I was very happy to hear about this site launching, it just took me a while to finally join. I used to be on MT years ago under the same name, and greatly enjoyed it.
My username, which I use for a lot of online accounts, comes from the “Helmsman”. A word I thought sounded very cool when I was younger. So I added a “V” beforehand and its been a part of everything online for me since then.
I got into pirates when I saw the booster packs at Walmart in 2005 I believe and got one on a whim. It was all history after that as I bought packs as often as I could with money from my paper route and asked for them for every holiday and birthday.
I am much more of a collector than a player, but I obviously love playing, but the collection aspect has kept me interested for 14 years and counting.
My favorite expansion is easily Mysterious Islands, as I loved Captain Nemo and the 1961 movie Mysterious Island as a kid. The subs are my favorite game pieces. Hephaestus, the Nautilus, and USS Mercury being some of my favorites. On a side note, I don’t have the Mercury and am extremely interested in acquiring 1 or 2 if anyone has any leads.
I’ve been really enjoying the podcast and am hoping to get back into playing regularly and collecting. I also do some miniature painting and terrain making and want to full-fill my 14 year dream of making an epic custom game board for pirates in 2019.
Anyway, I look forward to interacting with you all on here, and keeping the love for this game alive!