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miniature review Mermaids: Take that, gun-ship!

Miniature Review
Mermaids: click to enlarge

Miniature text:

Reveal this event at the beginning of one of your turns and place its token on a nondocked enemy ship. That ship may not be given an action for a number of turns equal to the number of crew on her when Mermaids was revealed. After those turns have elapsed, remove Mermaids from the game.

  • Collector's Number: 063B
  • Faction Affiliation: Treasure
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Event
  • Point Value: 3
Take that, gun-ship!

written by wapcaplets
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General description:
Mermaids is an event that is a great counter-strategy to crew-heavy ships.

Mermaids is an event that has to be played at the start of your turn. You plop it down on a ship and it can't be given an action for a number of turns equal to the number of crew aboard when Mermaids comes into play.

Strategies and game play:
The best strategy for Mermaids is to disable your opponent's ship with a lot of crew and, depending on your fleet, either run over there and blast it while it's defenseless or use the turns it's disabled to make a mad dash for the gold.

Combos with other miniatures:
Mermaids is an event and isn't really able to take part in "combos" as such.

Ways to counteract it:
The best way to avoid Mermaids is to not have a ship with more than 3 crew on it.

It renders one of your opponent's ships completely useless. Awesome.

None. Cheap and very effective.

Artwork and aesthetics:
The artwork on this card is a very non-traditional (and thankfully non-Disney) looking Mermaid. I like it a lot.

Overall rating:
9 out of 10. I put Mermaids in pretty much every fleet I build. There are those out there that claim that Mermaids is "broken" but I disagree completely. Pirates is supposed to be a game about digging up gold but too many people were turning it into a pure combat game. The most effective combat fleets all had 5-masted ships that loaded up on crew to get extra actions. Mermaids allows an affordable, universal strategy to make those that live by the sword die by the sword.


Modified on November 24, 2005 05:56 pm

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