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  • #11374
    JuliusPepperwood
    Participant

    Hey!

    Wow, I’ve got to say this warms my heart a little knowing this game still has such a loyal fan base. I was part of the Miniature Trading website almost a decade ago and I was sad to find out it went down with all that valuable content. I’ve still got Woelf’s Pirate Code pdf kicking around somewhere haha. Little did I know I’d stumble onto this gem of a website, Ben you really have worked a wonder here! Even some of the old forum threads seem to have been preserved or at least continued.

    I first got into Pirates through a friend when I was super young, like 9 or 10 and it quickly became a small obsession. Unfortunately it was right around the time the game was discontinued so it was really hard to find people to play with and packs to buy. So my brothers and I would battle it out together, mostly OE which was the only thing we could find. Miniature Trading helped spur along my love for the game but alas life gets in the way and it slowly faded away.

    Funny enough though, I started re-watching the Pirates of the Caribbean and it awoke some old memories of the game. That’s what ultimately led me here and I’m stoked to dust of those old miniatures stashed away somewhere! Now I’ve just gotta remember all the rules (looking at you Parlay…)

     

     

     

     

    #11379
    Jack
    Participant

    I was reading Under the Black Flag when my crippling nostalgia fit happened lol. Welcome.

    I remember going to my friend’s house to play a game and we spent so long trash talking and building our fleets that my mom came to pick me up before we could even start. There’s a rules section with links to the full rulesheet and keywords if you need it!

    #11386
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Little did I know I’d stumble onto this gem of a website, Ben you really have worked a wonder here! Even some of the old forum threads seem to have been preserved or at least continued.

    Huzzah!  Welcome back aboard matey!!  I want to say I also remember you participating in some of the Mercenary/submarine debates on MT with captain_nemo and mercenary30.

    If you want to see a bunch of stuff from MT and go down memory lane, almost everything I saved from that site should be available here.  There is a folder with quite a few thread topics.  I definitely wanted to continue some of the most important or classic threads from MT, and at some point I will probably bring back some of the others.

    That’s what ultimately led me here and I’m stoked to dust of those old miniatures stashed away somewhere!

    Nice!  Feel free to post to the collection thread.

    You can find the most important rules and documents on the homepage of my site at the bottom. (you can just click the site title or icon at the top left)

    #11441
    Bartek
    Participant

    Hello from Poland,

    Long time player here, I started in 2005 with Deliverance and the Pirates faction, then Barbary Corsairs, and finally with the Cursed as my go to faction. Love sea monsters.

    Favourite ship from the Cursed: Divine Dragon.

    Great to know there are people who still play this great game. 🙂 <span style=”text-align: center;”>And Ben’s site is great. </span>

     

     

    #11442
    Ben
    Keymaster

    @Bartek: Welcome aboard matey!! 😀

    And Ben’s site is great.

    Thank you so much!!

    #11655
    Gigi
    Participant

    Hello,

    I just discovered this game about a week ago. I was fortunate enough to find two tins of ships at a garage sale and picked them up. Very glad I did!

    Since then, I have then been learning all I can about the game. Thanks for creating this site and the podcasts Ben. I assumed it would be a hunt to find information on the game, but you have provided a wealth of it. Amazing job!

    #11656
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Since then, I have then been learning all I can about the game. Thanks for creating this site and the podcasts Ben. I assumed it would be a hunt to find information on the game, but you have provided a wealth of it. Amazing job!

    Welcome aboard!  And thank you!  😀

    #11888
    solaradmiral
    Participant

    Hello All, long time pirates player, never really ventured online for it before. I’ve been playing since the original days of Spanish Main and Crimson Coast with a pretty modest English collection. Got started in it with a group of friends, but pretty much quit playing a little after Davy Jones and they lost interest. But every once in a while I get a craving to open some pirates packs and find the cheapest I can get on ebay.

    My username started with another out of print game I love, Battlefleet Gothic. But it seems good enough for pirates too.

    I’d say I’m 90% wanting to be a player, 10% collector of any English ships I can get cheap. I might have to check out Vasal.

    Back in the days of actually playing, my first ship and forever flagship of my fleet was the HMS Leicester. And it was my only big ship until getting a HMS Galapagos and HMS Bretwalda.

    #11895
    Ben
    Keymaster

    I’d say I’m 90% wanting to be a player, 10% collector of any English ships I can get cheap. I might have to check out Vasal.

    Welcome aboard!  Sounds somewhat similar to me a while back.  My VASSAL page has a tutorial that should be helpful to start using it.

    #12163
    terry cabak
    Participant

    Hello everyone,

    I would like to introduce myself: as a military game designer et al for over 30 years, my group is now considering the implications and feasibility of bringing this game back or via working with an already establish game company to acquire the copyrights to bring it back for us, with our input on that new manifestation.

    One of the things I have been considering is making ship models at least 1/3 larger so they are closer to actual wargame scales, so this would be either 1/285 or 1/200 or 10mm figure scale, and with a hexagon grid, with water graphic and grid printed on fabric. The reasons for these ideas are many, but mostly sustainability and longevity.

    This would imply the game system will likely have the scenario of each player having only one ship, or in two player games each controlling no more than 2-3 ships in a typical game.

    Another reason for this larger scale is roleplaying on miniature scenery and terrain of islands and miniature figures.

    These are just a few of the starting ideas to get some feedback. We fully understand the charm of the smaller ships and the game system that was created for POTSM, and believe that a matrix game combining games like Cataan with POTSM is potentially feasible. But in order to work, it must be affordable.

    So, affordability, sustainability, longevity.

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    #12172
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Welcome aboard Terry!

    I would prefer to keep the game as close as possible to the original, but there might be many potential ways it could come back.  I’ve wondered if simply not bringing it back as a collectible game could help with the longevity part.

    Have you seen Woelf’s Pirates of Catan?

    #13011

    Hello from Spain! It’s been a really nice surprise to find this site.  I’ve been enjoying it for a pair of weeks now as weel as the youtube videos. Thank you Ben!

    I started playing this game since the very beginning a long time ago and, although in my local shop interest started to decay after barbary coast, I kept buying the subsequent expansions knowing someday I would come back to it. ç

    I remember at the time I enjoyed making my own “seas” and islands since I always thought it was one of the collest-looking games to play. My collection is rather modest (150-200 ships) but more than enough for casual play.

    Recently my children have started showing interest for some of my old stuff (mechwarrior, pirates, star wars miniatures…) so I find myself enjoying again this and other great games that have been sitting in the basement for several years. Having found this site has inspired me to start making some new 3d terrain for the game (now using 3d printing technology). The first design I’ve published is a fort. I’ll leave the link here in case you want to give it a go.

    One of the funny things about the game is that some Spanish names were not properly translated, but it was not really an issue.

    Again, I’m glad to have found this site.

    The fort, in case you are into 3D scenery:

    Pirates Fort Prototype

     

    #13031
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Hello from Spain! It’s been a really nice surprise to find this site.  I’ve been enjoying it for a pair of weeks now as weel as the youtube videos. Thank you Ben!

    Ahoy matey, great to have you aboard!  I love the look of that fort and I hope to print it someday!  🙂

    #13052
    Canaan
    Participant

    Hiya Everyone,
    Start with my name I suppose, I stole it from an old anime.
    I got into Pirates CSG the year after SM released with my 2 step-brothers. We used to play when we were younger.
    I’d say I’m probably more player than collector but I only have one friend that I play with and I only introduced him to the game in October 2020 after I reorganized my collection during lockdown and got back into the game after almost a decade. We also only use my collection since he doesn’t have any ships himself.
    I guess Pirates CSG fits both my itch for fun games and history.
    My favorite game piece that I have is probably Jarvis (RV 075). It just holds a special place in my heart I guess because I’ve had it so long. My go to measuring card is always Benoit de Marseilles (BC 083) though, I just love the card art.

    -Canaan

    #13074
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Ahoy there Canaan!  Glad to have you aboard.

    Maybe you could get your step brothers back into it too!  The Jarvis is a ship I’ve had since 2005, so she’s nostalgic for me.  Maybe a little bit underrated too.

    Normally you would use the back of a ship’s deckplate card for measuring, since the crew cards don’t have the L and S segments on them (L and S are slightly shorter than the full length and width of the cards).

    #13151
    Derrick Derksen
    Participant

    Name is Derrick

    Username came from the name Valenroth, which has always been my name I use for fantasy and adventure style games.

    I just recently discovered Pirates two days ago and order my first product for the game this morning.  I bought a box of OE and can’t wait to get started.  I don’t have much else to add at this time.  Happy sailing.

    #13155
    Ben
    Keymaster

    I just recently discovered Pirates two days ago and order my first product for the game this morning.  I bought a box of OE and can’t wait to get started.  I don’t have much else to add at this time.  Happy sailing.

    Welcome aboard Derrick!  😀   Sounds like you’re off to a great start!

    #13393
    Trevor Lewis Brandt
    Participant

    Ahoy!

    Username is Georgee. I don’t actually have a story of where the name came from but I’ve had it since I was a kid and it just stuck. It’s probably fitting then, that I first got into Pirates when I was about ten. My best friend, who was even younger than me, about 8, started buying Spanish Main and Crimson Coast packs and he got me into it. I think those were the only sets that were out at that point, so I wanna say 2004, 2005? We played the game and bought packs whenever we saved up or got allowance. I think we probably played for two or three years, and we both had amassed quite a good-sized collection. Drove our parents nuts with all the plastic ship pieces! I think we finally lost interest around the time the Pirates of the Caribbean themed set was coming out. Then I completely forgot about the game for the last 13 years or so. So flash forward to this month, my family had me going through old boxes of my childhood stuff and I discovered a couple of shoe boxes filled with my old Pirates collection. Only about half of them survived the ravages of time, but I’ve decided I want to get back into it and collect them. Maybe see if anyone still does any gaming with it too, though I am completely out of the loop on how I would even go about that. Anyway, happy to know there’s still a community out there for something that was a big part of my childhood!

    #13394
    Ben
    Keymaster

    @georgee: Great story, thanks for sharing!

    Maybe see if anyone still does any gaming with it too, though I am completely out of the loop on how I would even go about that.

    The VASSAL module is a way to play Pirates CSG virtually.

    If you’re looking for physical games in your local area, the Player Locator map might help.  🙂  Welcome aboard!

    #13681
    Luke Menzie
    Participant

    Hey there y’all,

    I’m from Black Diamond, WA. I would definitely describe myself as entirely a player. I have no interest in keeping unpunched cards lying around, when instead I could use their untapped fleet potential against my enemies. The name “Grammaring” comes from my hate for English class and acts as a big FU to all my college professors. I got into Pirates CSG around a month ago when I found an unopened Spanish Main pack at my local games store in the bargain bin. I’ve been scouring Ebay ever since looking for a reasonable price for a fleet, regardless of rarity or condition. So far I’ve only gotten my cousin and a friend to throw some dice with me. I’m currently looking for anyone in the Seattle-ish area to get their Pirate on. I love all sorts of miniature games, but the charm of constructing a little fleet, and the limitless combos of islands/terrain maps captured me right away. Portability is also a big + in my book.

    A little post script for all of you collectors: I would suggest setting up a couple “starter sets” for newish players, or anyone who wants to get into Pirates CSG. It’s insane that I could only find buzzwords like “rarity gold, 5 mast rare, extreme limited” when searching for Pirates stuff. There were no islands, common crew, coins, dice, and basic ships for the average player. Please, if you have extras of these, post them! I promise there is interest, throw a couple lots out there and see what happens!

    #13688
    Ben
    Keymaster

    I’m from Black Diamond, WA. I’m currently looking for anyone in the Seattle-ish area to get their Pirate on.

    Ahoy matey, welcome aboard!  I just moved to Everett WA so hopefully we could meet up soon to play!  😀

    I got into Pirates CSG around a month ago when I found an unopened Spanish Main pack at my local games store in the bargain bin.

    Was it their only pack?  (not trying to grab the rest, just genuinely curious)

    It’s insane that I could only find buzzwords like “rarity gold, 5 mast rare, extreme limited” when searching for Pirates stuff. There were no islands, common crew, coins, dice, and basic ships for the average player.

    What do you mean by that?  Internet search results didn’t bring the buying opportunities you were looking for?  I have some extras with me and will have many more soon, though I think a high percentage of commons/uncommons overall.

    #13696
    Craig Owen
    Participant

    Ahoy there!

    I be Projekt355 or Craig if you prefer. I started playing this game in 2007, but stopped about the same time the game went out of print. Then, about 2 years ago my parents sold the house I grew up in.  So I went and helped them clean everything out, and found an old Revolution tin with 15 ships in it, and brought it home with me. I didn’t think about it till I found Ben’s YouTube channel, and decided to see what could be found for ot these days. Since then I’ve lurked around this sight and Ben and Xerecs’ YouTube channels learning anything I can. Recently I joined the Discord, and have had a great experience with everything and everyone there, so I decided I should sign up here too! Looking forward to more great times here!

    #13700
    Ben
    Keymaster

    @Craig: Awesome, welcome aboard!  😀

    #13701
    DBAR
    Participant

    Hello, all. I’m DBAR, But you can call me Cody. I just rediscovered this game after many years. I first bought into the game during crimson coast, but I was young then and didn’t fully grasp its mechanics. My friends and I would often play at my kitchen table after school. It’s doubtful that we played correctly, but I still have fond memories of those times.

    I recently had a discussion with my co-workers about wargaming because everyone I work with plays Warhammer, and some also play some other miniature-based wargames. I suddenly remembered that I used to play a game with miniatures that punched out of a card. No one had ever heard of it. This led me down a rabbit hole of searching for the game’s name and news of what happened to it. After some searching, I finally found the name and then saw some pictures. I was capsized by nostalgia.

    In my search, I discovered Ben’s youtube channel and, ultimately, this community. I am super excited to be here to learn about the game and get some models again!

    #13709
    Ben
    Keymaster

    I was capsized by nostalgia.

    Ha HAR that is great!  I’m so involved with it that it’s hard for me to get that feeling nowadays but I know how you felt!

    Welcome aboard and glad to have ye here!

    #13888
    Cole
    Participant

    Hello,

    My name is Cole (CapCaw) and I got into Pirates CSG back in 2009 I believe. I purchased my very own POTC pack and was shocked by how many cards were in the set. I was young at the time so my interest in the game was lost quickly with the rules, but still loved the ships. After that I didn’t find the game again until around 2018. A rush of nostalgia hit me and I immediately became hooked. I found out there were way more than just the POTC set and became very interested in playing the game as well.

     

    I would say I am about a 50/50 player to collector. I’d love it to be more like 80/20 but it’s difficult to find time and people that want to play.

    My favorite sets are the POTC set and MI.

    #13890
    Ben
    Keymaster

    My name is Cole (CapCaw) and I got into Pirates CSG back in 2009 I believe.

    Welcome aboard matey, glad to see ye aboard me ship!  😀

    #13891
    Luke Menzie
    Participant

    Hey Cole! Couple questions for you: Have you joined the Pirates CSG Discord yet? If so what’s your username? Where are you based out of? Any particular favorite crew or ship in particular?

     

    #13893
    Cole
    Participant

    Hey Luke,

    I haven’t joined the discord, but I plan on doing that soon. I need to make an account first. I am based out of the Bay Area. Go Giants! My favorite ship is either the Super Rare Black Pearl, HMS Interceptor, or the Kraken. For crew, I love Captain Nemo and POTC Davy Jones.

    Cole

    #13975
    Andrew
    Participant

    Avast, ye fellow seafarers! My username originates from Herman Melville’s opus. Starbuck is the first mate on the Pequod, and being a Commodore is awesome, so I added Commodorefor me amusement. Me beloved beagle is also named Starbuck, so here is another place to immortalize me furry friend.

    I started playing Pirates many years ago, when I was still a wet behind the ears landlubber. Unfortunately due to life trials, my collection was stolen and lost, and I forgot about the game as life went on.

    Very recently, I was going through boxes of me old possessions, and a little plastic square fell out, that had a Jolly Roger on the back. I picked it up and turned it over, and it was none other than the face of Calico Cat! And it was then that a flood of memories came back to me. I remembered many hours of carefree laughter and triumph, sharing and trading, and the excitement of finding rare and new ships to command into battle.

    I told me wife excitedly about the game, and how I would love dearly to play it again. She saw the twinkle in me salty old eye, and encouraged me to find the game again, so we could play it together.

    Unfortunately I searched the seas of the digital superhighway, and was crestfallen to learn that WizKids went down into the Drink, and are in the firm clutches of none other than Davy Jones himself.

    Further searching revealed the YouTube channel of Admiral Ben, a brave seadog, fighting to keep the memory alive. I wrote the dear Admiral on Instagram, and he recommended a website where some last booster packs may be in existence.

    I ‘ve since gone to Hill’s Wholesale and ordered a couple of boxes of booster packs, and secured a few other treasures via EBAY.

    My biggest goal though, is to find a fleet of Mercenaries, especially Captain Nemo and the Nautilus. My favorite book and movie growing up, was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and I desperately want to have Nemo and the Nautilus, and other Mercenary ships to command. I last played Pirates CSG when the South China Sea set came out. I never have opened a single Mysterious Islands pack (or any other pack after China Sea), as I was adrift in life, trying to hold fast and keep me head above the waves. I have since found out about the submarines and the beloved Nautilus and Nemo, and very much wish to find these for my enjoyment.

    If anyone could possibly help me achieve this dream, I’d be forever in ye debt.

    I am very excited to be able to play this game, and will likely spend most of this winter by my woodstove, playing Pirates with a glass of Havana rum in one hand, and a cigar in the other.

    Thank ye Admiral Ben, and everyone else who is keeping this excellent game alive! Cheers!

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