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    Hello
    I was thinking about including gunboats In game .
    Any ideas ?

    I have one Langton model similar to Antonio Barcelo design from 1980, but I want to do a rule for generic gunboat

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    Fire arc is limited to one , as they used to have 1 or 2 cannons onboard . And we are waiting for better movement cards


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    I don't know about that particular gunboat, but for gunboats in general I don't think G would be a very good deck. They were maneuverable from being small but not that fast. I've read accounts of British ships outsailing gunboats in cutting out expeditions. That is a crew that's never sailed that ship before that still outran the local gunboats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexaS View Post
    I don't know about that particular gunboat, but for gunboats in general I don't think G would be a very good deck. They were maneuverable from being small but not that fast. I've read accounts of British ships outsailing gunboats in cutting out expeditions. That is a crew that's never sailed that ship before that still outran the local gunboats.
    Thank you for your feedback ! This is what I need as I am not an expert
    It is nice , and what do you think will be better ?

    I was planning about only 1 cannon ship log . And because of size some special rule , only damaged when the point value in the token is 1 or something similar .

    This is the base I has created . All the feedback is welcome , and we together can make the gunboat rules .
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    I would think that the hull burden could be a 2 because gunboats were strengthened to absorb the recoil of the gun. So would take a bit of sinking.
    Deck to use a bit more problematic.
    Dobbs or Dave Manley might have a suggestion there.
    i rely on them DB and Texas extensively for my non standard decks.
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Hello Rob I modified the hull burden to 2 . I am going to update with all the info my first post .
    This kind of gunboat was very used in Cuba and in the Spanish Main . Also near from Gibraltar

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    Well I have the first mini test
    2 gunboats vs 1 sloop . Gunboat usually fighted against sloops , frigates and minor ships . As they have a little fire power .
    My idea for the game is use that gunboats to do some damage to bigger ships before a battle or in special scenarios

    Somewhere near from Cuba...
    One sloop was waiting for other ships when 2 gunboats deicided to go for it
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    I am using the G movement cards , with half sails. Need to move less
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    Sloop evading

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    And finally the gunboats with great angle to shoot
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    First damage done , lucky ones
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    Returning fire
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    And after 4 rounds of fire , and changing ammo
    the ships status :
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    As this is a test I didn’t ended the fight , and with the solo mode the sloop left the game board .
    It was possible for the sloop to destroy both gunboats . And the gunboats did some damage to the sloop .
    The gunboats stats and fire angles worked to me , but need to improve .
    Also we need to thing about movement cards

    Next fight will be against a frigate

    Regards , and sorry for my basic English skills

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    You need not worry about your English Ferrante. It is better than some of the pupils I taught and they were born here.

    The test was very interesting. I would love to get Andrea's take on it as regards the ethos and stats awarded to your gunboats. It will be interesting to see how they fare against a Frigate.
    Thanks for posting this entertaining and thought provoking trial run.
    Anyone else got observations on this please?
    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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