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Jeremy Gamegeek
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10
Dec 2013
Picked up the game via Kickstarter, and I have to say We are enjoying it very much. It straddles the line between "beer and chips game" and naval simulation pretty well. The optional rules give you the ability to add complexity as your game group desires.

Just sitting down with another player and seeing who can best the other as a captain of a vessel is a lot of fun, but when you play a scenario with a little story the game really shines.

I'm just waiting for some new ships to expand the possibilities, but I'm already hooked.

I highly recommend the game to anyone who enjoys the setting.
2013-12-24
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K A
United States
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10
Jan 2014
I don't give many 10s due to the Geek definition of "Outstanding. Always want to play and expect this will never change". But this game fits that bill and even if it were a bit short by that demanding definition, this would get a 10 from me on the basis of being best in class for sails combat games.
2014-01-26
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Brian White
United States
New York
New York
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10
Jan 2015
I have a bunch of Shoips, The Damage bags and enough Play matts for 8 players.
2015-01-19
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Keaton Teska
United States
Lincoln
Nebraska
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10
May 2015
Amazing game. A great thematic sail game that really plays well. Expansive rules, the basic rules are just the tip of the iceberg of all the complex rules that the game offers.
2015-05-09
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Gabriele Tornar
Italy
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9.5
Jan 2014
Playtester. Just enough more detail than in Wings of Glory to make it more interesting, without making Sails less easy to play. I'd love to see ancients, or 16th century with Venetian, Turks, and the Lepanto battle!
2014-01-06
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Craig Blackmore
Canada
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9.5
Jan 2015
This game has many elements that appeal to me. Collectability, pre-paints for ease of getting into the game, a bit of variety per model as each can represent a choice of two ships, though some are identical and only differ by name.
I like the pre-programmed movement, tracking things by counters and chit-pull damage. Lots of variety with the advanced rules and optional rules, which I call "the fun rules" and "the cool rules". I do appreciate the basic and standard rules as something that can be used to introduce novice and younger players.
2015-01-18
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Daniel Barrett
United States
Lake Forest Park
Washington
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9
Feb 2014
-Sails of Glory: Captain and Crew Ability Deck
-Sails of Glory Ship Pack: Commerce de Bordeaux 1785 / Duguay-Trouin 1788
-Sails of Glory Ship Pack: Hermione 1779 / L'Inconstante 1786
-Sails of Glory Ship Pack: HMS Concorde 1783 / HMS Unite 1796
-Sails of Glory Ship Pack: HMS Impetueux 1796 / HMS Spartiate 1798
2015-05-15
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Michael Sweazey
United States
Powder Springs
Georgia
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9
Jan 2014
A Napoleonic ship game in the tradition of Wings of War/Glory. Tremendously fun game - even to April who does not like war-games. Beautiful ships and deep gameplay.
2014-06-04
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Team Ski
United States
Dover
Delaware
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9
May 2014
A well thought and presented game system.
2014-01-28
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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9
Mar 2015
After a few plays, my impressions of the game have risen.

Couple things: the "Enemy in Sight" meeting engagement is fine as a learning scenario, but not great and it doesn't scale beyond about 4 ships without some more space - it just gets too crowded and the collision rules aren't great, especially when there is a lot of congestion.

We moved on the Blockade Run scenario and found it far more interesting and much more reminiscent of an actual naval battle.

I think the sweet spot in terms of rules is to do Advanced plus cherry-pick a few high-impact optionals; I think Aiming High and Forced Aiming are good bang for the buck. The wind changes are obviously a little fiddly but add a nice edge.

The selection of scenarios seems to be better than the Wings of War series, but that's a low bar. Some scenarios look more promising than others. We'll just have to play them through and see.

Sails of Glory has taken some heat in some quarters for being quite unrealistic, and it is on a number of levels. However, the problem from a game design perspective is that most Age of Sail battles were pretty uninteresting - just line up and blast each other indecisively - because command & control presented such serious problems and it was so hard to do real damage at range with the weaponry available. Sails of Glory has taken some significant historical liberties in service of making an interesting game that, while not faithful in a lot of details, is still broadly historically evocative. Works for me.
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Nice. My sole complaint about the game are the rules for overlap/collisions, which are very confusing and can lead to unintuitive results, especially when there are more than two ships involved. Otherwise, though, there is a lot to like here - all the tropes of the Age of Sail are captured, from chain and grapeshot to boarding actions, grappling, leaks, etc. The miniatures and other components are terrific and the game plays cleanly and quickly.

As usual, I wish Ares provided better scenarios and some point values for ships - it's really hard to know what's going to be a fair matchup other than just matching SoL for SoL and Frigate for Frigate (SoL's will beat the crap out of Frigates 1 on 1). Not terrible, but should be better. Some ships are better than others and it would be nice to know. The scenarios in the book aren't terrible but are pretty generic.
2014-03-13
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Grant Sharp
United States
York
Pennsylvania
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9
Aug 2014
What a fantastic game! I have liked this type of system for a while, but each version still had just a bit lacking for me. Wings of War lead to Xwing for me, which was fun but was superseded by Star Trek Attack Wing, because I preferred the feel of larger ships and having a crew. Sails of glory takes that whole part and runs with it. Playing the advanced game, you absolutely get the feel of captaining a huge sailing ship, shouting orders to your men while trying to line up your next shot. Once you start taking damage, you quickly find that you may not have enough orders to go around. More than just the movement system, which works great here, the whole resource management part of the game shines.
2014-08-30
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David
New Zealand
Auckland
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9
Aug 2014
I have only played solo a few times to get a grasp of the rules. This is a great looking game and I'm really liking how it captures the age of sail era so well. I've said it before but the movement mechanics really suit the age of sail far more than fast moving aircraft (WoG), and space ships (xwing). Ship management is engaging and the battles are tense once the ships get to grips. Maneuvering ships is not easy but it adds to the thematics of the whole package. Outstanding components, mechanics that shine, tension and theme. What a great package. This is a preliminary rating having not played ftf.

2014-08-31
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Alex Sorbello
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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9
Dec 2013
Not only are the miniatures some of the best i have seen for this type of game. The gameplay is very clear and loads of fun.
Looking forward to scenarios and even campaigns to play!
2013-12-29
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brian
United States
Cedar Lake
Indiana
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9
Jun 2014
Early Bird Captain, USS Constitution, HMS Victory
2013-04-17
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Brian Collins
United States
Oakland
California
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9
Oct 2014
I've been waiting for this game for all my gaming career. From "Broadsides" through "Wooden Ships & Iron Men"; to "Close Action" and "Serpents of the Seas" - they're all great games but this one's the better. Of course we've only played three single ship frigate actions but I'm confident that my rating will hold up over the long run.
2014-01-26
Owned
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Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
United States
New Orleans
Louisiana
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Erin go Bragh! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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9
Jul 2014
The best game on this subject. The miniatures are beautiful, the rules are adjustable according to how deep you want to go. Rulebook is mostly a breeze.
2014-07-13
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Jack McNaughton
United States
North Bend
Washington
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9
Feb 2014
Is an excellent game that could use some campaign rules for playing a series of battles on the high seas!
2014-02-26
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MuXeD San
Spain
Madrid
Madrid
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9
Apr 2014
The best sailing simulator ever.
2014-04-06
Pablo Canalejas
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9
Jun 2014
boats ninth century. What more can I ask? Its like a dream for me.
2015-04-18
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Corey Malczewski
United States
Bloomington
Minnesota
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You take my life but I'll take yours too. You fire your musket but I run you through. So when you're waiting for the next attack You'd better stand there's no turning back.
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Brainiac, maniac, witness my game. I am the digital Jesse James.
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9
Aug 2014
Smooth and fast. Lots of action. You feel nervous and you get a line on the enemy. BUT WAIT! Is the the best time to shoot your load? Maybe wait one more turn and he might show you his ass to your broadside! Hard to hold fire when under fire.

Great game.
2014-08-09
David Schubert
United States
Port Republic
Virginia
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9
Aug 2014
SoG is just a bunch of fun to play.
2014-08-15
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David Molina López (ReD FeniX)
Spain
Valencia
Valencia
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9
Feb 2015
Precioso juego de miniaturas, de batallas navales con 2 bandos, inglés y francés, heredero del sistema de Wings of glory, que consiste en elegir una carta entre muchas para planificar el movimiento, y luego ponerla delante de la miniatura, moviendo ésta a la marca correspondiente de la carta. Trae 4 barcos y sobretodo éstos y los componentes son espectaculares, si bien he de decir que las 4 cartas que se insertan en las bases, no entraban! Tuve que reducirlas muy cuidadosamente con cutter y ahora perfecto
Manual de 60 páginas, que puede asustar, pero el juego tiene varios modos: básico, normal y avanzado. Y además, muchas reglas opcionales extra que puedes elegir para darle más detalles al juego, y muchas imágenes de ejemplo, además de varios escenarios al final, para diferentes disposiciones de la partida. El juego vale su dinero, y si lo encontráis de oferta no lo dudéis. 2 o 4 jugadores es lo ideal. A la espera de extras de barcos españoles!
2015-02-24
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Janne Kärki
Finland
Varkaus
Pohjois Savo
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9
Apr 2015
Better than wings of war/glory. Mechanics more suitable for ship combat and extra detail on orders and damage certainly make the game better than it's ancestors.

X-Wing still has advantage over this in smoother gameplay, but at least for me history beats fiction so this game is more suitable for my personal taste. I also enjoy the bit more detailed mechanics a little more here.
2015-04-25
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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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I spent 100 Geek Gold and all I got was this lousy overtext message!
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8.6
Jan 2014
A top notch evolution of the mechanics from Wings of War ported over to the age of sail. And top notch quality figures with great paint jobs as well. I can see this one becoming a money pit for me and a cash cow for Ares.
2014-01-17
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Tom Shydler
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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8.5
Feb 2014
Bought the Captain's Set on Kickstarter. Very happy with models and accessories. Marvellous game. I think it gives a great feel for the Age of Fighting Sail in a relatively clean and speedy fashion. The only drawback is that it is very difficult to control more than two ships when playing at the advanced level.
2014-02-07
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