This is meant to be a comprehensive post of all the information and data I have saved from Miniature Trading.  All card info (stats, abilities, etc) can be found in the Master Spreadsheet.  You can still view Miniature Trading via the Internet Archive.  Example: Pirates CSG Forum. You can navigate to many old threads and even some fleets and miniature reviews, but many URLs were never archived.

I pulled pictures from the Miniature Trading database with httrack in 2018.  The first two links are folders of the biggest versions of the pictures, sorted into one folder per set.  Hardly any of these pictures were taken by me.  Google Drive just shows my name as the default creator. If there are any game pieces missing pictures that had been at MT, httrack didn’t pull them.

Shared Google Drive Folder of Miniature Trading Pirates CSG Database Pictures

Zipped Folder Version


ALL Miniature Trading database pictures files pulled from httrack
-Here is a folder you can download to have all the pictures. It includes all the file sizes that the httrack download yanked from the site. “big” are the folders with the full size pictures. Feel free to make your own copy.

Before I figured out how to use httrack to pull only picture files, I made sure to get full page screen captures of all the Pirates sets from the MT database. So for full redundancy I have that too. Enables us to see pictures as if we are still on MT after the site is gone.

Google Drive folder with full page screen captures of all Pirates database pages

I couldn’t find an easy way to put the miniature pictures into the Master Spreadsheet without a) making every miniature entry massive due to the picture resizing the columns and rows (making it hard to see more than 1 or 2 pieces at a time) and b) doing in a timely fashion that wouldn’t require me to upload all 1,000+ miniatures into the spreadsheet individually (this is probably more doable but arguably pointless due to a; people can easily make their own personalized versions of the Master Spreadsheet if they want).

Google Drive folder with saved MT Forum pages/threads/etc.
-You can change this to List View and sort alphabetically to find things easier.
-I also re-posted them under the Miniature Trading Forum Threads category.

Folder with Fleets (All of mine are in the Fleets category here)

Folder with Miniature Reviews

Miscellaneous Folder

Folder with original Command the Oceans thread

Folder with a few Battle Reports

Economy Edition ruleset by cannonfury

Here is a .zip folder of a large httrack download of Miniature Trading.  It is about 1.3 GB in size and contains a TON of stuff.  For all I know there may be enough in there to recreate parts of MT somehow.  No idea how to use it or what to do with it, but I got around to making a .zip copy so I could share it with everyone.

For maximum redundancy here are links to Imgur folders where I have saved some of the above as well.

January 2019 Update | eBay less active this year? | CHEAP CotD | EE on IG | Pirates with Ben Blog #63

January vlog:

Computer issues

potential economic problems coming

expect less Pirates content this year

looking for podcast guests

Preference going forward would be 1 THC session, 1 podcast, and 1 separate Pirates video per week, but can’t promise anything.


Pirates packs on eBay:



Card of the Day:

I wouldn’t pay $10 for her, but she’s on RainTyger:


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Site Update – Major progress made (11/13/2018)

Site Update – Major progress made

Ahoy mateys!  Over the past few weeks I have been making a bunch of changes to the site, posting new content, and republishing some old content from Miniature Trading.

However, the biggest news is that I finally got the site speed mostly optimized.  Very recently the GTMetrix analysis of my homepage returned dismal results – ratings of D for the page speed.  Through a bunch of technical changes and searching for tutorials, I have now optimized it to a rating of A!  (consistently ranking at 92% or higher!)  This is fantastic, but sometimes loading various pages on the site is still too slow.   I plan to re-analyze the page speed almost every day, and I also plan to go through all of the main menu pages to see if they need further optimization.  I just retested the homepage in Google PageSpeed Insights and it got a score of 99 for desktop and 95 for mobile.  I may still also play around with the mobile settings to change how it looks, but that can’t be a priority quite yet given the potential imminent closure of Miniature Trading.

The Forum is up and running, and growing by the day.  I just added a bunch of essential topics found at Miniature Trading, and will continue to add more as time allows.


I will continue to add affiliate links when relevant on various pages, and I may even get an “eBay portal” type thing up sometime soon. (though I don’t want to go too crazy and negatively impact search result rankings)  Especially as the site grows in size, user base, and popularity (rankings and page visits/etc), this should help sustain the site for many years to come (and of course I will simply pay out of pocket if it doesn’t become profitable, which I’m working on now).

If you would like to support my efforts directly, my Paypal email is and I now have a Patreon page.

Below you can see the PageSpeed results from November 11th.  As said before, I plan to continuously work on improving page speeds over time, but at least now it should be acceptable. (but again, not necessarily for all pages as some have lots of pictures or potential undiscovered issues)


GTMetrix scores for the homepage as of 11/11/2018