Oak & Iron Glossary

Oak & Iron is a tabletop wargame set in the golden age of sail, think fleets of pirates in the Caribbean, and the massive battles of the Anglo Dutch wars.  The game is fast and easy to play but punches well above its weight in capturing the theme of sailing ships in the 17th and 18th century. Anyone who has played X-wing will be familiar with the mechanics of this game, using move templates and custom dice to resolve attacks and skill checks.  But rather than zooming around space in a nimble fighter, you’ll be forming lines of battle in slow sailing ships bristling with cannon.

Oak and Iron core box front cover.Overview

The entry point into the game is the 2-player core box, containing everything you need to start fighting naval battles.  From there you can expand your fleets with more ships, from small, fast pirate vessels, up to giant 1st rate ships of the line.  The models are push-fit, and can be used as is, but look fantastic when painting up, especially when matched with 3d custom terrain.

The rulebook including in the core box is laid out to introduce new players, step-by-step, to the game.  This is perfect for getting you quickly into your first game, but can be frustrating for experienced players, when they want to clarify a rule or look up a forgotten ability.

That is where my Oak & Iron Glossary comes in!

Every rule, status, upgrade, and game system is listed in alphabetical order, in an easy to read, printer friendly format.   The glossary really comes into its own when used on a digital device such as a tablet, where the reader can use the many hyperlinks to navigate around, quickly finding the information they need.

A 2-page quick reference sheet is included at the end, designed to be printed double sided, it contains the most common information needed during battles, reducing the amount of time spent looking up rules in the book.


The Oak & Iron Glossary can be downloaded from my public OneDrive folder.  You’ll find all the versions as well as other Oak & Iron resources.


  • A full list of every rule, effect, status, and upgrade in the latest version of Oak & Iron.
  • Including the official FAQ and rules clarifications made by Mike at Firelock Games.
  • A 2-page, quick reference sheet with the most common information needed during play.
  • A single page, step-by-step guide on starting a new game.
  • Information on building your squadron.
  • A guide to fleet battles involving more than 2 players.


You can leave feedback, suggestions, and error corrections by leaving a comment at the bottom of this page, or on the Oak & Iron facebook page.

Change log

2023 04 26
    • Added Android and iPad versions of the glossary, resized for tablet screens with the correct aspect ratio. Added A4 and US Letter Quick Reference sheets as a separate download (needed when using the Android or iPad glossary as they do not include the QR sheet).
    • Added special rules for each nation (as featured on the nation card in the core box) Updated introduction which includes customised information on each format. Fixed some minor typos. Cleaned up spelling and grammar to be more consistent (US English)

The glossary is optimized for use on a tablet where you can quickly navigate using hyperlinks.

Example page from the oak and iron glossary, contains information on broadside attacks with an example of play.

I have included examples of play with new custom graphics, all presented on a single page to minimise flipping through the document.

Example page of the oak and iron glossary, contains information on movement and turning of ships.

Digital hyperlinks help you quickly navigate around the document on an iPad or android tablet. This is my preferred way to use the glossary, alongside a printed and laminated QR sheet.

Page 1 of the QR sheet. Mostly tables with the order of play and what can be done in each. Includes a critical hit table and allowed actions (based on status effects)

The most common information needed during play is listed on the front page of the quick reference sheet, including the latest information on allowed actions.

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