If you’ve visited the SimHQ forums in the past few months, particularly the Naval Simulations board, you’ll probably have noticed a lengthy discussion about Naval Action, an Age of Sail game in development by Game Labs. The game is still in its Alpha/Early Beta phase but has been very steadily garnering a dedicated following. Given the complexities of the game, a number of guides, videos, and posts from around the internet have been created to shed light on the games mechanics and direction. However, this information is rather spread out and requires a bit of searching to gather up. On top of this, interested gamers can’t get their hands on the game because Game Labs recently stopped accepting preorders in preparation for further testing. (PayPal also suspected something shady was going on because preorders were doing a little TOO well!)
To alleviate the down time between information releases, I’ve tried to create something of a compendium, albeit an incomplete one, for everyone seeking out information about Naval Action.
Hope you enjoy!
What is Naval Action?
Game Labs’ blurb:
Naval Action is an exciting, realistic, and beautifully detailed naval combat game immersing players into the experience of the most beautiful period of naval history – when sailing ships ruled the seas.
Basically, think EVE Online meets Pirates of the Burning Sea meets “Realistic ballistics and cannon performance of the period.” Unlike Pirates of the Burning Sea, Naval Action is focused much more on realistic actions from wind physics, damage models, and individual ship performance. The current incarnation of the game is built around multiplayer PVP, similar, though far from identical, to EVE Online. However, Game Labs have announced that they are working to include an open world in the game, in which players (with friends) can take on PVE content against the game’s A.I.
While somewhat dated, YouTube user FlipFLopsPOTBS gives a decent look at what to expect from the game, here. (Heads up: Some links contain strong language, but nothing over the top)
Video Guides / Information
First Look (Beta) / General Overview – By Squirrel
Cannons, Ammo, and Shooting – By Bismarck
An Introduction to Sea Trials – By Bismarck
How to use manual sails (quick guide) – By ragor79
How to use manual sails (extended guide) – By ramjb
Ship Analysis&Gameplay – By ramjb
A look at Naval Action’s combat – By The Mighty Jingles (With SideStrafe, Bismarck, and RamJB)
Battle of Trafalgar, 40 Ships! – By SideStrafe
Written Guides / Information
A Treatise On Naval Action: A Complete Guide – By Mr. Doran (language)
A Short Guide For Novices – By Inigo Balboa
Keyboard Shortcuts List – By Destraex and Wicked Mouse
Temporary UI Explianation / Overview – By Game Labs (Dated)
Official Websites and Social Media