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  • #10858
    Joseph B
    Participant

    Hi Ben and everyone, I’m Joseph. A little bit of back story, when I was younger I always saw these packs in the Walmart store and bought them. Sadly since I was little I didn’t understand how fun and important it was, so I sadly did break them all… : (

    Later on, I got back into them and now have found a new love for them. So here I am! Ready to play lol.

    #10862
    Ben
    Keymaster

    @Joe2020: Welcome aboard matey!  Glad that you’ve gotten back into it!!  😀

    #10898
    J. L.
    Participant

    Hello, I used to play this game with friends back when it was first released. I believe I amassed a fairly sizable collection for a kid at the time, though I no longer know exactly how much I have.  At some point around Barbary Coast, I stopped having the ability to keep up with the sets.  After that, my friends and I drifted away from the game, though I never really forgot about it.  I was extremely saddened to hear that it had been discontinued back in 2008-09.  To skip a long story, I recently rediscovered my collection and have been unsure what to do with it.  I first considered selling it or simply tossing it if it didn’t have value, but searching for its possible value led me to an unboxing video by a7xfanben, which in turn led me here.  I had no idea that people were still playing this game at all, or that this kind of dedicated fan base still existed.  It has given me second thoughts about getting rid of it and I am curious to know more about how this place operates.  It has also made me curious about the possible existence of similar places I might be able to once again play.  I guess I’m looking for advice. Finding out that what I have long thought was stacks of worthless plastic may actually have both play value and monetary value has left me on the fence about what to do with it.  I apologize if this is a bit of a wall of text.  I’m not used to actually posting in forums.

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    #10900
    Ben
    Keymaster

    It has given me second thoughts about getting rid of it and I am curious to know more about how this place operates.  It has also made me curious about the possible existence of similar places I might be able to once again play.  I guess I’m looking for advice. Finding out that what I have long thought was stacks of worthless plastic may actually have both play value and monetary value has left me on the fence about what to do with it.  I apologize if this is a bit of a wall of text.  I’m not used to actually posting in forums.

    Welcome aboard!  Sometimes it helps to break up longer paragraphs, but your post is fine.

    The main thing is: don’t throw it out!  I can almost guarantee that there would be multiple people in the online Pirates community that would gladly pay shipping (and extra for handling) even if you didn’t want to bother trying to sell it.

    By “how this place operates”, do you mean my site here?  Or the Pirates CSG community in general?  Essentially there are a handful of places where members of the community talk about the game.  Sometimes people trade or sell their Pirates stuff, and now we can play virtually with the VASSAL module.  The community is certainly smaller than it used to be, but technology has allowed it to stay quite connected over the years.

    Feel free to post in the location thread in case any fellow players are near your area.  If you do decide to sell it, eBay is your best bet.

    Glad you have returned!  😀

    Ben

    #10908
    Genaro
    Participant

    Ayeee!

    Genaro here! Same one that joined the facebook page recently. I’m based out of Metro Detroit, but I’m from West Michigan and when not in quarantine I travel back there often, so if anyone in Michigan plays I’d love to meet up when this is all over. I’m probably more of a collector more than a player, but I would be 50/50 if I had the chances to play with more people!

    I started collecting the game when I was younger and never got a whole lot at once, so the collection I dug up was small. My favorite faction was the Barbary Corsairs because I found the ships so beautiful. Carthage, and  the Asesino De La Nave were my rarest ships, and thus my prized pieces. I have, however, recently acquired a collection from a local marketplace that has increased my collection 5 fold. I’m up nearly 200 unique ships and now have a full slew of crew to throw down in any game.

    I’m really hoping to exchange ships, crew, and the lot with people. Stoked to be here!

    #10909
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Ahoy Genaro!

    Good timing, another new member is also in Michigan!  🙂

    My favorite faction was the Barbary Corsairs because I found the ships so beautiful. Carthage, and  the Asesino De La Nave were my rarest ships, and thus my prized pieces. I have, however, recently acquired a collection from a local marketplace that has increased my collection 5 fold. I’m up nearly 200 unique ships and now have a full slew of crew to throw down in any game.

    Those two are pretty good!  I agree that the galleys look amazing.  Glad to hear your collection has grown!

    #10923
    Joe
    Participant

    Howdy fellers, I found Pirates via some friends who played axis and allies. I was the only one to really keep interested and amassed a decent little collection with those blue tins that were put out. I dug all my stuff out during this stay at home stuff and got nostalgic and started looking at eBay and YouTube. So thank you to Ben for entertaining me during some long downtimes at work. I also may have placed a sizable order for more Pirates from eBay.

    #10925
    Ben
    Keymaster

    So thank you to Ben for entertaining me during some long downtimes at work.

    Thank you for joining the site!  Welcome aboard.

    I also may have placed a sizable order for more Pirates from eBay.

    Huzzah for more Pirates stuff!!  😀

    #11030
    Avery
    Participant

    Hi guys glad to be here. I was pretty avid player back in the day right when Spanish Main was released. I played quite a bit up to Mysterious Islands. After that I ended up selling most of my collection and splitting the rest with my brothers.

    After that I went through a period where my main hobby was video games, but over the years I grew bored of video games. I was missing the depth and social interaction cardboard games brought to the table. So about a couple years ago I ditch my video games and got back into card and board games. Despite this though I didn’t get back into this until I found my old collection in storage a couple months ago. Finding it brought back so many great memories and reignited a passion for this game that I lost.

    Now I’m back! rebuilding my collection and even working on building some custom ships myself for my playgroup and to share with all of you. Everything I’ve seen so far has shown an amazing community that I’m excited to be a part of!

    Thanks

    Avery

    #11031
    Ben
    Keymaster

    @Avery: Welcome aboard matey!  Glad to have you here.

    After that I went through a period where my main hobby was video games, but over the years I grew bored of video games.

    I grew somewhat bored of them, but for me it was mainly the time consumption spent and how addictive they were.  I mostly quit video games around 2014, shortly before I became much more active with Pirates.  I’m glad I made the change, since I’ve been able to positively impact people by giving them an easier way to get back into the game (through this site and various resources/compilations).  I also feel as though I remember epic moments in Pirates CSG games more than those in video games, though it may just be because many of the Pirates memories are more recent (and I can look back at them).

    #11033
    Avery
    Participant

    <span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Helvetica Neue’, Helvetica, Arial, ‘Lucida Grande’, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;”>I grew somewhat bored of them, but for me it was mainly the time consumption spent and how addictive they were.</span>

    Yes, they can be quite addicting. I found myself playing them despite not having any fun just because they were there. After doing that for awhile I knew video games were just no longer for me.

    #11039
    Don
    Participant

    Hello Ye old pirate players, My Name is Don and I started playing with SM then CC then well you get the picture I had yes had a Great collection But I never got to RotF or later sets that followed it. Then a divorce happened to me And guess what…My entire collection was lost…The X got rid of all my stuff.

    Just recently I ordered 51 packs of SM and 36 Packs of CC to restart my collection again then went to RainTiger to order Just American and Cursed to start me over again…

    I have 3 other players to teach the game to when my orders arrive next week

    I even was part of the Pirates Game at the MN Ren Fest where they played with BIG ships on an open field…That was fun we had the English, Spanish, French and of course Pirate crew.

    Thanks Ben for helping me be part of this forum  – Game on

    #11044
    Ben
    Keymaster

    @Don: Sad story but glad you’re back!

    Just recently I ordered 51 packs of SM and 36 Packs of CC to restart my collection again then went to RainTiger to order Just American and Cursed to start me over again…

    That sounds like a GREAT starting point.  SM and CC are both really awesome sets, sometimes my top 2 out of all 13.  RainTyger has a nice selection.

    I have 3 other players to teach the game to when my orders arrive next week

    Huzzah!  Even better!  😀

    I even was part of the Pirates Game at the MN Ren Fest where they played with BIG ships on an open field…That was fun we had the English, Spanish, French and of course Pirate crew.

    O_O   Wow!!  You’re like part of Pirates CSG history then.  😀  That has become an even more famous event after I reposted those pictures and similar ones from BGG/PDXYAR (the Portland group) at the Pirates Facebook group.  What were the ships made out of?  Do you know how they were made?  Do you know who made them?  (some of these questions were the same that others have been pondering this year)

    Thanks Ben for helping me be part of this forum  – Game on

    Thank YOU for joining us!  Game on indeed – let us know how the new players like and play the game.  And always feel free to write up how your games go in Battle Reports.

    #11045
    Don
    Participant

    The big Ships in The MN Ren Fair were made of light Balsa wood cut out to perfect replicas of the actual game pieces With the the Names of the ships Printed on them just like the CSG and I might be able to find pics of them let me look (search the web) for them. We had Big dice as well that we had the kids roll for us and Kids did the Moving of the ships and we used Smoke bombs for effect.  we gathered quite a crowd to watch us play.

    #11046
    Don
    Participant

    The Games I’m about to play with the three new players I’m going to teach are going to be the four Main factions, Pirate, Spanish, French and English due to the fact I only Have SM & CC cards for now… each faction Starting at 50 point fleet and crew (all regular crew – no Name crew) 10 point for crew and 40 for ships (no forts) and each fleet has to consist of an 1 masted ship, a 2 masted ship, a 3 masted ship, and a 4 masted ship (no 5 masts). four ships per fleet, 8 treasures coins per player worth 20 gold, and 3 islands from each player giving the field 1 home island per player and 8 wild. No events (yet) and no unique treasure (yet). All this is because I want a balance and their all new to the game.

    #11061
    Ben
    Keymaster

    @Don: Thanks for the info on the big ships.  I’m seeing some non-Wizkids ship names as well; do you know if they were from a specific custom set or just created for the large scale ships?

    Sounds like a solid setup; are you going with one of each ship size in order to make people use some of the small ships that may not be as effective as the larger ones?  (depending on what you get from the packs of course)

    #11062
    Don
    Participant

    As per the Big Ship Game I played… They used just Ship names from SM & CC for French. The Masts were removable and the ships Awesome (Still trying to find pictures)

    The Game I’m setting up will have for the French, L’ Artesien, La Provence, Le Triton, and La Possession. For the English, HMS Albion, HMS Alexander, HMS Lord Walpole and HMS Dover. For the Spanish, La Rosario, El San Francisco, El Tirador, and L’ Aguila.

    These were picked by the players and the Pirate fleet has yet to be determined.

    #11063
    Ben
    Keymaster

    (Still trying to find pictures)

    I’m seeing a lot of pictures on their FB page! 😀

    #11064
    Don
    Participant

    Wow You found them before me ha ha.. that’s them alright

    cool huh

    #11129
    Dylas Maras
    Participant

    Hello all,

    My name is Dylas Maras and I have been collecting since the Spanish Main. My brother and I completely ignored the actual victory conditions and rules, opting instead for sending every ship we owned into enormous battles to see who could come out on top. Crew? Nah. Gold? Nah.

    It wasn’t until many years after the Pirates line was cancelled that I began to actually research the game and collect strategically, and my appreciation of the game is better for it.

    I have integrated Pirates into many different formats, including the Pirates of the Lost Ocean, a tapletop rpg I created where players would earn Fame and Infamy with the various factions, which would earn them discounts on buying ships and cut down salary cost for crew, which you had to pay lest you risk mutiny.

    Currently I have combined Pirates with DnD 5e in Pirates of the Mata-Mata Sea, where my players use Pirates rules on the water, and DnD rules on land. Being Pirates of the Caribbean fans, they are entranced with the ships, and I can’t wait to reveal the Black Pearl or the Dauntless.

    In any case, I love this game and greatly appreciate this site staying up to keep the fans connected.

    #11133
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Welcome aboard!!

    My brother and I completely ignored the actual victory conditions and rules, opting instead for sending every ship we owned into enormous battles to see who could come out on top. Crew? Nah. Gold? Nah.

    Nice.  Sounds a little bit like my Historical Fantasy Scenarios.

    I have integrated Pirates into many different formats, including the Pirates of the Lost Ocean, a tapletop rpg I created where players would earn Fame and Infamy with the various factions, which would earn them discounts on buying ships and cut down salary cost for crew, which you had to pay lest you risk mutiny.

    I like that idea of being able to earn lower costs.  Have you published that ruleset?

    Glad you’ve got some people into the game.  I too have been interested in incorporating some land combat, generally through RISK or at least using the units from that game.

    #11137
    Dylas Maras
    Participant

    I never did actually post or publish the ruleset, mainly because it had some major balancing issues, with certain custom treasures being broken and complications in plot progression. I rewrote the basic rules a while back and added some new features. At some point I plan to put it all in a google doc and let anyone who wants to use or abuse it have free access.

    #11153
    James
    Participant

    Howdy, I’m wissenlander in most areas.  I got this handle a while back when playing Warhammer Fantasy.  I played Empire and Wissenland was my favorite province.

    I sort of got into Pirates about 10 years ago now.  I got a few packs and played it a bit but it never really stuck at the time.  Didn’t have anyone to play with.  It was always in the back of my mind as something I wanted to get into.  I have two young sons that are starting to get to the age where miniature games would appeal to them.  We’re a big board gaming family and with my previous experience in tabletop gaming I thought this would be a good intro game for them.

    I’m probably more gamer than collector, but I can definitely feel the urge to want to collect.  But the ships are honestly what got me into the game.  It’s good quality/presentation without being insanely cost prohibitive.

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    #11163
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Howdy, I’m wissenlander in most areas.

    Ahoy matey, welcome aboard!

    I got this handle a while back when playing Warhammer Fantasy.  I played Empire and Wissenland was my favorite province.

    Uh oh, more ideas for customs for Xerecs and JW Darkhurst!  😉

    Glad to have you aboard!

    #11167
    Lukas
    Participant

    Hello I m Lukas from Hamburg. Germany (sry for band english).

    I m an artist, teacher and carpenter and love Pirates!

    Sadly no more physical stuff comes out 🙁

    But i like to build some own stuff or paint.

    I got 2 questions for starter (i know wrong section, but cant find the answer),

    1. When super rare Jack Sparrow rolls a 6, do all Crew drop off if their is an ability like Ship can carry english Crew or Crew costs no points etc. Or is the Jack Sparrow to read: it just ignors the Ability and not “cancle” it ?

    2. The english Crew Griffion (promo Version, + 1 to cannons and + s to Movement if captain is on board) does the Ability Stack with a Helmsman? It should? or am i wrong?

     

    BTW: I m looking for some Ships and can trade off some of mine or build some quality islands made of wood custom made if someone is interested 😉

    and i m looking for the Zeus!

    Cheers!

    Lukas

    #11171
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Ahoy Lukas, welcome aboard!

    Please post future Rules questions in the Rules thread. (after checking The Pirate Code to see if that answers the question)

    1. When super rare Jack Sparrow rolls a 6, do all Crew drop off if their is an ability like Ship can carry english Crew or Crew costs no points etc. Or is the Jack Sparrow to read: it just ignors the Ability and not “cancle” it ?

    “No abilities except Parley can be used until the beginning of your next turn.”  This is cancellation, not ignoring for just the ship he’s assigned to.

    2. The english Crew Griffion (promo Version, + 1 to cannons and + s to Movement if captain is on board) does the Ability Stack with a Helmsman? It should? or am i wrong?

    You’re right, it does because the speed boosts are coming from different ability sources.

    BTW: I m looking for some Ships and can trade off some of mine or build some quality islands made of wood custom made if someone is interested

    You could make a post in this thread with more specifics on what you have and want.

    #11180
    Lukas
    Participant

    Thx Ben, great Website btw!!!

    I will look in other threads.

    <span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Helvetica Neue’, Helvetica, Arial, ‘Lucida Grande’, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;”>”No abilities except Parley can be used until the beginning of your next turn.”  This is cancellation, not ignoring for just the ship he’s assigned to.</span>

    So just his ship hes on is effected? not globally ALL ships and crews are effected?

    I read the Pirate code but still didn t get it right 🙁

    Cool then Griffion will make the new speed record possible 😛

     

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by Lukas.
    #11183
    Ben
    Keymaster

    not globally ALL ships and crews are effected?

    This is the case.  Check out Page 33 of the Code for a bunch of good extra information.

    –All abilities, with the exception of Parley, are ignored regardless of their sources. This includes the abilities of ships, sea creatures, crew, equipment, forts, unique treasure, and events.

    #11259
    Mr. Wick
    Participant

    Good day everyone, my name is Mr. Wick

    My username comes from a shortened form of my real name, and is the most recent such alias I use, especially in my short stories, novels, and Campaign Settings.

    I got into Pirates CSG when Pirates of the Spanish Main began to be advertised. Hot off the heals of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie a year earlier and interestingly nearly coinciding with 4kids entertainments acquisition of the english rights to the Japanese Animation “One Piece”. At the time I was a big fan of trading card games (Poke’mon, Yugioh) and the thought of a Collectible Pirate Ship game was amazing to me. Unfortunately The game died in my area around the time of OE set and I could only get other packs rarely from game stores hours outside my hometown.

    I’m equal parts collector and Player, though I have few people to play with, and never was able to get into the game to any form of skilled degree as there simply were no others to play with in my area (obviously there were other players but we had no game store and the early 2000s wasn’t exactly a time when you could go find others who shared your hobby). I collected what I could fervently until the game died around me. With the release of the Pirates CSG Master Spreadsheet I have a renewed vigor to collect and play again and even if I can’ I plan on melding many of the mechanics into my Dungeons and Dragons campaign worlds so others can experience the fun.

    My favorite thing about Pirates CSG is that it give people the ability to think and play as though they existed in the golden age of piracy hundreds of years ago. While the game is entirely fictional I had always enjoyed the idea of the true golden age of piracy, being free on the seas and going where the maps had yet to be drawn. It is partially what drew me to One Piece, the freedom and adventure. Here was a game not like other trading card games, there were people, and ships, in some ways homages to our past and yet unique, stories to tell of them, which you could follow by reading the flavor texts on cards. Playing the game was like living out the adventures.

    If I could pick a favorite piece, it would have to be the Baochuan, though I regrettably do not possess it. I’ve always liked the truth of Chinese Treasure ships and how actually massive they once were. To captain a baochuan would be such a truly amazing experience.

    I have no other aliases on other PCSG website because, frankly, I didn’t know they existed. Much like the board-game “Heroscape”, I believed this game to be extinct, with no surviving player bases or collectors. But now that I am proven wrong I have plans to rebuild my old fleet (most preferably with a 3d printer and ship models so as not to damage the actual cards and ships) and try out at my cities new (and successful) game store if not in my own basement for my own amusement.

    Sorry for the novel of an introduction, and I’m happy to meet all of you. Sincerely~ Captain-Commander Wick

    #11265
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Good day everyone, my name is Mr. Wick

    Welcome aboard matey!  No need to apologize for writing long posts.

    With the release of the Pirates CSG Master Spreadsheet I have a renewed vigor to collect and play again

    😀   Awesome!!  I’m really glad to hear that!

    My favorite thing about Pirates CSG is that it give people the ability to think and play as though they existed in the golden age of piracy hundreds of years ago.

    Exactly!  Xerecs, myself and others have played campaign games that allow us to become virtual admirals in the Age of Sail.  It’s amazing!  😀

    (most preferably with a 3d printer and ship models so as not to damage the actual cards and ships)

    Feel free to share your results in the 3D printing thread!

    I love the Baochuan as well.  Glad to have you aboard.

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