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    Today, 01:21
    Very interesting demonstrations Lankin. Thanks for posting these. Rob.
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    Today, 00:39
    Bligh replied to a thread Fort McHenry in The Chippy Shop
    I already have a few of these Eric. Rob.
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    Yesterday, 18:42
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    Looking forward to your visit, Eric!
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    Yesterday, 01:27
    I have not used it Jed, but I'm sure that some of the shipmates will have experience of it. Rob.
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    Yesterday, 00:43
    Bligh replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    I have been looking at that photo of the actual fort and wondered how to get the correct colour in paint which it appears to be. Several photos that...
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    07-05-2022, 10:19
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    :happy: Last night I was ordering buildings for Ft McHenry and found it on their website. Suffice to say there is one en-route to me at this moment.
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    07-05-2022, 08:39
    Bligh replied to a thread Fort McHenry in The Chippy Shop
    This afternoon I started researching for Castel san Angelo which is also known as Castello Argonese. It looks as if I am going to need a few houses...
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    07-05-2022, 07:51
    Dobbs started a thread Fort McHenry in The Chippy Shop
    After having stalled out on this project for almost a year, I am moving forward again. New buildings from Brigade have been ordered, and the...
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    07-05-2022, 05:14
    Bligh replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
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    07-05-2022, 05:10
    Bligh replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    It is from Brigade models Dobbs. https://www.brigademodels.co.uk/SmallScaleScenery/Mediterranean%20Buildings/SSS-8168.html Rob.
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    07-04-2022, 15:59
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    That's a pretty cool fort, Rob. Where does it come from?
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    07-04-2022, 15:29
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    This is where the fight ended. Saratoga was taking a bit of a pasting, but the mizzen hit was promising. Had the fight continued, I would have...
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    07-04-2022, 15:28
    Bligh replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    No I don't do that Dobbs. I just download the reduced picture from the file on my computer to the page here. Rob.This is how it comes out.
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    07-04-2022, 15:20
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    After turninginto the wind, Saratoga's speed has dropped to 3. The bext turn is uneventful as both ships head west and reload. Saratoga...
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    07-04-2022, 13:36
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    Do you physically take a picture of the screen?
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    07-04-2022, 13:15
    Bligh replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    I just reduce the pictures off my camera with Adobe photoshop and then post them using the insert image box but they all now come with an attatchment...
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    07-04-2022, 13:07
    Bligh replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    That is a very good innovation Dobbs. I think I will even add it to all my solo games using the Sails rules. Rob.
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    07-04-2022, 12:08
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    Just out of curiosity, how do you gents post files with pictures of what you're posting here? I can post PDF's, but it never shows what the file is....
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    07-04-2022, 10:38
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    Thanks for the compliments and Rep, Rob! As an additional note, I allow each class of ship a certain number of free leak hits (indicated off the...
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    07-04-2022, 09:55
    Bligh replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    Thanks Dobbs. That clears up a lot of the odds and ends for me. You certainly have an excellently realistic game mechanism. The Millers' Island...
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    07-04-2022, 08:00
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    Once again, Saratoga is in a superior tactical position. This time, her gun crews manage to even the score a bit.
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    07-04-2022, 07:54
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    At the start of the next turn, I roll to see how the crew does tacking the ship. They are entirely successful, and Saratoga continues across the...
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    07-04-2022, 07:44
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    After the exchange, Saratoga decides that to tack while the British reload. On the Plotting Log I indicate that I intend to tack (the equivalent of...
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    07-04-2022, 06:38
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    For ships with 12 pdrs as their primary armament I subtract -1 any numerical damage shown on the drawn chits to reflect the lesser punch than 18...
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    07-04-2022, 05:24
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    I've replaced one of the photos that was not visible on my end. The other one is still visible here and I feel like I shouldn't poke the bear......
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    07-04-2022, 00:46
    Bligh replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    Thanks for the demo of the action Dobbs. I'm starting to see what some of the scoring of points is doing to the integrity of the ship and crew....
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    07-03-2022, 17:44
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    Now moving at 5, Saratoga opts to go straight. The British come up closehauled on a starboard tack. Both sides fire, a full opening...
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    07-03-2022, 17:30
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    Taken by surprise by the British abrupt turn downwind, Saratoga moves to compensate. S means a 2 point turn to starboard, z is a 1 point...
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    07-03-2022, 17:18
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    The opening moves: The wind is blowing from Miller's Island. Saratoga goes for the weather gauge. The British frigate lets it go unchallenged...
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    07-03-2022, 14:07
    Dobbs replied to a thread Goldilocks Syndrome in House Rules
    Here's a few rounds of a 32 gun frigate duel I fought this afternoon. The scene: July 3rd, 1777, the privately owned USS Saratoga, 32 gun 12 pdr...
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Weight of Shot

by Dobbs on 09-14-2020 at 18:43
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I'm sure it comes as no surprise to anyone how fast a sloop falls apart.

It got me to thinking though. A sloop fighting a sloop ought to be able to take damage like a frigate vs. a frigate, or 3rd vs. 3rd, etc. It's just that SoG is treating all guns as the same weight of shot.

I propose that ships with less than 9 pdrs subtract -2 from any numerical broadside damage indicated on a chit. Ships with 9-12 pdrs, -1. Ships with a mix go with the heaviest guns as the

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Reflections on Springing at Anchor

by Dobbs on 08-04-2020 at 18:33
My newest Springing Rules:

Springing Rules.pdf


This was a test of my newest Springing Rules.



To set the tableau, during the Quasi-war, the American frigate Saratoga discovers a French frigate watering on a small island in the Caribbean. The French, caught off guard and on a lee shore decide to fight from a spring instead of slipping the anchor.


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My Soloplay Mechanism

by Dobbs on 07-28-2020 at 18:24
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The Latest Version of the Rules:

SoG Solo Tables - Sailing Master 1d6 7-28.pdf

In this round, I have incorporated a number of new suggestions, as well as making a small change to the Yellow Arc tables.

I suggest printing out pages 1 through 5. The remaining pages are just an example of play, as suggested by David Manley, and can just be left on your computer for viewing.

The Bearing Template:

SoG Solo SM Bearing Template.pdf

If anyone gives

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Schooner Rules for Sails of Glory

by Dobbs on 05-05-2019 at 09:09
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Here are my House Rules for schooners plus some other wind related rules. Note that the Green Arc is reversed with the Yellow Arc, since fore and aft vessels sail to windward better than downwind. The page numbers refer to the SoG rulebook.

Schooner Rules for Sails of Glory 05-05-19

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Burden 1 Movement: Due to their agility, unlike larger ships which must plan two movement cards ahead, all vessels with a Burden of 1 need only plan one movement card

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