Black Seas is way too simple for my taste but a decent set of rules for a starter set. See my review of them on Oct 27 2019 As I stated there I was intrigued by the 1 hit point value for each ship encompassing hull, crew and rigging. Could I somehow incorporate that combat routine into Post Captain? I was sick in bed for 2 days this week and that gave me plenty of time to work out the math and expand the critical hit tables to do just that. The rigging and speed loss is tricky and I am still not sure I have it right. So last night a ran a single ship engagement to test out the new rules. This is 70% straight Post Captain and 30% me converting the damage routine of Black Seas. I call the fusion Post Seas.
I rolled up an encounter between 2 brigs on Lake Ontario, the USS Onedia and the HMS Earl of Moria.
USS Oneida is 16 gun brig with 24 pdr cannonades and 2 9 pdrs on swivels . As was suggested on TMP 3 guns earns 1 die in Black Seas so the charts in Post Captain work quite well. Here is her card.
Before the Earl can turn to port the Oneida unleashes another broadside at 300 yards.
The crack crew quickly puts out the fire but the ship is clearly damaged. At this point in PC you make a command check which the Earl's captain passes with ease. Still, his ship now has no speed advantage, is outgunned and is down to 8 hps verses the Oneida's 17.
Thus begins a chase.
Post Captain has a great chase sequence that includes little gusts and eddies.
I give the USS Oneida 6 minutes of chase to see how things stand...
Great game that was fun and tense throughout. The fusion seemed to work well though still need to tweak the speed loss through sail damage. I did like that the game played faster [ whole thing played out in 80 minutes including set up and pictures] but still had strategy and sailing flavor of Post Captain. Will see where this goes.