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Monday, March 08, 2004

More Privateers Bounty

I just ran the Battle of the Saintes scenario that comes with Privateers Bounty. I think three points that I noticed, this time, are worth noting:

  • only break the enemy line if a gap opens,
  • group ships and assign the line formation to them,
  • use your groups that are in line to rake enemy ships, and minimize their ability to use broadsides against your ships.

    You need the flexibility to maneuver by squadrons, as a long, single line is unwieldy, and subjects your fleet to too much broadside fire from enemy ships (especially if they are larger and more heavily armed than your ships).

  • Using that approach, I did rather better (though not acceptably good) in the Battle of the Saints, winning 30% to 0%. This advice applies to 17th as well as 18th and 19th Century scenarios.

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