Almost all of this took place over the 25th and 26th. I always keep my collection organized so I know where everything is at all times. I had a lot of new stuff that needed to be integrated into the boxes and binder I already had. For the first time in years, I got out ALL of my ships. A lot of them were brand new stuff from the past month of acquisitions, but I also had a tin of stuff from trades.
I keep all of my deckplates (the first card of each ship) in a binder with named crew cards. This allows me to easily find ships to use and compare and contrast different ships and crew. I have one large binder that used to contain every unique ship and named crew. Now it only contains ships from the Big 4 (England, France, Spain, Pirates), and about half of the American fleet. The rest of the American fleet is in a different, smaller, binder with the Cursed, Corsairs, Jade Rebels, Vikings, and Mercenaries. Another binder contains every single named crew, and a fourth binder has my UT’s and a handful of other stuff. The “other stuff” is equipment, forts, the promo pack inserts (ex: PP824), and at the back I keep a copy of the rule book for each set, as well as a checklist for each set (the checklists are fun to look at all on one page – very colourful!).
Getting out the ships was intimidating at first, but once I got started it became less overwhelming. I organized each fleet by faction, ordering the ships by size and type. For the English, the first faction I got out, I separated duplicates and grouped them together accordingly. However, I didn’t do this for the other factions in order to save time (plus I felt it was unnecessary).
It is important to note that I didn’t count sea monsters, flotillas, or forts as “ships”, at least not for the overall count. However, I did count sea monsters and flotillas as “ships” for the “overall unique ships” count, since this is more relevant to the actual game.
Total overall ships: The number of actual built ships.
Total unique ships: The number of different ships (including sea monsters and flotillas but not forts).
Total overall crew chips: The number of punched crew (both generic and named).
Total unique named crew: The number of different NAMED crew.
Of course, part of the reason I wanted to do a proper fleet review was to count the numbers of ships and crew and to take pictures.
Pictures or it didn’t count, right?
Without further ado, here is one of the biggest fleets you’ll ever see!
Total overall ships: 157
Total unique ships: 98
Total overall crew chips: 97
Total unique named crew: 46
The three English flagships. HMS Lord Walpole and HMS Birkenhead were my first two English ships, and HMS Lord Algernon was my most-wanted ship for years until I finally acquired her. They are still in their unaltered state before I realized I had been putting the masts in backwards.
Next up, the French!
Total overall ships: 101
Total unique ships: 80
Total overall crew chips: 53
Total unique named crew: 28
The last of the three historical imperial nations, the Spanish!
Total overall ships: 119
Total unique ships: 89
Total overall crew chips: 105
Total unique named crew: 37
What our game is named for.
Total overall ships: 141
Total unique ships: 110
Total overall crew chips: 139
Total unique named crew: 61
The fleet with the most new ships – America!
Total overall ships: 123
Total unique ships: 91
Total overall crew chips: 66
Total unique named crew: 30
The last of the “Big 6” – the Cursed!
Total overall ships: 42
Total unique ships: 47
Total overall crew chips: 53
Total unique named crew: 17
The largest of the minor factions – the Barbary Corsairs!
Total overall ships: 41
Total unique ships: 37
Total overall crew chips: 26
Total unique named crew: 8
The hardest faction to acquire – the Jade Rebellion!
Total overall ships: 22
Total unique ships: 21
Total overall crew chips: 27
Total unique named crew: 12
The fighters from the north – the Vikings!
Total overall ships: 14
Total unique ships: 12
Total overall crew chips: 18
Total unique named crew: 4
Last but not least, the Mercenaries!
Total overall ships: 12
Total unique ships: 10
Total overall crew chips: 29
Total unique named crew: 8
Now for the best moment of all! Every single punched ship in my collection all in one place!
Here’s a few pics before I sorted the Spanish, Pirates, and Americans.
By the numbers
Total overall ships: 773
Barbary Corsair: 41
Jade Rebellion: 22
Total unique ships: 595
Barbary Corsair: 37
Jade Rebellion: 21
Total named crew: 253 chips, 251 different/unique
English: 42 chips, 46 different
French: 25 chips, 28 different
Spanish: 37 chips, 37 different
Pirate: 64 chips, 61 different
American: 29 chips, 30 different
Cursed: 19 chips, 17 different
Barbary Corsair: 8 chips, 8 different
Jade Rebellion: 11 chips, 12 different
Viking: 4 chips, 4 different
Mercenary: 14 chips, 8 different
Total generic crew: 360 chips, 357 total cards
English: 55 chips, 47 cards
French: 28 chips, 39 cards
Spanish: 68 chips, 52 cards
Pirate: 75 chips, 61 cards
American: 37 chips, 41 cards
Cursed: 34 chips, 30 cards
Barbary Corsair: 18 chips, 18 cards
Jade Rebellion: 16 chips, 16 cards
Viking: 14 chips, 14 cards
Mercenary: 15 chips, 12 cards
+27 other punched cards without the nationality specified. I didn’t feel like looking all of them up.
Total overall crew: 613 chips
English: 97 (punched chips)
Barbary Corsair: 26
Jade Rebellion: 27
Total Unique Treasures: 73
Total different equipment: 7
Total forts: 7
In addition, I have a solid amount of unpunched (UP) stuff that I didn’t include because they’re all duplicate and going up for trade soon.
Here are the final numbers when duplicate unpunched game pieces are included:
Named crew: 334
Overall crew: ~694
Unique treasures: 87
Just for the fun of it, I also counted terrain, both punched and unpunched.
Total islands/terrain: 372
SM islands: 35
Mysterious Islands: 38
Fog Banks: 69
Sargasso Seas: 55
How else would anyone end this?
|how many 10-masters you got?|
I find it interesting that the Americans are one of the most unique factions I have specifically in terms of 3 masters. They have a hoist, a windcatcher, a submarine, a longship, and an icebreaker. No other faction in my collection comes close to matching not only the diversity, but the diversity of ships that all have the same number of masts!
All of my six masted junks:
More pictures of the ten masters:
Thanks for looking! I would do this every year as an annual thing, but my collection won’t grow nearly enough to make it worthwhile to do it that often.
I forgot something!
I meant to do this earlier. I played around with the effects editor on Photobucket. Some of the effects were purposely designed to mess with you a bit, kind of like the ship would in real life.