Friday, March 27, 2015

Trafalgar refought

Some three weeks ago, Grant ran a Battle of Trafalgar scenario at Dragon's Lair using some Portsmouth minis and modified Bloody Broadsides rules.
There weren't quite as many ships in our refight of the battle, but we did have over a dozen players commanding 17 or so sailing vessels.
I captained the Bucentaure, an 80-gun French ship.
We played a speeded-up version of the game, with automatic damage (the to-hit rolls slow a big game down) with the opportunity to roll for criticals. We maybe had one or two--mostly fires.
It was a fun game, with a lot of fog of war as ships carried out their written orders--sometimes to the detriment of the rest of the fleet.
The French and Spanish lost three or four ships, the English British maybe had one vessel that struck.
In the end, the English British, with their superior crews, prevailed. It was an enjoyable time.


Colgar6 said...

Wow, that's a lot of players and a big battle! By the way, Trafalgar was fought by the United Kingdom fleet; there hasn't been an English fleet since 1707.

Desert Scribe said...

Yeah, but Nelson said "England expects that every man will do his duty" :)

Anyway, I do appreciate the correction, and I fixed my blog post.

Gonsalvo said...

Looks great; how long did it take to play?

Desert Scribe said...

We ended the game after four hours. It was pretty clear at that point that the British had won.