Hi there, I’m a pirates player from the UK. I’d been playing Warhammer 40k over the Christmas holidays, that I tend to do as a sort of yearly tradition with my brothers. The problem I find with Warhammer is that it can be a bit unwieldy with a lot to learn and remember, and can take a while to set-up and play so I found myself thinking it’d be good if there was a simpler game with similar ideas. That’s when I remembered the Pirates CSG and after some google searches ended up finding this site!
I think I first played the game some time around 2010 or 2011 when my older brother came across a box of the Pirates of the Caribbean set that was on clearance sale from a stationary store. He bought a couple of packs before we then decided to go back and grab as many as we could. In the end we managed to get our hands on about a box and a half at the price of 50p a pack (about $0.75 at the time). An absolute bargain we were lucky to get. Because of this we’ve basically been sat on a complete set ever since, only missing the special edition ships.
Until looking into the game recently we literally thought the game was just a Pirates of the Caribbean game, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this wasn’t the case and there was actually much more to it. We also didn’t know that generic crew were even a thing, as these weren’t released in the Caribbean set other than a few of the movie characters as stand ins and basically nothing for the English faction. We’ve spent about 10 years thinking Maccus is the best crew in the game.
I recently invested in a box of the Pirates of the Revolution set that seemed like the cheapest way (and maybe best way for good ships) to expand our collection and get back into the game. Didn’t quite get all the ships I wanted missing the Bonhomme Richard and Star of Siam, but got pretty much everything else. The site and all the information here has been hugely helpful in learning more about the game, so I just wanted to say thanks for all the effort you’ve put into it.