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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.

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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-Bad Band
  • Five-Man Band
    • The Leader: Jaego Roth
    • The Lancer and The Chick: Aranessa Saltspite
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    • The Smart Guy: Both Red Gunnarson and the Golden Magus fit this, with Red focusing on mechanics and the Magus with magic and spirits.
    • The Big Guy: Prince Yverllian
  • 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.
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