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Fleet "Letter of Marque attack!"

Fleet "Letter of Marque attack!"
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Did you know that sea monsters can be assigned equipment?

This is a somewhat odd and gimmicky fleet that takes advantage of the rarely-used but potentially awesome Letter of Marque equipment. To further this aim, they are placed on the most unlikely of hosts - Cursed squids that have cargo for them!

The main ship in this fleet is the Belle Etoile, chosen for her speed and overall effectiveness at carrying the necessary crew and supplies. Arnaud is starting to repay his debt to his godmother by helping out the Cursed beasts.

One of the biggest keys is Cissey and the fact that you can glimpse your opponent's fleet before choosing what to add with the extra 5 points. This allows for a faction check, and you can add the appropriate Letter of Marque equipment (all the same one if they're going faction pure), which could include French Letter of Marque or Soul Mark.

I initially forgot about how the equipment is eliminated if you shoot at the ship of that nationality. However, the solution is to use the monsters to pin enemies in place, at which point the Belle Etoile (who will be working in tandem with them anyway due to Arnaud) can use her speed to swoop in and blast away! In the meantime, the sea monsters are immune to cannon fire and use their tentacles to wave a piece of paper at your annoyed opponent! XD These particular sea monsters are also great at boarding, so you could board them repeatedly and use their abilities multiple times without actually shooting and losing the letters of marque.

The gold running choices aren't very unique, but I haven't used the Coeur as a pure gold runner in a while, so putting a helmsman aboard is different for me personally. Each gold runner has a different speed, so they can hit separate islands. The Intrepide will hit the closest island with an explorer and get gold back quickly to start the parleying cycle. Until you have gold, the sea monsters can stay submerged. The sea monsters (with the boost) and Belle have the speed to help defend them if needed.

This is a gimmick fleet, which means there are big drawbacks. If you Parley away too much gold, you could lose the game from your own strategy. The Belle needs to quickly dispatch enemy ships before they can trigger the letters of marque. If the enemy doesn't use one of the five factions covered by the letters of marque (notably the Pirates), use Cissey to instead add any number of things to the fleet. The creatures could be given shot equipment, which would make them more dangerous. Each ship could be given an oarsman, or you could even grab an extra gold runner such as Le Pique.

Finally, 70 points is a bit strange. You can make it 40/45 by taking out Calypsos, the Bon Marin, and the Intrepide with all their cargo. However, this would leave the Coeur as the only gold runner and only one unique usage of a letter of marque on a sea monster.

Thanks for checking out my fleet! Let me know if you think this concept could be improved!

 
Miniature list Group miniatures by  
Section: Ship #1 (2 miniatures)
1 x Calim Calim (PofDJC)
  • Collector's Number: 004
  • Faction Affiliation: The Cursed
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Ship
  • Point Value: 17
  • Cargo Space: 5
  • Base Move: S+S+S
  • Cannons: 2S-2S-4S-4S-4S
  • Number of Masts: 5
Miniature text:

Sea Monster. If this sea monster succeeds at a boarding party, it also eliminates a mast.

Calim developed a taste for human flesh by feasting on shipwreck victims. It has lately become more brazen in its attacks, sweeping ship decks of sailors to feed its insatiable hunger.

1 x Spanish Letter of Marque Spanish Letter of Marque (F&S)
  • Collector's Number: 102
  • Faction Affiliation: Equipment
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Equipment
  • Point Value: 1
Miniature text:

This ship can use Parley against Spanish ships. If this ship shoots at a Spanish ship, remove Spanish Letter of Marque from the game.

 
Section: Ship #2 (6 miniatures)
1 x American Letter of Marque American Letter of Marque (F&S)
  • Collector's Number: 103
  • Faction Affiliation: Equipment
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Equipment
  • Point Value: 1
Miniature text:

This ship can use Parley against American ships. If this ship shoots at a American ship, remove American Letter of Marque from the game.

1 x Captain Captain (PofCC)
  • Collector's Number: 126
  • Faction Affiliation: France
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 3
Miniature text:

This ship may move and shoot using the same move action.

1 x Helmsman Helmsman (PofCC)
  • Collector's Number: 124
  • Faction Affiliation: France
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 2
Miniature text:

This ship gets +S to her base move.

1 x Jules Arnaud Jules Arnaud (RotF)
  • Collector's Number: 023
  • Faction Affiliation: France
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 4
Miniature text:

"If a sea monster begins its move within L of this ship, it gets +L to its base move."

"Arnaud advises France on affairs of the Cursed, but unknown to them, he is actually the godson of the Hag of Tortuga. Though he has tried desperately to forget his past, he owes the Hag a debt of life—a debt she intends to see him pay in full."

1 x La Belle Etoile La Belle Etoile (PofR)
  • Collector's Number: 053
  • Faction Affiliation: France
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Ship
  • Point Value: 13
  • Cargo Space: 5
  • Base Move: S+L
  • Cannons: 3L-3L-3S
  • Number of Masts: 3
Miniature text:

Schooner. When this ship hits an enemy ship, you may also eliminate one cargo from that ship.

The cannonneers aboard La Belle Etoile pack their cannons with double the usual amount of gunpowder in order to penetrate both sides of a ship with one shot.

[Errata: In the flavor text the word "cannonneers" is misspelled on the card. It should be "cannoneers."]

1 x Vicomte Jules de Cissey Vicomte Jules de Cissey (PofCC)
  • Collector's Number: 089
  • Faction Affiliation: France
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 0
Miniature text:

Limit, Ransom. Place this crew face up during setup. You may build your fleet using 5 more points than the build total. This crew cannot leave this ship unless it is captured or eliminated.

Not everyone who wears a fancy uniform deserves it - especially not Vicomte Jules de Cissey. Every inch the powdered puppy, his shrill demands and pretentious behavior make him generally disliked by all who meet him. He is, however, a vicomte with means, so he continues to receive his social due, though this presence adds no luster to events.

 
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
1 x Calypsos Calypsos (PofDJC)
  • Collector's Number: 003
  • Faction Affiliation: The Cursed
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Ship
  • Point Value: 15
  • Cargo Space: 5
  • Base Move: L
  • Cannons: 2S-2S-2S-2S-2S
  • Number of Masts: 5
Miniature text:

Sea Monster. If this sea monster succeeds at a boarding party, you may choose two crew, two treasure, or one crew and one treasure, instead of only one crew or treasure.

Calypsos was summoned by a voodoo priest who was overwhelmed by its power. Now the kraken swims the Spanish Main, attacking ships with an unfettered rage.

1 x English Letter of Marque English Letter of Marque (F&S)
  • Collector's Number: 101
  • Faction Affiliation: Equipment
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Equipment
  • Point Value: 1
Miniature text:

This ship can use Parley against English ships. If this ship shoots at an English ship, remove English Letter of Marque from the game.

 
Section: Ship #4 (2 miniatures)
1 x Explorer Explorer (PofCC)
  • Collector's Number: 120
  • Faction Affiliation: France
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 1
Miniature text:

This ship may dock and explore a wild island using the same move action.

1 x L`Intrepide L'Intrepide (PofCC)
  • Collector's Number: 078
  • Faction Affiliation: France
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Ship
  • Point Value: 5
  • Cargo Space: 4
  • Base Move: S+L
  • Cannons: 3S-3S
  • Number of Masts: 2
Miniature text:

English ships get +1 to their cannon rolls against this ship.

The English reserve a special hatred for L'Intrepide, who true to her name goes where others fear to tread - most especially among the English royal fleet.

 
Section: Ship #5 (2 miniatures)
1 x Helmsman Helmsman (PofCC)
  • Collector's Number: 124
  • Faction Affiliation: France
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 2
Miniature text:

This ship gets +S to her base move.

1 x Le Coeur du Lion Le Coeur du Lion (PatOE)
  • Collector's Number: 080
  • Faction Affiliation: France
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Ship
  • Point Value: 2
  • Cargo Space: 3
  • Base Move: S+S
  • Cannons: 2L
  • Number of Masts: 1
Miniature text:

This ship cannot shoot when she carries treasure.

Le Coeur du Lion is a mere shell of her former self, barely able to maintain discipline among her crew and sporting more leaks than usable cannons.

 
Section: Ship #6 (2 miniatures)
1 x Helmsman Helmsman (PofCC)
  • Collector's Number: 124
  • Faction Affiliation: France
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 2
Miniature text:

This ship gets +S to her base move.

1 x Le Bon Marin Le Bon Marin (PofR)
  • Collector's Number: 059
  • Faction Affiliation: France
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Ship
  • Point Value: 6
  • Cargo Space: 4
  • Base Move: S+L
  • Cannons: 4S
  • Number of Masts: 1
Miniature text:

This ship may dock and explore a wild island using the same move action.

Phillipe Amqui once piloted Le Bon Marin through the bayou around New Orleans and into Jean Laffite's hideout on a bet from Lady Baptiste.

 
Fleet Statistics
Distribution by Base Move
- bar 10  63 %  
L bar 6 %  
S+L bar 19 %  
S+S bar 6 %  
S+S+S bar 6 %  
 

Distribution by Cargo Space
- bar 10  63 %  
3 bar 6 %  
4 bar 13 %  
5 bar 19 %  
 

Distribution by Faction Affiliation
Equipment bar 19 %  
France bar 11  69 %  
The Cursed bar 13 %  
 

Distribution by Number of Masts
- bar 10  63 %  
1 bar 13 %  
2 bar 6 %  
3 bar 6 %  
5 bar 13 %  
 

Distribution by Point Value
- bar 6 %  
1 bar 25 %  
13 bar 6 %  
15 bar 6 %  
17 bar 6 %  
2 bar 25 %  
3 bar 6 %  
4 bar 6 %  
5 bar 6 %  
6 bar 6 %  
 

Distribution by Rarity
C bar 50 %  
R bar 50 %  
 

Distribution by Type
Crew bar 44 %  
Equipment bar 19 %  
Ship bar 38 %  
 



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