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By Walter O'Hara

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You just can't get enough ancient ship games under your belt.  First Ram Speed, now Chicken of the Sea.  Chicken of the Sea (CotS) is a low complexity, high replay factor microgame designed by the redoubtable Richard Berg.  CotS was originally published in Gamefix magazine, and is now being sold as a separate microgame for $4.50US.  In my opinion, that's quite a bargain.  After adjusting for inflation, compare that to the Microgames of the late 70s/early 80s that sold for $2.95...

CHICKEN OF THE SEA is copyright, Game Publications Group, 1994, copyright subsequently reverting to One Small Step, Inc.  Visit the One Small Step Website (see below) for ordering information.

Designer: Richard Berg
Development: Kirk Schlesinger, Dave Wood

This gameset is about 100% on target as far as the countermix/map goes, I added more speed counters and made them 1-sided (I'm not limited to 200 counters in Cyberboard, after all).  

The Action

Enemy in Sight!

The graphic above shows a Roman fleet that might have suceeded in achieving surprise on the Carthaginians.

Turn Track

I also added a turn track to keep track of the email sequence. Email R means Email Romans.  Email C means Email Carthagenians.

Turn Track

How to get the files

Download Gamebox:

Chicken of the Sea Gamebox (zipped)

Download Scenarios:

There is only one historical setups for CHICKEN OF THE SEA and this is it.

But WAIT!  There's MORE!

Related Links (some recycled from Ram Speed page):

A review of Chicken of the Sea (by Markus Stumpter, on Grognards)

Another Punic Wars site (this one by (Formerly  the Mining Company).  It has some informative links)

Ancient Galleys (An article by Stephen Schulz.. nice technical descriptions of the ships in RAM SPEED)

BIREME: history of the ship (syllabus, notes and pretty good bibliography for UK archeological course)

Ancient Greek Boating and Sailing (good easy to digest overview of nautical technology of RS)

This page content copyright, Walter O'Hara 1998