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Admiral's Order, Naval Tactics in the Age of Sail,
the naval battle board game by Strategema Games

designed and produced by Mario Jugel

Admiral’s Order is a simulation of naval engagements between ships-of-the-line and frigates in the Age of Fighting Sail. The focus of the game lies on the wars between Britain and France and her allies in the years 1775 to 1815.

How Admiral's Order is played

Each player takes on the role of an admiral, commander or captain whose command could include a single ship or even a fleet of 20 or more vessels. The core game (“Edition 74”) has seven scenarios to choose from, everything from a small, fast and furious encounter between two frigates to a strategic action involving a total of 35 ships-of –the-line. Furthermore, the “Trafalgar” expansion allows players to re-create the dramatic and decisive battle between the British and the allied fleet at Cape Trafalgar, an engagement featuring no less than 60 vessels. Further expansions such as „Cape Vincent“, „Chesapeake” or „Battle of the Nile“ are in preparation.

The Rule Book with three levels of complexity

A game turn equates to a ½ hour watch on the day of battle. In each turn, players will play cards to execute sailing manœuvres such as tacking, wearing or changing sail configuration in order to put their ships into position for devastating broadsides or even rakes on the enemy vessels.

In larger engagements ships are grouped together in squadrons and usually form a “Line of Battle”, a formation that provides the commander with the most control over his fleet. Using Admiral's Order cards players signal general commands to their squadrons ranging from "Form a Keel Line" and "Wearing in succession" to "Prepare for Close Action". Keeping the ships in formation and effectively deploying the fleet in the heat of battle while also retaining the initiative is the main challenge for a commander.

 

Occasionally, ships will engage each other in brutally destructive Close Quarter combat. In such situations the game 'zooms' into the action: Using a set of "Close Action" cards, players can employ grapeshot, grenades, carronades, and sharpshooters to wreak destruction on the opposing vessel’s upper deck. Through a clever use of grappling hooks and boarding crews it is possible to overcome the enemy's defences to take the ship as the ultimate prize.

All scenarios can be played by two players, but most also provide the option to split command between two players per side in the base game or four players using the Trafalgar expansion. Play time depends on the scenario. While an engagement between two frigates should last no more than 2 hours, fighting the whole Battle of Trafalgar will take up a weekend.

 

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Admiral's Order,  "All Hands!" 

36 handcrafted wooden ships, five scenarios, 10 settings

Battle of Cape Henry,  16 ships-of-the-line,
16th March 1781
Frigates Blanche vs. La Pique,
5th January 1795
Frigates Lowestoffe & Dido vs. Minerve & Artémise,
24th June 1795
Fight in close quarters, Mars vs. Hercule,
21th March 1798
“Strachan’s Action”
Cape Ortegal, with 12 vessels
4th November 1805


Alle Käufer können zwischen der englischen und deutschen Version des Regelbuches wählen.

 

 

 

Admiral's Order,  "Edition 74" 

74 handcrafted wooden ships, seven scenarios, 14 settings

Battle of Cape Henry,  16 ships-of-the-line,
16th March 1781
Frigates Blanche vs. La Pique,
5th January 1795
Frigates Lowestoffe & Dido vs. Minerve & Artémise,
24th June 1795
Battle between Droits de l’Homme and the Frigates
Indefatigable & Amazon,
13th January 1797
Fight in close quarters, Mars vs. Hercule,
21th March 1798
“Calder’s Action”
Cape Finisterre, 35 ships-of-the-line
22nd March 1805
“Strachan’s Action”
Cape Ortegal, with 12 vessels
4th November 1805

Alle Käufer können zwischen der englischen und deutschen Version des Regelbuches wählen.

 

Admiral's Order,  "Trafalgar Edition" 

60 handcrafted wooden ships, 3 settings
can only be played with "Edition 74" or "All hands!"

Battle of Cape Trafalgar
21st October 1805

 

 

 

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"Admiral's Order", Naval Tactics in the Age of Sail, The age of sail and naval battle board game by Strategema Games, design, instructions and rules by Mario Jugel