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Sea warfare in the Age of Sail database
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Hi everyone!
I love sailing - in real life, and in tabletop games as well. I'm currently trying to write down my own age of sail ruleset, so my wish is to collect ALL the naval resources in a single geeklist, the biggest AoS database available right now!!!; I don't actually OWN all of them but I've played with the most renowed (Close Action, WS&IM, Heart of Oak...).
So here is my list, my spring of inspiration as well as my touchstone!

Please feel free to add more naval WARGAMES: I love to read and play sail rules and see how sailing problems are solved (or ignored...)

ps. If you want, let me know of naval card games too, maybe with a comment, because some of them may have a good point or two.

pps. The same for naval books about ship-handling in the period (1750-1830 roughly). Ex: "Nelson's navy" by B.Lavery; "Seamanship in the age of sail" by J.Harland

Thanks!
Claudio

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76. Board Game: Sea Dogs Attack! The Defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588 AD) [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Very simple and fun. Free rules & art at juniorgeneral.org
 
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77. Board Game: Serpents of the Seas [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:2467] [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked]
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Second expansion for "Flying colors", more maps (2), more counters (280) and a brand new "initiative" system for smaller vessels (small frigates and unrated) engagements.
 
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78. Board Game: Set Sail! [Average Rating:4.03 Unranked]
Frank Cunliffe
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Lansdowne
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2004 multiplayer cardgame from Versal Technologies.
 
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79. Board Game: Ship o' the Line [Average Rating:6.07 Unranked]
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Battleline, 1976
Miniature rules. I used to think that WS&IM/Ship o'the Line relationship is the same ad D&D/AD&D: same company, one is the evolution of the other.
 
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80. Board Game: Ship of the Line [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked]
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GMT, 2008
First "Flying Colors" expansion: 16 scenarios, 30 new commanders, 100+ ships and campaign rules.
 
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81. Board Game: Ship of the Line [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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FatJonnyGames, 2005
Miniature rules. Seems like "Blue Max" since you must choose between 20 different pre-written moves: as you take damage, you lose some of them. Free demo download: http://www.fjgaming.com/demos/SOTLdemo.zip
 
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82. Board Game: Ships of the Line [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Frank Cunliffe
United States
Lansdowne
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2006 cardgame by Alessandro Crespi and Lloyd Krasner from Warp Spawn Games.
 
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83. Board Game: Signal Close Action [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Langton Miniatures, 1993
Miniature rules. The game comes from the master shipbuilder Rod Langton: a true age of sail enthusiast can't ignore his superb sculpted ship models. Here you can download all ship charts: http://www.larsonweb.com/Transfer/Miniatures/Sail/SailRules....
 
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84. Board Game: Signal Close Action, Fast Play [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Langton Miniatures, 2001
Miniature rules. Fast play means they are simpler, but also faster! I really like them: gave me a lot of ideas, expecially in the combat part.
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85. Board Game: Spanish Armada [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Frank Cunliffe
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2005 solitare cardgame by Lloyd Krassner from Warpspawn Games
 
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86. Board Game: Spanish Fury, Sail! [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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The Perfect Captain, 2003
Miniature rules. Set in the 16th century; easy rules still very interesting with some nice ideas and awareness of sail problems ("Naval rules rise and fall on how movement works" - ). Rules, counters & goodies absolutely free of charge: http://perfectcaptain.50megs.com/sfsail.html
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87. Board Game: Trafalgar [Average Rating:4.51 Unranked]
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NAC, 1982
 
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88. Board Game: Trafalgar [Average Rating:8.43 Unranked]
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89. Board Game: Trafalgar [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:5757]
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Here we go, Tralfalgar by GW!! Where are the Chaos marine warriors, uhm?...ups that was Man'o'war!! Review & interactive contents here: http://www.warhammer-historical.com/acatalog/Trafalgar.html
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90. Board Game: Trafalgar [Average Rating:6.73 Unranked]
Frank Cunliffe
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Game published by Action Games and Toys.
 
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91. Board Game: Trafalgar [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Frank Cunliffe
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2005 cardgame by Lloyd Krassner from Warpspawn.
 
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92. Board Game: Trafalgar 1805. Héroes e imperios en la encrucijada [Average Rating:6.40 Unranked]
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93. Board Game: Victory By Any Means: Fire As She Bears Edition [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked]
Claudio Hornblower
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VBAM games, 2005
Campaign-level for "Fire as she bears" game
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94. Board Game: Westminster Abbey or Glorious Victory! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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London King's College Conflict SImulation, 2005
Hex map, 1hex=300 feet; 1turn=30min; SoL (only) simulation of the battle of St Vincent (1797). Nice historical analysis. Free download http://www.kcl.ac.uk/downloads/warst/jobling.cb.zip

From the same College, there is also a simulation ("Death on the Nile 1798") of the battle of the Nile (1798); hex map, 1hex=250feet; 1 turn=30min. Same quality as above. Free download http://www.kcl.ac.uk/downloads/warst/banner.cb.zip
 
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95. Board Game: Wooden Ships & Iron Men [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:767]
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Avalon Hill, 1975
"Purely for the feel of being there, this game is unsurpassed." (J.Freeman) Online you can find tons of goodies about it; you can even play it online (with some simplified rules) at http://www.youplay.it/default.asp
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