Firelock Games, known for their historical miniatures war game set in the golden age of piracy, Blood & Plunder, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Oak & Iron, a fleet-based naval strategy game set in the same period. Blood & Plunder and Oak & Iron are not only set in the same period, the games are designed to work alongside each other allowing campaigns and scenarios in cross-over games. In Blood & Plunder, players commanded a crew of a ship, local militiamen, or fierce natives in a tactical war game played with 28mm miniatures. In Oak & Iron, players take command of an entire fleet represented by beautiful 1/600th scale miniature ships. The choice of faction and leaders change the abilities of the fleet, and each ship is capable of being upgraded. Fleet actions are determined by orders on initiative cards that also affect the initiative and bonuses to be applied in the following turn. Managing momentum is a key element in the game. All ships move according to their orders, and then attack. Successful attacks damage ships and fatigue enemy crew, which weakens their performance in following attacks. When a player has accrued more strike points than remain ships, the fleet flees the battle leaving the remaining player victorious on the seas.
Oak & Iron plays 2-6 players, ages 8+ in 45-60 minutes. Contents include six ships and their bases and cards. A wind direction arrow, movement and range rulers and dice are included. Among the tokens in the game are visually effective “wake” and “smoke” tokens to indicate respectively when a ship has moved and fired that turn. The Kickstarter campaign, which was funded on the first day, runs through December 5 with an expected delivery in October 2019.