Sails of Glory Napoleonic Starter Board Game
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- Starter Set is a complete game for 2-4 players
- Entry point to a game system that allows players to recreate the epic naval battles of the of the "Age of Sail"
- Contains four 1/1000 scale ships with their specific gaming bases
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In Sails of Glory you will sail and fight with massive ships-of-the-line or swift frigates, in an age where the armies and fleets of the French Emperor Napoleon I battled across the seas, as well as on the fields of Europe and the powerful Royal Navy of the British Empire clashed against the French from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, in dramatic naval battles, such as Trafalgar and the Battle of the Nile. This Starter Set is a complete game for 2-4 players and also the entry point to a game system that allows players to recreate the epic naval battles of the of the "Age of Sail". Fast playing and easy-to-learn, Sails of Glory uses pre-painted and assembled ship miniatures and an innovative movement mechanic, inspired by the acclaimed system used in our Wings of Glory game. Four ships, two French and two British, are included, each ship complemented by a specific maneuver deck and ship log. Also included is a full color rulebook, counters and accessories, to start playing out of the box in mere minutes.
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I won't detail the rules, as they are available on the Ares website if you are interested. However, if your familiar with the Wings of Glory game, you have an idea of what to expect with this system. In my opinion, this setting is far more suited to the card movement system than arial combat. The attitude of the wind against the ship adds a small amount of complexity and strategy that I've enjoyed. The addition of crew actions provides a "worker management" aspect that helps you feel like the captain of a crew, rather than just a pilot.
The pre-planning helps simulate the delay in adjusting the momentum of such a massive vessel. This, combined with the crew actions, creates a tension as you attempt to maneuver the vessel into just the right position, with your crew prepared, to deliver a devastating blow to your enemy. It's quite a rush when you turn over the next maneuver card after you've closed with the enemy to see if your gamble to load double shot will pay off with a devastating raking shot, or if you'll be on the receiving end of the enemy's broadside instead.
Just sitting down with another player and seeing who can best the other as a captain of a vessel is a lot of fun, but when you play a scenario with a little story the game really shines. Ares has produced some scenarios within the included rules, and more are to come. But I also like looking up historical actions and recreating them with the ships included. The starter set gives you enough for hours of fun, but you will want to expand your fleet before too long.
I'm just waiting for the next wave of ships to expand the possibilities, but I'm already completely hooked.
The components are very high quality. Easy to play right out of the box. When I pulled the ships out, my immediate thought was, "The pictures I've seen do not do these justice." I'm not dedicated enough to mod them, but there are already many examples of modelers who have added rigging, ratlines, and repainted the ships to create some truly impressive game pieces. The game mats (not included) are nice, but a blue tablecloth is almost just as good. I would recommend a large table. . .
A couple of minor issues:
I would like to have a supplemental reference that lays out the rules as a single set, as they are currently broken out into beginner, standard, advanced, and optional sections, which makes looking up a specific rule a little more tedious than it might otherwise be.
I would like if the ships fit a little more snuggly within the base, as they just fall out as manufactured. You need to remove the ships for measurements from time to time, but I don't like that they fall out so easily. I've read on the community forums, if you put a dab of rubber cement on the ships peg, and let it dry before you put it back on the base, it will fit more snugly. I'll have to give that a shot.
All in all, I love the game, and anticipate I will be playing for years. I highly recommend the game to anyone who enjoys the setting.
If you are like me and have trouble finding people to play with, the Sails of Glory Anchorage provides a free chart which will allow you to play a solitaire game against "AI" opponents as well as several solitaire missions.
The game takes up a TON of table space, so be prepared if you plan to fight larger scale battles. I recommend assigning a TV tray to each pair of players to keep all of their ship log and tracking stuff off of the play space. One of the most elegant and intuitive age of sail systems out there.
The minis may not be perfect, but they beat the hell out of cardboard or painting your own fleet.
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Only downside is it seems to appeal to a more mature audience, so it's harder to find opponents, but it's a lot of fun to play.Read more