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Another round from Baltic Sea – this time it’s the currently completed selection of German pieces.
Name: SMS Friedrich der Grosse
Link: The Black Baron
Ability: Broadsides Attack. This ship gets +1 to her cannon rolls against pirates.
Flavor Text: The flagship of the German Navy and captained by the famed Black Baron, SMS Friedrich der Grosse certainly lives up to the legacy of her namesake.
Name: SMS Bayern
Ability: Two hits from the same shoot action are required to eliminate one of this ship’s masts.
Flavor Text: Built with a partially iron hull and powerful cannons, SMS Bayern is the newest and most durable addition to the German fleet, although where she excels in armor she severely lacks in speed.
Name: SMS Falke
Ability: This ship may move and shoot using the same move action. After this ship resolves a shoot action, she may move as a free action.
Flavor Text: As fast as the bird she’s named after, SMS Falke is able to speed in and out of battle so quickly that her enemies barely know what hit them.
Name: SMS Schultzie
Ability: This ship eliminates two masts with one hit. If this ship has a captain crew, she gets +1 to her cannon and boarding rolls.
Flavor Text: After being recaptured from pirates in the Mysterious Islands by the Black Baron himself, SMS Schultzie was refitted to become one of the German Navy’s fiercest ships.
Name: Grosse Jacht
Ability: This ship gets +1 to her cannon rolls against Pirate ships. If you roll a 6 when shooting, you may take another shoot action.
Flavor Text: Said to have originally been built as the private yacht of an old Holy Roman elector, Grosse Jacht’s crew have since modified the old luxury boat to hunt pirates along the Prussian coast.
Name: SMS Amazone
Link: Vice Admiral Jachmann
Ability: This ship gets +S to her base move if she carries a crew worth 4 or more points.
Flavor Text: One of the first ships purpose built for the German Navy, SMS Amazone has been around the world ferrying diplomatic missions and showcasing Germany’s might.
Name: SMS Luchs
Ability: Schooner. When this ship carries no gold, she gets +S to her base move.
Flavor Text: The crew of SMS Luchs have elected to toss most of their cannons in favor of making her one of the fastest ships in the German Navy.
Name: SMS Elbe
Ability: Schooner. This ship ignores the first hit she takes each turn as long as she has all of her masts.
Flavor Text: SMS Elbe has been regarded as a sturdy and dependable ship by almost every sailor who’s crewed her.
Name: SMS Ludwig II
Ability: Schooner. If this ship has a Captain crew, she gets +1 to her cannon rolls.
Flavor Text: SMS Ludwig II is said to carry some of the finest crafted cannons in all of Germany, and her crew have trained for hundreds of hours working their operation into a science.
Name: Prince Adalbert
Ability: Captain. Once per turn, roll a d6. On a 5 or 6, this ship may be given an extra action.
Flavor Text: A so-called ‘Prince Admiral’, Prince Adalbert von Preussen has built the German Navy from the ground up, and now serves as its commander and chief.
Name: The Black Baron
Link: SMS Friedrich der Grosse
Ability: Limit. Ransom. Captain. Loyal: Germany; Hostile: Pirates. This ship gets +1 to her boarding rolls against the Pirates. If this ship succeeds at both its ramming and boarding rolls against another ship, roll a d6. On a 5, eliminate all crew from the enemy ship. On a 6, you may capture the enemy ship, even if she is not derelict.
Flavor Text: Said to have captured over a hundred ships, the Black Baron is considered by many in the German Navy to be a myth due to the nature of his supposed accomplishments. Few outside the German nobility have met him, and even fewer know his real name; some rumors even claim he’s a member of the royal family. Those who crew SMS Friedrich der Grosse are always surprised to learn that the man does in fact exist, and that although his achievements are certainly embellished, he’s just as capable a captain as he’s rumored to be.
Name: Vice Admiral Jachmann
Link: SMS Amazone
Ability: Place this crew face up during setup. Reduce the cost of all other crew placed on this ship by 1.
Flavor Text: The senior most officer in the German Navy second only to Prince Adalbert himself, vice admiral Eduard von Jachmann can assign any sailor to any ship at a whim, the only thing stopping him being death or a direct order from the Kaiser.
Rarity: Limited Edition/Promo
Link: Herr Fuchs
Ability: Submarine. This ship has a 4S cannon that can be fired while she is submerged; it cannot be fired when she is surfaced.
Flavor Text: Engineered under watchful eye by Herr Fuchs from what remained of the submersible Hephaestus, the Haifisch is considered to be the pinnacle of German naval technology – even if said technology did not originate within their borders.
Name: Herr Fuchs
Rarity: Limited Edition/Promo
Ability: Captain. Helmsman. This ship may repair at sea or at any island.
Flavor Text: After being apprehended by the Black Baron, Herr Fuchs was to be sentenced to death for treason and piracy; that was, of course, until he offered to reverse engineer Captain Nemo’s technology for the German Navy. While he isn’t happy about this arrangement, he feels it a better situation to face than death.
Next week will be the Pirates.