Yeah, Zesk seems like a OP concept. It’s possible for a 1 master to beat a 5 master in a boarding party, so abilities like that upset the power balance too much and make one die roll potentially far too important. Plus, the Massacre ability used to be 7 (Diabolito, RotF Blackheart, etc), and even though that’s too high, Zesk’s cost of 8 is like the WK cost of Massacre plus Ex-Patriot, meaning you get the mast elimination effect almost for free. If you try to keep the abilities the same I don’t know how expensive he should be.
Faction Affiliation: Pirate
Point Value: 6
Ability: Captain. Crew of any nationality can use their abilities on this ship. Choose one other crew on this ship during setup; this crew is linked to that crew.
Flavor text: Looking to make a fortune as a pirate, this Englishman has tied his future to the crew of his ship. Trusting them more than any captain should, he is ready to lay down his life for them. With an open invitation, he is accepting sailors from all nations in his quest to become the world’s richest pirate.
Historical Custom of the Day #294
Ability: This ship gets +1 to her cannon rolls against English ships. French crew can use their abilities on this ship.
You can find my custom sets here: Pirates of the Age of Sail and Pirates of the Epic Seas