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  • #6666

    Dread Pirate
    Participant

    Hello,

    I got into the game close to it’s release.  When I first started out there were like two packs at a place called Bookworld (the only place remotely close that had packs).  They said they were getting more so I would get on my bike and travel there every day to see if the packs had arrived yet.  They ended up being delayed several times so the poor lady who worked there had to deal with me asking her every day for like a month.  That might give you an idea of how much I enjoyed the game.

    I haven’t been able to play a real game since around 2009 so I’ve become more of a collector as of late. Beware, my fellow matey’s.  I be after your booty.

    Glad to be a part of the site.  Been exploring a bit over the last few days and it’s really something.  It may even be what’s keeping the pirate game alive.  Thanks.

     

    #6672

    Ben
    Keymaster

    They said they were getting more so I would get on my bike and travel there every day to see if the packs had arrived yet.  They ended up being delayed several times so the poor lady who worked there had to deal with me asking her every day for like a month.

    That is intense!!

    Glad to be a part of the site.  Been exploring a bit over the last few days and it’s really something.  It may even be what’s keeping the pirate game alive.  Thanks.

    Thank you!  Glad you’re here.  I think it’s a combination of things keeping the game alive – the game itself is so good (or at least, good enough) that people cannot help themselves from coming back to it from time to time.  There are so many fun things to do or discuss that it’s hard to run out of entertainment.  (playing, collecting, custom game pieces, custom islands and terrain, trading, podcasts, videos, gameplay theory, making fleets, learning the rules and game pieces, etc.)

    #6703

    Jake
    Participant

    Ahoy.  To start I should say that since I was about 10 I started making up my own pirate stories and now that I’m learning about more writing techniques and creating more story aspects I am finally starting to get things in motion to create them as a novel series.  The main pirate colony in my stories is called Dampier, named after William Dampier and is located on the southeast coast of Papua New Guinea.  And that is where I got my username, knight-of-dampier; on other sites I go by Kidfight2.  I saw the first POTC movie on my 10th birthday and my family stopped at a store and my brother and I found a DJC pack and bought it to figure it out.  Almost immediately we bought more and started making up our own ships and that’s when I started making up stories.  I don’t really play the game that much, only when I’m home to play with my brother or my nephews, so I’m definitely more of a collector.  My entire closet at home has hundreds of ships.  My favorite thing about the pirates is the artwork, the fact you put the ships together and its just fun to build stuff, and who doesn’t like Pirates! Also the sea creatures are just plain cool.  My favorite pieces are: Blackwatch (A DJC), Jormungandr (C DJC), and Celtic Fury (M SS).

    I will also probably be making a lot of blog posts to the Custom Ships page.

    #6705

    Ben
    Keymaster

    My favorite pieces are: Blackwatch (A DJC), Jormungandr (C DJC), and Celtic Fury (M SS).

    Nice ones!  The Blackwatch is fun to use, a really cool looking ship, and absolutely devastating.

    Welcome aboard!  Between you, Xerecs, and JW Darkhurst, there are plenty of Pirates lore creators out there.  Now that I think of it, I’ve done more than I ever expected to as well, having created flavor text for all the hundreds of game pieces in my Epic Seas custom set.

    #6790

    MagExpress
    Participant

    Ahoy there, mateys!

    I am MagExpress, which is short for Magnum Express. My username comes from a similarly named large-caliber German hunting rifle, the Heym Express Magnum; it doesn’t really have any significance, I just thought it sounded cool back in high school.

    I got my first packs shortly after Crimson Coast came out (I knew someone who was into collecting Spanish Main) and dabbled in Barbary Coast Unlimited after it hit shelves, but it wasn’t until Ocean’s Edge came out that my interest in the game was cemented. From that point on, I would have occasional “Renaissances” with Pirates CSG every summer, buying what I could at Target, but those came to a halt around the time I started high school.

    Moving forward to 2017, I got hit with a large wave of nostalgia (due in part to the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film), and I decided to get back into my old childhood hobby. From that point forward, I have been ceaselessly collecting Pirates and teaching the game to friends and family.

    Currently, I’d say I am more of a collector than a player (75% vs. 25%), but I am doing my best to change that since a few of my friends are really taking to the game and the mind blowing amount of freedom/customization it offers. I have also made it a goal to use every single ship I own at least once, and with 800+ ships at my disposal, I’ll definitely have to sink more time into playing.

    A lot of people have probably said this already, but my absolute favorite thing about Pirates is the shear scale and level of customization it has. There are so many options when it comes to building a fleet and choosing crew that no two games are ever the same, and even if you decide to play with the most basic ships and crew, the game is still highly enjoyable. I don’t really have a favorite ship or game piece, but I will say that my favorite sets are Crimson Coast (the only set I’ve 100% completed) and South China Seas.

    As a side note, I have been working on a custom set since last summer that I’ll hopefully be able to share in some form on this site soon (the ship/crew list is about 70% finished). Feel free to DM me if you’re interested in hearing about it.

    Glad to be aboard, Ben, and sorry for writing a novel.

    #6792

    Ben
    Keymaster

    Moving forward to 2017, I got hit with a large wave of nostalgia (due in part to the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film), and I decided to get back into my old childhood hobby.

    I love how this confirms the nostalgia/PotC connection.  Similar things probably happened to others; every time a new PotC movie comes out seems like a good time to restart the game.

    I have also made it a goal to use every single ship I own at least once, and with 800+ ships at my disposal, I’ll definitely have to sink more time into playing.

    Love it!  I would assume I’m not quite there yet (with a similar number of ships), but that might be more due to more recent acquisitions than anything else.  Plus I don’t like boring ships.  With Command the Oceans I was able to use a large percentage of my collection all in one game.

    I see we think alike with sets as well.  🙂  Feel free to post here as well if you’d like.

    Feel free to post some customs in the Custom Ships thread, or leave a link there to a spreadsheet if that’s what you’ve got.

    Glad to have you aboard.  I like long posts about Pirates of course.  😀

    #7389

    Stephen Young
    Participant

    Hi everyone, I’m the same Phymatine who was on Miniature Trading. Thanks for setting this up, Ben!

    #7390

    Ben
    Keymaster

    Hi everyone, I’m the same Phymatine who was on Miniature Trading. Thanks for setting this up, Ben!

    Ahoy matey, great to see you here as well!!

    #7604

    Holofernes
    Participant

    *You are on a deserted shoreline early in the day. The body of Holofernes lay rocking in the surf. Hungry crabs have done a number on his ribs, but the seagulls are too afraid to approach. You watch for awhile, and at high tide, the body washes away with a wry grin and an evil chuckle*

    *Only an empty bottle remains behind. *
    .> n/s/e/w/search bottle? .>

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    #7607

    Ben
    Keymaster

    @holofernes: Huzzah!  Was afraid you might have been washed out to sea with the tide or drowned in the sinking of the Miniature Trading.  😉   But not really.  😀

    Super happy to see you here.

    #7613

    El Cazador
    Participant

    The name is El Cazador. Well, not really, but that is what you may call me. I was a part of the Minitature Trading (MT) boards for a while and even made two custom sets.

    I got into Pirates CSG almost by accident and certainly after print had ended, with memories of seeing the SS boxes in store before I cared.

    I am more of an armchair admiral and armchair architect (naval) than player or collector.

    My favorite bit about Pirates CSG was the MT community!

    I have been called El_Cazador before at MT.

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by  El Cazador.
    #7616

    Ben
    Keymaster

    I am more of an armchair admiral and armchair architect (naval) than player or collector.

    Good way to describe it.  🙂

    Glad to have ye aboard me ship.  Plenty of pirates from MT be washin’ up on these shores lately.  XD  😛

    #7934

    Kai
    Participant

    Ahoy!

     

    I played this game as a kid and then lost track of it. Years later I remembered and managed to convince some friends to play with me. Now several millions in debt and living under the bridge, we have accustomed to our new vagabond lifestyle, taking only the bare necessities and our vast collection of ships with us as we get chased off by police day and night.

     

    Well it’s not that bad, but oh boy did we sink some money into this game. Due to our unfornutate geographical location we can’t get our hands on everything we want – no South China Seas, Frozen North, Mysterious Islands or other fun stuff for us – but what we’ve got is plenty to play a few good rounds with every now and then.

     

    I’m craving games regularly, but we can’t get together too often, so it’s mostly just me going over my collection and building new lists to try out, or thinking up some custom things here and there. I’m looking forward to hopefully being a bit more active on here, though I make no promises.

    #7936

    Ben
    Keymaster

    Due to our unfornutate geographical location we can’t get our hands on everything we want

    Welcome back! (?)  You’re in Germany right?  I think I remember Kaiser being from there.  If you’re over there, you could always hit up the old_man…  🙂

    Now several millions in debt and living under the bridge, we have accustomed to our new vagabond lifestyle, taking only the bare necessities and our vast collection of ships with us as we get chased off by police day and night.

    O_O  Wow!  XD

    lists

    Fleets?  I guess I’m the only one who doesn’t do other games where that is the jargon… even in CCG’s I’d call them decks before “lists”.  (no offense, just a pet peeve I have to deal with)

    #8070

    J_ARRRRR_P
    Participant

    Hello, All!

    Call me Juliet – I won’t answer to Ishmael.

    My username here is the same as previous to MT; a pirate-ified version of my initials.

    My on-again, off-again years at MT were due to time constraints, not lack of interest. Now that ship has sunk, I’m very grateful to see how Admiral A7XfanBen has kept things going. He’s a real hero.

    Thank you to those with whom I was able to successfully transact for Pirates items at MT. Y’all know I gave as good as I got, yarrrr!

    My first pack was a Crimson Coast in the swag bag of GenCon 2005. None of the friends I attended with got excited about it, so they gave me their packs…but I must have badgered them into playing, anyway, because I remember a few games on the “ocean” of the bedspread where we were staying those nights. The tiny dice disappeared to who knows where, after the first rolls, didn’t they?

    I’ve become a serious collector over the years. I lack less than 50 items to be able to say I have one of everything ever produced for the game, in mint condition. The one truly unique item in my collection is the production sample of a “Pirates Adventure Book,” won on eBay when another serious collector notified me by PM that he would refrain from bidding if I agreed to share the new game mechanics details on the MT Pirates forums. I did so. I’ve also recently re-shared that info w/Admiral A7XfanBen to post as he deems fit & his time allows.

    I’ve got tons of “dupes” to pull from for playing, but don’t get the chance as often as I’d like. Plan to change that as my husband & I are luring in other friends for weekly game nights, and each time it’s my turn to pick what…

    -Juliet

    Wisconsin, USA

    #8071

    Ben
    Keymaster

    My username here is the same as previous to MT; a pirate-ified version of my initials.

    Great to have you back aboard; kinda nostalgic for me!  😀   Thank you for the kind words!  It was great to trade with such a veteran of the game.

    Woelf is in Wisconsin too!

    Edit: Just made the post!

    #8212

    Kai
    Participant

    Welcome back! (?)  You’re in Germany right?  I think I remember Kaiser being from there.  If you’re over there, you could always hit up the old_man

    Wow your memory’s something else. Yup that’s me!

    Fleets?  I guess I’m the only one who doesn’t do other games where that is the jargon… even in CCG’s I’d call them decks before “lists”.  (no offense, just a pet peeve I have to deal with)

    I’m used to calling them lists from wargaming pretty much, but yeah fleets.

    #8699

    Jason
    Participant

    Yarr!  Thank you, Ben for putting this up and to Dread Pirate for the info on this site.  Recently doing some spring cleaning and having some major nostalgia.

    I ran/played Heroclix way back in the day, and when Pirates came out I had to try it since the ship building aspect was so cool.  Who would have thought it’d actually be such a fun game?  Sadly it died in my area around the time South China Seas came out.

    I was by far more of a player as Clix took up most of my money.  Baochuan was always my go-to along with any Jade Rebellion fleet (yes, I’m Asian- gotta represent).  If any Canucks in Alberta are looking for a game hit me up!

     

    #8799

    J_ARRRRR_P
    Participant

    .> n/s/e/w/search bottle? .>

    Search – of course!

    Good to see you here!

    #8985

    Thomas
    Participant

    Merry Met Mates,

    Me name be Thomas Lovewitch.  I’ve am 100% pirates player and the most enjoyable thing for me is to play the game with me first mate, (Who says I shouldn’t be a mate to anyone else, or I won’t be mating at all, so says she and her blunderbuss.) I also have recently introduced the game to my nephews who love the idea of miniature gaming.  They’ve played Pokemon and Yugio for a while now and me youngest nephew has just gotten his hands full of magic cards.  (Thanks to Good ‘Ol Uncle Tom, who happens to be very ‘Ol.) Anyway I’ve been searching ebay for some good finds and it’s like I’ve started over again as I haven’t really played since DJC.  It’s good to be a pirate again.  As I said, Merry met mates.  Bright and shiny blessings to you.  (You always want the shiny ones)

    #8987

    Ben
    Keymaster

    @lovewitch: Welcome aboard!!

    They’ve played Pokemon and Yugioh for a while now

    Sounds familiar!  Those were two of my childhood obsessions, especially Pokemon.

    Anyway I’ve been searching ebay for some good finds and it’s like I’ve started over again as I haven’t really played since DJC.

    There are some deals on there!  Hope you enjoy playing – feel free to post about your games in the Battle Reports thread.

    #9020

    Thomas
    Participant

    Pokemon and Yugio were your childhood obsessions?  I remember when Magic: The Gathering came out, I was all over that.  That was when I was 17, just out of curiosity how old are you Ben?

    #9021

    Ben
    Keymaster

    Pokemon and Yugio were your childhood obsessions?

    I was born in 1994 (24 now), so I was a kid right when Pokemon was really taking off and blowing up in the States.  Yugioh seemed slightly more mature and was something I got into a little later, plus Pokemon was more immersive with toys/games/movies/CCG/etc vs. Yugioh was mostly a card game. (and I remember the Yugioh show eventually just devolving into almost non-stop smack talk every episode with minimal dueling and strategy lol)

    Found Pirates in early 2005 but didn’t know about any kind of online stuff or community until early 2011. (video on that page helps to explain)

    #9063

    Thomas
    Participant

    Wow 24 and a sprout can set up a website like this!  I can barely operate a cell phone.

    #9070

    Nenyone Yay
    Participant

    Seems like a fine group here!

    Ahoy and howdy, friends! I’m Corporal 17th mate Nenyone (Pronouced Nen like Ben, Yone like Own), or you can call me Nenny 🙂 I don’t recall when I played first, I was but a wee landlubber at the time, perhaps 10 or 12. I most likely have all my ships in a box somewhere, perhaps I’ll find a map and dig them up someday.

    About a week ago, I was lying down in bed and suddenly remembered how much fun I had had as a kid playing this game, and was disappointed to remember that the game was out of print. However, a bit of treasure hunting has found me not only some new ships to call me own, but this website with many pirates to steal treasu- i mean play with!

    So I wish I could be more of a collector, but with only about 20 ships I’m a bit of a sad pirate… But no worries! I’ve already hired more ships and they come by the mysterious “USPS” ocean as we speak. But I do love to play as well, probably 75% player 25% collector, so beware to see me on the Vassal currents!

    My favorite vessel was the HMS Cygnet, if someone could remind me what expansion she came from or a place I could find a new cygnet, I’d be happier than a Schooner with Slippery Sails.

    Alrighty, that was quite the mouthful so I’ll be shoving off now. Have a fun to do!

    #9071

    Ben
    Keymaster

    @Nenyone: Welcome aboard!  If you find your original collection, that should help you get up and sailing, and playing.

    My favorite vessel was the HMS Cygnet, if someone could remind me what expansion she came from or a place I could find a new cygnet, I’d be happier than a Schooner with Slippery Sails.

    A fine ship indeed, I like her as well.  She’s from Fire and Steel, and can be found on eBay and RainTyger.

    For future reference, you can find all the game pieces and their info in the Master Spreadsheet.

    #9193

    Telxon
    Participant

    So my user name, Telxon (tel-zon), came from when I worked at a retail chain.  At that time I was just getting into World of Warcraft and needed a name for my first character.  I was discussing this with coworkers while scanning inventory with them, our scanners were called a Telxon so I ended up going with that.  It’s been my name pretty much since.

    I think I actually got into pirates before the game even came out.  I remember as a kid I would build model battleships/aircraft carriers.  I would get together with my friends almost every weekend and we would have a battle with them.  The entire house floor would be our ocean, each ship had movement based on its length and would fire based on the number of weapons it had.  We would toss the small airplanes that came with the aircraft carries as ammo since they didn’t go too far and was actually really hard to get a hit with.  So when Pirates came out I was naturally drawn in!  I saw it at a card shop where I played Magic and bought a couple packs.  I played once with a friend but he didn’t want to get into another game so I really had no one to play with.  Around 2015 I bought a bunch of packs to play with my kids and now they love it and we play almost every week.

    I’m definitely more of a player, I’d say 90% player but I do like to collect too.  I’ve been buying a bunch recently but mainly for us to have more ships to pick from.  I’ve been getting the cheaper sets like OE and got FS for around $1/pack so now we have tons to pick from.  I’ve also recently found VASSAL and played my first game a couple weeks ago, it was awesome!  I’d love to get some more game in on there if anyone is interested.

    For a long time our best ship was probably the Blackwatch.  We now have a few options that are probably better but that one will probably always be my favorite.  I think my favorite thing about pirates in general is the family time with my kids.  I also really enjoy the pirates community, everyone wants to learn more about the game and have fun with it.

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    #9210

    Ben
    Keymaster

    @telxon: Welcome aboard matey!  Quite the cool intro story!  I remember trying to make battleships out of simple blocks as a kid.  Seems a lot of us started early with our love of naval things.

    #9240

    Thunder Brothers
    Participant

    Hello there. I first discovered Pirates back in 2005. I was at a Walgreens, and they had an open booster box of Revolution sitting by the checkout counter. I was intrigued by the “game in every pack” tagline, and since I love the subject of historical Pirates anyways, I grabbed a handful of packs for myself and my son (who was 12 at the time). We had a lot of fun opening the packs and assembling the ships, but alas, we never got around to actually playing the game. Everything got placed into a small box, and was soon forgotten about.

    Fast forward to 2016. I had become involved with playing and collecting various trading card games – Magic, Force of Will, etc. I quickly realized the enormous expense in attempting to collect current games, so I switched my focus to out of print games – games with an end point are usually easier and cheaper to acquire. About a year ago, I stumbled across that long forgotten box of Pirates ships, and I was instantly hooked again.

    Since then I’ve gone a little nuts and purchased well over 300 packs, plus the board game and a few DJC boxes. I guess I’m more of a collector at this point, as I’ve only had the opportunity to play this game once, and I keep one of every ship/card sleeved in their unpunched mintiness. I hope to change that to half player half collector in the near future. I’ve built about 50 ships so far, and with my duplicates, I can probably build another 250-300 ships. I’m waiting, though, as I haven’t found a good way to store them that keeps them both safe and organized. I really don’t like the idea of just dumping these fragile ships haphazardly into bins.

    Anyways, I love this site and all the info that can be found here. Thank you for all you’ve done to help keep this game alive!

    #9241

    Ben
    Keymaster

    Hello there. I first discovered Pirates back in 2005. I was at a Walgreens, and they had an open booster box of Revolution sitting by the checkout counter. I was intrigued by the “game in every pack” tagline, and since I love the subject of historical Pirates anyways, I grabbed a handful of packs for myself and my son (who was 12 at the time). We had a lot of fun opening the packs and assembling the ships, but alas, we never got around to actually playing the game. Everything got placed into a small box, and was soon forgotten about.

    Ahoy!  Plenty of similarities in our stories.  I turned 11 in 2005 (sounds weird to me haha) so very similar age to your son.

    I quickly realized the enormous expense in attempting to collect current games, so I switched my focus to out of print games – games with an end point are usually easier and cheaper to acquire.

    Interesting, that is a really unique and neat way of going about it…. of course, Pirates CSG can be its own financial black hole for a decade+ of collecting, as many of the members here can tell you.  😀

    I really don’t like the idea of just dumping these fragile ships haphazardly into bins.

    I use boxes, but that method has served me well; if you do it decently, the ships aren’t as fragile as people think.  Though I’m a hardcore player who wants to use every game piece in the collection, so any other method wouldn’t work well for me.

    Anyways, I love this site and all the info that can be found here. Thank you for all you’ve done to help keep this game alive!

    Always love hearing things like this, thanks!

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