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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2012 2:07 p.m. PST

Whats ur favorite pre-powder naval rules (incl fantasy!)?

Sysiphus14 Jul 2012 3:45 p.m. PST

Don't know how pre-gunpowder it is but I always enjoyed Man-O-War by GW.
Limeys and Slimeys was fun (and w/ guns) too.

Calico Bill14 Jul 2012 3:46 p.m. PST

The VERY old "Trireme" Greek Naval Warfare rules. Nothing like raming your own ships when others failed to move.

elsyrsyn14 Jul 2012 4:56 p.m. PST

I also like AH Trireme. Roman Seas looks good in my read-through, but I've yet to actually play it.


Caesar14 Jul 2012 4:59 p.m. PST

Pirates! from Scale Creep/Flagship Games.

Toy Soldier Green14 Jul 2012 5:16 p.m. PST

Uncharted Seas? link

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2012 6:18 p.m. PST

Still quite enjoy Man O War!

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2012 7:02 p.m. PST

War Galley still seems pretty popular though ive never played it.

Who asked this joker14 Jul 2012 7:53 p.m. PST

Ram Speed is my favorite. The Steve Jackson Micro-Game from about 1980.

Sundance14 Jul 2012 9:58 p.m. PST

I really like Roman Seas, but I've been trying to get a hold of Trireme also. There are a few unclear parts in Romans Seas, mostly dealing with movement. A little logic will solve the problem, but since Eric has been too busy to fix the issues, a lot of players have dropped the game. I don't want to discourage anyone from playing it, just be aware that you will have to apply some thought and home rules as you play.

The Last Conformist15 Jul 2012 12:57 a.m. PST

I'd say MoW, but it's not really pre-gunpowder.

Dawnbringer15 Jul 2012 5:11 a.m. PST

There was a set of rules done for GW's LotR ruleset that was for naval combat, they looked pretty neat but I never tried them myself. They had different mechanics for sail vs. rowing or a combination of the 2. They were published in a White Dwarf, and then released on the internet, but it'll take some digging to find them.

Edit: Here they are link

The Monstrous Jake15 Jul 2012 5:59 a.m. PST

My favourite was always "Ram Speed", published by Metagaming in 1980. I still play that one from time to time, converted to miniatures.

I also liked "Trireme". I have the Avalon Hill 1980 edition but the earlier edition was published by Battleline and, according to Boardgamegeek, a company I'd never heard of called Decalset.

Stern Rake Studio15 Jul 2012 12:20 p.m. PST

I like "Trireme," but I also have GMT's "War Galley."


Sergeant Paper15 Jul 2012 12:46 p.m. PST

Trireme by AH, Roman Seas, David Manley's rules "Salamis ad Actium"

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2012 5:24 p.m. PST

Does anyone know what scale the historical battles are in War Galley? Is it 1:10?

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