Information and Stats
-Check out the Informational category and the Useful tag for a lot of helpful information and stats about Pirates CSG! To find past information from Miniature Trading that is no longer available, check out this post.
Full credit goes to those who created and uploaded the documents at BoardGameGeek. (The pdf’s will open in a new tab, no need to download)
Start Here Rules
Complete Game Rules
Master Keyword List
The Pirate Code (FAQ)
If you consult those documents and still have Rules questions, try the Rules thread. (where you can also find the No Duplicates List in the second post)
Pirates CSG Master Spreadsheet (shared Google Sheet)
Pirates CSG Master Spreadsheet (.xlsx file download)
Other database resources: Tilorfire27’s online database; PSMList; jetmoto-1996‘s Full Catalog (+ PDF link)
How to Build the Ships – Complete Assembly Diagrams courtesy of thunderbros
–PDF document with official diagrams, created by Cameron Neill of the Facebook group.
Pirates on eBay history – A spreadsheet with auction prices dating back to around 2011 for many of the rarest Pirates CSG game pieces, along with pack price averages and data on complete sets and numerous other categories.
Number of sets released: 13
Number of unreleased sets: 1 (Return to Savage Shores)
- Pirates of the Spanish Main: June 2004
- Pirates of the Crimson Coast: March 2005
- Pirates of the Revolution: June 2005
- Pirates of the Barbary Coast: October 2005
- Pirates of the South China Seas: February 2006
- Pirates of Davy Jones’ Curse: May 2006
- Pirates of the Mysterious Islands: November 2006
- Pirates of the Frozen North: February 2007
- Pirates at Ocean’s Edge: April 2007
- Pirates of the Caribbean: November 2007
- Rise of the Fiends: January 2008
- Fire and Steel: April 2008
- Savage Shores: November 2008
There is also a wealth of information at the Wikipedia page.
Common Abbreviations and Acronyms
CSG: Constructible Strategy Game (term coined by Jason Mical)
MT: Miniature Trading (The most active and useful site for Pirates CSG from the game’s end in late 2008 until MT’s closure on July 1st 2019)
Sets (these sometimes have “Pot” in front of them for “Pirates of the…”; also CS: Cursed Seas)
SM: Spanish Main
CC: Crimson Coast
BC: Barbary Coast
SCS: South China Seas
DJC: Davy Jones’ Curse
MI: Mysterious Islands
FN: Frozen North
OE: Ocean’s Edge
PotC: Pirates of the Caribbean
RotF: Rise of the Fiends
F&S: Fire and Steel
SS: Savage Shores
RtSS: Return to Savage Shores
FC: Fleet Challenge
MR: Miniature Review
MRC: Miniature Review Contest
CCM: Cadet-Captain Mike
PC: The Pirate Code (also known as simply the Code)
MKL: Master Keyword List
CGR: Complete Game Rules
SHR: Start Here Rules
HI: Home Island
WI: Wild Island
MI: Mysterious Island
UT: Unique Treasure
CG: Campaign Game/Cumulative Game
BR: Battle Report
Abilities (these are unofficial)
EA: Extra Action (Once per turn, roll a d6. On a 5-6, this ship may be given an extra action.)
SAT: Same Action Twice (same as Born Leader) (Once per turn before you give this ship an action, roll a d6. On a 5 or 6, this ship may be given the same action twice.)
SAC/Sac: Sacrifice Action (Once per turn, you can eliminate one of this ship’s crew to give her an extra action.)
AA: Admiral’s Action (Once at the beginning of each of your turns, roll a d6. On a result of 6, any ship in your fleet may be given two actions that turn.)
Reroll: Once per turn, you can reroll any die roll you make for this ship; you must use the second die roll result.
WH: World Hater (This ship gets +1 to her cannon rolls against any [non-faction] ship.)
Canceller: Once per turn, one crew or ship within S of this ship cannot use its ability this turn.
HI raider: home island raider (This ship may dock at an enemy home island and load one treasure. If able, she must leave on your next turn.)
BA: Broadsides Attack
More Ability Abbreviations (these are unofficial)
-Some of these are more commonly used than others.
Reverse Captain: After this ship resolves a shoot action, she may move as a free action.
S-Board: As part of a move action, this ship can initiate a boarding party against a ship up to S away from her, without having to ram. The boarded ship can’t use any boarding bonuses.
Crew Killing: Once per turn when this ship hits an enemy ship, also eliminate one crew from that ship.
Cargo Wrecking: When this ship hits an enemy ship, you may also eliminate one cargo from that ship.
Massacre: If this ship succeeds at a boarding party, she can eliminate all of the other ship’s crew.
Sniping: You may double the range of this ship’s cannons each turn, but you must roll a 6 to hit.
Crew Protect: This ship’s crew cannot be eliminated unless she sinks.
Doctor: When another face up crew on this ship would be eliminated, turn it face down instead.
Island treasure trading: After looking at treasure on a wild island, you may trade any one treasure from that island for a random treasure on any other wild island. This ship must load the traded treasure.
Ship treasure trading: Once per turn, if this ship carries treasure and is within S of an enemy ship, you may randomly trade one treasure with that ship.
Possession: If an enemy ship is within S of this ship, you can use this ship’s action for the turn to try to possess a target crew on that ship. Roll a d6; on a result of 6, the target is immediately assigned to this ship. Its nationality changes to match the nationality of this ship.
S-Explorer: Once per turn, if this ship is within S of an island, you can mark the island as explored without docking at it. The island becomes unexplored in regards to all other players.
Gold Capture: If this ship wins a boarding party, she may capture the crew with the highest point cost instead of eliminating it. A captured crew becomes cargo worth its point cost in gold when unloaded at your home island.
Fog Hopper: If this ship ends her turn in a fog bank, on her next turn she may use her move action to move out of any other fog bank in play.
UT Hoard: Once per turn, if this ship is touching another ship, reveal all face-down treasure aboard the other ship. This ship can take as much unique treasure from the other ship as she can carry.
HI Hoard: This ship may dock at an enemy home island and take as much treasure as she can carry. If able, she must leave on your next turn.
Pokéship: A non-historical ship type that resembles a Pokémon. (Examples)
EE: Economy Edition
CotE: Century of the Empires
WMG: World Map Game
CG#: VASSAL Campaign Game 1, 2, 3, etc.
Total number of ships released: 1,022 (according to CCM’s fansite)
Total number of crew released: 767
Stats from playing
Summaries and links to the battle reports of all of these huge games can be found on this page.
Most of the following fleets can be found in my Fleets section or in this Google Drive folder.
Ben’s Personal Stats
Here are my stats from Miniature Trading, which closed down on July 1st 2019.
Feel free to comment below your thoughts on how I could improve the Information and Stats page!
Ben, this is so thoroughly well put together and informative. I appreciate the abbreviation section the most because I’m just now getting into this and still not sure what most of those words mean. Your podcast and youtube also are my favorite 🙂 Please keep uploading awesome content. We really look forward to it.
@Mutsumi: Thank you so much! Glad you’re enjoying the site. If you want to dive deep into nearly-endless Pirates CSG content, you can check out the various categories.
Thank you Ben this Great info on this RTS Pirate game
@Kris: Thanks! What do you mean by RTS?
Have to admire your dedicated to Pirates after all these years. Recently remember the game and looked into getting back into it, and for all intents and purposes you seem to be the historian and custodian of the Pirates legacy.
You’ve done some amazing work here, thank you for all you do.
Thank you for the kinds words, I massively appreciate it! Glad you’re getting back into it!
Had no idea I was sitting on thousands of dollars worth of cards, thank you!
For sure! You can also check out price history from Gladius for a more current look at things, as prices have continued to rise!