DENIZENS OF THE DEEP
When Atlantis sunk into the sea, the only survivors who could still occupy the city were the
Mermen and the Tritons. Even then, the inhabitants of Atlantis were still plagued with
numerous enemies. The evil and powerful Sea Witch has summoned all the enemies of
Atlantis together to destroy the city. The Sea King and his faithful allies stand ready to
repel the monstrous horde.
Set piece tactical battle for 2 players.
One player is the Sea King, the other is the Sea Witch.
Six sided dice are needed.
Use a Hex map.
Each hex contains one of the listed deep or shallow terrain types.
DEEP WATER TERRAIN TYPES (BENTHOS, ABYSS)
Open Ocean- No special rules.
Mountain Peaks- No units may enter.
Upwelling- All attacks into or out of this space are at one less Attack die to a
minimum of 1 AD.
Pack Ice- Cost 2 Moves to enter. (Also Fronts)
Current- Put arrow in space. In End phase, move unit 1 hex in direction of current. Only 1
such move per turn.
Vortex- Any units that enter are destroyed. In End phase, any units adjacent are sucked in on
a roll of 1 on 1D6.
Sargasso- Cost 2 Moves to enter.
SHALLOW WATER TERRAIN TYPES (CONTINENTAL SHELF)
Mud Flats- No special rules. (Also Sandy Bottoms)
Sandy Surf- Cost 2 Moves to enter. (Also Large Jagged Rocks, Rocky Bottom, Tidal Flats)
Land- No units may enter. (Also Island, Solid Ice, Sandbar)
Shoreline- - No units may enter. (Also Beach, Breakwater, Sea Walls)
River Outflow- Same as Current.
Coral Reef- - Units get +1 to hide. Cost 2 Moves to enter.
Kelp Forest- Units get +2 to hide. Cost 2 Moves to enter. (Also Seaweed)
Mangrove Estuary- Units get +2 to hide. Cost 2 Moves to enter.
Ruins- Units get +1 to hide. Cost 2 Moves to enter.
Buildings- Units get +2 to hide. Cost 2 Moves to enter.
Whirl Pool- Units that enter receive an attack of 1 AD.
Attacks into or out of this space are at 1 less AD to a minimum of 1.
Hydrothermal Vent- Units get +2 to hide. Cost 2 Moves to enter.
Units that enter receive an attack of 1 AD.
Lava Flow- Any units that enter are destroyed.
In End phase, any units adjacent receive an attack of 1 AD.
Clam Bed- No special rules. (Also Sponge Beds)
Sunken Ship- Units get +2 to hide. Cost 2 Moves to enter.
Crevasse- Units get +1 to hide. (May be considered Deep Water)
Sea Temple- Units get +2 to hide. Cost 2 Moves to enter. Sea King units get +1 AD
Spawning Bed- Sea Witch units get +1 AD
Units are represented by chits (cardboard counters).
Unit chits must have the name of the unit.
Chits are used to mark each unit’s damage.
Chits are used to mark hiding units.
Chits are used to represent spells and mark their ongoing effects.
Chits can be used for each unit to indicate Moves saved from first move phase.
The Sea King sets up his units along one side of the board.
The Sea Witch sets up her units along the other side of the board.
During setup units with Spells receive the indicated number of Spell chits stacked on them.
Spell chits are drawn randomly from a common pile.
Create 2 chits for every spell in the spell list.
If either the Sea King, or the Sea Witch is killed, the other side wins immediately.
Players take turns.
The Sea Witch goes first.
Each turn has 4 Phases:
1. First Swim Phase
2. Attack Phase
3. Second Swim Phase
4. End Phase
FIRST SWIM PHASE
A player may move each of his units a number of hexes equal to their Move (Swim) Rating.
Moves not used can be saved for Second Swim Phase.
(You may wish to use chits to record these saved moves)
Units may not move through other units.
Units may not stack.
Large Units may not enter Shallow Terrain types that require two moves to enter.
Units with a Paralyzation counter may not move.
If a unit moves it must discard any hide counters it has.
A unit may attack an enemy unit that is adjacent.
Units with a Paralyzation or Siren counter may not attack.
Hidden units may only be attacked on a roll of 5-6 on 1D6. This is called the Search Roll.
The attacker rolls a number of six sided dice (Attack dice) equal to its Attack Dice Rating (AD)
The attacker gets +2 AD if attacking a paralyzed unit.
For every roll = 1, the defender takes one point of damage.
Damage markers (chits) are placed underneath the damaged unit.
If the number of Damage Markers is equal to or greater than the Defense Rating (DR) of
the unit, it is destroyed.
Each unit may only make one search roll and may only attack once per turn on its
If a hidden unit attacks, it gets two additional Attack dice, and must discard its Hide marker.
Instead of attacking, a unit may attempt to hide.
A unit successfully hides on a roll of 5-6 on 1D6.
A unit adds its Hide Factor to the roll. Various terrains also give a bonus to this roll.
Mark the hidden unit with a Hide marker chit.
UNIT SPECIAL EFFECTS
Poison: Any unit that takes damage from a poisonous unit is automatically destroyed.
Sting/ Shock: If the attack hits the unit takes damage and receives a paralyzation counter.
Entangle: One adjacent target unit receives a paralyzation counter on a roll of 1-4 on 1D6.
This is before and in addition to the units regular attack. The paralyzation counter is
removed if the attacker ever moves away from the target.
Mesmerize: One target unit within 2 hexes receives a paralyzation counter on a roll
of 1-4 on 1D6.
This is before and in addition to the units regular attack.
Ranged Attack: The unit may attack target units 2 hexes away.
Martyr: Any/all adjacent enemy units must attack this unit.
Siren’s Call: All enemy units within 2 hexes receive a Siren counter on a roll of 1-3 on 1D6.
This is before and in addition to the units regular attack. The unit with the siren counter must
move towards the unit that made the Siren attack.
Net Attack: One adjacent target unit receives a paralyzation counter on a roll of 1-3 on 1D6.
This is before and in addition to the units regular attack.
Split: The unit can divide up it’s Attack Dice to attack multiple opponents.
SECOND SWIM PHASE
Moves not used in the first Swim phase may be used now.
Some Terrain Attacks occur in End phase.
Spells are cast in End phase.
Paralyzed units cannot cast spells.
At the very end of End phase, the active players Units that have a paralyzation
or siren counters on them may remove one counter each on a roll of 1-4 on 1D6.
UNIT LIST ABBREVIATIONS
# = Number of that unit in the Basic game setup
AD = Attack Dice
DR = Defense Rating (An “L” next to the number indicates the unit is Large)
MV = Move Rating
HF = Hide Factor
SEA KING FORCES UNIT LIST
Unit Name: # AD DR MV HF Notes
Sea King 1 5 5 4 - 3 Spells
Sea Knights 2 4 2 4 - -
Mermen Retaria 2 2 1 2 +1 Net attack
Mer Crossbowmen 2 2 1 2 +1 Ranged Attack
Seamancer 1 1 1 2 +1 3 Spells
Siren (Mermaid) 1 1 1 1 +1 Sirens Call
Merman Assassin 1 2 1 3 +3 +1 AD for Hidden attacks
Coral Warriors 1 3 2 2 +1 +2 HF in Coral
Hippocampus Riders 1 3 1 4 - -
Sea Dragon 1 5 5L 5 - -
Sword Fish 1 3 1 5 - -
Dolphin Riders 1 2 1 5 - -
Sperm Whale 1 5 4L 4 - -
Narwhale 1 4 3L 3 - -
Giant Sea Turtle 1 4 6L 2 - -
Tritons on Seahorses 1 2 1 3 +1 +1 HF in Kelp
Giant Nautilus 1 3 4L 2 - Mesmerize attack
Mermen 4 2 1 2 +1 -
Mermen Honor Guard 1 2 2 2 - Martyr
Giant Lion Fish 1 1 2L 1 - Poison
Aquatic Elves 2 2 1 2 +2 1 Spell
Nixies (Sea Sprites) 1 1 1 3 +3 2 Spells
Plesiosaurus 1 1 2L 3 +1 -
Giant Starfish 1 2 2L 1 - Entangle
Mystic Remora 1 2 2L 3 - 1 Spell
SEA WITCH FORCES UNIT LIST
Unit Name: # AD DR MV HF Notes
Sea Witch 1 3 5 3 - 5 Spells
Great White Sharks 1 3 2L 3 - -
Hammerhead Sharks 1 2 1 3 - -
Killer Whales 1 4 3L 3 - -
Moray Eels 1 2 1 3 +2 Shock
Manta Rays 1 1 1 5 +1 Sting
Giant Crab 1 2 6L 2 +1 -
Leviathan(Monster Whale)1 5 10L 4 - -
Kraken (Giant Squid) 1 6 8L 3 - Entangle, Split
Sea Serpent 1 4 4L 5 - Entangle
Giant Octopus 1 3 2L 2 - Entangle, Split
Giant Man-o-War 1 2 1L 1 - Sting
Sea Snakes 1 1 1 3 +1 Poison
Water Naga 1 2 1 3 +1 Poison
Piranha School 1 3 3 2 - Split
Barracuda 1 2 1 4 +1 -
Icthyosaur 1 2 1 3 - -
Sahuagin (Sea Devils) 2 3 1 2 +1 Nets
Crab Men Raiders 3 2 2 2 +1 -
Locathah (Men Fish) 4 2 1 3 +1 -
Morkoth 1 2 1 2 - Siren Song
Sea Hag 1 2 1 2 +1 2 Spells
Kuo-Toa (Amphibian Men) 2 2 1 2 +1 1 Spell
Sea Spiders 1 1 1 1 +1 Poison
Sea Troll 1 3 2 2 +1 -
Drowned Sailors 1 2 1 1 - -
NEUTRAL CREATURES UNIT LIST
Unit Name AD DR MV HF Notes:
Giant Oyster 3 3 0 - Entangle
Giant Anemone 3 2 0 - Sting, Split
Strangle Weed 2 3 0 - Entangle, Split
Brain Coral 0 3 0 - 1 Spell
Island Fish 0 20 1 - -
Water Elemental 4 4 4 +2 -
Oyster- Creates a giant Oyster under your control in a target empty Clam bed up
to 4 hexes away.
Anemone- Creates a giant Anemone under your control in a target empty Rocky
bottom up to 4 hexes away.
Strangle Weed- Creates Strangle Weed under your control in a target empty Kelp
forest up to 4 hexes away.
Sirens Song- Caster gains Siren Call ability for 3 +1D3 turns.
Freeze- Target hex up to 4 hexes away becomes Pack Ice. Any unit there
receives 2 Paralyzation counters.
Whirlpool- Create a Whirlpool in a shallow hex up to 4 hexes away.
Vortex- Create a Vortex in an empty deep hex up to 4 hexes away.
Eruption- Create Lava in an empty shallow hex up to 4 hexes away.
Healing- Remove 1D6 Damage &/or Paralyzation markers on any friendly
units within 3 hexes.
Resurrection- Place one of your destroyed units back into play
adjacent to caster.
Tangle Kelp- Target unit up to 4 hexes away receives 2 Paralyzation counters.
Murky Depths- Put Hide counters on 3 adjacent units up to 3 hexes away.
Water Elemental- Creates a Water Elemental under your control in a target adjacent
Luminescence- All units within 4 hexes have their hide markers removed.
This spell can be cast anytime.