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)
Reference Diagrams
Pirates CSG Master Spreadsheet (shared Google Sheet)
Pirates CSG Master Spreadsheet (.xlsx file download)

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 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)

Release schedule

  1. Pirates of the Spanish Main: June 2004
  2. Pirates of the Crimson Coast: March 2005
  3. Pirates of the Revolution: June 2005
  4. Pirates of the Barbary Coast: October 2005
  5. Pirates of the South China Seas: February 2006
  6. Pirates of Davy Jones’ Curse: May 2006
  7. Pirates of the Mysterious Islands: November 2006
  8. Pirates of the Frozen North: February 2007
  9. Pirates at Ocean’s Edge: April 2007
  10. Pirates of the Caribbean: November 2007
  11. Rise of the Fiends: January 2008
  12. Fire and Steel: April 2008
  13. 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)
BGG: BoardGameGeek

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

EA: Extra Action
SAT: Same Action Twice (same as Born Leader)
SAC: Sacrifice Action
AA: Admiral’s Action
WH: World Hater
Canceller: “Once per turn, one crew or ship within S of this ship cannot use its ability this turn.”
HI raider: home island raider
BA: Broadsides Attack

Pokéship: A non-historical ship type that resembles a Pokémon. (Examples)

Sets (these sometimes have “Pot” in front of them for “Pirates of the…”; also CS: Cursed Seas)
SM: Spanish Main
CC: Crimson Coast
RV: Revolution
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

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

Information and Stats

Game pieces per set, with some discrepancies.

Stats from playing

Summaries and links to the battle reports of all of these huge games can be found on this page.

Results of all the huge games Xerecs and I have played over the years.

Results of the huge games Xerecs and I have played over the years.

Most of the following fleets can be found in my Fleets section or in this Google Drive folder.

The best fleets of all time as of 12/31/2017.

The best fleets of all time as of 12/31/2017.


Ben’s Personal Stats

Here are my stats from Miniature Trading, which closed down on July 1st 2019.

My Single Year Plays Record

My numbers updated through the end of 2018


Information and Stats

Posts at Miniature Trading by month as of May 2018.


Information and Stats

Merit points at Miniature Trading by month as of May 2018.


Plays by month over my Pirates career.

Plays by month over my Pirates career. Click to see some Battle Reports!


Feel free to comment below your thoughts on how I could improve the Information and Stats page!


  1. 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.


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