Open Beta Test: Fog of War Initiative PDF

First, thanks to everyone that voted…got the tallies below. Really fascinating to see what the community is eager to try and what ranks lower on the list.

Rate of Fire: 13
Faction Abilities: 7
Steering Rolls: 6
Commanders: 5
Fog of War Initiative: 4
Mountains: 4
Range (Expanded): 4
Ship Repairs (Expanded): 4
Breaking the Keel Roll (Expanded): 3
Ramming (Expanded): 1
Cargo Ships: 1
Recoil: 1

So if those are the tallies and Fog of War Initiative is the fifth, why is it first? Easy, it’s ready to go now. I’d pinged Matt a while back to generate that PDF. Then after the fact I thought it would be far cooler to ask you guys what you wanted to see, but in the meantime Matt generated this PDF. So…this one comes first…and then we’ll start flowing into the order above in future weeks.

Leviathans: Captain's Manual Excerpt - Fog of War Open Beta Test
Though, as I as mentioned, Open Beta Test: Fog of War Initiative is one of my favorite things from the Captain’s Manual and the thing I use the most (well, outside of the expanded Ship Repair…once you use that one you’ll never go back to the standard….). So hopefully you won’t mind this coming first.

As usual, visit the forums at A “Open Beta Test: Fog of War Initiative” thread has been created. Post your feedback, comments and especially your suggestions for tweaks to the rules that you feel will improve them.

See ya next duty shift!


Comments (14)

JohngeeMarch 1st, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Thanks Randall for the FIRST of hopefully several PDF’s (and/or explanatory notes) in the coming weeks. I personally don’t care that it is “Fog of War” or that it was 5th on the list. It was very disappointing to see only 18 responses to your request for community participation, and leaves me wondering, “What happened to the rest of the Fan Base” and how many would have voted for “More regular/frequent updates to this Blog,” if it had been an option. Anyway, it looks like 2014 is off to a good start. I guess your Duty Shifts are few and far between.

MattMarch 3rd, 2014 at 3:57 am

Hey Johngee, I’m reading these boards and the forum for a while now, hoping for some news about the once planned kickstarter campaign and the future of this game project.

The answer to your question is quite obvious. The game is starving to death since the day of its release. I mean PDFs and additional content are great but the game lacks the most import thing, the one thing this game is all about, that’s called leviathans! We have tons of written stuff and good ideas but the actual game practically consists of only six ship models. And btw, thanks to the poor decision of releasing only assembled and prepainted miniatures, it cuts away one important part of the tabletop hobby, the part of building, rebuilding and painting. Yes, I would like to test new rules and stuff but to be honest I didn’t even manage to find a single core box of the game here in Germany. The game practically doesn’t exist out there. An in the end, where there is no game, there are no players. Everything that is released here is for a handful of people who were first: fortunate enough to get their hands on one of the games and second: patient enough to stay.

I think there is not much to talk about, until we have an interesting, growing game and a descent number of players as a solid basis.

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