It seems that while I was out in meetings yesterday, GW decided to put up a run through of a turn of Dreadfleet. Good plan.
This looks pretty much like what I’d expected: a simple roll hits, roll saves kind of mechanic with a bunch of cards thrown in for good measure. It’s light and fluffy and sounds very random indeed, but a bit of a laugh as long as you don’t take it too seriously. A sort of Wild West barroom brawl of a game, with the varied characters being ships instead of cowboys.
With this level of layered randomness (roll dice to decide how many cards you draw) it should suit non-gamers fairly well as this levels the playing field a bit. So far this looks like it’ll make a good game for existing gamers to introduce the whole idea of tabletop battles with miniatures to their friends. It won’t be the right one for everyone (this process really needs a careful tailoring of game to inductee to work well) though if someone were hovering on the edge of the GW hobby in particular then it might be just the ticket.
As I said, this is pretty much where I’d expected it to be pitched. It’s not Man o’ War 2, but it’s still messing about in boats in the Warhammer World. I, for one, am happier now I know a bit about the game mechanics and will be ordering one for myself. As I said earlier, I can always use the mat for games of Dystopian Wars 🙂