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Whitestreak18 Feb 2019 12:16 p.m. PST

I thought that I read read some posts about naval gaming in fantasy settings, but I cannot seem to locate them.

I'm interested because there was a recommendation for a rules set, but without being able to locate that thread, I'm at a loss.

If anyone remembers this thread, or its title, I would appreciate a pointer or two.


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2019 12:24 p.m. PST

I don't recall seeing that thread, but the old GW game Man O War has long been a good one.

That reminds me, I'm past due for pulling that out for some more playtime….

JimDuncanUK18 Feb 2019 12:27 p.m. PST

There is also Dreadfleet.


Jakar Nilson18 Feb 2019 1:28 p.m. PST

Depending on the scale you want, there are multiple options. Man O War and Dreadfleet focus on ships as the main unit, as do Uncharted Seas (Spartan Games) and Strange Tydes (Wessex Games).

There are also more skirmish-level games, with basic crew management, such as Flagship Games' Pirates!, which came about because they wanted to play naval campaigns with their Warhammer armies. In fact, searching for "Pirates" will net you some results, such as this old thread from 2003:

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Mithmee18 Feb 2019 1:59 p.m. PST

but the old GW game Man O War has long been a good one.

Yes it was but like most things from GW it was killed off.

GrumpyOldMan18 Feb 2019 3:23 p.m. PST


You could always do a search on 'man o war rules download' to see if anything comes up. They might be available from an enthusiasts page. There's also Warring Fleets from Two Hour Wargames which is free PDF link



Dodgyknees the Greek19 Feb 2019 7:33 a.m. PST

Ganesha Games do Galleys and Galleons and its supplement Fayre Winds and Foul Tides. The basic G&G rules cover basic sailing rules for anything from Barques to Yawls, by way of Galleys, Junks, Men-o'-War, Pirate Cutters, and even Native Canoes.

F&F introduces more terrain types including seaweed banks, Maelstrom, and icebergs. Rules for Flyers and Submersibles, 7 different magic types, and Sea Monsters.

khanscom19 Feb 2019 6:20 p.m. PST

"Pirates of the Spanish Main" had some fantasy elements and might be convertible. Martin Costa did a HotT fantasy naval variant called "Fleets of the Things"-- it used to be available online for download.

Aethelflaeda was framed20 Feb 2019 5:39 a.m. PST

The old Bireme and Galley rules had a fantasy section. Fantasy rules for naval action strikes me as about ten minutes with a pencil and the rules you already have.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 9:07 a.m. PST

Bireme & Galley had the tie-in notes with Chivalry & Sorcery. Pencilled in rules were reasonably popular around here way back when for Wooden Ships & Iron Elves.

A dedicated fantasy set like Man O War brings in a lot more fantasy flavour than a pencil veneer does.

Aethelflaeda was framed20 Feb 2019 10:10 a.m. PST

I would love to find Fleets of the things. Martin was the guy who introduced me to white box D&D way back before even polyhedral dice were easy to find. Airfix Romans and Orcs made from Britons! Penciled rules rule!

Whitestreak20 Feb 2019 8:22 p.m. PST

Thanks, Dogenes – those Ganesha Games look like the ones I saw hereabouts!

Looks like I'll be making a couple of purchases this weekend – gotta wait for the paycheck to hit.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2021 1:25 p.m. PST

Those looks good…



GreenOaksteve04 Apr 2021 1:37 a.m. PST

Uncharted Seas is still in limbo since Spartan Games collapsed but Warcradle have promised to ressurect it.
The rules are good but it's very difficult to find fleets at present.

GHECKO2223 Apr 2021 8:25 p.m. PST

Mantic Games Armada.

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