South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game! February 6th, 2016

This game was played on 2/6/2016. It was a 60 point game, notable for being possibly the last physical game I’ll play with the first person I ever taught Pirates to (but maybe not the last!). Also, as part of the upcoming 10th anniversary of South China Seas, I’ve got quite a lot of South China Seas in my current traveling collection.

Jade Rebellion:
Grand Mountain + Dragon Eyes, helmsman, oarsman
Sea Wind + captain
Hansan Island + captain, helmsman, fire shot

Mixed:
HMS Victor + captain, oarsman
Templar + helmsman
HMS Clear Wind + helmsman
Scorpion + explorer
El Duque + helmsman, explorer

The setup featured the shipwreck cove, as well as three places to get gold. There were two coins placed on a beach on the same island where the home beaches were located. A few more coins were on an island near the main wild island, which lay in the cove.

SCS 10th anniversary

Almost 10 years since the release of South China Seas, and the junks look as good as ever!

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

After the relative monotony of VASSAL pictures, it was refreshing and almost stunning to see this quality return!

Chinese junks sail out
South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

The Duque grabs the nearby gold, while all the other ships make for the far islands.

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016
Jade Rebellion fleet

Here the Sea Wind’s colors actually blend in well with the ocean.

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016
South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016
Jade Rebellion ships

The fleets converge on the main wild island:

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

The Sea Wind explores as the Hansan Island and Grand Mountain split up. All three Jade ships have captains.

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

The Jade Rebellion declares war! The Hansan Island sets the Victor ablaze, while the Sea Wind sprints for home and hits 2/2 on the Duque in passing.

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016
Jade Rebellion attacks!
South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

The Victor repaired at sea, only to have the Hansan Island connect again with another fire shot! The Grand Mountain dismasted the Templar, and the Jades were doing well.

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016
South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

Dragon Eyes got busy capturing crew, but the Clear Wind rammed the Hansan Island derelict, ending that threat.

battle at the wild island
South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

The Sea Wind returns for more gold, but loses a mast trying to go the shorter way over the treacherous reefs.

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016
South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

The Clear Wind has captured the Hansan Island!

coins on island
South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

The Victor hits the Grand Mountain, and the momentum is shifting!

Grand Mountain under attack

The Grand Mountain fights back and captures the Victor’s captain!

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

As the Hansan Island is towed away, the Jade Rebellion is becoming surrounded.

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

The Sea Wind re-engages the Duque but fails to inflict damage and loses another mast to the reef! The Grand Mountain and Victor are locked in battle.

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

A great shot of the failed ram and board, and a good shot of the wrecked Flying Dutchman with her stern in the air.

failed ram and board
South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

As the battle rages, the Grand Mountain loses her oarsman.

naval battle rages on

The Duque rams the Sea Wind derelict! The Scorpion tries to sink the junk but misses.

Sea Wind is derelict
South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

The Duque captures the Sea Wind, while the Clear Wind drops the Hansan Island to help the Victor against the Grand Mountain.

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016
South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

The Jade Rebellion has only one ship left, and it’s doubtful that she’ll make it home safely. However, at this point she has 8 points of captured crew aboard in addition to 2 gold!

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

The Victor has fully repaired while the Grand Mountain slowly sails home.

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

As expected, the Grand Mountain has been cornered by the Mixed fleet. Note the unintentional (weak) line of battle sailing to the Mixed HI! They now control 7 of the 8 ships in the game.

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

Just a turn from her HI, the Grand Mountain is rammed and blocked!

Grand Mountain in trouble again

The Grand Mountain shot a mast off the Scorpion, but the galley’s block meant she couldn’t get home…

South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

After all that carnage, the Mixed fleet rammed the Grand Mountain derelict to end the game!

end of the game. South China Seas 10th Anniversary Game!  February 6th, 2016

1. Mixed fleet: 19 gold
2. Jade Rebellion: 13

(If the Grand Mountain had just an extra turn to return home, it would have been 23-13 in favor of the Rebellion! Another great game!)

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