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2005
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Best with 2 players
Recommended with 1, 2, 3, 4 players
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12 and up
Playing Time
240 minutes
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12 and up
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Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Flying Colors
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Flying Colors returns you to the age of sail where mighty men-o-war and Ships of the Line met in vast engagements for command of the sea. Unlike many other games set in the period, Flying Colors provides a simple, fast-playing system allowing players to re-enact battles containing dozens of ships on each side. Rather than focusing on the abilities of individual ships, Flying Colors uses broad classes of vessel within each "rate" and concentrates the players minds on maintaining command of their fleets using a simple command system.

From the Publisher:
Flying Colors recreates naval actions during the height of the Age of Sail, from small engagements to full battles involving dozens of ships in each fleet. Play is fast, furious, and does not require the pre-plotted movement found in many other naval games. Instead, a simple initiative and command system allows players to activate and maneuver their fleets in a realistic manner, indicating how older commanders adhered to rules of engagement where more forward thinking commanders, like Nelson, could retain control of their fleets after the first broadsides began to be exchanged.

This is not a strategic level game where one piece represents several ships. Flying Colors includes 300 individually named ships rated for size, gunnery, boarding ability, and damage capacity. Also included are nearly four dozen individually named commanders, rated for their ability to control their formations as well as the impact of their presence within the fleet. The game system provides what naval enthusiasts will expect in a tactical Age of Sail game: broadsides, rakes, anchoring, wind effects, weather, shore batteries, and much more. All this is packed into a short, accessible rulebook.

Included within the game are 17 historical scenarios ranging from the Battle of Minorca (1756) during the Seven Years War to the Battle of the Capes during the American Revolution and on through the Battle of Trafalgar (1805) during the Napoleonic Wars. The battles range in size from small engagements playable on a single map through huge engagements like the Glorious First of June playable on three maps. Players are also free to create their own variants and "what-if" scenarios using point values for each ship. Most scenarios can be played within a few hours and two players can complete even the largest within a day. Several are also well suited to solitarie play.

You can now recreate Nelson's glory with Flying Colors!

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C3i Magazine article list:

  • C3i Magazine, Nr18 - Two New Battle Scenarios: “Escape from Lorient & the French Convoy” by Al Bisasky:
  • C3i Magazine, Nr20 - Three New Battle Scenarios: “The Trafalgar Campaign, 1805” by Mark Barker:
    • Scenario 18.T1 – Craig’s Convoy
    • Scenario 18.T2 – The Saintes, 1805
    • Scenario 18.T3 – Trafalgar
  • C3i Magazine, Nr21 - Four New Battle Scenarios: “Postscript to Trafalgar Campaign – Four Squadron Actions” by Mark Barker:
    • Scenario 18.T4 – Collingwood’s Fears
    • Scenario 18.T5 – Duckworth’s Choice
    • Scenario 18.T6 – Willaumez at Bay
    • Scenario 18.T7 – Santo Domingo

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Flying Colors
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Product Code: GMT 0506-10
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GMT Games English first edition 2005
Publisher: GMT Games
Artist: Rodger B. MacGowan, Mark Simonitch
Year: 2005
Product Code: GMT 0506
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Publisher: Relative Range
Artist: Mike Nagel
Year: 2003
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2 Initial broadsides markers
For those who do not like to use the log sheet but still want to record initial broadsides. Print and mount front (top) and back (bottom).
English
2014-09-22
11 Firepower charts per nation
This file was created to speed up the determination of firepower. It combines, for each nation represented in the game so far, the carronade table and the basic firepower table: no need to add up modifiers! Print each page and fold then laminate to get one card per nation + a sequence of play!
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2014-05-17
9 2014 Hit Chart against Large Ship targets
Replaces previous incorrect tables (small ship target) Chart
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2014-03-05
7 2014 Hit Chart for Small Ship targets
Updated Hit Chart vs Small ships
English
2014-03-05
12 2014 Movement Chart
update of the Movement Chart for 2014
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2014-03-05
11 2014 Combat Reference Chart
Updated version of the handy Combat Chart
English
2014-03-05
15 Update Ship spreadsheet
Spreadsheet of ships and commanders for Flying Colors and Ship of the Line
English
2013-11-02
51 Flying Colors Player Aid
This is an on board player aid to help understand ship movement and reminders for associated movement modifiers. I hope this helps some players...
English
2012-07-25
5 Desaix counter
Here's a counter for the Desaix, so you don't have to use the substitute, Tyrannicide anymore.
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2011-09-27
12 Ship Cards - Master and Commander
Ship cards for holding your fiddly bits. These are just Major Sholto's cards redone for all of the battles from the Flying Colors Play Book. Use them to hold all your counters. These are for the Surprise and Acheron from Master and Commander. Enjoy!
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