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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.

 

...comes in a beautiful box,
showing a water-colour painting
by Thomas Whitcombe, packed with:

+ a wooden Fleet Presentation Box
+ 36 handcrafted wooden ships with burned ship names
+ four dice and spare masts for the wooden ships
+ 85 handcrafted coloured wooden tokens
+ 126 full-colour Manœuvre and Close Action cards
+ the full-colour Admiral’s Order Rule Book
+ the “All Hands!” Naval Battles Book
+ a coloured boards (84x59cm = 3.8x2.7 sea miles)
+ ship status sheets for each scenario
+ a sets of tables and charts


Price: 90,-- Euro

Die deutsche Version des Regelbuchs ist verfügbar.

 

...comes in a handcrafted, linen-bound box,
showing a water-colour painting
by Thomas Whitcombe, packed with:

+ a handcrafted wooden Fleet Presentation Box
+ 74 handcrafted wooden ships with burned ship names
+ the official wooden Admiral's Order spacer
+ four dice and spare masts for the wooden ships
+ 85 handcrafted coloured wooden tokens
+ 126 full-colour Manœuvre and Close Action cards
+ the full-colour Admiral’s Order Rule Book
+ the “Edition 74” Naval Battles Book
+ two coloured boards (84x59cm = 3.8x2.7 sea miles)
+ ship status sheets for each scenario
+ two sets of tables and charts

in a limited edition of 100 games
Price: 180,-- Euro

Die deutsche Version des Regelbuchs ist verfügbar.

 

...comes in a beautiful box,
showing a water-colour painting
by Thomas Whitcombe, packed with:

+ a wooden Fleet Presentation Box
+ 36 handcrafted wooden ships with burned ship names
+ four dice and spare masts for the wooden ships
+ 85 handcrafted coloured wooden tokens
+ 126 full-colour Manœuvre and Close Action cards
+ the full-colour Admiral’s Order Rule Book
+ the “All Hands!” Naval Battles Book
+ a coloured boards (84x59cm = 3.8x2.7 sea miles)
+ ship status sheets for each scenario
+ a sets of tables and charts


Price: 90,-- Euro

Die deutsche Version des Regelbuchs ist verfügbar.

 

... is an expansion of "Edition 74"

and comes in a handcrafted, linen-bound box,
showing a water-colour painting
by Thomas Whitcombe, packed with:

+ a handcrafted wooden Fleet Presentation Box
+ 60 handcrafted wooden ships with burned ship names
+ the official wooden Admiral's Order spacer
+  spare masts for the wooden ships
+ 12 handcrafted coloured wooden tokens
+ 42 full-colour Close Action cards
+ the “Trafalgar” Naval Battles Book
+ two coloured boards (84x59cm = 3.8x2.7 sea miles)
+ ship status sheets for the trafalgar scenario

in a limited edition of 100 games
Price: 150,-- Euro

 Have a look how the game is produced...

"...Fantastic is all I can say, the hand crafted box and ships are a thing of beauty, and the skill and craft work that has gone into these is obvious, the artwork on the cards and the overall production quality is superb.

This is not just a war game,but, and without being too sexist, the quality of a Gentlemen's after dinner game. My wife even has an interest and wants to learn how to play this.

I am very much looking forward to receiving the other two limited edition set, to say I am very very pleased so far would be and understatement.

kind regards"

 (G.S.K. from UK, 30th October 2014)

"I got the two games at the Post Office. They are in perfect shape.

Boy!!  High quality stuff Mario, well done sir!  I am glad I bought them.

Thanks."

(J.W.T. from Texas, 7th January 2014)

"... ich bin über deinen Artikel in der Manöverkritik auf dein Spiel aufmerksam geworden und nach dem ich jetzt die Kiste in den Händen habe muss ich sagen dein Artikel hat nicht getäuscht, ich bin begeistert!

Dass du so schnell nach dem Stress in Essen auch noch ein Spielbeispiel verschickst, vorbildlich.

Ich freu mich schon auf die kommenden Seeschlachten.

P.S. an deinem kommenden Ausbauset Trafalger bin ich sehr interessiert und zu guter letzt noch die Frage ob du noch ein Packet 74' aus Essen mit nach hause gebracht hast, ich überleg ob ichs einem Freund schenken könnt..."

(P.W. from Germany, 30th October 2013)

"Hello Mario.

The games have just arrived.Very impressive! incredible amount of work, they look fantastic.

Everything beautifully put together, none of the photos on BGG prepared me for what i am looking at.

Thanks for everything and all the best,..."

(O.A.V. from France, 9th January 2014)

"Ich habe heute das Spiel Admiral's Order bekommen. Es war alles sehr gut verpackt. Ich schreibe um dir zu sagen dass ich habe eine sehr gute Überraschung wenn ich die Packung geöffnet habe. Admiral's Order ist kein Spiel. Es ist Kunst, eine Schmuckstück. Ich bin sehr zufrieden mit meine Einkauf und ich habe dir geschrieben weil ich wollte dir sagen dass du solltest sehr stolz über deine Arbeit sein!... Die Schiffe sind sehr schön, die Spielkarten sind sehr gut gedruckt. Alle die Info die sie haben ist ganz klar....Ich planne ab Samstag mit dem Spiel und den Regeln zu starten.

... Ich habe keine Worte, sonder herzlich dich darüber danken. Ich bin zufrieden und ich werde die Website und das Forum ansehen .... Jetzt ich muss sparen um am nächste Mal Trafalgar zu kaufen! ;-)
Vielen Danke für alles!!
Viel Glück ..."
(R.R from Spain, 6th February 2014)

 

 

"Hallo Herr Jugel,

es ist alles heil angekommen. Ich nehme mal an, daß Ihnen schon häufiger ein begeisterter Kommentar für das Spiel ausgesprochen wurde. Ich kann mich nur anschließen, die Spiele sind jeden Cent wert und eigenlich viel zu schade zum Spielen. Es ist wirklich alles großartig gemacht.
Deshalb bestelle ich das Ganze nochmal. Beide Spiele mit beiden Plänen.
Ganz herzlichen Dank"
(T.R. from Germany, 23th January 2014)

 

 

 

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