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Subject: Return to Savage Shores -- Sneak Flashback #9! (Super Rares)   PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 4:09 pm Reply with quote

DISCLAIMER: If you work for or represent NECA/Wizkids and you feel that this in any way infringes upon your new game or future plans for associated games, please contact me and I will remove this and the previous postings immediately.
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Prior to the rebranding of the game to the Cursed Seas name, Super Rare packs were traditionally used as a preview for the following set, to either introduce a new nation or (in the case of PotR) a new ship type. With Rise of the Fiends a new pattern emerged and the Super Rares began rotation through the various nations, starting with the Pirates in RotF, going to the Cursed in Fire & Steel, and then the first-ever English Super Rare pack in Savage Shores. That rotation continues with the RtSS Super Rare pack going to the French. Had the game continued, it would have been safe to assume that the next two Super Rare packs would have been Spanish and American.

In Savage Shores, the English managed to get their hands on one of those brand-new Hoist ships, so it should come as no surprise that in RtSS the French did too...




Fetu
RSS-041, Super Rare

French
Points: 16
Masts: 3 (Hoist)
Cargo: 6
Move:
L
Cannons: 3S-
4L-3S
Link: Lady Roimata


Ability: Hoist. If this ship has a crew with the Captain keyword, she gets
+L to her base move.

Flavor: To help make an ally of France, Lady Roimata presented a captured hoist ship. In a return gesture France bid her to keep it in order to help her and her people through the explorations of the newcomers.


Very similar in design to Frontier, Fetu trades firepower for speed, and lots of it. The cargo hold is small for a Hoist ship, especially after adding the necessary Captain (which leaves 5 spaces free unless you use this ship's linked crew), but it's still better than the majority of normal ships and with that blazing speed you can afford to make more than one trip. The cannons are just slightly below average, but with a ship like this you shouldn't need to use them very often, if ever.



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Lady Roimata
RSS-043, Super Rare

French
Points: 6
Link: Fetu

Ability: Captain. Once per turn before you give this ship an action, roll a d6. On a 5 or 6, this ship can be given the same action twice.

Flavor: Suspicious and not very welcoming of the newcomers to her ocean-bound land, Lady Roimata has made overtures towards France for the benefit of her people. French cannons may be put to even better use against neighboring islands.


One of those rarities where a link not only makes sense but actually works really well, Lady Roimata effectively quadruples Fetu's standard base move by turning the plain old L into a potential L+L+L+L, and she even saves a cargo space in the process. Throw in a Helmsman and you'll have a treasure ship that few other ships can touch.




Pararaihe
RSS-042, Super Rare

French
Points: 6
Masts: 1
Cargo: 4
Move: S+S
Cannons: 2S

Ability: This ship eliminates two masts with one hit.

Flavor: France presented the natives with "Paradise" in return for shipwreck treasure. She was quickly renamed in a native tongue and put to work fending off would-be explorers of their shores.


Offensive abilities always seem a little out of place on single-masted ships, but this one actually works fairly well here. While cheap enough to serve as a nice little treasure-runner, this also brings enough firepower to serve as a nasty little raider. Toss a Captain and a Helmsman on there and go hunting, or give up the speed bonus to take a Musketeer and give a much larger enemy ship a really unpleasant surprise.





Eye of Maru
RSS-044, Super Rare

Unique Treasure
Values: 6,5,4,4,3,3,2,2,1
(Note that this distribution is slightly different from the other UTs)

Ability: When this ship is given a shoot action you may double the range of one of her cannons.

Far from being the most powerful UT available (even within just this set), Eye of Maru still provides a neat little bonus that could come certainly come in handy in the right situation. A sharp eye (pun!) will notice that this doesn't specify the printed range, so you could actually combine this with other range-doubling abilities to reach out and snipe someone from far, far, away.


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We're finishing off the final pieces of the main set now. All that's left are the Native Canoes, and then it'll be time to move onto the Special Edition stuff...
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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 5:40 pm Reply with quote

Nice job as always, thanks again Woelf!
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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 5:59 pm Reply with quote

Man, this is just making me hate Wizkids even more!
Evil or Very Mad Wink Oh well...Thanks for the sneak peaks weolf!
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 12:32 am Reply with quote

An SR pack that would really catch my eye - you could make a pretty nice fleet with just these pieces. I would love to have the Fetu and Roimata, and maybe add a helmsman to possibly make her almost a hybrid ship.
You can notice the similarities between SS and RtSS (Lady Kamaile) - maybe Wizkids was finally running out of ideas?
Has anyone tried taking the abilities from these RtSS pieces and used them in a game by using ships with the same design (as proxies) to simulate their gameplay? Something to try out in the future, no doubt.
Thanks for all of the Sneak Flashbacks, woelf!
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 4:08 pm Reply with quote

Since these are "official" pieces, even if never released, I'd bet most people wouldn't mind home made deck plates and appropriate proxies during gameplay.

We have the templates floating around from past contests, maybe someone should start a contest to "Make RtSS Real" or something?

Printable deck plates for the whole RtSS set would be a lot of fun.
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:49 pm Reply with quote

Flashback #9
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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:14 pm Reply with quote

Meh - hoists. Twisted Evil
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Subject:    PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:57 pm Reply with quote

It would be funny if the cat in the picture was the picture for the UT.
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