I had a snow day today, and decided to have a little game ;).
Four players, 100 point fleets. The fleets were:
English: HMS Titan, HMS Grand Temple, Aberdeen Baron, HMS Hyena, HMS Lady Provost.
French/Cursed: Le Gaule, Le Descharges, La Dijon, Divine Dragon, Fallen Angel, Death's Anchor.
Spanish: La Joya del Sol, La Santa Ana (SCS), Asesino de la Nave, Monte Cristo, Alquimista, San Jose.
Pirates: Sea Nymph, Longshanks, Muerta de la Corona, Selkie, HMS Rickets, Recreant, Windjammer, Raven.
The game was one of the oddest I've ever played. The focus would be on my new forts (Puerto Blanco, Paradis de la Mer, Dead Man's Point, and Fort Brompton), or at least it was supposed to be. All of these forts except for Fort Brompton were built, along with my other old fort, St. Pierre, but none of them had a chance to fire or be fired on. The game was almost all treasure-running. The only action was between the English and the French/Cursed. The Titan dismasted the Divine Dragon and took out two masts on the Descharges, but was soon thereafter sunk by the Death's Anchor. The English got their revenge by sinking the Le Gaule with the Grand Temple, but not before the Lady Provost was sunk by the Hyena (captured by the French earlier in the game). The Grand Temple then sunk the Hyena.
The Spanish had the best time with gold-running. El San Jose brought some home, but the real load was from La Joya del Sol, who brought home a 3, a 5, a 6, and a 7 with her big cargo hold.
The final gold count for this quick game:
I may play another game, but to make it more interesting, I may require that fleets bring home gold from their forts (other than the gold used to pay for them), and I may have the wild islands in the center.