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Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Sep 2021 10:13 a.m. PST


Here you have an AAR YouTube video from a gaming mate, showing a recently fought battle that belongs to a campaign set in the 7th Ottoman-Venetian War (1714-1718).

We're also publishing this campaign development in a blog I'm managing --but this is in catalan language only, sorry for this.



Blutarski07 Sep 2021 1:42 p.m. PST

Very nicely done models; good-looking sea mat. Flag waving in the "breeze" was an amusing touch.

I'd be interested to know what tactics you employ in order to make best use of the different qualities of your square-rigged ships with their heavy broadside armament and what should be (by comparison) your highly maneuverable galleys with forward-firing bow-only guns that do not have to worry about the wind so much when operating under oars.


Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Sep 2021 3:08 p.m. PST

Fine tactics are highly depending on the ruleset used. The one we use to game is Ganesha's Galleys & Galleons, whose mechanics penalizes the use of galleys when confronted to sail ships – or so it seems to us.

In Galleys & Galleons, you use a number of dice to activate your ships and make them 'do things'. When your ship is a sail one, movement is done by default due to the wind impulse – you don't have to roll any die to make it move, just to adjust speed or direction when needed. Contrarily, if running a galley, you must spend some of those dice to make her crew row – otherwise the ship remains pitily in place.

Galleys & Galleons does not provide for galleys to change from oar power to sail. It is a little annoying at first, but later you understand that this actually matches historical procedures – galleys furled up sails just before battle and only unfurled them down again to leave the battle(-field? -waters?).

Besides, by the historical times we are playing galleys had ceased to have a significant impact in battles; as for what I've read on that particular war, despite a large number of galleys was used by both sides, they were always deployed at rearguard and used for secondary tasks --such as towing a damaged battleship away from enemy guns.

In this particular battle, only the ottoman side deployed a couple of galleys; and these were used not to engage the enemy directly, but to flank and pose an additional threat on them --menacing to sum to any eventual boarding action, a task galleys do excel in.

Perhaps not the most historically accurate approach, but adequate enough to the ruleset we're using.

Lluís grin

Blutarski07 Sep 2021 4:05 p.m. PST

Thanks, Lluis.
I do a lot of Age of Sail gaming, but focus mainly on the period from Seven Years' War through the War of 1812. It is a deep and fascinating "rabbit hole" indeed.

I have not ever played any games set in the "Galley Age", but became interested to learn more about the period after reading John Guilmartin's excellent book "Gunpowder and Galleys".

Look forward to your next AAR.


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2021 6:29 a.m. PST

Great looking ships.

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