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sceadugenga08 Aug 2019 2:26 a.m. PST

My friend and I have just recently bought a few squadrons of Langton 1/1200 galleys and we are chomping at the bit to get them into battle. The rules we are considering are Corvus 2 and Naumachiae (we looked at Poseidon's Warriors but it seems a bit too simplistic and more like a Demolition Derby than a real naval battle.) We are leaning towards Naumachiae as we are interested in smaller battles and a realistic naval feel; I was wondering if there is anyone out there familiar enough with the rules to answer a few questions we have regarding play. I have also read that there are a few versions of "modified" Naumachiae rules floating around that have tweaked some of the slower bits, anyone know where I might find these?


Dexter Ward08 Aug 2019 8:06 a.m. PST

Corvus 2 are free, and pretty good.
I have Naumachiae but it is sufficiently complex that it's never made it to the table.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 11:54 a.m. PST

Corvus are eminently playable rules but tend more toward the Hollywood version of galley warfare. Not exactly ahistorical but not exactly historical either. Very quick to learn and simple to understand but with enough subtleties to keep them interesting provided you put some effort into scenario design.

I found Naumachiae to be far more complicated than it really needs to be and I don't believe it is a better simulation of galley battles for all its detail.

williamb09 Aug 2019 6:17 a.m. PST

Our club has copies of both Naumachiae and Corvus (the version from The Society of Ancients). We decided on Corvus with a few modifications link


ships are 1/1200

Trierarch10 Aug 2019 8:54 p.m. PST

I found Naumachiae quite playable (for smaller numbers of ships per player)

But like most alternate move systems it stalls when the fleets approach within 2 moves, unless one side has a decided superiority in numbers, as no-one wants to be first into ramming range.

We've ended up playing David Manley's card sequenced systems of late for that reason.


Dukewilliam12 Aug 2019 5:56 p.m. PST

I have a copy of Naumachiae I would be happy to trade or sell. No idea if it's ‘modified' or not. It's in Very Good condition, with only rust on the staples keeping it from Mint. It comes with 4 gloss card stock play aids, a ‘supplement' by Martin Johncock containing 24 pages of fleet lists and tactics, and two introductory scenarios (stapled). A smoke free home.

I'd love to see them find a good home.


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