Archive for September, 2008

Pirates, Ready Your…Tanks?

Ship carrying 33 Russian Tanks seized by Somali Pirates off of the Horn of Africa.

Pretty bold.

Savage Shore: Scavenger Pack Back Cover Image

Savage Shores Scavenger Pack - BackAn image of the back cover of the Scavenger Pack has been leaked (on left, click for larger view). The image shows the two send-away 10 masted ships, the Celtic Fury (in green) and the Shui Xian (in purple/gold).

Both ships are nice looking, with bold colors, but I’m really going to have to see the stats on them before I try mailing away for them. I’m in Pirates to play, and unless a ship has playability value, I’m not interested in it.

Savage Shores Checlist has been leaked

Savage Shores ChecklistI found this while scouring the Pirates boards over the weekend.

I don’t have a lot of time to go over this thoroughly (big freelance project in the works), but here are a couple of things I noticed:

  • This is a small set. It looks like they took a normal sized set and split into 2 parts: Savage Shores and Return to Savage Shores (due out next year). While this will make it easier to collect, I think some players are going to be upset about the size of the set and the lack of a variety of new ships.
  • No new equipment in this set.
  • it looks like the 2 10-masted ships are both Mercenary (Celtic Fury with Eileen Brigid O’Brian and Shui Xian with Shap’ng Tsai)
  • There are 2 new generic crew: Navigators and Cargo Masters. But, while the big 6 nationalities (American, Cursed, Pirate, English, Spanish, France) get Navigators, only the Americans get Cargo Masters.
  • American Cursed ans Spain get something called Native Canoes.
  • The English get a ship called the Metal Dragon, which some players are saying could be an English sub. I think it’s too cheap for a sub, but it might be an English Turbine ship.

I’m waiting for WizKids to start doing official sneak peeks, so that we can find out what some of this new stuff is. Stay tuned!

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day! Arr!

This be the happiest day to be a Pirate! Arr! Check out the movin’ picture below!

Arr! Here be the lyrics:

Most days are like all of the others,
Go to work, come back home, watch TV,
But, brother, if I had me druthers,
I’d chuck it and head out to sea,

For I dream of the skull and the crossbones,
I dream of the great day to come,
When I dump the mundane for the Old Spanish Main
And trade me computer for rum! ARRR!

T’ me,
Yo, Ho, Yo, Ho,
It’s “Talk Like A Pirate” Day!
When laptops are benches God gave us fer wenches,
And a sail ain’t a low price ta pay!
When timbers are shivered and lillies are livered
And every last buckle is swashed,
We’ll abandon our cars for a shipfull of ARRRs
And pound back the grog till we’re sloshed! Yo ho….

Don’t pick up yer phone and say “Hello,
Our ten-o-clock meeting’s delayed”,
Ye scrunch up yer face and ye bellow,
“AVAST! Ye’ve been bleedin’ BELAYED!”

Ye can’t keep this fun to yerself, I bet,
So sing “Aye!” “ARRR!” “Ayy!” every man!
We ain’t got much grasp of the alphabet,
But a damn good retirement plan!

T’ me,
Yo, Ho, Yo, Ho,
It’s “Talk Like A Pirate” Day!
Whatever’s in fashion is in for a thrashin’
And bein’ polite is passe!
When it’s ev’ry man’s duty to grab his proud beauty
And let out a hearty YO HO!
And if this offends you, hold y’r breath as we sends you
Ta Davy Jones’ Locker ya go! Yo ho….

We’ll tell every banker “Heave to and weigh anchor!”
Buy latte with pieces of eight
We’ll fight to be chosen as cap’n or bosun
The loser, o’ course, is worst mate!

When we hoist Jolly Roger, the landlubbers dodge ‘er,
We fill ‘em with loathing and fear,
We’ll plunder and pillage each city and village,
Or at least clean out Wal-Mart of beer!

There ain’t no computin’ or morning commutin’,
No “Parking Lot Full” signs for me,
No lawns ta be mowin’ or bills to be owin’,
I’m knowin’ the pull of the sea.

The fresh salty brace of the wind on my face
Through hurricane, sunshine or squalls,
I’m keepin’ my eyes on the distant horizon,
Verizon can hold all my calls!

To wear a red coat full o’ buckles,
To earn a few duelling scars,
Well, at least we can get a few chuckles
By filling the office with ARRRs!

And maybe we’ll never get closer,
Than watchin’ ‘em on the big screen,
So here’s to old Errol and Depp as Jack Sparrow,
And every damn one in between!

T’ me,
Yo, Ho, Yo, Ho,
It’s “Talk Like A Pirate” Day!
That time in September when sea dogs remember
That grown-ups still know how ta play!
When wenches are curvy and dogs are all scurvy
And a soft-wear patch covers your eye,
Ta hell with our jobs, for one day we’re all swabs
And buccaneers all till we die!

So hoist up the mainsils and shut down your brain cells,
They only would get in the way,
Avast there, me hearty, we’re havin’ a party,
It’s “Talk… Like… A Pirate” Day!

Here’ s something else I found:

Talk Like a Pirate Day – Friday, September 19th

A squall called Hurricane Ike blew through central Ohio yesterday and knocked out our power, so I’m just going to make a quick note today: Friday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Don’t forget!

Polaris, an English Double Catamaran

Several of the Rise of the Fiends Limited Edition ship have been showing up in the Pirates of the Cursed Sea Treasure Chest, including the Grinder (turbine), Polaris (double catamaran), Terrox (octopus), and the USS Mercury (windcatcher). I’m going to be reviewing each one in the next few weeks.

I talked about the Grinder a few weeks ago. This time, let’s look at the Polaris. Continue Reading »

Steal the Privateer’s Gold!

On August 20th, because it was my birthday, I ran a special event: Steal the Privateer’s Gold. Each player had 30pts to build a gold-stealing fleet. I, as the Privateer in question, had 100pts to defend my island from my opponents. There was only gold on my Island (no Uts), and we ruled that you could load gold immediately upon docking (no Explorers needed). We had 4 players (besides myself), so it was a pretty equal match.

Privateer Island 1

I had been hoping for more players, and because I wanted the players to have a fighting chance, I used an extra large island (which meant I had more area to guard). My fleet had 3 ships: The Zeus, Lady’s Scorn, and the Sea Dragon Angelica. Basically, I used a combination of Lord Mycron and Emperor Blackheart to give Angelica 2 or 3 actions per turn. Her job was to take out the smaller gold runners, and any submarines. The larger ships were left for the Zeus to deal with.

Two players had fleets with subs, so there were 4 submarines sneaking toward my island. Unfortunately, I moved Angelica too close to a small enemy ship, rolled badly and missed my Swoop Attack roll. That left the Sea Dragon vulnerable, and the rest of that enemy fleet pounced and sank her. 4 Subs, waiting for an openingAnd, since she was my only way of dealing with submerged subs, the 4 subs were able to stop just offshore of my island and wait for an opening.

In the end, we came down to a stalemate: the subs couldn’t un-submerge, since the Zeus was sitting close, and I couldn’t do anything to the subs. So, I ended up moving the Zeus a short distance away, to take care of a small gold runner. All 4 subs popped up and loaded gold from my island. Then, I lucked out and got 3 actions on the Zeus, which allowed me to sink 3 of the 4 subs. We called the game then because of time.

I think that the players would have done better if there had been more of them, or if they had coordinated their actions better. If I run this scenario again, I’ll probably cut down teh amount of points that the Privateer gets, or make some sort of sliding scale for balance.

Non-Pirates: Tee Moris Wins Parsec Award

Ok, this is only tangentially related to Pirates. Tee Morris, the author of the Morevi books and audio drama, has won the 2008 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form including Independents) for his “Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword” podcast/audio drama.

Hopefully, Morevi: Remastered will be nominated next year, because I’ve been listening to it, and it’s an awesome ride. It equals or exceeds the quality of the Billibub podcast, and should be a shoe-in next year.