Why did they change the explorer artwork to the musketeer artwork?

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  • #5559

    Ben
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    Maybe it was a convenience thing?  I like how the original explorers from Spanish Main looked.  Then they started making them look like musketeers, which just makes searching for generic crew more difficult.  Also funky how some helmsmen look like cannoneers or some other generic crew type.

    It’s somewhat trivial, but I also like how my Spanish Main generic crew have their titles in all caps.  It makes them easier to see and read.

    #5571

    Woelf
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    I don’t think that change was intentional, it was just something that got messed up along the line and wasn’t fixed properly.

    It was nice how most of the minor nation got unique artwork for their generic crew, and then it was especially neat in the later sets how the rest of the nations got their own artwork, even though it did make sorting quickly a little more difficult. The best were the ones that still kinda looked like the originals while still being nation-specific.

    #5578

    Ben
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    I wish they kept the generic crew art exactly the same for all factions and sets, except perhaps the minor factions and Cursed.  I don’t think it was worth it to go to faction-specific in the later sets, as I have far more generic crew from the earlier sets (that were better and therefore more likely to be purchased anyway).

    Identical crew also make it easier to justify using generic crew on ships of any nationality, which is a very good house rule for newer players and/or those with small collections.

    No surprises from me I suppose; I still have some nostalgia for the original artwork and EXPLORER in the Windlass font.  🙂   Whenever I make fleets I almost always try to use the oldest generic crew possible, especially using all-caps SM crew on ships from the early days of SM/CC/RV.  04-05 was the golden age for releases; I’m so glad I got into the game early enough to see it briefly.

    #5804

    Ed
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    Yeah that musketeers is a man of many hats, I have a few oarsman explorers lol

    #6235

    jetmoto-1996
    Participant

    I have a firepot specialist picture for a helmsman.  not sure if it was a mis print of if the whole set was that way.  But it was a DJC Helmsman with a firepot picture (nationality france).

    Link to a pic here

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    #6238

    Ben
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    I have a firepot specialist picture for a helmsman.  not sure if it was a mis print of if the whole set was that way.  But it was a DJC Helmsman with a firepot picture (nationality france).

    I have a bunch like that too, so it wasn’t a misprint.  They definitely messed up the generic crew artwork.

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