancelling the Mercenary Keyword of the Celtic Fury, allowing the giant ship to repair at the HI, where she is safe from cannon fire. Additionally when she docked, the CF was able to unload the Captured DJC El Fantasma, who was turned in for a large 9 gold payout!
In the background you can see the Lord Sentinel’s ‘battle fleet’ moving out toward the unprotected El Castillo del Infanata, which was built right before the last session ended
The First Mate Jones uses Jean Desailly to throw the great Intermediaro onto a reef, where the poor beastie loses three tentacles! The Lord Sentinel glowers, displeased with this turn of events.
The fleet of Commodore Simon has grown incrementally, but is now reaching a large enough size to be taken note of by the other admirals, here the wounded Divine Dragon and Amity make for the far flung Castillo del Infanata, and look on at the impressive size of the Commodore’s fleet.
In another unfortuneate turn of events, the First Mate Jones uses Elizabeth’s piece of 8 to make the Darkhawk II fire on the Grand Barnacle, which has taken the derelict HMS Grand Temple in tow (the GT was derelict at the end of last session)! The Lord Sentinel is displeased, but his focus is elsewhere, such as on the fleet of the Ninjamaster…..
Speaking of the Ninjamaster, he has sent the CC Deliverance way into the Lord Sentinel’s waters, using an EA and Ghost Ship to go straight through obstacles in his way. The Deliverance winds up just astern of the Divine Dragon and the Lord Sentinel eyes the ship warily….
In the background, you can see that the Commodore Simon has built his first fort, Fortaleza Dorada, giving him a base of operations away from his HI.
Not liking such a threatening warship near his home, the Lord Sentinel dispatches the newly launched Freedom, and the captured Algiers to take care of the Deliverance. The Algiers got her built in EA, sailed 4S up to the Deliverance, and Percival Blake succeeded with his Broadsides Attack, eliminating three masts! The Freedom followed up with her cannon bonus against Pirates coming in handy, she let loose with regular cannon and hit with a firepot, leaving the Deliverance aflame and derelict!
This aggression certainly got the attention of the Ninjamaster, and a look to the east shows some very powerful warships heading toward the Lord Sentinel, among them the Cristal del Obispo, and the dreaded Endeavour.
The Deliverance is boxed in and aflame, even though she has a shipwright and the Ghost Ship keyword, it will be difficult for her to escape. Note however, that most of the ships surrounding her are gold ships, even though the Guichuan has a captain, the great vessel has not seen fit to fire on any ship so far.
Partly in response to the Lord Sentinel’s aggression, and partly to keep up in the arms race, the Ninjamaster launches the
+ Thane Hartless
+ some other crew (forgot who!
+ Commander Steven Decatur
+ captain + helmsman
From his HI, giving him some firepower to match the Lord Sentinel’s
For the first time this session, Calypso creates whirlpools! The First is within L of the Golden Medusa, where the Goddess has taken residence; the other is within L of an island in the Second Sea!
The Peacock and the President dock at the same island, but on opposite sides, each grabbing some gold. In the background the Deliverance has used her shipwright and an EA to begin to crawl away from the Lord Sentinel’s forces. The Cristal del Obispo is making her way toward the Lord Sentinel to escort the Deliverance back to friendly waters and to get some revenge…..
In addition to the formidable surface warships at his disposal, the Ninjamaster also has a crewed up Nautilus, with canceller Christian Fiore aboard.
The Lord Sentinel reveals his hand! Last session he had purchased the Coleptra with Anamaria and a face-down crew. He now revealed that crew to be Papa Doc
! Doc took aim at the EA crew on the Deliverance, but failed to possess the unlucky pirate. Frustrated, the Lord Sentinel ordered the Algiers into the gap, and directed her Broadsides Attack to the La Felecitie, and succeeded for a second time in a row!
In a diabolical move, the Lord Sentinel used a 6 from the All-Powerful Davy Jones to send the Enfant Terrible (Captain Deleflote’s abode) through a whirlpool, and sent him out right in front of the First Mate Jones!
The Lord Sentinel finished his turn by launching:
+ Captain Blackheart
+ helmsman + sac crew
The LS also purchased some crew for the Grand Barnacle to use in conjunction with the UPS of the Rising Sun.
The First Mate uses his slew of smaller craft to ram the Enfant derelict, and then captures it! A huge blow to the Ninjamaster and his overall game plan, and a tremendous boost to the First Mates, if he can get the Enfant home……
The Ninjamaster has sent the Fallen Angel towing Death’s Anchor to harass the Lord Sentinel. The Saratoga tries to interfere and cause damage, but to no avail.
The Deliverance continues to limp away, experiencing an incredible run of good luck. Her Fire has not spread, and she is moving at a decent clip toward home.
The Peacock leaves the island and tries to block the Acorazado from entering the active battle theater.
The Ninjamaster uses his myriad of turtle ships to first ram a mast off of the Algiers, and then the Proud Tortoise derelicts the ship with a well-placed cannon shot.
The Ninjamasters heavy guns are approaching, the Franklin and Cristal del Obispo are almost upon the Lord Sentinel’s waters. The Saratoga has taken damage squaring off against both the Fallen Angel and Death’s Anchor, she may not last much longer…..
The Saratoga is one of two of the Schooner squad to stay in the primary sea, all the others went through the Whirlpool to secure the islands in the second sea for the Lord Sentinel and his nefarious plan….
To make matters worse for the Saratoga, the Titan has arrived via her built in EA.
The Saratoga falls!
As mentioned, the Lord Sentinel sent most of his American Schooner Squad to the second sea, most of them lost their Fire Shot equipment’s in the process, but are still well armed enough to take of any runners that come through. Here they are after coming through, menacing the Maui’s Fishhook, but the Ninjamaster has not abandoned his far flung runners!
The Assesina de la Nave and HMS Oxley have come through the Whirlpool to assist the MF! However, they are frozen after coming through, for they lack EA’s to engage the Lord Sentinel’s forces…..
The Fishhook flees, leaving the Oxley and de la Nave to handle the imposing American gunships….
The Intrepid weighs in on the Peacock, and makes short work of her.
Sinking the Peacock opened the door for the Acorazado to make her entrance, using her SAT from Captain Castro; she sailed up to the Titan and proceeded to blast 3 of her masts off!
The Ninjamster had oped his reinforcements to the Second Sea would be enough to deter the Lord Sentinel, but alas it was not to be.
Opening fire first on the much more dangerous de la Nave, the Freedom and Louisiana combined firepower to sink the ship, leaving the Yankee and her slightly bad cannons to take care of the Oxley; which she did, going 4/4 to single handedly sink the Oxley (thus also freeing up some valuable named English crew….)!
To cap it off, and to make a firm statement, the Lord Sentinel directed the Guichuan through the whirlpool as well (where she lost one of her stern masts), and here she makes an impressive sight, emerging behind the Schooner Squad, with her sights set on the second island, and the Ninjamaster’s fleeing Joya del Sol.
Realizing that the situation near his HI is actually quite serious (the Franklin is no slouch) the Lord Sentinel uses his Fleet Actions (Mycron, Preble, Etc.) on the Intrepid and Oxford, getting them into the fight so as to draw fire from the Acorazado, and to have two cancellers in the area (Lawrence on the Oxford).
Here the Intrepid has hit the Cristal with a fire pot, and taken out one of her masts as well, while the Oxford was unsuccessful on the other side.
The Lord Sentinel ends his turn by launching some new ships (seriously, I just added these to my collection):
+ Admiral James Norrington
+ Sir Christopher Myngs
+ Helmsman + shipwright
F Flying Dutchman
+ Jack Hawkins
+ Will Turner
r + helmsman + oarsman
The Rising sun has reached an island, and the Neptune’s Hoard has departed, but the First Mate Jones has used his L-moving crew to throw the Hoard onto a reef! The Lord Sentinel is relieved, and the First Mate annoyed that the ship survives its encounter with the Reef.
The Lamon slinks up behind the repairing Divine Dragon, where William Eaton fires and takes off a mast!
The Fallen Angel and Death’s Anchor get up close and personal with the Acorazado. The Angel lacks a captain, and so tries to ram a mast off of the mighty warship, and fails. The Flotilla behind her opens fire as well, somehow getting all 4 of her cannons on the Acorazado, only to go ¼, which is ignored by Joaquin Vega.
The Titan fails at her built in EA, but succeeds in taking out one of the Acorazado’s masts!
The Cristal has a mixed day, she succeeded in eliminating two of the Intrepid’s masts, but gained another fire mast….
The Ninjamaster plays one of his aces, using a Fearsome Creature to slink in and surround the Intrepid!
The Nautilus slips past the Canoe blockade, and surfaces, firing on the docked Grinder, and taking out two masts!
Disaster for the Lord Sentinel! The Ninjamaster tried ramming with another Turtle Ship, but failed, then he had the Franklin weigh in on the mighty Spaniard, and a combined 4/4 and ram reduced the Acorazado to one mast standing!
To add to his troubles, the Paul Revere came through and thrashed the Oxford, taking her down to one mast!
A sudden reversal of fortune! The Constitution was finally
done repairing, and she made her presence known with a successful SAT from Montana Mays. Even though her world hating bonus would not be effective against the Franklin, she prevailed, managing to dismast the fearsome gunship.
You may have noticed that the Acorazado was missing from the last pic, since the Constitution essentially took her place. Where then did she go? The Ninjamaster thought he had boxed the ship in, but did not account for a successful SAT from Captain Castro! The Acorazado moved S+S, fired a parting shot at the Franklin, and moved S+ S again to put the Canoe blockade between her and the dangerous Titan.
Realizing that momentum was building in his favor, the Lord Sentinel instructed the Amity to move away from Castilla del Infanata, giving the Fort three clear shots on the Paul Revere! The Fort went a dismal 0/3, but was bailed out by its ability to re-roll a miss, where it succeeded at hitting the Revere!
Next the Divine Dragon was given an action, El Fantasma’s SAT was successful, allowing the Dragon to pull broadside to the Revere, where she had a combined +2 to cannon rolls against her! (+1 from ability, another +1 from Devereaux
who was on board)
Using the rest of her SAT, the Divine Dragon sailed south into the heat of battle! Able to get one cannon in range, the Dragon fired the shot to sink the Franklin!
Meanwhile, the Nautilus had felt safe and secure above the seas, having sent the Grinder running, and the Dauntless not able to hit even though the Ninjamaster had let the English warship fire on the sub. Then the Dutchman arrived, and prepared to fire as well, but Will Turner was cancelled by Christian Fiore. However the Lord Sentinel smiled, for he had not intended to shoot the Nautilus. Wesley led a board from S away, Jack Hawkins assured that the crew would be safe, and the Dutchman easily won the board, wiping out all of the Nautilus’s crew!
In a tactical error, the Lord Sentinel directed the Oxford around the surrounded Intrepid and instructed her to fire on the fleeing Deliverance, and not to use Lawrence to shoot at the Kraken, insult was added to idiocy as the Oxford missed
Trying to capitalize on his built momentum, the Lord Sentinel recalls the rest of the Schooner Squad; you can see the battle on the right hand side of the frame, where the Constitution is visible.
The Commodore Simon tries to send the Hyena through the Portal to the Second Sea, but fails to roll the required 6 to go to the other Portal, and thus is hanging out in the main sea Portal.
The First Mate throws the Grinder into the path of the Acorazado, who is trying to get back to the HI to repair.
Once again, the First Mate uses the Piece of Eight to make the Darkhawk II fire on the Celestine, but manages to miss enough times to only derelict the Galley.
A Fearsome Creature leaves the Intrepid to surround the Constitution, leaving the slightly burning schooner behind (her fire shot equipment backfired).
The Carolina catches up to and rams the Acorazado derelict!
This opened the the Titan, who had the Death’s Anchor clear away the Canoe Blockade to capture the Acorazado!
The Oxford is rammed derelict by a Turtle Ship, opening the door once again for…..
Capture! With that, both of the Lord Sentinel’s canceller crew have been captured!
In a possibly unprecedented event, the surviving CANOE FIRED upon the HMS Titan, and HIT. The Lord Sentinel followed up this unprecedented event with a shot from the Grinder, taking the Titan to one mast standing….
Desperate to save at least the Acorazado, the Lord Sentinel once again pinned his hopes on the Yankee, sending her to stop the Titan…..and once again, the Yankee prevailed, sinking the Titan!
In the background, the rest of the Schooner Squad has engaged the Ninjamaster’s Turtle Ships and flotilla
In a desperate attempt to free up the Oxford, the Coeleptra comes to the surface, and lets loose with all of her cannons on the Endeavour, on top of that, the Divine Dragon has rammed into the Endeavour as well as firing her cannons with a +2 bonus, but combined the two were only able to knock down 4 of her masts, leaving one standing, and the Oxford securely in tow.
The Session ended there, and it was decreed that the 2017 Campaign shall go on Hiatus until after the summer, and CoEC has come to pass.