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Friday Project: Pirates/Sailpower Playmat

About a week ago, I tried an experiment. At my office, we had a couple of vinyl banners that had been printed incorrectly on the large plotter, and were cut off on one side. Normally, those would be thrown out, but by coincidence, the banners were just about 3′x3′…a perfect size for Pirates. Continue Reading »

Sailpower! Arr!

Recently, I had the opportunity to try a new game: Sailpower. It’s a ship-to-ship combat game, similar to Pirates, but at a larger scale. And, it’s a lot of fun!

I ran through a quick demo with Dave, a member of the Sailpower demo crew. I was given a British 8-cannon ship (the ship on the right in the picture), and Dave took a similar, American ship. Both ships had approximately 48 crew (I don’t recall the exact number), which could be assigned to either Aloft (in the rigging), on Deck, Repair, ready for Boarding, or Below. Crew on the Deck could be assigned to the Cannons (in groups of 2 or 4), and there was a chance during combat that an enemy shot would take out a Cannon, along with it’s crew. There was also a chance of rolling badly, and a Cannon would blow up, taking it’s crew with it.

I had lots of fun with the game, and I can see a lot of possibilities. I’m still learning, and it’s going to take me a while to wrap my head around the rules.

If anyone else is interested in trying out the same, there will be a Sailpower game at the Soldiery on Sunday, April 19th at 2pm.

Big Sailpower Game

Is There Hope for Pirates?

It’s been nearly 3 months since Topps shut down WizKids and discontinued all of it’s game lines, including Pirates. I know a lot of players have given up on the game continuing, and have moved on. But, there might be some hope for us hard-core players who have stuck with the game.

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Alestorm – Folk Metal Pirate Band

Alestorm - Captain Morgan\'s RevengeAlestorm is a power/folk metal band from Perth, Scotland. Their music is characterized by a pirate theme, for which reason they describe their style as “True Scottish Pirate Metal“. What’s not to like about a group who the majority of their songs are about wenches or drinking?

When I come back from a mighty quest
I have no need for sleep or rest
I head to a tavern for a drink
And get so drunk I cannot think
A wench by my side and a jug of mead
These are the things that I most need
So I sit back and sing this song
And drink and party all night long

Hey! Hey!
I want more wenches
Hey! Hey!
More wenches and mead
Hey! Hey!
I want more wenches
Lots of wenches is what I need

When I come back from a mighty quest
I have no need for sleep or rest
I head to a tavern for a drink
And get so drunk I cannot think
A wench by my side and a jug of mead
These are the things that I most need
So I sit back and sing this song
And drink and party all night long

Hey! Hey!
I want more wenches
Hey! Hey!
More wenches and mead
Hey! Hey!
I want more wenches
Lots of wenches is what I need


Pirates vs Ninjas

Pirates vs NinjasPirates are cooler than ninjas!

A Ray of Hope for Pirates?

A forum poster over at miniaturetrading.com received an interesting letter after he tried sending in the MI and FN mail-in promotions. Quote:

I got my money back regarding the shipping fee, a PotR pack, and a letter that send that they couldn’t send me the mail-in offer because “Wizkids is not operating at the moment”, . . ., and “We hope the business will restart soon under a new owner”

Does this mean that some sort of resolution is going to be announced soon. I surely hope so.

Blog Holiday Break

Arr You Scurvy Pirates!

I’m going to be taking a break from the blog until January 2nd. Enjoy your holidays, and I’ll see you in January!

-Ed

Catalyst and Pinata are joining forces to revive WizKids games

Arr!

I just saw this over on GamingReport.com:

Catalyst Game Labs, LLC, and Pinata Games have announced that they will form a strategic alliance, contingent on the Catalyst group’s purchase of the currently dormant WizKids properties.

“By combining our efforts, we can deliver high-quality products that will satisfy retailers, fans and licensors alike,” said Loren Coleman, majority Catalyst owner. “As successful licensors of Shadowrun and BattleTech, [Catalyst] understands the essence of those brands and will continue to produce high-quality products for them.”

“The Pinata team brings a different, unique skill set to the table, having worked extensively on all of WizKids’ brands over the last two years. With our efforts combined, we have a wide range of hobby business expertise that covers the gamut of licensed-and-non-licensed properties across a wide spectrum of formats- RPGs, TCGs, CMGs, and more.”

Should Catalyst purchase WizKids’ properties from The Topps Company, Pinata will begin as operator for the HeroClix brand immediately.

“After a few short conversations with Catalyst, it was apparent that a strategic alliance would benefit all parties involved,” said Jake Theis, Pinata Games’ CSO. “We believe that this relationship will allow us to restart the HeroClix business quickly. I saw that HeroClix returned to the top of the ICV2 Hobby Fall CMG sales list, and I know that with the economy in its current state, retailers don’t want any delays getting the business back up and running.”

The proposed alliance between the two companies would allow for Pinata and Catalyst to release new games both together and independently.

This is good news. Hopefully, we’ll get an announcement about what is to be done with the Pirates line, and who will be publishing it.

Cool Pirate Icon Set

Arr!

One of my Pirates players sent me a link to the 50 Most Beautiful Icon Sets Created in 2008 (according to Noupe.com). # 28 on the list was a very cool set of Pirate themed icons.

I liked them so much, I’ve started using them in my desktop theme (along with an appropriate old-world style sailing chart for a background.) It still needs a few tweaks, but I’ll try to posts pictures once I get everything setup.

Live Piracy Map 2008

Someone has put together a Google Maps mashup that lists all of the reported incidents of piracy throughout the world. Check it out!

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