2019 State of the Pirates Community Address

Inspired by the annual “State of the Union” address, as the arguable leader of the current Pirates CSG community, I hope to make this an annual tradition.

2018 was a very dark year for the game of Pirates CSG.  The potential closure of Miniature Trading prompted me to create a new forum on this website, which is an upgraded version of my old Weebly site.  The community has become somewhat fractured, although it was already like that before the Miniature Trading crisis hit.

However, there is plenty of good news.  The forum at Pirates with Ben is up and running, and Miniature Trading is still alive!  Various parts of the community grew in the past year, with the Facebook group surpassing 200 members and the Discord server being created.  However, the scattered community is part of the reason I plan to do things mostly on Pirates with Ben going forward.

Plenty of content is still being created, between my youtube channel and the Pirates CSG Podcast.  It is quite possible that 2019 will see a bit of a decrease in video and audio content overall after the explosion of those in 2017 and 2018.  Of course, there is still plenty to talk about, and plenty of games to play.

There is a lot of uncertainty in the Pirates world going forward.  After a slight dip in some prices, it seems that the market is still one for sellers, with the Shui Xian recently auctioning for $79 and an Obago Deuce commanding a whopping $500 on eBay.  Regardless, it seems like a great time to finish the decade strong!

Feel free to respond to this State of the Community address, and add your own thoughts! 😀

Clone: American Schooners (Fleet Challenge Entry)

Clone: American schooners

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 30th, 2013

This is my second entry for nematode66’s Attack of the Clones Fleet Challenge. (first entry here)

Ever since I pulled the Jarvis and the Boston in one of my first packs of Revolution, I’ve been impressed with 3 masted American schooners. Soon after that, I pulled the Swamp Fox, and I was hooked. This was back when Broadsides Attack was generally believed to be quite powerful and useful, and here was a ship that had the ability, as well as a link to a gimmicky crew who’s fun to try and use. They’ve never been one of my favourite factions to play, but between these ships and the Enterprise, the Americans saw a fair amount of action.

When this Fleet Challenge first came up, I naturally thought of my all-time favourite ship type: five masters. With one fleet of five masters already up, I decided to change things up (for me) and give anybody else a shot. I knew it wouldn’t be hard to find other ship types that I could make into fleets. After my 2 masted Corsair galley fleet, I wanted to go a little bit bigger. I considered making a fleet of Pirate four masters, French five masters, and even Jade Rebellion six masters. However, I then thought back to the early days of Pirates when I only had 49 total ships, when the Enterprise and her 3 masted schooner comrades fought against huge odds against the larger factions. Also, I haven’t done an American fleet yet, so here it is.

The Julius Caesar is the flagship, with good speed and nice guns. She also has the Broadsides Attack keyword, so she can even override the “L-range guns can’t hit this ship” ability. Haraden gives her the necessary captain, and the reroll ability to help in combat, whether it be shooting, ramming, or boarding. Ralph David will make your opponent think twice before sinking her, while Fire Shot gives her an added firepower boost.

The Jarvis may not look good to run treasure, but remember that Nolan essentially doesn’t take up space, while the Cargo Master (on the next ship) boosts her cargo hold to 5. In this way, she’ll still have room for two treasures, which she can get by exploring or stealing. She has solid guns to complement her captain, while her S+L+S speed and one of the best defensive abilities in the game allows her to be quite nimble and evasive.

The final ship is the Carolina, who doesn’t actually have the Schooner keyword  , but is still of the same build as the other ships. One of America’s only good treasure runners, in this fleet she gets a major boost from her crew. Cargo Master gives her 5 cargo spaces, with 4 left for treasure after the helmsman comes aboard.

An interesting yet specific weakness of this fleet could be the Julius Caesar and the Jarvis. If Ralph David’s Eternal stopped an enemy from sinking the Caesar, they could capture her instead. Then, they could Broadside the Jarvis to ignore her fantastic ability. However, this won’t happen, since the Caesar and Jarvis are way too powerful to let any gunships come close to defeating them! 

Thanks to nematode66 for running the Challenge, please comment and vote!

Edit: After using this fleet, its record is now 2-0.

Section: Ship #1 (6 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Fire Shot F&S 057A Equipment U
1 x Helmsman PofR 133 Crew C
1 x Jonathan Haraden PofR 091 Crew R
1 x Julius Caesar PofR 078 Ship C
1 x Oarsman PofR 138 Crew C
1 x Ralph David RotF 060 Crew C
Section: Ship #2 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofR 132 Crew C
1 x Explorer PofR 136 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofR 133 Crew C
1 x Jarvis PofR 075 Ship C
1 x Wayne Nolan PofBC 096 Crew C
Section: Ship #3 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Cargo Master SS 040 Crew C
1 x Carolina PofR 076 Ship C
1 x Helmsman PofR 133 Crew C

Comment below your thoughts on my Clone: American schooners fleet!

Clone - American schooners

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Clones of the Barbary Coast

Clones of the Barbary Coast

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 20th, 2013

This is my first entry for nematode66’s Attack of the Clones Fleet Challenge.

My collection is still lacking in terms of the Barbary Corsairs, but I’ve always been impressed with them. Pretty much all of their ships are very playable, and their two masters are especially viable for fleets looking for an extra ship. I would’ve used all of them if not for the point limit!

The Queen of Sheba is the unofficial flagship, and she’s going to be fighting and running gold. She’s sailing at S+S+S speed with a captain and two spots available for gold. The Morocco is my best gold runner, with S+S+S speed and room for three treasures. Her ability should enhance even further the gold gathering potential of the fleet. The Gallows is the only true gunship, and she’ll probably escort treasure runners and distract enemy gunships. The Griffin is a nice cheap gold runner, with a base move of S+L. She and the Dervish will explore the islands closer to home. The Dervish is dirt cheap, but still moving at L+S with room for two or three coins. The Agha’s Whip is another gold runner moving S+S+S, and she can take two treasures.

Diver and Raft were added to boost the point total to 60, while giving me gold insurance. The treasure-friendly UT’s should help out my gold adventures, and I might be able to find them early on with the Morocco’s ability.

This fleet’s strengths lie in its speed and numbers advantage; an easy-to-use Barbary swarm fleet. Thanks to nematode66 for running the Challenge, please comment and vote!

I thought the following picture from my Century of the Empires game was appropriate – the entire Cursed Corsair fleet. The Queen of Sheba is off to the left, with the Morocco and Griffin in the right foreground. The battle report for the game can be found here. In the thread, you can see the same picture, but it’s much bigger and easier to see.

 

Section: Ship #1 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofBC 116 Crew C
1 x Explorer PofBC 117 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofBC 118 Crew C
1 x Queen of Sheba PofBC 027 Ship C
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Explorer PofBC 117 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofBC 118 Crew C
1 x Morocco PofBC 030 Ship C
Section: Ship #3 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofBC 116 Crew C
1 x Gallows PofBC 023 Ship C
1 x Helmsman PofBC 118 Crew C
Section: Ship #4 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Explorer PofBC 117 Crew C
1 x Griffin PofBC 031 Ship C
Section: Ship #5 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Agha’s Whip PofBC 025 Ship C
1 x Explorer PofBC 117 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofBC 118 Crew C
Section: Ship #6 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Dervish PofBC 029 Ship C
1 x Helmsman PofBC 118 Crew C
Section: Events (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Divers PofR 020B Event C
1 x Raft PofR 037B Event C
Section: Unique Treasures (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Knights of Malta Banner PofBC 106 Unique Treasure R
1 x Relics PofBC 102 Unique Treasure R
1 x Spices PofBC 100 Unique Treasure R
1 x Wine PofBC 104 Unique Treasure R

Thanks for checking this out!  What do you think of my Clones of the Barbary Coast fleet?

Clones of the Barbary Coast

Fleet page at Miniature Trading