Alright here is the start of my Economy Edition
campaign report! For reference, here is the ruleset for Economy Edition
. I chose starting fleets of 25 points apiece, with the Big Five(Pirates, Americans, English, French, and Spanish) starting out.
Here are the fleets:
+ helmsman, explorer
HMS King John
La Belle Etoile
El San Jose
Captain (on their HI)
Let's get started!
The ocean layout:
The northern ocean as viewed from the east. The Americans and Pirates are in the center and the French are in the bottom left corner. (Comments on photos are appreciated). For clarification, the dark brown cardboard are reefs, the lighter brown are sargasso seas, the brown with symbols on them are icebergs, and the spiral ones are whirlpools. There are two fog banks in the center of each ocean. The oceans are only accessible to each other by the whirlpools.
The southern ocean, with the English and the Spanish positioned there.
The separation between the northern ocean and the southern ocean.
The starting resource rolls were celebrated with fanfare and rum! The cubes of randomness decided to be 5 for resources and 5 for duration. That means fish will be most valuable in the coming rounds and spices will be almost worthless.
The Spanish won the die roll to go first, and with the booming of cannons, the campaign starts! The first turn was a lot of moving around, but the HMS Galway reached an island on the first turn.
The second turn started with the Spanish finding textiles on the island south of their HI. Textiles is worth 4 gold as of now, so the Spanish will take advantage of this.
The Spanish also found fish on the island north of their HI, profiting them greatly. La Monarca is already on its way home with its ability.
The English found lumber on the frozen island northwest of their HI. It is not as valuable as of now, but the English will make do.
The Pirates and French docked at wild islands, but they can't explore yet.
The Americans found fish with the Rattlesnake and spices with the Lynx. The Lynx is docked at Sandbar Island, a custom island by Cadet-Captain Mike's games where you have to roll the mast count of the ship trying to dock or higher to dock.
Turn 3 started with La Monarca reaching home and with 18 gold the Spanish purchase La Resolucion
with a helmsman and firepot specialist. This will serve as a great fighter to protect the gold runners. La Reso picked up the Captain that was supposed to be on El Algericas, but I bet he liked the upgrade.
The HMS Nautilus found spices on an island NE of the English HI. The English have lesser value resources right now, which could be a problem with their aggressive neighbors.
Le Favori discovered lumber on the southern-most island in the northern ocean, and La Belle Etoile finds fish on a central island.
All of the Pirate ships explored on the same turn, with the Cursed Blade finding lumber, the Bloody Jewel finding metals, and the Cutlass finding fish. They will have a great bounty of resources to cash in when they get back home.
The American turn consisted of the Boston finding metals on an island SW of the American HI, the Lynx docking home and the Rattlesnake homeward bound.
Turn 4: The Spanish send out La Resolucion to patrol the southern ocean while the other gold runners return home and purchase a Captain for El Algericas and La Santa Isabel
with an explorer.
The rest of turn 4 was mostly moving around so I didn't take any pictures because I didn't want to bore you.
The Spanish on turn 5 head out in different directions: El San Jose to its previously visited wild island due south; La Resolucion and El Algericas westward; La Santa Isabel heading toward a island SW of the Spanish HI, and La Monarca returning from another trip to the fish island it explored.
The English stockpile their resources on their HI (didn't take a picture of it).
The two French ships reach home and with a big sum of 32 gold purchase La Vengeance
, La Bonne Chance
with a captain, and La Danae
The Pirates, due to the proximity between the French HI and their HI, launch the Golden Medusa
+ captain, Pride
+ captain, and Queen of Cups
+ helmsman(the ship is obscured by the Golden Medusa).
The Americans spend a boatload(no pun intended) of 38 gold and launch the Enterprise
with Wayne Nolan
, a captain, and a helmsman & the Bonhomme Richard
After the fifth turn, the resource rolls will change, but that is the end of part 1.
Here is the layout of the ocean now:
The northern ocean with all factions there getting ready for conflict.
The southern ocean, with the Spanish worrying the English with their excursions toward the English HI.
I hope you enjoyed this report and part 2 will be coming soon!
Thanks for reading!