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    Default New(er) Captain in Northern Virginia

    Greetings all!

    Name is James, new Captain in Alexandria, VA. Finally took the plunge and got the game for Christmas. Played a few games already and am greatly enjoying it.

    Looking for any players/games in the NoVa/DC/MD area.

    Also any advice on what next to get/resources to look into. I currently only have the starter game.

    Best,
    James

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    Hi Jim and welcome. I am sure you will find fellow enthusiasts in your area. I have 12 ships in total. I went for one big first rate one per side, six 74's. (3 per side), a couple of frigates, and a couple of the smaller sloops. That gives me enough for most scenarios. As well as a single Sails of Glory play mat, I use a six by four rectangular piece of blue felt rectangle for my ocean, but if this is your only and main game, you might want to get a better looking play mat from somewhere like deepcutstudio.com They deliver world wide. I have 3 of their 6 by 4 cloth mats for my other games.

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    Welcome to the Anchorage, James, from here 'across the Pond' in the United Kingdom.

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    Welcome alongside James.
    I am sure you will find your new shipmates a friendly lot of swabs. Just watch out for the Bosun, he is a real mean cuss.
    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Welcome James, from 2 hours north of you ( a bit of a commute to blow up little plastic ships)!

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    Bonjour James, welcome on board.

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    Welcome to the Anchorage!

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    Thanks all for the warm welcome. Glad to be aboard.

    Dobbs,
    Never too far! Hope to see you around.

    Baxter,
    Thanks for the rundown, incredibly helpful. I was actually going to inquire more about them. Please let me know if there is already a thread on this or a better part of the forum to post in on this
    What preferences do you all have on material for a game mat? I really only have gaming space at home for 4x3 or 4x4, but understand paying at local stores or clubs there will likely be more space. Any suggestions would be kindly appreciated.

    Thank you!

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    I favor plain blue vinyl from Joann's Fabric. It comes in dark blue which is very ocean-like, but I favor the lighter blue. I feel that it keeps the room lighter and reminds me of sailing in the Keys. You can see examples in many of my photos.

    https://www.joann.com/marine-vinyl/p...nyl%2B&start=1

    Here's a link, and it looks like it's on sale for $6.99 a yard (54"wide)!
    Last edited by Dobbs; 02-18-2020 at 18:39.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimBlkHwk View Post
    Thanks all for the warm welcome. Glad to be aboard.

    Dobbs,
    Never too far! Hope to see you around.

    Baxter,
    Thanks for the rundown, incredibly helpful. I was actually going to inquire more about them. Please let me know if there is already a thread on this or a better part of the forum to post in on this
    What preferences do you all have on material for a game mat? I really only have gaming space at home for 4x3 or 4x4, but understand paying at local stores or clubs there will likely be more space. Any suggestions would be kindly appreciated.

    Thank you!
    Hi Jim,

    You should check out Dobb's suggestions but I like cloth for two reasons. One is that the cost of postage from Lithuania is minimised with a smaller parcel, and the other is that it is so easy to fold up and take to other venues if you want to game away from home. They do various sizes of mat and the smaller the cheaper. I like 6x4 because it covers all situations. I leave them on my dining table all the time and put the one we want to use on top when required. With cloth ones too they are very durable and can be machine washed and ironed.

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    I use the vinyl too James, because I roll rather than fold if I can to avoid crease lines. You can also wipe off any spilt beer easily. However I have also got a small artificial silk one for taking on holiday by air. It folds up to next to nothing and weighs very little. Horses for courses, just like the game rules themselves.
    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Welcome to you from me in Bristol uk.
    I have two official mats which are ok but personally I dont like the lines on them.
    So I also use a vinyl mat which started life as a table cover as well as a professional gamers mat from Tiny Wars here in uk.
    Have fun, I have found the game is fast and fun, especially when you use the advanced rules, the problem seems to be getting people to play, once they do however most say they enjoy it.

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Finally growing my fleet and gaming space. Going to dive into the solo campaigns in the coming days.

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    I concentrated on 3rd-1st rates as sloops, 4th and 5th rates wouldn't have normally been used in a line of battle; in the end, you really don't need that many of them. as you won't see too many scenarios with more than a few engaged. Here is the fabric I use. It is a lot deeper of a color in person. I really like the textures.

    -Eric
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    Another thing to bear in mind, is the size of your table. Most two mat scenarios can't handle more than about six ships a side. If you go for bigger games at clubs, other players can contribute their ships to make up larger squadrons and Fleets. It is only obsessives like Chris and myself who collect enough ships to do Trafalgar and the Nile. We ask ourselves stupid questions like when will Ares bring out the Dutch so that we can do Camperdown.
    If I were starting again with hindsight, I would restrict my Squadrons to the following for British, French and Spanish.
    For each Nation:-
    One First Rate, one 80, Three 74s, one 60 or 50, three Frigates of differing size, a couple of Sloops, and my two favourites a Bomb ketch and a Razee. If you add a Merchant ship to each fleet which can be use as any nationality I think you will have the backbones of many and varied scenarios.

    That would total about 36 in all. The underlined being the least important, you could reduce that number to 30, or leave out the Spanish Fleet and end up with 24 ships.
    That should fit the bill for whatever your pocket or the other half can stand.

    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    I found that the black folding 6' tables you find at Walmart work really well. They are really light, relatively cheap and storable. I bought 5 for gaming and that gives me a temporary 5x10 area. I use it for other games like Bolt Action or Check your Six. Now, this is if you have the floor space of course. Throw the cloth over the whole thing and bob's your uncle. ;)

    -Eric

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    The biggest gaming area that I can squeeze out Eric, is 6' 7 for wargames and four players, but that would leave no space to lay out the number of mats for a more than six ship a side action, so for Sails games I'm better off with the two mat and a spare table for the accoutrements situation.

    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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