We use the Sails Of Glory rules.
The scenario was made interesting, when we chose to sail one British 74 each and let the French sail on the "autopilot" rules written by Herkybird. These rules are simple to use and surprisingly effective although we amended them somewhat during this test.
Once the ships near each other, you determine what the "autopilot" ship does, by using a combination of...
- the direction of the nearest threat - using a simple "clock" system
- the distance to the nearest threat
- if the "autopilot" ship is on fire
- a D6 die roll
|The ships closed and HMS Bellona fired a first broadside into Commerce de Bordeaux. |
Commerce de Bordeaux replied using continuous fire (another rules amendment we made).
|Now HMS Vanguard and Generaux join the fight. |
While Commerce de Bordeaux misses her chance to turn downwind and rake the British.
|HMS Bellona turns into the wind to tack, while managing a stern rake on the Generaux.|
HMS Vanguard and Generaux exchange shots from their rear cannons.
|The ships are now no longer within cannon shot, but HMS Bellona successfully completes her tack and goes in chase of the French.|
|HMS Bellona pursues the French. HMS Vanguard decides to gibe rather than risk tacking.|
|The French turn back towards the British in an attempt to get back into cannon shot. They probably should have done it the previous turn but we missed that sentence in the "autopilot" rules.|
|Commerce de Bordeaux opens fire on HMS Bellona, but luckily she wasn't in a position to rake, and her previous damage made the fire less effective.|