Finally a written blog post! | Pirates with Ben Blog #31

After a whopping SIX days of vlogging in a row, here’s another regular blog post at last.  I greatly enjoy the video blogs because it takes far less time, I can do everything all in one take (usually), and once I convert to audio, I have 2 of the 3 mediums covered (video + audio) rather than just 1 (text).  As a result, expect mostly video blogs going forward!  😀

Check out my new youtube video, based on a comment suggestion.

Deal of the Day: 36 pack box of RV

**Disclaimer: I will be using affiliate links with things like this, so if someone buys from it, I could make a few cents.  XD

Pirates CSG Card of the Day

Set number: 14 – Return to Savage Shores

Collector’s Number: 089 – Slippery Devil

Faction Affiliation: American
Rarity: R
Type: Ship
Point Value: 16
Cargo Space: 2
Base Move: S+S
Cannons: 3L-3S-4S-3L
Number of Masts: 4

Sea Monster. If this sea monster succeeds at a boarding party, it also eliminates a mast.

Flavor: Not one to run from purported beasties of the sea, the Americans often try to herd the Slippery Devil toward enemy shipping lanes, where they hope it will wreak havoc.

Another RtSS piece is nice, but this one is not so nice.  Slippery Devil is similarly mediocre to Champ.  Both boring and overpriced serpents with not much going for them.  If this existed, it would be one of the least-liked and least sought after game pieces from Return to Savage Shores.

All game sizes: Can’t carry crew, so just stay underwater until the “opportune moment” and then surface to attack.  Ram, board, pin, and then shoot if you survive.  XD

Game Piece Rating: 2/10.  Truly terrible, and not in a fearsome way.  Really shows what Wizkids did wrong – basically unplayable, very boring, and a complete 180 from the brilliance of Spanish Main.  UGH!

Pictures of the Day

On this day in Pirates history: June 10th 2015.  The Pirates use Calypso during Economy Edition to put whirlpools near the Pirates’ home island and INSIDE the Lagoon!!  This allowed them to bypass the usual restrictions on the Lagoon’s borders (only submerged ships can enter) and put regular sailing ships in the Lagoon!  O_O  A truly classic, “shocking” moment from one of my favorite games.

Sorry for the short blog today, but I’ll be back soon with more!  A bunch of eBay auctions ended hours before I wrote this post and then the RNG gave me a crappy Card of the Day, so not much to talk about.  XD

It’s a Pirates’ Life for Me.


Beauty everywhere – ships, maps, terrain, games, life!

Miniature Trading has been VERY active lately – tons of threads posted in since May 30th!  If you don’t already have an account there, I highly recommend signing up – it’s free to use, a great resource, and the true hub of the Pirates community online.

I am approaching 2,000 total posts on Instagram, so I’ll have to make sure I have a really good picture for that.  XD  I guess.  Haha!  The numbers don’t matter too much, but it’s a lot of posting and whatnot!  Also, check out this board made by another IG user – amazing work!  Beauty is everywhere – you just gotta find it!

I still need to start working on another page, but I’m planning to do more video/audio blogs this week!

I uploaded a new video yesterday.  Check it out below, and then go vote and comment on it!



Deal of the Day: Big lot of Crimson Coast.  There are also some interesting auctions up now, so stay tuned!

**Disclaimer: I will be using affiliate links with things like this, so if someone buys from it, I could make a few cents.  XD


Pirates CSG Card of the Day

Set number: 4 – Barbary Coast

Collector’s Number: 005 – Crescent Moon

Faction Affiliation: Barbary Corsairs
Rarity: R
Type: Ship
Point Value: 13
Cargo Space: 5
Base Move: S+L
Cannons: 4L-4S-5S-5L
Number of Masts: 4

Galley. Once per turn, you may reroll any die roll you make for this ship; you must use the second die roll result.

Flavor: The devout captain of the Crescent Moon demands that his compass be accurate so that he can face Mecca when praying, no matter the ship’s heading.

Nice!  Got a rare and beautiful Corsair ship from a fine set.  With pretty awful cannons, this is definitely a large gold runner.  She’s actually the only Barbary 4 master with more than 4 cargo, so she’s perfect in that role.  A nice support ship to add to your collection.

Standard 40 point games: Helmsman + optional explorer.  (15/16 total points)

Medium size games (50-100 points): Kheir-ed-din + helmsman.  The Crescent Moon is the only source of the reroll ability in the entire Barbary Corsair faction.  With Kheir’s ability quite difficult to pull off frequently, reroll is the perfect complement.  In addition, Kheir will likely be far from enemy ships during the game, able to give Admiral’s Actions from afar.  (21 total points)

Large games (over 100 points): Kheir-ed-din, helmsman, oarsman.  This gives the two important crew extra protection, and allows the Crescent Moon to not be captured if dismasted.  (the part of the Oarsman keyword not allowing dereliction does not apply to ship type keywords like Galleys and Longships) There’s not much point in adding more stuff, since you’ll want to keep at least 3 cargo spaces open for treasure. (22 total points)

Game Piece Rating: 7.5/10.  The Crescent Moon is what I would call a fine ship.  She’s beautiful, elegant, and has a clear role within the effective Barbary Corsair fleet.  Only her terrible armament and somewhat high cost compared to some of the great BC 2 masted galleys holds her back.

I’d recommend getting ahold of the Crescent Moon – you can find her here.  Beautiful ship and a very nice addition to anyone’s collection or gold-based fleet.

Here she is in my Experimental cumulative game from January 2016.  This picture doesn’t do her full justice – truly one of the prettier ships around.

She’s here!


Picture of the Day

You didn’t think I’d miss out on Economy Edition, did you?  XD  Here are three pictures from June 3rd 2015.

The English pulverize the American defense of a wild island, with the Atlanta hit hard and burning fiercely.

However, the Americans were far from out of it, as their new Constitution showed:

Less than a week into the game, and it was already expanding in scope, size, and fun!

Between all the pictures in this blog and the Instagram linked post of that user’s custom board and terrain, I decided to change the blog’s title to one about beauty.  XD  I’ll certainly talk about it more in the future, but I truly feel that Pirates is one of the most aesthetic board games EVER.


It’s a Pirates’ Life for Me.