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    05-28-2024, 12:38
    Heavens above Dobbs. I haven't even looked at the Class of 15 yet. Rob.
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    05-28-2024, 11:46
    Congratulations, Myles! If only the site can hold out another 9 months, I'll make mine too!
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    05-28-2024, 01:17
    :hatsoff: It gives me great pleasure to be able to announce that Myles has been awarded his 10 year service medal today. Congratulations. ...
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    05-27-2024, 10:10
    Bligh replied to a thread Partizan 2024 in Wardroom
    Yes Dobbs we do. It keeps things fair, neater on the table and the system speeds up play and clearing up at the end of the game. The cards are...
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    05-27-2024, 04:25
    Dobbs replied to a thread Partizan 2024 in Wardroom
    Very nice! Do you put the damage chits back in the bag for redraw?
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    05-27-2024, 01:18
    Bligh replied to a thread Partizan 2024 in Wardroom
    Here are a few of the ship logs Dobbs. Escaped.
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    05-26-2024, 17:27
    Dobbs replied to a thread Partizan 2024 in Wardroom
    Glorious! (Unless you're Spanish)
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    05-26-2024, 13:47
    Bligh started a thread Partizan 2024 in Wardroom
    Here are a few shots from our Sails Game last Sunday. We played Valdivia. Rob. The Spanish discuss tactics. The Chilean Squadron does...
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    05-17-2024, 15:30
    Bligh replied to a thread New members signing on. in Wardroom
    This evening we are joined by a new shipmate from the USA. He is Steven, aka Stoney77 from Indiana. Rob.
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    05-17-2024, 10:15
    Bligh replied to a thread August 1776 in After Action Reports
    Superb Dobbs. Just what we need to keep the Royal Navy on their toes. Swanning about in New York harbour indeed. Bligh.
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    05-16-2024, 10:24
    Dobbs replied to a thread August 1776 in After Action Reports
    The practices and mission shall follow. Once I feel confident that my game mechanics for Turtle vs. Eagle are functional and fun, I will post...
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    05-16-2024, 09:04
    Dobbs started a thread August 1776 in After Action Reports
    The British fleet is in New York harbor. At an undisclosed location on the Hudson, just north of Manhattan, David Bushnell stands on the deck of the...
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    05-15-2024, 03:22
    You may use them for whatever you like as long as the people you are playing with are O.K. with it Ricardo. Rob.
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    05-14-2024, 07:44
    Bligh replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Glad to hear you are back safe and sound Dobbs. Pity about the lack of games though. Rob.
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    05-14-2024, 05:09
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    The voyage is over and after 7 weeks we're back at our land home. We covered somewhere between 750 to 1000 miles and got in some mighty fine...
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    05-14-2024, 05:05
    Ultimately, I chose brute force over chemistry. With precision cuts, the masts were successfully extracted.
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    05-08-2024, 16:13
    Bligh replied to a thread Fortifications in House Rules
    I treat the firepower like a ship each side has the same and it falls with the attrition. For explosion, that is the magazine and the fort ceases to...
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    05-07-2024, 17:49
    Dobbs replied to a thread Fortifications in House Rules
    What I meant was, what happens when a fort's magazine explodes? How is the damage generated? I see your slots now. Do you divide the firepower...
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    05-07-2024, 01:22
    Bligh replied to a thread Fortifications in House Rules
    If you look at that modified card I posted Dobbs you will see that that fort has three slots for battery fire with three aspects covered by the fire...
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    05-05-2024, 17:26
    Dobbs replied to a thread Fortifications in House Rules
    One of my ideas is that in addition to the overall gun strength, a fort has a Battery number. The number of batteries that compromises a fort is the...
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    05-05-2024, 17:21
    Dobbs replied to a thread Fortifications in House Rules
    What are your magazine/ship explosions like?
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    05-05-2024, 01:33
    Bligh replied to a thread Fortifications in House Rules
    We have a house rule for forts Dobbs. If they get a fire token more than once in an action it may get to the magazine. We then draw for explosion as...
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    05-04-2024, 09:25
    Well done, gentlemen!
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    05-04-2024, 09:23
    Dobbs replied to a thread Fortifications in House Rules
    As I recall, in Ares' fortifications rules, there's no real allowance for critical hits like sail, leak, rudder, and mast hits. Also, fire doesn't...
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    05-04-2024, 01:09
    :hatsoff: The top monthly poster for April is Howard, aka SkeenaH. Congratulations. Bligh. :salute:
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    05-04-2024, 00:43
    :hatsoff: Our top thread starter for April is Olivier, aka Zap who is the only shipmate to have gained this award by being the only thread starter...
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    05-03-2024, 08:42
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Yep, trying to put gunports in a clinker hull had its challenges. I think it would have been interesting if Ares had followed through with different...
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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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