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Dreadfleet is a pirate themed role playing board game based in the world of Warhammer. It was created by Games Workshop and released in stores in October 2011. It is a two player game where one player controls the titular Dreadfleet, an army of monsters and warlords led by the vampire Count Noctilus, and the other player has the Grand Alliance, a collation of sailors and pirates determined to stop the Dreadfleet from controlling the seas. The two sides fight in a treacherous stretch of water known as the Galleon's Graveyard. The game's rule book features an extensive story regarding all of the playable character's and their respective ships.


Dreadfleet contains examples of:

  • The Bermuda Triangle: The Galleon's Graveyard is regarded as this by the Grand Alliance members.
  • Cool Boat: All ten playable vessels fit this criteria.
    • Special mention goes to the Bloody Reaver, which looks like it sailed right out of a heavy metal album.
  • Derelict Graveyard: The Galleon's Graveyard is littered with floating wreckage of both ships and sea life. And this was before the Dreadfleet came and made it worse.
  • Elves vs. Dwarves: One of Red's lines shows that he doesn't have a high opinion of them "pointy-eared pretty boys". Though it's possibly one-sided as Yrellian makes no statement against any dwarf.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Ghost Pirate: Four variations to be exact.
    • Noctilus is a vampire who reanimates the dead to serve him.
    • Amenhotep is a mummy and his warship is crewed by sentient skeletons.
    • Skretch is a zombie rat-man, as well as his entire crew.
      • The Skabrus itself is an undead sea monster with gaping wounds and trailing intestines.
    • Vanghiest, his crew, and the Shadewraith itself are literal ghosts that still cling to the mortal world.
  • Ghost Ship: Ignoring the actual ghost ship, when a warship loses all of its crew in a boarding action, it effectively becomes this.
  • Kraken and Leviathan: Dreadfleet contains several massive sea monsters.
    • The Orb Leviathan that would later become the Skabrus was large enough to bite whole ships in half.
    • The Black Kraken, while mechanical, invokes the classic image of a gargantuan squid that drags mariners into the briny depths.
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    • Leviathan Island was formed on the bones of an immense sea turtle, and in "Between a Rock and a Hard Place", it is home to an indestructible one.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Both dwarf characters, Red and Tordeck, are temperamental engineers who pilot ironclad warships.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Aranessa is the only girl in the game's playable roster.
  • Stock Ness Monster: The Leech Wyrm, a boney-looking sea beast that serves as either an obstacle or a minion of Count Noctilus.