Wander from room to room around the awkward teenage house parties of my youth, and you will stumble into a conversation about Man O’ War, the Games Workshop tabletop wargame. Or maybe it’s a conversation about Manowar, the power metal band. How could you tell? The t-shirts and unit/song names are essentially the same. The participants certainly are. The secret is: if the word ‘steel’ is said more than twice per sentence, it’s about Manowar the band.
Following that rule, you’ve by now guessed that this post is about the board game. And, given Games Workshop’s current practise of licensing everything to everyone, you’ve probably guessed that a PC game based on Man O’ War is coming.
“Man O’ War: Corsair is a video game of high adventure, naval combat and exploration based on the Games Workshop classic Man O’ War table top game. Play as a rogue Captain of the Empire or Champion of Chaos, personally navigating your vessel in third person across the Great Western Ocean while plundering enemy ships, visiting ports, trading and making legends of your deeds across the land and sea! Engage in boarding actions, with direct control over your Captain and take the fight to the enemy.”
You’ll get to build a crew, buy ships, broadside and board enemy vessels, plunder booty, and defeat/be eaten by legendary monsters like that big pointy fish up top there.
Man O’ War: Corsair is due on Windows and Mac in 2016 before the end of March. Here’s the announcement teaser trailer: