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The Best Ship
April 2, 2007
I just started playing the game about a month ago, and I
at least a box of each set except for south china seas( because I
can't find it anywhere). I have all the send-aways, le's, and
convention ships! My question for you guys is, what is the best ship
overall? - Bill Buff
The best ship? Best at what?
There are a multitude of things a ship in this game can do,
from the broad (gold running, fighting) to the focused
(stealing derelicts, robbing home islands). A ship that is
good at one of these roles will typically be mediocre at
most of the others. But some can fill more than one role,
and a very few can do really well in multiple roles.
To me, that is what a "best" ship is - flexible. It also
needs to give above-average value for its point cost. To
narrow the field, I'll pick one "best" ship from each of the
factions I'm familiar with, and a runner-up that, while not
as flexible, is either an unusually good ship or a superb
Pirates - there are many contenders, but I have to go with
The Darkhawk II for its awesome cargo, four fair-to-good
cannons, and a very low price for what you get. Runner-up:
the Banshee's Cry, for her extraordinary speed, good cargo,
and jaw-droppingly-low price of only three points.
England - the most flexible ship in this faction may be HMS
Gibraltar, with her blazing speed, two good cannons, and a
special ability (rob enemy home island) that scares people.
Runner-up: HMS Titan, which is not cheap, but is probably
the baddest five-masted fighter in the game.
Spain - this faction has some good gold ships and some good
fighters, but one stands out: the Santa Isabel, with
excellent cargo, very good speed, four decent cannons, and a
fun special ability (one treasure worth +2). Runner-up: La
Monarca, one of the fastest gold ships in the game, at a
France - here, I have to vote for the ship that, in the
hands of other players, has caused me more grief than any
other: Le Courageux. With good cargo, two good cannons, very
good speed, and a good special ability (ignore first hit
while intact), she packs a wallop for a low price.
Runner-up: Le Bon Marin, a superb gold ship with a built-in
Explorer for a minuscule price.
USA - no question, my favorite has always been USS Franklin,
with good cargo and four good cannons that become
devastating, thanks to her special ability (+1 if she has a
Captain). She's no gold ship, but she's one of the best
fighters you can get. Runner-up: USS Freedom, with very good
speed, good cargo, and four decent cannons that become good
if her special ability (+1 vs Pirates) comes into play.
Corsairs - this faction has one outstanding ship, the
Tiger's Eye, with blazing speed, very good cargo, three
decent cannons, and a good special ability (ignore L
cannons). Runner-up: the Golden Peacock, an unexceptional
gold ship, but I just like the look of her.
Jade - there isn't much to choose from, but I have to pick
the Grand Path, with six good cannons and very good cargo.
She's also the toughest boarder in the game (except for the
Runner-up: the Noble Swan, a turtle ship with high speed, a
low price, one good cannon, and invulnerability to both
ramming and boarding.
Cursed - I own and use only one Cursed "ship," and that's
Calim, which is just about the only sea monster with enough
speed to make a nuisance of itself.
Mercs - they have nothing in the same league as the ships
I've listed above.
Vikings - they have some interesting ships, but they're all
overpriced, which disqualifies them from this little
So which one is the best? That depends on your playing
style; what's best for me may be so-so for you. But if I had
to pick one ship, I'd flip a coin to decide between the
Santa Isabel and the Darkhawk II.
These two are both so good in so many roles, and give such
good value for the points you spend, that they both deserve
the title "Best Ship Overall."