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Subject: The “Large Fry” Fleet Challenge   PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:47 am Reply with quote

The “Large Fry” Fleet Challenge

The Challenge
Design a fleet for a Standard 40-Point Game using only 5 masted ships or greater! Your fleet will be evaluated against your fellow entrants to determine the winner.

Rules and Setup
-All standard game rules are in effect.
-All tournament-legal ships/crew/etc. are allowed.
-Fleets can be multi-national; however, crew may still only use their abilities on ships of their respective nationality, unless the ship or another crew has an ability that lets them do otherwise. “Pirate crew may use their abilities on this ship”, etc.
-Events can be used.
-One Unique Treasure can be included.
-Mysterious Islands will not be used.

Fleet Scoring
-Only one fleet will be allowed per player.
-Judging will be entirely subjective by me, based on these five categories listed below.
-The primary criteria for judging will be the effectiveness of the fleet in a standard game, but extra "points" will be given for things like creativity in the fleet design and the quality of your fleet description.
-Here are the five categories:

Combat Capability - 15 Points Max
This category is a measure of a fleet's destructive power. Cannons, extra actions, and other relevant abilities are taken into account, as is the fleet's staying power in an extended fight.

Treasure-Running Capability - 20 Points Max
This category is a measure of a fleet's ability to collect gold. Speed, cargo space, and relevant abilities are the focus here. This category is weighted higher than combat because gold is what ultimately wins games, not guns.

Overall Effectiveness - 15 Points Max
This category gives a general overall rating for each fleet, which takes into account the previous two categories and how well they mesh together, plus anything extra that might not fit perfectly into either category.

Creativity - 25 Points Max
This category is highly subjective, and is essentially a measure of how creative and unique everyone was in their picks and tactics. The big name, highly-effective, and powerful pieces are obviously the most commonly used for good reason, and while they provide a great deal of strength in other categories they're not worth so much here. In other fleet challenges this category alone could be (and often has been) the deciding factor, but this time it's more balanced.

Fleet Description - 25 Points Max
This is the final category. It's an evaluation of the descriptions given to each fleet, which was stated and/or implied several times to be very important to this challenge. The specific items involved don't actually matter at all for this one, because it's all about how well you described and discussed what you had. Aside from the obvious description of how each item would be used, some other things looked for were some insight into why you drafted what you did, what you think the strengths and weaknesses of your fleet are, plus anything else that goes above and beyond a simple description.

FINAL SCORE - 100 Points Maximum

Prizes
-Bragging rights and the opportunity to create the next fleet challenge!

Submitting Fleets
-Today is Friday, March 25th, please post in this thread as soon as you’ve decided to accept this challenge.
-Sunday April 10th is the Grand Reveal Day, which is when all of the fleets should be posted.
-When you do publish your fleet, please include “Large Fry” or some other obvious reference to this Challenge in the title. Also, please post a link to your fleet in this thread.

Good luck and have fun!
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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:50 am Reply with quote

All right, I just had to do the "Large Fry" fleet challenge since I did the "Small Fry". I thought 5, 6 and 10 masted ships was a big enough selection. I'm interested to see what people come up with!
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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:55 am Reply with quote

Count me in. This should be fun.......
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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:42 am Reply with quote

I'm in, sounds like a pretty interesting challenge.
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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:51 am Reply with quote

I'm in! I think you get extra credit for not using Aberdeen Baron =)
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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:13 pm Reply with quote

volt wrote:
I'm in! I think you get extra credit for not using Aberdeen Baron =)


Is that really such a great ship for this scenario? I was thinking of including it because it looks pretty good.
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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:12 pm Reply with quote

It is for sure one of the better 5 masted ships for gold getting.
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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:17 pm Reply with quote

kaiser wrote:
volt wrote:
I'm in! I think you get extra credit for not using Aberdeen Baron =)


Is that really such a great ship for this scenario? I was thinking of including it because it looks pretty good.


It's a matter of tastes and points. The Baron has an explorer built in, and decent base move for a large ship, but she lacks offensively.
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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:43 pm Reply with quote

I was hoping this challenge would pop up at some point; I'll make a fleet.
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Subject:    PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:58 pm Reply with quote

Anyone else interested?
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Subject:    PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 7:03 pm Reply with quote

I'll give it a try. My fleet building skills could use improvement.
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Subject: Hats   PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:42 pm Reply with quote

I throw my tricorne in the ring!
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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:37 am Reply with quote

Bumping this post so that people remember to get their fleets put together.
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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:11 pm Reply with quote

brettb45 wrote:
I thought 5, 6 and 10 masted ships was a big enough selection.


Wait, what about eight?
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 2:43 am Reply with quote

If you want to use The Kraken, go right ahead.
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