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Subject: Newbie gets his butt handed to him rss

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Mike Kollross
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I'm a member of the Game Artisans of Canada
I picked up a single booster for PotSM the other thursday while buying games at my not so local FLGS. I had heard some buzz about the game and I figured worse case scenerio I could use the ships in other pirtate games.

I was impressed with production out of the box. I managed to get HMS Leicester and Freedom as my first two ships. Not bad. Oh oh. I feel the addictive side of my personality waking up and taking notice.

I wonder what other ships there are?

I bought 4 more boosters and with some calling around found a comic shop that sold singles. I picked up some commons cheap and some common crew to play around with and bought a PotCC and PotR to see what they were like. I wound up with a rare and uncommon for CC and a couple of uncommons from PotR. I'm hooked.

It turns out the comic shop was holding a tournament the next day and I showed up planning to just hover and ask some questions about vague rules and discuss strategy. As it turns out the regular group was a no show but Matt from the comic shop was up fro a game.

40 point constructed, no duplicates. At his point I don't have a lot of ships so I field a fleet of pirate ships

Black Swan, Captain
Royal Fortune
Bloody Jewel, oarsman
Royal James

I was(am) sorely lacking in crew but figured I would be OK. My plan was to send the Black Swan out to run cover for the Bloody Jewel as it packed home the treasure and the Royal twins would scatter and hopefully return some booty or harass the enemy. Sounded good.

Matt fielded two ships. HMS Titan but the other name escapes me. Through baffling combinations of crew he packed 7 crew on the Titan. He really only needed the one ship.

With what seemed like an endless stream of extra actions he sped the HMS across the board. I had sent out the Black Swan and the Bloody Jewel to an eastern island while the Royal James went West and the Royal Fortune headed North to the central island.

The Black Swan entered the fray first and turned broadside to the Titan and let loose a fury of cannon fire. No, not really. One hit. The Royal James docked on the central island and loaded 9 gold. The Royal Fortune docked East and loaded...Plague and Fruit. Yikes.

The Titan quickly finished the Black Swan sending her to a watery grave. The Bloody Jewel fled North but lost ground fast and was sunk as well.

The now-Plague ship Royal James headed south with the intention of getting between the Royal Fortune and the Titan and attempting a ram/pin - plague transfer. A chainshot specialist froze her in her tracks and left her derelict.

The Royal Fortune made it within spitting distance of home before heading down to Davy Jones locker.

End result:Matt with 4 ships sank and 5 gold. Me with 4 gold and 4 ships and the bottom of the ocean.

The was a lot of fun even though I got pasted. I can see gthe importance or at the strategy behind crew and unique treasure. Matt had built a fleet designed to attack only: No treasure collecting and poisoned the treasure with everything he had. I was doomed before I set sail.

I can't wait to play again. I sped home and ebay'd for a few hours until I had 10+ boosters on the way and bid on some crew and uncommon ships.

I've also traded for abunch of ships and a ton of crew here on the geek (thanks dreadpirate!) and I'm attending a sealed tournament on Friday.

I rate the game an 8 at the moment. I can't wait to play again.


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