Seas of Fortune blends role-playing, adventure and simulation as you take control of a either a Whaling ship or a Merchant ship and attempt to make a living in the harsh sea during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Featured on Alpha Beta Gamer last year when it was called The Whaler, will put you in charge of your own commercial Whaling or Merchant ship as you battle for riches and your survival during The Age of Sail. While most ship simulation games focus on combat and piracy, Seas of Fortune is more about earning an honest living from the sea. That’s not to say that there won’t be combat – you’ll have to protect your ship from pirates and hostile nations – but your main focus is on protecting your cargo, maintaining your ship, keeping your supplies stocked and your crew morale up.
As a merchant you’ll be able to earn cash by trading, crafting and taking on transport missions. As a Whaler you’ll track and hunt the massive beasts with your rudimentary 16th/17th century weaponry – a dangerous task, but very profitable if you succeed. As you progress you’ll be able to buy bigger ships and kit out your captain’s cabin with the finest furnishings. You’ll also be able to bond with your crew by talking to them and singing sea shanties – keeping your crew happy and loyal is a big part of being a successful captain.
Gearing up for a Kickstarter campaign in February, it’s still very early in development but Seas of Fortune shows a lot of promise. While most seafaring simulations see you actively seeking combat, Seas of Fortune is more about surviving and earning an honest living on the high seas. There’s plenty of money to be made for a brave captain, but it’ll take a smart captain to survive long enough to spend it!