Conquest of the Americas - Game started

7 player game with identical starting positions and special rules regarding builds. Devised by David E Cohen and introduced and GMd by Pedros. Winner: theangrycastle (Russia)

Conquest of the Americas - Game started

Postby Pedros » 29 Feb 2012, 13:10

Just what it says. A journey of exploration and conquest, although not in this case a Fog of War variant.

It's the first of two totally symmetrical variants I'm thinking of running. The other one is a symmetrical map; this one is symmetrical because everybody starts in exactly the same position! For this reason, there's no point running an auction for countries, so it will be first come first served - and there are seven players but ten possible countries to choose from!

Map and rules are below. This one is open to newcomers to Forum Games provided that they have a reasonable record of reliability on main site.

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This variant is meant to be evocative, rather than truly historically accurate. Seven Powers: Denmark, England, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden (though players can also choose Poland, Russia and Scotland, the other Powers to have historically had colonies in the Americas), coming in from the Atlantic (and also the Pacific), starting with fleets, attempt to take over the Americas. The variant is considerably less dense than Standard Diplomacy, and places a premium on tactics of maneuver. Stalemate lines should be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to maintain.

Play begins in Spring 1501, with all players having a unit in the Atlantic High Seas. The high seas provinces (Cape of Good Hope, East Indies and Pacific High Seas being the others, listed in relationship of adjacency; i.e., the globe can be circumnavigated) can hold any number of fleets, but fleets in those provinces can neither support, be supported or convoy. In Winter 1501, each player may build a fleet in either Atlantic High Seas or (in this year only) Pacific High Seas. Until Spring 1506, each player can have two fleets which do not require a Supply Center to remain in existence. Except for the special case of Winter 1501, builds may be made in any owned Supply Center, or in the case of Fleets, in Atlantic High Seas (representing fleets built in Europe), provided, however, that a player must have three Supply Centers before a third unit is built, and if a player falls below three Supply Centers before or during Winter 1505, a player may retain only two fleets (and no armies). Beginning in 1506, the special rules concerning "unsupplied" Fleets are no longer applicable, and as in Standard Diplomacy, a player with more units than Supply Centers must remove units of the player's choice until the number of units and Supply Centers is equal. The victory criterion is 19 of the 37 Supply Centers.

In addition, in each game, each player will have the opportunity to name each province they enter first (with GM approval, and the GM will assign an official abbreviation), until then, the province will bear the number on the map.


Explantory note from David E Cohen on the "two unsupported fleets":
So, in other words, until 1506, a player can always have two fleets, no matter how few dots they have. But for a third unit, the player must have 3 dots, for four units, a player must have 4 dots, and so forth. No "extra" units once a player gets to 3 dots.

The final list of countries and players is:-
Denmark - Willie900
England - stalin813
France - DiploNEV
Netherlands - MAmelsberg
Russia - theangrycastle
Scotland - joebishop
Spain - Freddafred

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Re: Conquest of the Americas - sign-ups

Postby Willie900 » 29 Feb 2012, 13:51

Sign me up!

I'll be...Denmark!
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Re: Conquest of the Americas - sign-ups

Postby austerlitzJCD » 29 Feb 2012, 14:12

I'll join as Sweden!
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Re: Conquest of the Americas - sign-ups

Postby theangrycastle » 29 Feb 2012, 14:17

Since I've been beaten to the Nordic countries...

I shall be mighty Mother Russia! My Cossack hordes are even now waiting to seize this new land for the Russian Crown!
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Re: Conquest of the Americas - sign-ups

Postby joebishop » 29 Feb 2012, 14:25

Love this idea Pedros..Sign me up for Scotland...
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Re: Conquest of the Americas - sign-ups

Postby asudevil » 29 Feb 2012, 14:34

Damn, I have wanted to play this for a while, but just no time...

Oh well, perhaps next time...
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Re: Conquest of the Americas - 3/7

Postby MAmelsberg » 29 Feb 2012, 19:33

I'd like to be Dutch, please.
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Re: Conquest of the Americas - 3/7

Postby Bluewolf » 29 Feb 2012, 22:07

french. i think this is the sixth.
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Re: Conquest of the Americas - 3/7

Postby Freddafred » 29 Feb 2012, 22:24

Spain for me.
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Re: Conquest of the Americas - 3/7

Postby Bluewolf » 29 Feb 2012, 22:45

all 7! yay!
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