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  • #13980
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Unfortunately due to life trials, my collection was stolen and lost, and I forgot about the game as life went on.

    Someone out there doing some real pirating!  O_O

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

    What a great way to put it!  XD

    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.

    That sounds awesome, what area are you located in?

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

    Huzzah and thank you for coming aboard!

    #13984
    Andrew
    Participant

    Hey Ben, I live up in Ontario in Canada. We’re about an hour and a half (give or take) North East of Ottawa.

    My wife and I both work for the Canadian Coast Guard (out of Ottawa), so we have a solid appreciation for everything nautical. I particularly have a near fetish for everything nautical, resulting in a number of my tattoos, jewelry, and home décor being very “piratey”. Most of my favorite movies are all pirate themed or nautical in one way or another too. Some of these titles include “the Fog” (John Carpenter one of course), “Master and Commander”, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (hence my motivation to get Nemo and the Nautilus, and a few other mercs for my gaming activity), and “Treasure Island”, to name a few. Oh and obviously the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are great fun too.

    When we’re at the family cottage, we can be seen flying a Jolly Roger from the back of the Pontoon boat when we’re going around on the lake. You can see some pictures of this on my Instagram (and my banner photo here, of course).

    Anyways, thanks for having me aboard. Yarr!

    #13987
    Chester
    Participant

    Greeting, Just found and organized my collection and found that I still had many unpunched ships that are now needing a new home. My punched fleet is complete enough that I’m looking to pass along the unpunched.

    #13999
    BenSten
    Participant

    Hi everyone! I’ve recently gotten back into Pirates CSG and have a pretty decent sized collection. I’m trying to get some of my friends to learn how to play it too :). I’ll probably be lurking in the forums and asking a few questions here and there!

    #14002
    Xerecs
    Moderator

    Welcome to the crew! While you lurk, consider joining the facebook groups and check out the discord server!

    #14003
    Ben
    Keymaster

    I particularly have a near fetish for everything nautical, resulting in a number of my tattoos, jewelry, and home décor being very “piratey”.


    @commodore-starbuck
    : Nice, makes sense that this game is perfect for you then!

    When we’re at the family cottage, we can be seen flying a Jolly Roger from the back of the Pontoon boat when we’re going around on the lake.

    Neat, I grew up with some summers at Skaneateles Lake in New York but didn’t see enough of those flags!  (though I must have seen some at Alexandria Bay).


    @alanere
    : Welcome aboard matey!


    @stonetwig
    : Glad to have ye aboard the ship!

    #14112
    Shamsy
    Participant

    Hello everyone!

    I started playing Pirates back when Spanish Main first came out at my local games club (since defunct). We had a fair few of us playing, as the game appeals to the collectors, the strategists and the table top players (we were a pretty dominant group). I think the fact that the game requires little ‘effort’ or cost to enter compared to other wargaming (typically miniature cleaning, assembly and painting) also added the appeal.

     

    Sadly I stopped playing around the Revolution series (I can’t find any later sets). I can’t really remember why we stopped, perhaps that was when the club finished.

    However, the good news is I now regularly host games nights with some friends and I rediscovered my collection, safely tucked away in a few boxes. I immediately remembered the old love, the simplicity of the game, the ease of access and now I’m determined to get back into it. I played an intro game recently which went down pretty well. Now I need to work on the next four potential recruits!

    After looking up the rules (which I’d forgotten), I of course found this excellent site and thought I’d sign up to make the occasional post.

    I don’t know the sets past Revolution, but I saw there was a ten mast ship! Wild! I’ve already been looking through eBay and picked up some packs from Caribbean. Looked pretty novel and I enjoyed the movies.

    I do have a couple of questions, one I posted on the site but may as well pop here:

    What size and shape ‘ocean’ mat is ideal for games?

    Anyway, before I write an essay, hello, pleased to be here and so happy to see such support and enthusiasm for a great game even years after official support ceased.

    #14113
    Xerecs
    Moderator

    Ahoy there, welcome aboard!

    What size and shape ‘ocean’ mat is ideal for games?

    About a 3 by 3 foot space is ideal for a 40 point game. However as you increase the point limit you might also want to increase the play area. 3 by 3 might too small for a 100 to 150 point game. Number of players also factors in. 3 by 3 is ideal for 2 players, but above that you might also need to increase the play area.

    the ease of access and now I’m determined to get back into it.

    …..oh boy. Prices for ships and crew have risen dramatically in the last year and a half, and sealed packs of the game are getting harder to find and more expensive. If you’re looking for sealed packs I’d recommend Hill’s Wholesale gaming. They have packs a plenty, but are more ideal for buying in bulk and not individual packs.

    #14114
    Shamsy
    Participant

    Thank you for the reply, Xerecs! I’m hoping to eventually get to five player games, so a 3×3 might not be enough then. I have a patterned blue material sheet at this point, so it’s quite a cheap upgrade, though I’d love to eventually have a mouse-pad style set-up.

    I saw that the 36 pack sets were expensive, what a shame that I didn’t jump on this last year if they were less then! One big issue is that I’m in Australia, so postage from the US and taxes also add to the cost! However, slow and steady will do it. I have plenty of ships for a decent game as it is, so I’ll just grab a few extra when finances allow. I found the list of retailers Ben provided, so I’ll check out Hills as an alternative to eBay. I couldn’t find any retailers in Australia that still stocked Pirates.

    #14115
    Ben
    Keymaster

    @Shamsy: Welcome aboard!  I love your story and it’s always great to hear about people coming back to the game.

    However, the good news is I now regularly host games nights with some friends and I rediscovered my collection, safely tucked away in a few boxes. I immediately remembered the old love, the simplicity of the game, the ease of access and now I’m determined to get back into it. I played an intro game recently which went down pretty well. Now I need to work on the next four potential recruits!

    Excellent!  The more the merrier!  😀

    Looks like Xerecs gave you good guidance on the play area size.  I can’t recall hearing or seeing any Australia based Pirates sellers, whether a physical store or even an online one.

    #14116
    Shamsy
    Participant

    The company that I bought mine through is called Mind Games. The particular store I went to closed many years ago, but they stocked them for some time on the counter. I’m not aware of any other stores that had them, but then again I never really looked elsewhere until just recently.

    #14160
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Ahoy!  Today is a Pirates CSG Stop Lurking Day!  If you haven’t posted yet, today’s the day to introduce yourself!  And feel free to include the details of your last Pirates CSG purchase!  😀

    #14336
    Wesley
    Participant

    Hello! An obsessively Spanish player here, new to the site, not to the game. I’ve been playing since the cards were faded and there were only three factions. Apart from a couple ships I have a complete Spanish collection, but literally nothing else. Now that I have kids, I thought I’d branch out and start collecting some other nationalities for them to play, which is how I found this wonderful website.

    #14337
    Shamsy
    Participant

    Welcome! I too have just returned to the game after many years away and also started with the original Spanish Main! Spanish are actually the ships I am missing most though from that set!

    You can still get cards from a few places. Hills Wholesale Gaming just sent me a large order and I have a huge surplus now. Spanish Main, Revolution and Oceans Edge are all available and nice sets. OE brings in a bit of fantasy and new terrain which I think will make the game even more fun!

    #14406
    Ben
    Keymaster

    @hepitude: Welcome aboard matey!  Do your kids have any favorite factions yet?

    #14652
    CrazyIvan
    Participant

    Hi there, I’m a pirates player from the UK. I’d been playing Warhammer 40k over the Christmas holidays, that I tend to do as a sort of yearly tradition with my brothers. The problem I find with Warhammer is that it can be a bit unwieldy with a lot to learn and remember, and can take a while to set-up and play so I found myself thinking it’d be good if there was a simpler game with similar ideas. That’s when I remembered the Pirates CSG and after some google searches ended up finding this site!

    I think I first played the game some time around 2010 or 2011 when my older brother came across a box of the Pirates of the Caribbean set that was on clearance sale from a stationary store. He bought a couple of packs before we then decided to go back and grab as many as we could. In the end we managed to get our hands on about a box and a half at the price of 50p a pack (about $0.75 at the time). An absolute bargain we were lucky to get. Because of this we’ve basically been sat on a complete set ever since, only missing the special edition ships.

    Until looking into the game recently we literally thought the game was just a Pirates of the Caribbean game, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this wasn’t the case and there was actually much more to it. We also didn’t know that generic crew were even a thing, as these weren’t released in the Caribbean set other than a few of the movie characters as stand ins and basically nothing for the English faction. We’ve spent about 10 years thinking Maccus is the best crew in the game.

    I recently invested in a box of the Pirates of the Revolution set that seemed like the cheapest way (and maybe best way for good ships) to expand our collection and get back into the game. Didn’t quite get all the ships I wanted missing the Bonhomme Richard and Star of Siam, but got pretty much everything else. The site and all the information here has been hugely helpful in learning more about the game, so I just wanted to say thanks for all the effort you’ve put into it.

    #14655
    Ben
    Keymaster

    @CrazyIvan: Welcome aboard matey!

    I think I first played the game some time around 2010 or 2011 when my older brother came across a box of the Pirates of the Caribbean set that was on clearance sale from a stationary store. He bought a couple of packs before we then decided to go back and grab as many as we could. In the end we managed to get our hands on about a box and a half at the price of 50p a pack (about $0.75 at the time).

    Nice!  That was definitely the time to collect, as a decade+ later prices have skyrocketed.

    We’ve spent about 10 years thinking Maccus is the best crew in the game.

    Incredible.  XD   Crazy how much people’s experiences can vary!

    The site and all the information here has been hugely helpful in learning more about the game, so I just wanted to say thanks for all the effort you’ve put into it.

    Thanks for the kind words and for joining!  RV is certainly one of the best sets and a great way to get back into the game.  🙂

    #14881
    Mike
    Participant

    Ahoy Matey,

    I haven’t play in ages and just dug out my cards recently and discovered this site. Slowly converting my Jade Rebellion fleet into 3D painted ships.

    Any Long Island players out there?

    #14883
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Welcome aboard!

    Slowly converting my Jade Rebellion fleet into 3D painted ships.

    How is the painting process going?  Are you using PLA?

    #14884
    terry cabak
    Participant

    Yes I am very interested as well in 3D and have a resin printer.  Do you have STL files and if so did you make them yourself and what are the size of the ships… I guess I am saying give more details of what you’re doing and contact information.

    #14885
    Mike
    Participant

    @Ben Well, I do not have a printer, but my local library will print them up for me if I provide them a file and for a small fee. And yes, they are using PLA. I have the Virtuous Wind almost finished painted, but now I need to figure out how/where to host the images.

    @Terry Ben posted a link in one of his blogs: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4777771 They are not the cleanest files but work. No scaling needed as the creator scanned the original ship pieces to make the files.

    #15108
    iPersons
    Participant

    Hey Everyone!

    I am iPersons. Its been a while since I have last had the opportunity to engage with Pirates csg. Im glad to be see that there is an active community even after Pirates has long been out of print.

    I got into pirates around 2009 or 2010. It seemed super cool to my friends and I at the time. I remember all the fun of finding the packs, building the ships, and battling with friends.

    I would say that I am more of a collector. Although in the games I did play, I had a blast. This is such a cool game concept and you can do so much with it.

    My favorite part of Pirates is the complexity of strategy and the assembly of the ships. Opening card packs is cool already. But adding the concept of assembling your ships? Amazing. I also have always been into strategy games and this one has never let me down.

    You will probably see me a lot in the custom ships forum. I love creating ideas for new cards  and abilities. I look forward to talking to you all.

    #15137
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Its been a while since I have last had the opportunity to engage with Pirates csg. Im glad to be see that there is an active community even after Pirates has long been out of print.

    Ahoy matey, welcome aboard!  I love the strategy complexities as well, to the point where I made a post about it last year.

    #15175
    Wayland
    Participant

    Hi I am the new guy.

    Wayland is just a name I needed for an MMO and earlier that day I watched Alien. I miss spelled it and it is kind of my default now.

    Got in to the hobby when I got two packs for my birthday. Crimson Coast. Pulled Crimson Angle and Blackheart if I remember correctly.

    At this point I just horde my collection. Not many people play here and I play really large games.

    The settings and theme is the thing I like most about this game. I wll admit I like the later fictional story more than the original.

    This is the first place I found to talk Pirates.

    I occasionally make homebrew ships or try to make a video version of pirates.

    #15179
    Ben
    Keymaster

    Ahoy there Wayland, welcome aboard!

    At this point I just horde my collection. Not many people play here and I play really large games.

    Nice, sounds kinda like me!  Feel free to add yourself to the Player Locator Map if you haven’t already.

    I occasionally make homebrew ships or try to make a video version of pirates.

    Awesome!  We have threads for both if you’d like to share your creations!

    #16805
    Josh
    Participant

    Ahoy!

    I recently back got into PCSG after a 10 year hiatus. I had a small collection back from the years prior but was surprised to learn packs were still being sold over eBay. I went and bought a few (one from SM, Fiends, and two from Pirates of the Caribbean) and ended up with the HMS Endeavor. Later I went to my local trading card and gaming store and found a small community who still played and the rest is history. I’ve always been into pirates and the idea of creating and playing with miniature ships on a simulated oceanic game board with treasure, islands, and modifiers designed to make a ship better was massively appealing to me.

    I’m definitely a player more than a collector. That being said I consider myself pretty “new” to the game even though I’ve know about it for decades. Couldn’t afford to blow money on a MASSIVE collection when I was a kid and didn’t have many people to play full games with.

    Favorite thing about pirates is the strategic thinking required to play. The loads of ship modifiers through special abilities or crew you have to consider not just for yourself but for the other players as well. Not a lot of people like that in leisure activities but I love the complexity of it.

    Glad I found this website. Great to be here!

    #16810
    Ben
    Keymaster

    @Josh: Great to have you here matey!  😀

    #17369
    Mike
    Participant

    Hello, all!

    I’m Mike, a tabletop gamer from Lexington KY. Growing up, Pirates was one of the few games me and my four siblings could convince our mom to buy a pack of. We had fun, 5 player games almost once a week. Now, after several moves and gifting ships to other pirate aficionados, I only have 11 ships and a fort left. However, after playing a game on a whim on Tabletop Simulator, the lust for the seas has found me again. 2 packs of Revolution are on the way to help get my partner into the game. Looking forward to deep diving into the podcast and looking at some of these custom sets!

    PS. Ben, the resources and community you’ve cultivated here is the real treasure. My inner child owes you a life debt.

    #17371
    Ben
    Keymaster

    2 packs of Revolution are on the way to help get my partner into the game. Looking forward to deep diving into the podcast and looking at some of these custom sets!

    Awesome!  Thanks for the kind words and glad to have you aboard matey!

    #17419
    Algolmantis
    Participant

    Ahoy everyone!

    Algolmantis here and I’m glad to be back in the scene but my username is just my gamertag. I used to play Pirates way back when it first came out and to my delight it made a pretty decent splash at our FLGS. Interest in the game tapered off though as the local scene ebbed out of popularity and it never really came back in force after Barbary Coast.

    Percentage of Player vs. Collector that you would classify yourself as: At this point I suppose I count more as a collector. The Spanish were my first faction I ever opened and favorites overall. I don’t play as much as I would like, but time is limited in my life at the moment. Probably a 70:30 split currently.

    Your favorite thing about Pirates CSG (can also be your favorite ship/game piece): I love the complexity of the games you can have with a fairly rules-lite system. The models serve their purpose well and the replayability factor doesn’t hurt!

    Aliases you use at other Pirates CSG sites: There’s not another site I’ve joined like this. You guys are the only site I’ve found worth joining.

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