Captain Sonar: Asmodee’s New Submarine Warfare Game

Captain SonarIt seems like you haven’t seen the sky in years. Your days pass in a seamless blur, working alongside your fellow crew members in a tiny metal canister surrounded by the pressing depths of the ocean. You don’t know if it’s day or night when it comes, but a single ping cuts effortlessly through your routine. An enemy sub has entered your sector.

The year is 2048. A new economic war has erupted. Rare earth has become a key element for building new machines, leading private companies to arm next-gen submarine prototypes to protect their underwater mines. Beneath the quiet waves, a silent war is taking place, and these new, unstable submarines are your weapon. Prepare to dive in Captain Sonar, a game of dueling submarines for two to eight players!

Captain Sonar is an innovative real-time game that challenges two teams to take their submarines head-to-head in a thrilling battle. Your ultimate goal is to find and destroy your opponent’s submarine, but this task is far more difficult that it may first appear. Your entire crew must work together to chart a course, charge systems, locate the enemy, and keep your own submarine fully operational. Communication and teamwork can lead you to victory, but if you fail to cooperate, you’ll be sunk to the bottom of the ocean!

The Roles

At the beginning of a game of Captain Sonar, players are split into two teams—the crews of two battling submarines. Each team is composed of four roles: the Captain, the First Mate, the Radio Operator, and the Engineer, and every role plays a vital part in the frantic battles ahead.

Captain – The Captain of the submarine sets the vessel’s course and determines when toCaptain Sonar captain-diagram use the ship’s weapons and surveillance equipment. Captains plot the course of the submarine on their own map, while calling out directions to their team such as, “Heading north,” or “Heading east.” Your goal is to bring your submarine into position to attack your foes, while concealing your own true location. What’s more, the Captain must pay attention to each of the other crew members and their impact on the mission.


Captain Sonar first-mate-diagram

First Mate – The submarine’s First Mate serves by deciding how to charge the ship’s systems. Whenever the ship moves, the First Mate can charge a single space on a gauge used by a system. When the gauge is fully charged, the system is ready to be used, so the First Mate must stay in close contact with the Captain to ensure the right systems are charged when they’re needed. The First Mate also needs to consider the Engineer’s information, since a critical breakdown can prevent some of the submarine’s systems from being used!

Engineer – Engineers are responsible for keeping their submarines fully functional, but Captain Sonar engineer-diagramthe job can be significantly more difficult than it first appears. Whenever the ship moves, the Engineer must place a breakdown in a certain section of the ship. Some breakdowns endanger the submarine with radiation damage, but others can short out systems, preventing them from being used until the breakdowns are repaired. Although the submarine does have some self-repair capabilities, if too many breakdowns occur, your submarine will need to surface and repair. Until you dive again, your submarine is extremely vulnerable… and you can be sure your opponents will take advantage of your weakness!

Captain Sonar radio-diagramRadio Operator – The final member of your submarine’s team is also the only way you’ll ever locate the enemy sub. As the Radio Operator, you’ll listen to every command given by the opposing Captain and mark the route on a transparent sheet over your own map. Though you don’t know where the enemy sub starts the game, by carefully tracking its route and moving the transparent sheet on top of the map, you can determine the possible location of the enemy sub—giving your Captain the golden opportunity to fire. Of course, you’ll need to carefully listen to your Captain’s plans and the results of any surveillance systems to determine the exact location of the enemy submarine.

In our next post, we’ll cover the systems and the scenarios that come with Captain Sonar.


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