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Subject: An English Marginal Victory - Feb 27, 2009 rss

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Douglas S
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February 27, 2009. Spanish (Douglas/Duglis/Me) vs. English (Alan)

Turn 1- In the western English Channel, The Spanish fleet under Diego Flores de Valdes aboard San Cristobal sail by the English fleet under George Beeston aboard Dreadnought who is busy leading the ammunition re-supply of the English Fleet and not on guard for any Spanish gamble early in the conflict. Valdes, however, does indeed gamble, and embarks the Spanish invasion expeditionary force that was roaming around near Brest,France. The Spanish are now ready to invade England with their troops, while the English are re-supplied for the rest of the conflict. However, this succsessful embarkation of the Spanish means that the England can no longer win the great victory that they did in reality. If Spain successfully disembarks these troops in a future turn, that player will win an Absolute Total Victory at that very moment and the game will end.

Turn 2- The Battle of Plymouth, July 31, 1588- Two smaller sub-fleets meet each other in close combat. The English are lead by Martin Frobisher aboard Triumph. The Spanish are lead by J.M. Recalde aboard Santiago. Due to unfavorable winds, another English sub-fleet lead by Thomas Howard aboard Golden Lion fails to arrive in time to aid Frobisher. Frobisher’s ship is boarded, but he and his crew fight off the attack. In total, 12 English ships are lost compared to 10 Spanish ships.

Turn 3- The Battle of Dartmouth, August 2, 1588- Thomas Howard aboard Golden Lion waits for the arrival of a part of the armada under Hugo de Moncada aboard San Lorenzo. T. Howard is reinforced by 20 ships under the command of Charles Howard aboard Ark Royal. To counter that, 14 ships under Don Pedro de Valdes (on Nuestra Senora del Rosario) arrive to help de Moncada. The English win this battle of the cannon with only 6 lost ships as compared to 18 by the Spanish. Morale swings towards the English!

Turn 4- Charles Howard patrols the English coastline near the isle of Wight, but the Spanish are regrouping following the losses at Dartmouth. They turn to Martin de Bertendona aboard Le Regazona and his 16 ships. Martin has a plan.

Turn 5- The Battle of Hastings sea, August 5, 1588- near dusk- Bertendona sails toward the 14 ships under Robert Southwell aboard Elizabeth Jonas. Many English ships are boarded and Southwell himself is injured by a deep gash in his arm. The Spanish set fire to a slew of English ships as well and capture some war booty before departing. However, while departing, the Spanish are caught by a severe barrage of cannon fire from the remaining English ships heroically battling onwards! This last act cost the Spanish a total of 6 ships, while the English lose 8.

Turn 6- Dover, August 7, 1588- Edmund Sheffield aboard White Bear and 14 English ships heroically move and harass the Spanish invasion forces, trying to disembark, under Juan Gomez de Medina aboard El Gran Grifon. Finally, the Spanish call off the invasion with many damaged ships. This successful repulsion means that there will be a final battle and an extra turn (turn 8). Following that battle, whoever has the most ships remaining will win the game.

Turn 7- Battle of Gravelines, August 8, 1588- 40 English ships meet 40 Spanish ships in a large sea battle here. The English are lead by Francis Drake aboard Revenge and Richard Hawkins aboard Swallow. The Spanish are lead by Miguel de Oquendo aboard Santa Anna and Medina Sidonia aboard San Martin. The battle is violent with much bloodshed, but pretty much a draw with the English losing 14 ships to the Spanish 13. The armada now turns north and heads towards the North Sea. This was the largest battle of the game.

Turn 8- The Final Battle, August 10, 1588- Because Spain has not won an Absolute Victory (via disembarking troops onto England) and neither has England (by prevening Spain from ever embarking troops onto its ships), there is final battle to determine the winner.

The English fleet of 96 ships thus meets the Spanish fleet of 93 ships head to head in a large battle. The battle itself is mild considering the number of ships involved. The English are again lead by Drake while the Spanish are again lead by Sidonia. Both sides use the wind to their advantage. However, in the end, the English lose 13 ships as compared to the Spanish 12.

The final result is England winning the game with a Marginal victory. The Spanish fleet that started out with 140 ships, returns home with 81. The English fleet goes back into port with 83 ships out of a starting number, also out of 140. This 2 ship victory falls into the Marginal Victory category. 1-10 ship differential.

-Fun game! I was unlucky that my disembark tactic matched up against the close-in tactic of Alan during turn 6. The game then turned to whoever had the most ships remaining and England barely won and I was defeated.

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