Sorry to mega post on you people, but it could not be avoided.
The Resources changed, with a five and 6 coming up, making metals and finished goods rather valuable. The English rejoiced, since they ad a finished goods island close to their HI.
The Spanish bolster their ranks by adding La Monarca. Here she docks at a gold island that is close to the cursed HI.
The Americans recover from their brush with the Pirates, but they have lost their chieftan, limiting what they can do with their canoes.
The greedy pirates converge on a lumber island, doing their best to soak up as many resources as possible.
The French move out looking for high value resources. They spy the finished goods island by the English, and prepare to make a visit.
The English are unaware of the French plans, and continue to go about their business of gathering resources. The Hyena and Dover are their main runners right now, with the Hound (in the background) supporting them.
The Pirates make for home, while the Americans eye them in the distance, debating if they want to engage them just yet.
The French descend on the Finished Goods island, much to the dismay of the English.
The Cursed bring in the Cyclone
to help gather resources.
The Pirates go back out looking for more to fuel their empire……
The English head for home, and vow vengeance on the French for taking their resources.
A wider shot of the Cursed operation. They are excited, with some high value resources near them.
The Pirates are saving. Look at that stack of gold.
The Americans launch the Lynx
The Frontier approaches the lumber island the cursed have been going to. The Cursed voice their displeasure at the intrusion, but are willing to let it slide for now since lumber is not as valuable as Finished Goods or Metals.
The English launch the HMS Victor
and the HMS Raven
to protect their resource interests.
The Spanish split up to look for more resources and gold.
The Americans continue to search for resources.
The Spanish get in on the hoist business and launch the Buscador
The Cursed are the first faction buy an island upgrade!
They load it up and set out for the lumber island and in no time flat, upgrade the island, giving sole control of it to the cursed.
The Pirates build the The Devil's Maw
on a gold island, infested with Cannibals
The Americans launch the USS Destiny
, and the Minuteman
drains a gold island.
The Joya del Sol approaches the center island, looking pockets of gold.
The French find a lumber island, making lumber and metals the predominant resources of the game. Of the other resource islands, there are only two variants, the finished goods island near the English, and the Medicine Island near the pirates.
The French launch Le Bonaparte
, but do not give her any crew.
The French have a significant stockpile of resources available to them, but they have not cashed any of them in.
The pirates go on a small spending spree, launching the Mermaid
, Banshee's Cry
to aid their gold efforts.
The French are drawing from their metals island close to home, they are amassing quite the stockpile.
At this point the resources changed again…..
Metals became the most valuable resource, with medicine and Lumber being close seconds,the value of Finished goods diminished exponentially, however. This would have been terrible for the English, but the cashed in their stores of finished goods right before the market changed, giving them a huge windfall. These current values will hold for rounds.
The French already had a vast store of Metals, and now eagerly seek more to add.
The Cursed call for more help, and launch the Rook's Folly
, Demon Gate
, Grim Reaper
, Fiddler's Green
, Fallen Angel
, and Pestilence
to help gather the valuable metals.
The English also launch the HMS London
captain and helmsman, HMS Lady Provost
, and HMS Bolingbroke
with captain and helmsman. They also launch the HMS Lord Walpole
and HMS Wycliffe
The French test the English by sending the Bonaparte near one of their ships.
The Americans fire on the Pirates with both the Destiny and Minuteman, but they only succeed in taking out one mast on the Paradox.
The English sail their small battle fleet out to meet the French, who currently don’t have a single captained ship.
The French launch the Le Bonaparte
+ Capitaine Baudouin Deleflote
, and La Geographe
The French and English converge on the metals island, both factions want it, and the English are thinking of taking it, especially after what the French did earlier in the game, taking their resources.
The Cursed converge on a nearby Metals island, many of the ships going there have 4 cargo spaces available, so when the Metals are cashed in, it will provide quite a windfall.
The Pirates retaliate against the Americans, taking a mast off the Destiny via ram.
The Spanish continue to gather gold, both the old fashioned way and grabbing resources when they can.
La Monarca drains an island. The Spanish have designs for this island, especially since it is so close to the cursed.
The Franklin makes for her troubled fleetmate.
Things tense up as the English and French fight over the Metals island. The Bonaparte has already tasted the wrath of the London, Lawrence cancelled her S immunity and took off two masts. The other fighting ships are on their way.
The English are reaping the benefits of the Metals island as metal tokens being to pile up.
The English form a physical blockade of the Metals Island, to try and cut off French access.
The Cursed and Spanish middle sea, relatively quiet
The English blockade, from the north looking south
The French try to break the blockade, but the English swoop in and ram a mast off of the offending ship.
The French cash in their saved up Metals, gaining more than 400 gold.
The Cursed cash in their saved up metals as well, as resource values are about to change.
The Spanish are wary of the Rooks Folly and send the Santa Isabel with the formidable small gunship, Santos Romanos
The Spanish end their turn by building Fortaleza Dorada
With their sudden riches, the French launch Le Superbe
with captain and helmsman, La Corse
+ Amiral Stephan Dupuy
, and Le Courageux
, each with a captain and helmsman.
Over the course of two turns, the English purchase two island upgrades, and claim the Metals Island as their own, deny the French easy access to the Metals. However knowing that Trading ports are relatively defenseless, the English keep up their presence, and pressure around the island.
To accentuate their existing forces, the English launch the HMS Goliath
and HMS Guy Fawkes
, each with a captain and helmsman.
At this point, resources changed again, with much anticipation, the die were rolled……
Wow what a change! The one signifies that all resources are worth their face value. Lumber is the number on resource, and so now has a value of one. This benefits the English greatly as they have a finished goods island right next to them!
However all other nations, except the Cursed suffer, since most of them had been depending on the continued high value of lumber to keep things going, especially the pirates.
The English continue their campaign against the French, firing into Le Superbe, declaring war, as they take two masts from the French warship.
The London and Cygnet look to swap crew, with Lawrence hoping to come aboard the Cygnet, giving her some tough defense to overcome. However things did not go so smoothly for the usually coordinated English.
The Pirates look to overcome the recent change in resource values by bringing MASS QUANTITIES of low value resource in and hoping for a change later down the line. Here four of their ships have docked at a lumber island.
The Corse tires to stem the tide of the battle against the English, but winds up pinning herself, and only taking out one mast.
However, Deleflote gives the Corse a second chance and she does not disappoint, taking the final mast from the HMS Hyena.
The French seek to outflank the English, as more of their ships try to get into the battle area.
The English ram a mast off the Superbe, and then shoot another one off, using the Victor.
A wide shot of most of the battle, as well as most of the northern theater, with the English approaching, the Goliath, Cygnet, Guy Fawkes,Wycliffe, and Walpole all make their way toward the new English trading port and the French.
The Superbe flees, and the Corse takes her place, taking a mast off of the Victor.
The Bonaparte tries to get in on the actin and rams into the Goliath, taking out a mast. She is not worried because of her S immunity.
The Courageux tries to lend a hand, but misses with her cannons.
The Corse fires again into the Victor, taking another mast, overall a decent strike by the French.
However the English counter was equally devastating, the Cygnet pulled up behind the Goliath, but still within S and cancelled the Bonaparte’s immunity, which allowed the Goliath, Guy Fawkes, and Wycliffe to shoot at her, and derelict her! A huge blow to the French cause.
To further complicate matters, the Victor used her built in shipwright, and Lord Mycron
to bring back her missing masts!
The Americans are the second faction to buy an island upgrade, and look to load it onto one of their surviving canoes.
The Courageux flees from the guns of the Lord Walpole and Wycliffe.
The French realize they’ve underestimated the English, and so launch La Ville de Paris
with captain and helmsman, Mont Blanc,
with captain and firepot specialist.
The Spanish also delve into the flotilla business, launching the Armada
from their HI.
The Cygnet continues the campaign against the French, ramming into the Corse, cancelling her defensive ability, and managing to get all 4 shots in on the French warship!
However the French are able to gain a measure of revenge, taking out two masts on the Victor, again, and setting the Wycliffe alight.
With help from the Goliath, the Walpole sinks the Courageux! The first ships to be sunk in the game!
With some crafty maneuvering, the Wycliffe slips around the Arrogant, and tries to shoot her mast off, not knowing that the Arrogant has the same ability as the La Corse!
The Pirates go on a minor spending spree and launch several ships from their new trading port, which they built when no one was looking!
The new arrivals include the Fuchuan
The Pirates also purchased some HI expansions, you can see the massive stockpile of medicines they have.
The Santa Isabel takes the Armada with her on her way to the English Trading port in the North, the flotilla accompanies her to ward off any potential attacks.
Icebergs suddenly hamper the Spanish fleet, as a super berg made of two iceberg pieces slams into three of their ships, and forces the Cazador del Pirata
onto a reef, further adding to her injuries.
Icebergs are also a problem for the other two northern factions, the English and French. Here on of them menaces both fleets and generally gets in the way.
The Arrogant hits the Guy Fawkes with a firepot, the war between the Englsih and French heats up.
The Wycliffe is also hit with a firepot, and a French schooner rams her, but fails to take off a mast.
Another French schooner rams the Wycliffe, but also fails to take off a mast.
The Ville de Paris swoops in and saves the Corse, towing her.
Mountains of gold on the Cursed HI, they are planning something…..
A wide shot of the Enlgish/French action. The Ville de Paris has pulled broadside to the Cygent, the Guy Fawkes has taken the Arrogant out of the active battle by ramming her lone mast off. In addition to this, she and the Wycliffe have eliminated their fire masts. The Victor is still in it, her bow is visible in the lower left, she is in spitting distance of the Ville de Paris, and has been able to survive because of her built in shipwright.
In the background the Superbe is repairing, and the French HI is visible, showing just how close the English are to the French.
The Battle from the north, looking south:
Mont Blanc fires away, but only hits enough times to eliminate one mast.
The French tear into the Cygnet, ramming and shooting with what few S range guns they have.
Still to come, the biggest launching of any of my games, eclipsing the English Mega launch from last year’s CoE!