This game was played on 8/5/2015. A simple 2 player 40 point game, just the second that this person has played.
The fleets went in the order as follows:
Huginn + captain, helmsman, oarsman
Fenrir + helmsman, oarsman
HMS Lord Cauldwell + captain, helmsman
USS Shark + captain
Splinter + helmsman
Another ocean fabric was used for the first time. This is another solid blue, but it’s lighter than the last one.
The beginning of the game was predictable, but it turned out to be a great game.
The Lord Cauldwell sneaks around to the west as all the other ships explore.
The Lord Cauldwell (LC) catches the Fenrir and dismasts the longship with a ram and shoot.
However, the Huginn answers with the only gun she has in range, her powerful 2L mainmast.
Both fleets are getting rich as the LC slinks away.
The tunnel is illuminated as only 3 coins are left in play.
The Huginn takes one while the LC appears to have designs on the other two. The Fenrir goes out with one mast repaired and looking to steal gold either from the LC or her HI.
The damaged LC dumps her captain to grab one of the two coins, and later thinks better of it and dumps her helmsman as well to load the last treasure coin!
Everybody chases each other around the island. The Fenrir takes off after the LC while the Shark and Splinter have other ideas.
The Fenrir catches the slowed LC and rams her mast off, losing her helmsman in the process (she lost her oarsman earlier in the game when the LC rammed her).
The LC is captured as the Shark and Splinter turn around.
In a bold act of courage and defiance, the Fenrir abandons the derelict LC (with 8 gold aboard!) to steal two coins from her opponents, one of which is a 5 and the other a 1.
The Huginn takes over on towing duty, but the Fenrir is damaged and can only sail at L speed.
The Shark moved in and shot at the Fenrir, but missed both times! After that, the Splinter rammed the Fenrir and won the boarding action to take back the 5. The Fenrir tried to escape but was rammed by the Shark, who dismasted her and took back the 1. However, the formidable Huginn made off with the LC, although she could’ve dealt some serious damage to Fleet 2. In the end, gold wins this game!
The Splinter has returned the 5, while the Shark gets revenge by sinking the Fenrir.
The Huginn towed the LC back and the Shark re-deposited the 1 on her HI, ending the game!
Both fleets had 8 gold on their home islands before all of these late-game shenanigans went down, which meant that the 8 gold from the LC now in possession of the Vikings gave the Vikings a 16-8 win!