Shutting it Down with American Guns

Shutting it Down with American Guns

USS Hudson in CTO chaos

USS Hudson in CTO chaos

Originally published to Miniature Trading on November 30th, 2018

65 Points

This is my entry into brettb45’s Crew Targeting Fleet Challenge.

Given how difficult it is to make a very small fleet (just 40 points) that can effectively and efficiently shut down enemy crew, it was hard NOT to look at the best options for a faction right from the start. I considered a Spanish killing fleet, but decided against it because it would be rather fragile and I’ve already used the combo I was thinking about. Capturing is fun but the low build total would likely limit that strategy to one ship, or two lackluster ones. I like Switchblades for this sort of idea, but then I’d only have one ship. (and some of my favorite Switchblade combos are more than 40 points)

My thoughts shifted to the Americans and the amazing USS Kettering. With built-in cancelling and plenty of firepower, she would be good right from the get-go. Add in some flair, and a very capable gunship emerges. Perry allows me to exceed the regular build limit with generic crew for the second ship, while Mays links (all American ships) to give the ship 4 cargo spaces, allowing himself to come aboard. A helmsman would be nice, but I really wanted another crew targeting ability, hence the Stinkpot Shot. Mays’ SAT gives the fleet the element of explosive attack power and additional speed, not to mention the nice Crew Protect ability. I didn’t really want to use that ability in this challenge since it’s kinda gamey and a fun-ruiner, but my original build came to only 38 points before adding Perry, so between Mays linking and his awesome SAT ability, there weren’t many other options (since most of the other high priced American crew don’t link to all of their ships, and I had already maxed out both cargo holds). All told, the Kettering will move up to S+L+S+L with 12 3L shots, one of which could shut down an entire ship’s complement of crew if it hits, with guaranteed cancelling even if the stinkpot shot backfires.

The second ship was relatively easy after I did a search for American ships that move S+L. USS Hudson has long been a favorite of mine and other players, for good reasons. She is not all that different from the Kettering – rank-3 cannons, S+L speed, and great bang for your buck. The handy crew killing ability built into the Hudson was the clincher. She’s got the standard captain and helmsman to make her rather quick, and of course some stinky stuff to blast enemies with as well. Her ideal first attack would be using her speed to get the first strike, and then using stinkpot shot right away to disable the enemy ship’s crew AND kill one of them with a single shot.

Edit (12/10/2018 ): Added the Frontier with 3 points of crew with the increased build total and announcement of gold in play. Easy option for 20 extra points of great gold running – S+S+S speed on a hoist with 7 cargo open.

Either ship’s first strike could be so devastating that an enemy could have a difficult time recovering. Overall I think the speed, crew protect/cancelling, and firepower (essentially 10 cannons total) could make up for any 1 rolls on stinkpot shots.

USS Kettering Captain Montana Mays Commodore Matthew Perry , captain, Stinkpot Shot 
USS Hudson + captain, helmsman, Stinkpot Shot 

Thank you for checking out my fleet. Feel free to comment below and vote on a scale of 1-5.

Section: Ship #1 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofR 132 Crew C
1 x Captain Montana Mays PatOE 096 Crew R
1 x Commodore Matthew Perry PofSCS 096 Crew R
1 x Stinkpot Shot F&S 108 Equipment U
1 x USS Kettering PofFN 200 Ship LE
Section: Ship #2 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofR 132 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofR 133 Crew C
1 x Stinkpot Shot F&S 108 Equipment U
1 x USS Hudson PofSCS 088 Ship U
Section: Ship #3 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Frontier SS 005 Ship R
1 x Helmsman PofR 133 Crew C
1 x Oarsman PofR 138 Crew C

 

American guns shutting it down

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Rare Frenchmen – BIG and small

Rare Frenchmen – BIG and smallLe Superbe sailing

Originally published to Miniature Trading on August 22nd, 2018

40 Points

This is my entry for brettb45’s Rare Fleet Challenge.

Checking out the rarities of all-valuable helmsmen crew, I saw both Hammersmith and “Bootstrap Bill” Turner in the Pirate corner. Thus, I assumed nearly everyone would just use the Pirates after a glut of Spanish entries in my Uncommon Fleet Challenge. I thought about going Pirate but decided against such an easy path.

English are my favorite faction and they have Thomas Gunn , so let me NOT use them. I did consider minor factions very briefly, but I didn’t want to do a typical overdone Grand Path/Grand Temple setup just to stay competitive.

Well, the French have a ton of great rare ships and crew, and plenty of players on MT hate them, so let’s give the French the love they deserve in this game. Such a fantastic faction to play.

It was pretty typical for the largest and smallest ships to be Rare in Pirates CSG, so it comes as no surprise that we see a 5 master and two 1 masters in the fleet.

Le Superbe is the big bad gunship, fitting a whopping 5 abilities (Captain, S-Board, SAT, Reroll, +1 against English) into just two cargo spaces from her crew complement. With a base move under S+L, I knew it was imperative to get some extra actions with regularity, hence the SAT with reroll combo feeling almost required. Originally I had Jordan Dumas paired with St. Croix, but then realized that I should have a “free” reroller instead and therefore switching Dumas with Surcouf. I’m not a big fan of S-Board, but in my mind I’m almost getting it for 1 point here (instead of 4) considering the original setup paid the full 3 for reroll. Besides, Dumas and the trio of Captain/S-Boarders are the only Rare French named captains. If for some reason there was a Pirate Letter of Marque, I would have used that due to the nature of this challenge, but in this case the English one makes a lot of sense too – Thomas Gunn is somewhat likely to appear, and it fits perfectly with the classic Anglo-French bias presented by history and St. Croix’s secondary ability. The Superbe does have 2 cargo spaces left in case she wants to raid an enemy ship, or pick up predetermined (already seen) “safe” coins from an island I’ve previously explored.

Here is a cropped “action shot” of Le Superbe sailing the Sea of Karkuda in Command the Oceans during 2017.

Sure the Bon Marin is overplayed, but I felt it was justified knowing the challenge and members involved. One of the best gold runners in the game, completely awesome even with no crew.

Le Pique was the final ship “added” (see below), to make the fleet even more competitive and add a second great gold runner. Her and the Bon Marin will simply get as much gold as possible.

The UT’s are nasty but useful since both gold runners are running without crew. Second copy of Natives is one from RtSS:

Tiki of the Volcano
Eliminate all but one crew from this ship. If there is a Tribal Chieftain on this ship, you must eliminate only one crew from this ship.

Originally I had La Delacroix as the 5 master, but was able to cut a point and increase cargo by switching to the Superbe. I love the Delacroix and switching back wouldn’t hurt the fleet too much.

I also had the Jeux instead of the Pique, but realized I probably wouldn’t win if the fleet wasn’t optimized for competitiveness. Oh well I guess. I wanted to use the Ébat from Return to Savage Shores at one point, but that would cost me both the Bon Marin and Pique/Jeux (though I could have used Ebat with Le Coeur du Lion , I am slightly more sick of the Coeur than the Bon Marin haha). Basically just a more expensive version of the Jeux, which I couldn’t afford in this case.

Thanks for checking this out! Comment and vote!

Section: Ship #1 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Capitaine Gaston de St. Croix PofCC 085 Crew R
1 x English Letter of Marque F&S 101 Equipment R
1 x Le Superbe PofR 047 Ship R
1 x Madame LaFontaine PofR 060 Crew R
1 x Robert Surcouf PofBC 081 Crew R
Section: Ship #2 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Le Bon Marin PofR 059 Ship R
Section: Ship #3 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Le Pique PofR 058 Ship R
Section: Unique Treasures (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Missionary PofR 109 Unique Treasure R
1 x Natives PofR 106 Unique Treasure R
1 x Natives PofRU UL106 Unique Treasure R
1 x Scurvy PofCC 092 Unique Treasure R

 

Rare Frenchmen - BIG and small

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Barbary Bite

Barbary BiteBarbary Corsairs 2014 Fleet Review

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 13th, 2018

40 Points

I know the Corsairs are often better at just running gold with their plethora of cheap and great cargo ships, but sometimes it’s fun to surprise your opponents. In which case, you’d have to NOT use the Tiger’s Eye , which has become one of the most overused ships in the entire game.

Here we’ve got a “Barbary Bite” fleet where all three ships have captains, and all three are ready for hybrid use. They will probably scatter to get gold, with each ship capable of defending itself or going out of their way to raid enemy gold runners for extra loot. (using the Galley keyword to not be pinned in the process, and maybe even using it to turn into an opponent’s ship)

Simple and straightforward, it’s not going to be the best Corsair fleet at 40 points, but it’s flexible with high cargo and accurate guns.

Section: Ship #1 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofBC 116 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofBC 118 Crew C
1 x Meshud PofBC 013 Ship C
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofBC 116 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofBC 118 Crew C
1 x Queen of Sheba PofBC 027 Ship C
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofBC 116 Crew C
1 x Sahara PofBC 028 Ship C

 

Barbary Bite fleet

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Sniping Pirates of America

Sniping Pirates of America

USS Atlanta in action Pirates CSG

The Atlanta in action on July 3rd, 2016.

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 13th, 2018

55 Points

Though not particularly similar to my successful American Pirates fleet, I thought of another idea where I could combine the two factions. I do like this faction combination, since it seems somewhat appropriate given the state of the US back in the Age of Sail.

Designed for 50 point games with gold, the fleet is not incredible but it has some serious gunnery potential.

The Atlanta is the flagship and the only American ship, with cannons essentially firing at 2L or 4L+L with Brent Rice assisting belowdecks. Perry helps the fleet stay a little more competitive.

The Selkie is one of my favorite Pirate ships and one I still think is underrated. With Isandro Ramirez piloting her, the firepower is impressive at 2L-1L-2L/4L+L. Equipped to be a hybrid, the Selkie has two cargo spaces open and will likely escort at least one of the treasure runners and possibly pick up some scraps herself. Or, she could team up with the Atlanta to provide a barrage of 8 L+L shots hitting 1/3 of the time.

It would be nice to have a captain on the Fancy, but she’s got the Widowmaker flotilla for deterrence. It’s not a combo that’s likely to hold up for long or hit very often, but 5 total cannons shooting at doubled ranges with S+L speed and 2 cargo for 11 points isn’t bad. She may need to be bailed out by one of the proper gunships in order to get home safely.

The Carrion Crow fills out the points and adds another ship that will try to get gold. Being slow and lacking great cargo, the Crow will just try to empty the nearest island. Her 2S armament could come in handy, though the other ships will be relied upon for the heavy lifting.

The UT’s are designed to maximize the gimmick of extended ranges. For example, an opponent finding Monkey’s Paw would mean I could hit at L+L without even having to roll a 5/6! Targeting Scope is like the same thing but in reverse. Ammunition could turn Exploding Shot into a naval mortar/bombard, though cargo/point space is an issue on both of the main ships.

Power Cannons is where things can get really crazy:

quote from The Pirate Code:
Power Cannons
-This ability changes the ship’s printed cannon ranges to 2L.
–Abilities that double the range of a ship’s cannons may double this range to 4L.

Also consider proxying Eye of Maru to get even longer range.

At 50 points, there are three ships capable of getting some gold, a plethora of extra-range guns, and high accuracy at L range from the main ships. This isn’t meant to be very competitive, but it should be fun while still remaining reasonably capable.

Thanks for reading; comment and vote!

Section: Ship #1 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Brent Rice PofBC 098 Crew C
1 x Captain RotF 074 Crew U
1 x Commodore Matthew Perry PofSCS 096 Crew R
1 x Helmsman RotF 080 Crew C
1 x USS Atlanta PofFN 076 Ship R
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Helmsman RotF 076 Crew U
1 x Isandro Ramirez SS 029B Crew C
1 x Selkie PofDJC 038 Ship C
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Fancy PofCC 019 Ship R
1 x Widowmaker F&S 017 Ship R
Section: Ship #4 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Carrion Crow PofSMU 021 Ship C
Section: Unique Treasures (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Ammunition F&S 099 Unique Treasure R
1 x Monkey’s Paw PofDJC 101 Unique Treasure R
1 x Power Cannons PofMI 105 Unique Treasure R
1 x Runes of Thor PofFN 095 Unique Treasure R
1 x Targeting Scope PofMI 108 Unique Treasure R
Section: Forts (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Dead Man’s Point PofCC 031 Fort C
1 x The Devil’s Maw PofR 022 Fort C
1 x Thompson’s Island PofR 101 Fort C

 

Sniping Pirates of America

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All Spanish on a Spanish Main

All Spanish on a Spanish MainCapitan Alarico Castro

Originally published to Miniature Trading on May 18th, 2018

40 Points

Basic SM-only and Spanish-only fleet made for a youtube tutorial video.

Aguila is the flagship and main hybrid. Corazon is not really a “hybrid” but will try to get a coin somewhere with her open cargo space. She can also escort the Picador, which is the main gold runner.

I know this is not an optimal fleet even given the restrictions, but after 400+ games how can I not be sick of joya joya joya.  All the ships have space for gold, and all have rowing potential. Mostly just made as a demo for the video.

Edit: Now I’ve tested the fleet out!

A game was played between myself and Megabyteknight! You can hear this awesome mix that I just found.

Megabyteknight went first with a mix of factions:
Raven’s Neck + captain, helmsman
HMS Victor + helmsman
Peacock + explorer

I used my new fleet “All Spanish on a Spanish Main”, which exists because of a youtube fleet making tutorial I made.

He set up a tightly packed arrangement of islands, with 3 coins per wild island.
All Spanish on a Spanish Main

The action got started on the first turn, with the Corazon del Mar knocking a mast off the Victor!
All Spanish on a Spanish Main

The battle only intensified, with the Raven’s Neck and Aguila trading blows. Inable to perform at his best (I didn’t get the SAT roll XD), Capitan Castro piloted the Aguila the short trip home, knocking a mast off the Raven’s Neck on the way to safety. The Corazon and Victor traded hits before the Corazon moved in for the decisive blow by getting broadside and hitting 2/3!

With the Raven’s Neck gathering gold at an island and the Victor with only 1 mast standing, the Spanish decided it was time to strike with maximum force! The Corazon del Mar sailed over to the Raven’s Neck and improbably hit 3/3 to dismast the ship! This was a devastating blow to their cause, but it only got worse. With no need to capture the Raven’s Neck right away or finish her off, L’Aguila sailed over to the Victor and promptly sunk her! This was a weird and unlikely case where the fleet with the advantage was able to switch targets in a 2v2 setting.
All Spanish on a Spanish Main

With the Raven’s Neck captured and brought back to Spanish waters, and the Peacock the only ship opposing the Spaniards, the game was all but over. Some coins were unloaded, and the Spanish had won a 10-5 victory!

Not bad! I even forgot Castro’s SAT roll on every turn but one, so this fleet has some potential.

 

Section: Ship #1 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Capitan Alarico Castro PofSMU 085 Crew R
1 x Captain PofSMU 106 Crew U
1 x Helmsman PofSMU 111 Crew U
1 x L’Aguila PofSMU 075 Ship U
1 x Oarsman PofSMU 117 Crew C
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofSMU 106 Crew U
1 x El Corazon del Mar PofSMU 082 Ship C
1 x Helmsman PofSMU 111 Crew U
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x El Picador PofSMU 083 Ship C
1 x Oarsman PofSMU 117 Crew C

 

All Spanish on a Spanish Main

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2018 State of the Pirates community address

Originally posted to Miniature Trading on January 22nd, 2018

Inspired by the annual “State of the Union” address, as the arguable leader of the current Pirates CSG community, I hope to make this an annual tradition.

2017 was a solid year for myself and my fellow pirates. The game at large continues to see fresh players. Many new members introduced themselves at Miniature Trading, the hub of all Piratical content on the web. The subreddit has swelled to 169 readers as of this writing. The Facebook group has 86 members, with new people joining each month.

The community continues to innovate and new things are being introduced even as we approach the 10 year anniversary of the shutdown of Wizkids. Two YouTube channels have sprung up. A podcast is thriving with 15 episodes so far and more on the way.

As far as play goes, 2017 was no subpar year. Things started off with the 2017 Campaign, and continued with the CoEC 2017 game. Then we set an incredible record with SIX different players in the same campaign game, VASSAL Campaign Game 3: Economy Edition. Not long afterwards, the unprecedented Command the Oceans game obliterated the previous record for the largest game in Pirates CSG history. In a fitting end, the year culminated in crowning a new champion at the end of Tournament #2.

Various events have taken place across the lands. An event at Pax Unplugged reinvigorated the interest of at least one former player, and possibly ignited a spark in the minds of various others. An upcoming event at Con of the North may yield similarly exciting results. There have been reports of various players teaching other players how to play.

On the more “futuristic” front, we had a series of impressive developments. No less than 4 surveys have been created, which will help the podcast and video creators going forward, as well as providing important information for a potential long-term relaunch of the game. Getting in touch with some of the corporate employees was a wild ride, and even one of the game designers himself responded! Pirates fans have much to look forward to in 2018, whether it be the possible conclusion of CG3, many more podcasts, more videos, Ocean Terrain Contest #3, and some potential unannounced plans by two of the greatest to ever play the game….

As the game enters its 10th year of being out of print, I urge you not to despair. The general bull market is always nice, and the active gaming community shows that our niche has staying power for the long haul. Beyond that, it’s even possible that the rights to the game will expire in the intermediate-term future.

It’s a Pirates’ Life for me, and I hope it is for you too!  Let me know if you want me to continue this State of the Community address each year in the comments below.

I’m sure I’m forgetting something… must have been the rum. state of the community

All Pirates CSG Surveys – please take!

Pirates CSG Survey (kinda long)

Pirates CSG video survey (short)

Podcast survey (shortest)

The last two require more knowledge of the game, so they’re best taken once you have a decent amount of experience playing.

Rules Survey (longest)

Ability Costs Survey (kinda long but all multiple choice)

Also, feel free to post below any comments or concerns you have. I’m open to adding more questions. I could also add surveys other people run regarding Pirates CSG.  Pirates CSG Surveys

Thanks everyone!

Pirates: 2018 Year in Review

Pirates: 2018 Year in Review

Hi everyone! This is a thread where you can share what Pirates stuff happened over the past year. It can be just about anything, from accomplishments to purchases to cool ideas. If this seems too vague, you can look at mine for an example. There’s also the option of stating your Pirates Goals for 2019.

It will be nice to look back upon the entire year and find joy and amazement in how much we’re capable of. List (possibly with links and/or a short description) everything you accomplished in 2018 in regards to Pirates that you thought was a good thing that happened. Everyone could make their own post and contribute their own things that they did or are currently doing. When I think about this past week for example, I don’t really think much of it, but when I consider everything I’ve personally done in the entire year, I feel amazed at myself! 2018 Year in Review I think others could share that feeling as well if they look back at everything. Also, little things count too, so it doesn’t have to be all about one particular event or anything. Once everyone has posted, we can talk about what we accomplished as a whole forum.

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Pirates Goals for 2018

-At least 8 new players taught: Pathetic, ZERO players taught.  🙁  Darn.
-VASSAL module (get more players on the module, hopefully edit for more ship types, execute on plans with Xerecs): Somewhat successful, The Caribbean Game has begun but no consistency has been established.
-Finish VASSAL Tournament #2: Done!
-Make a bunch of videos for youtube: DONE!  I technically have produced/uploaded 231 videos to youtube in 2018!  O_O
-Make great podcast episodes and have more guests: The podcast doesn’t seem to have a growing audience from the numbers I see on ShoutEngine, but we did have some great episodes including the reveals of Unreleased game pieces.
-Finish stuff for Ocean Terrain Contest #3: I didn’t really do this, but it was because more important priorities got in the way.
-10 year anniversary games (RotF, F&S, SS): These were played, and eventually the Battle Reports for the first two will be restored/redone.
-Try to play at least one game in every month of the year: Another total failure, as I missed four months in a row from July through October.  I also finished with just 11 total plays (not counting The Hourly Campaign and the Caribbean game, which are ongoing), my lowest ever total for a single year by a wide margin since I started playing in 2011.

General accomplishments:
-Made a lot of progress in salvaging Miniature Trading content (database pictures backed up, Master Spreadsheet saved, many threads and other content saved)
-Completed 4 trades
-Submitted 5 fleets
-Wrote 2 Miniature Reviews
-Posted a lot of pictures on Instagram and surpassed 250 followers (as of now)
-Was the driving force behind starting VASSAL Campaign Game 4
-Produced 24 Podcast episodes
-Produced 231 videos for Pirates CSG (including starting a Pirates CSG Blog/Vlog series)
-Tried out a Facebook ad and an Instagram ad – good “reach”, but not many people seem to actually care about the game.
-Made the transition to Pirates with Ben from my Weebly site – up and running, content transferred over, speed is now improved, more posts coming, forum up and working with some members posting, huzzah!!
-Actually made a little money from Pirates through affiliate marketing rather than direct sales – this is important going forward because my time commitment to the game is simply not sustainable financially in the long run….

Games:
-Played 11 games (my lowest ever total, though massively affected by the amount of campaign game playing rather than games that can actually be completed in a reasonable time frame)
-Finished and WON VASSAL Campaign Game 3
-Started CG4
-Started The Caribbean Game
-Started The Hourly Campaign

Pirates Goals for 2019
I’m anticipating a number of potential major life changes in 2019, so I may not be able to do all the things I’d like to with Pirates.
-I’d like to teach at least one person how to play, though of course I’d love to break my record of 7 from 2015.
-Make videos and podcasts about Pirates
-Continue The Hourly Campaign with at least some consistency – although I doubt I’ll play and finish games in every month of the year, playing THC each month and sometimes each week can satisfy my “playing bug” and allows me to be playing consistently.
-Continue optimizing, building, and monetizing Pirates with Ben
-Actually do things that matter in terms of restarting the game – realize that posting on Instagram all the time, playing random games on the VASSAL module, and doing “random” Pirates stuff really isn’t going to move the needle at this point. I’ve done a TON of the “small stuff” over the years, and it doesn’t help much in the grand scheme of things even if it’s fun.

Naval Wars: The Last Campaign (A Pirate’s Story)

Naval Wars: The Last Campaign (A Pirate’s Story)

This is my first attempt at actually “making” a video through editing and putting something together versus just recording. Although the quality may be a joke compared to many of the epic things on youtube, I’ve been VERY excited about it and it’s been AWESOME to make it and watch it. Please give feedback! I want to make more videos like this and improve if possible.

This is a parody of sorts – CG4 is NOT meant as the last campaign game (VASSAL or otherwise) of Pirates CSG. Just wanted to have the title connection. I combined the titles of both “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to get the title the way I wanted it. (worked out perfectly!)

I got the idea from some of the other epic trailer-style videos, especially these:
NFL 2017: The Last Quarterback – A Star Wars NFL Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrByNSyjB5Y
2018 Yankees Hype Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1h59_bBS3g
Xerecs’ Savage Seas trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnP8hWWd7Sk

I’ve always loved epic stuff so this sort of thing is exactly what I want to create. I LOVE this game and campaign games are my favorite thing about the world of Pirates CSG, so naturally I’m excited about both the past and future of them. I thought it would be cool to showcase my illustrious history of playing campaign games, while using that as a way to preview this upcoming game.

I know there are some inconsistencies with the character parallels, but naturally I have to portray myself as the “First Order” with the other CG4 players as the rebels. With the “it does now”, I was originally going to have that feature my own avatar with the two player 1000 point game post by mastercommander before it, but I decided it would be much better to showcase a current player. Plus, it makes Xerecs seem epic XD, which his games have been. I also was going to have a picture from one of his games fade in right after his avatar first appears, but I think it would be too fast before the next transition. Funny enough my name is Ben, which is perfect for the Ben Solo comparison. (I actually hate Kylo Ren though haha) Baseball is the only sport I really care about at this point, but I’m a Yankees and Patriots fan (go dynasties!!), and Tom Brady was 3-0 through his first 3 Super Bowls, just as I am 3-0 in my first 3 non-solo campaign games, thus why I’m the “Tom Brady of campaign games”. (it also acts as an homage to the Patriots hype videos that partially inspired this one)

Since this is my first real “edited” video, I hope to improve in the future. I already have a solid half-dozen more ideas for this kind of video, but it will take a while to make each of them. Indeed, I was actually going to make retrospective videos for CG1/2/3 before this one, with this video as an epic “finale” of sorts that outdoes all the rest.  However, a number of things have led to this being first, although this is the one I’m most excited about anyway.

Disclaimer: Not trying to take credit from Disney or Star Wars. XD

Leave a like and subscribe if you want to see more!  You can see the CG1/CG2/CG3 retrospective videos in the Epic Videos playlist.

Naval Wars - The Last Campaign - VASSAL Campaign Game 4

VASSAL Campaign Game 4 has begun!

Another big “dig” find-art from Adventure Book!

Originally posted to Miniature Trading on May 22nd, 2018

Shocked I seem to have found Darrel Rustvold, a Graphic Designer at Wizkids during the later days of the game’s production run. Ships from the Adventure Book 1 of 1. I assume the 5 master on the right would be the Charming Mary, looks like she was modeled after an HMS Apollo or Morning Star.

This may have been posted here before, so apologies if it’s not new or not new to everyone. Ah yes – these managed to show up on the Scavenger Pack boxes for SS….

art from Adventure Book