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Subject: Fleet Challenge - Spooky Deathmatch!   PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:48 am Reply with quote

Happy Halloween! BOO!

While I had some other ideas, I decided to go theme on this one.

Your challenge is to create a deathmatch fleet that includes a "scary" element. (No, S speed does not count as scary!). Ghosts, Ghouls, Skulls, Vampires, Monsters (Not necessarily the sea kind, those aren't too scary, at least in this game heh) - That is what we want. =)

Rules:
1) Your fleet must contain at least one ghost ship keyword (either from a ship or crew). While the ghost ship does not have to be your "baddest" ship, it should not be an afterthought.
2) You must also have at least one other "Scary" element on a second ship. If not obvious, make sure you point it out in your description!
3) All game legal items are available including RtSS (use a proxy and tell us). Mixed nations are welcome. I am tempted to rule out 10 masters, but I guess we will keep them legal....
4) Instead of a point limit, we will mix it up and have a mast limit. Your fleet can contain up to 13 masts (so the points of ships do not matter). Yes, 13 triskaidekaphobics!
4b) EDIT: A maximum of 1 submarine and 1 Longship are allowed in your fleet (yes, that is an AND)
4c) EDIT: Native canoes count as 5 masts, Flotillas count as 1
5) Crew is limited by points - I would like to leave it at 13 too, but I feel that is too small a number - this is a deathmatch after all. So, you may use up to 18 points of crew (13+18 = 31! BOO!) Crew must still follow point limits for ships.
5b) EDIT: Equipment counts toward your 18 point limit
5c) EDIT: NO EVENTS
6) Have a description and put "Spooky" in the title!
7) One entry per person!
8 ) Consider the set-up and scoring (below) before submitting your fleet
9) EDIT: Eternal only works once.

Scoring:

I would really like to do this challenge in Vassal, so like previous challenges, I hope you can all play your fleet. If not, I will try to play them, hopefully with the help of Ben and/or Xerecs, because I am still slow at it =) The deathmatch will be single elimination between the entrants, with random matchups. (if odd, then bye goes to scariest fleet heh) The final will be best of 3. If this best of 3 are all extremely close games, and the winner has a boring use of ghost ship or "Scary element," I reserve the right to give the win to the other fleet.

If we somehow get a very large amount of entries which makes the time on vassal too hard for me to do, I will just judge based on how I think they would do in a deathmatch, with extra credit given to the ghost/scary element.

Map Set-Up:

Whether it is in Vassal or not, the map will be a standard map, with home islands 8L away from each other. There will be many, many reefs and/or Sargasso Seas.


So, I think that is it! Please post here if you plan to enter!

I posted this a little late to have the deadline on Halloween, so I will give the now standard 2 weeks and will make grand reveal day Sunday November 6th.

Have fun and pass me some candy!


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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:04 am Reply with quote

it took me 15 min to find out that typing vassal in all caps is considered a curse word because of the word inside it lol
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:10 am Reply with quote

Hey, this sounds like a lot of fun, I'm in! Twisted Evil
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:08 am Reply with quote

I haven't done many challenges, so count me in on this one. I will need to look into getting Vassal running on my PC though. Any tips on the best way to do that, things to avoid, and/or online resources for help?

Thanks.
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:13 am Reply with quote

crebostar wrote:
I haven't done many challenges, so count me in on this one. I will need to look into getting Vassal running on my PC though. Any tips on the best way to do that, things to avoid, and/or online resources for help?

Thanks.


I made a thread to help people. It links to the VASSAL download as well as the latest Pirates module.

The latest module is the one for the World game; if that doesn't work, try this one.

Happy to see you around again! Very Happy
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:36 am Reply with quote

OK time to get silly...

I'm assuming native canoes are counted as having 5 masts (for one set), and that flotillas would be considered 1 mast?

Does equipment count towards the 18 points of crew?

Also, there could be easy ways to take advantage of that mast limit... I'm thinking multiple submarines in one fleet (with cancellers too... ugh), or possibly a longship fleet heh.

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For example...

Nautilus + Fiore, helmsman, oarsman
Mobilis + helmsman
Slipstream + Lawrence
Devil Ray
USS Lamon
Pyre + helmsman

Shocked Rolling Eyes Twisted Evil
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Subject: Fiendishly Ghoul   PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:03 am Reply with quote

Sounds fun! I look forward to seeing what everyone makes.
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:15 am Reply with quote

I am definitely in for this one.... time to get spooky, CALL UP THE CURSED!!! XD
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:12 pm Reply with quote

a7xfanben wrote:
OK time to get silly...

I'm assuming native canoes are counted as having 5 masts (for one set), and that flotillas would be considered 1 mast?

Does equipment count towards the 18 points of crew?

Also, there could be easy ways to take advantage of that mast limit... I'm thinking multiple submarines in one fleet (with cancellers too... ugh), or possibly a longship fleet heh.

Edit:
For example...

Nautilus + Fiore, helmsman, oarsman
Mobilis + helmsman
Slipstream + Lawrence
Devil Ray
USS Lamon
Pyre + helmsman

Shocked Rolling Eyes Twisted Evil


This is why I need to do this when I am more awake.

When we play this type of game, we have never used Native Canoes, so that doesn't come up. I guess then yes, it counts as 5 masts. Flotillas are 1, yes.

Equipment WILL count toward the crew limit. So lets call it a cargo limit instead =) In addition, even though I didn't say it, no events.

As for the mast limit, I am not afraid of the Vikings so much. They are too slow and their crew stinks, so if someone wants to go there I don't think it would pay off.

As for subs, well, yeah an all sub fleet like you mentioned would be brutal. It would also be very very lame. So, I will add a rule - only one sub per fleet allowed.

First post edited to fix these problems. Thanks!
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:44 pm Reply with quote

Ah... only 1 longship per fleet now... interesting.

This was my first fleet, before I created the all-sub fleet. I may use some variation of it, but obviously it will need editing now.

Faerie Fire + captain, helmsman
Kettering + captain
Sautez le Requin + captain, helmsman
Naegling + captain, helmsman
HMS Rye
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:24 pm Reply with quote

With the new edits, the tone seems to be that we need a longship and Sub in our fleets. I assume this is not the case?

No comments on summoning the Cursed? Wow. XD
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:10 pm Reply with quote

Does Eternal only work once, or will some other ruling be used?
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:32 pm Reply with quote

Sorry to change it Ben, but you have two weeks to tweak it heh

Yes, Eternal only works once. Sorry never did a deathmatch one of these before lol
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:34 pm Reply with quote

volt wrote:
Sorry to change it Ben, but you have two weeks to tweak it heh

Yes, Eternal only works once. Sorry never did a deathmatch one of these before lol


Haha no need to apologize, I've already got a new version! Very Happy Twisted Evil
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:35 pm Reply with quote

xerecs wrote:
With the new edits, the tone seems to be that we need a longship and Sub in our fleets. I assume this is not the case?


Certainly not, just as Ben pointed out an all sub fleet could be broken without a point limit. As for Longships, I just want variation here, especially since we probably won't have many entries, and the point is the Ghost Ship anyway =)
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