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Buckeye AKA Darryl02 May 2020 1:23 p.m. PST

Years ago the gaming group dabbled in gaming naval actions with heart of Oak. I always enjoyed the rules, as I thought they captured sailing, and weight of shot, very well. I have the boxed set of Privateers and Gentlemen, which includes Heart of Oak, but had no idea about these supplements:

Decision at Djerba
The King Over the Water

They sound as if though they are more for the role playing aspect of the system…is that correct? Regardless, I would not picking up a copy of each if anyone wants to part with them!

SBminisguy02 May 2020 6:08 p.m. PST

Still one of my favorite Age of Sail rules. Yes, the two supplements have an RPG bent but can be used as a campaign shell to create battles. You can still buy them at FGU and DriveThrough in PDF format:



Buckeye AKA Darryl04 May 2020 2:37 p.m. PST

Thanks, SB…more of a hard copy guy, but might grab the pdfs just to have the compete collection

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2020 9:38 a.m. PST

Buy the pdfs and print them.

Walter Jon Williams writes a lot of good science fiction too.

SBminisguy08 May 2020 1:50 p.m. PST

Walter Jon Williams writes a lot of good science fiction too.

He also wrote the Privateers & Gentlemen historical action series.


Buckeye AKA Darryl17 May 2020 11:18 a.m. PST

I found a hard copy of The King Over the Water on eBay for a really great price. Just need the Djerba hard copy and I am set.

Brian Smaller06 Jun 2020 11:09 a.m. PST

I have gamed out the scenarios in those supplements and they were a lot of fun. I knocked myself up a couple of fleets out of balsa wood and paper and went at it.

I have always thought that the Heart of Oak rules were fantastic.

Ed Mohrmann25 Jun 2021 8:36 a.m. PST

Ran those rules at bunches of cons up and down the
East coast back in the day.

olicana13 Apr 2023 9:46 a.m. PST

Total IT noob question.

I haven't ever bought a watermarked PDF. Can you print them off (so you can have a hard copy of what you have bought)?

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