Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 5.16.07
Name: HMS Master
Card: OE #202 (Limited Edition)
Masts: 2 (rating: 2 / 5)
Cargo: 2 (rating: 1.5 / 5)
Moves: L (rating: 2 / 5)
Guns : 2L,3L (rating: 3.5 / 5)
Hit %: 117 (S), 117 (L)
Ability: When this ship hits another ship, you
choose which mast is eliminated.
Another seven-point English ship, eh? Is this one
better or worse than HMS Galway, which we reviewed
earlier in the week? Let's find out.
Quick summary: she's slower, has slightly better
cargo, and has better cannons. That keeps her in the
role of small fighter, much like the Galway, but
you'll probably want to add a Helmsman as well as a
Captain. Her ability to choose which mast falls
(mast; Master; get it?) isn't that important if
she's sniping at enemy gold runners, but can be
useful against other fighters.
This is a slightly better fighter than the Galway,
but her sail-away cost is higher because she needs a
Helmsman. Average marks.
Total rating: 3 / 5
Fighter. HMS Master is meant to be a support
Two long range cannons (2L and 3L) and low cargo
space. She could use the helmsman with only a L
range movement. Her ability (you choose which mast
on her target is eliminated) augments her fighting
capabilities. This ability is less relevant in the
later sets where many ships have the same gun rating
at each mast, but sometimes it could be useful to
take out a particular mast. Also good long range
guns are nothing to laugh at. I wouldn’t put a named
crew member on this ship, just the generic stuff.
Sneak HMS Master up the field along with your main
fighter and take her shots as the main ship engages
the enemy. HMS Master is small and decently priced
Cannons: L3, L2
Ability: When this ship hits
another ship, you choose which mast is
This is one of my favorite
2-masters in the set. The things that jump out
at you immediately are the low points, the good
cannons, and the slow move. so if you want to
fight with this thing, youll want a helmsman
first. and then probably a captain. I cant see
anyone jumping up and down to put a double
captain on this thing, and i think its too small
for any named crew.
small British ship with two good cannons and 7
points. Compared to the HMS Galway, which we
reviewed earlier this week, this ship is
amazing. Sure, it moves a S less, but it has 2
better cannons, one more cargo, and a good
ability. This ship is a fighter ship, and there
is nothing that can stop it from being one.
brings us to the ability. This ship gets to
eliminate any mast it wants, which can help
against ships with cannons like 3s and 4s so
that you can eliminate the 3s instead of the 4s.
I like this ship even more than the HMS Galway,
and I give it a 3.5/5.
Master, 7 points
Cannons: 2L 3L
Ability:When this ship hits another ship, you choose
which mast is eliminated.
Flavor Text:The English have embraced small ships
that can hit hard.
Hmm...not too bad of a ship, really. It's much
better than the 1 mast Pirate ship Queen of Cups,
but then has worse cannons than the 2 mast Spanish
ship La Reconquistador. Heck, the only difference
with the Reconquistador is that HMS Master doesn't
have 2 rank 2 L range cannons. If I was playing a
pure English fleet, this ship wouldn't be too bad,
but I'm sure that there are much better picks for a
much lower price. In terms of real world pricing,
this ship is an LE, so it garners some attention on
"that auction site".
This is an above average vessel in my opinion, and
receives a 3/5.
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