A7XfanBen: What is your favorite memory of Miniature Trading?
Xerecs: To players and collectors of the game, would you ever consider making custom game pieces, and make a model for them, using either pieces of existing ships, or use other materials to bring you creations off the paper?
Question of the Day: Have you played Cagway Bay? What do you think of it?
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Question of the Day: Do you think eventual scarcity of packs could result in higher prices? (especially once HWG runs out of almost everything) Or will there be enough unopened packs out there?
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HWG continues to run out of stuff: http://www.wholesalegaming.biz/pirates/
Cool islands: https://diorocollectibles.blogspot.com/2009/03/pirates-of-ancient-worlds.html
Putting duplicates in a geocache for people to find
CG4 hype video
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8/10, nice 5 master!
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Economy Edition: https://pirateswithben.com/economy-edition-2015/
(one previous known high was $232.50, hard to find others that have been exchanged since vosarnath’s at MT a handful of years back)
-Having slight technical issues that may compromise podcast episodes and THC a bit
-Between godmason being busy, my impending life changes, somewhat declining content base, and technical issues, expect shorter and less episodes this year. Suggesting topics is great!!
-Short solo episodes may sometimes be even less than 30 minutes, I can cover a bunch of stuff quickly it seems, especially with only one opinion on each topic.
-Trying to do a post/page every day at PwB, going through MT content for some of my best stuff
-Commenting on my content at PwB will help the site grow and be popular as a “hub” for Pirates CSG – plus I’ll respond to all comments!! Thank you!
-Looking at podcast data from SE, seem to have about 33 unique IP’s per episode.
Game essentials – measuring card or straws – latter great for arches and planning moves/premeasuring, Use a big d6 from SE boxes/etc for ease of use and likely better results (fun idea though – 10 tiny d6 for a Zeus shoot action since all cannons the same)
Another idea on playing solo without favoring a faction – really delve into each faction, especially before playing. Maybe stop playing favorites in general, force yourself to use a faction you’ve NEVER played before. Read a book on the Spanish Empire and then see if you like playing them better. Make customs inspired by pop culture to play the Cursed or Vikings, etc. Just think outside the box and try to really become a fan of each faction. Partly due to knowing almost all the ships and crew in the game, I find it easy and fun to play as any faction. (ex: Vikings in CG4 should be fun, and somewhat groundbreaking in terms of factional play in CG’s)
Interesting fleets for x point games – try 20 points sometime. Fast, forces you to be efficient with building, probably no +5’s, easy to get going, fun with multiple players OR multiple fleets per player, etc. Played Water World game against repkosai in 2017 with Libellule + bonuses, was very fun!!
-MUST have speed, so helmsmen pretty much always necessary (especially since a lot of lesser ships are slow). Beyond that, try to find a niche use for specific game pieces. For example, 1 cargo and fast speed? (Dark Fox) Scout explorer with crew or S-Explorer. OR, flotilla tug with surprise crew face down (canceller/captain/etc).
Slow with high cargo – home waters hybrid to get nearby gold and protect HI, potentially use with navigator. Could also use with gold factory bonus strategy, especially in case of Spanish “treasure galleons” such as Isabela, Concepcion, etc.
-Keep in mind that your competition will not want to dumb things down (people like to win and often use the same OP ships all the time), so have realistic outcome expectations and propose alternative game ideas like “make worst fleet possible, pass to other player” to get lesser ships/crew into action. Other than that, more points = more points to use on gimmicks and suboptimal experiments
“Rules variants to get the ships on the table.”
-Require specific base move – Challenge of Snails, all L, etc.
-Require all cargo holds to be full during setup – force players to make tradeoffs on when to dump crew – right at start, at wild islands (making them accessible to other players), or go with total war/all combat strategy? Con-exacerbates how OP Sac already is.
-Require each player to use ONLY ships AND named crew they’ve never used before (for starters, look through what you’ve never punched out!), or a pure faction fleet from a faction you’ve never played.