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Report: Running Aground Ain't So Bad

Posted by Captain Salem Vendari on September 19, 2020 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (2)

I recently taught my brother Aedric how to play Sails of Glory when he came out to visit. We played a few games to help him learn the ropes. He beat me for the first time in our last game, so I thought it reasonable to capture this latest game for the Dawn Princess. This game also includes the debut of my first Spanish ships.

Optional rules in use:
-Let the Men Drink! (Adds the Grog action to restore one Crew box per game)
-First Broadside (The first time...

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Big Changes Coming!

Posted by Captain Salem Vendari on August 19, 2020 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I was driving home from work today and started thinking about this website. I've neglected it for a while and was thinking of ways to make use of it: I have decided to overhaul the blog and expand it to include other games in addition to Pirates. The web pages dedicated to Pirates of the Cursed Seas will be preserved in blog posts under the new dedicated category of the same name.

Report: First Game After Hiatus

Posted by Captain Salem Vendari on June 16, 2016 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This is my first Pirates game after coming back from hiatus. Most of my time has been taken up with things like work and other games. But I am slowly working my way back into the PocketModels portion of the PotSM world. This game was played against a7xfanben at the Miniature Trading Pirates forums using the VASSAL module. This report will be the first on this site of a game played over the internet. The...

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Fleet Review: The Absolute Worst Fleet Ever

Posted by Captain Salem Vendari on March 29, 2015 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I haven't posted in a long time, so I decided I'd do something funny. Here is what I think might be the absolute worst possible fleet in the game. There are no restrictions save that it must fill a standard build total (40 points) and any crew included must be able to be assigned to a ship during setup.

Le Solitaire - France; Points: 17; Masts: 1; Cargo: 1; Base Move: L; Cannons: 5L; Ability: Frie...

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Strategy: Ships' Roles

Posted by Captain Salem Vendari on January 29, 2015 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

There are several different roles ships can fill in a fleet.

1. Gunship

A gunship should always have decent cannons; very rarely should they have cannons that rank higher than 3. Every gunship should carry a Captain crew (anything that allows the ship to move and then shoot). Gunships should have at least four masts, which will usually result in a higher cost, which is beneficial as a lot of the time you'll want to pack a few crew onboard to increase fighting po...

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Report: Captain Vendari's Gambit

Posted by Captain Salem Vendari on January 26, 2015 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

This was a very good game I played with Captain Caveman during a break at work. The fleets:

Captain Vendari:

HMS Grand Temple - England; Points: 15; Masts: 6; Cargo: 3; Base Move: S+S; Cannons: 3S, 3S, 2L, 2L, 2L, 2L; Ability: Junk. Pirate crew may use their abilit...

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Fleet Review: HMS Grand Temple

Posted by Captain Salem Vendari on January 22, 2015 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This is a fleet I'm incredibly proud of. Normally, I prefer to use a single nation when building a fleet, but HMS Grand Temple has an ability that asks for a mixed style. It's my most recent fleet, and one of the more powerful ones I've built for a standard match. Here we go:

HMS Grand Temple - England; Points: 15; Masts: 6; Cargo: 3; Base Move: S+S; Cannons: 3S, 3S, 2L, 2

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Strategy: Fleet Types

Posted by Captain Salem Vendari on January 22, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (2)

There are many different types of fleets you can build. Here I will list some common ones you can find:

1. Vanilla
This is a typical fleet with a designated gunship, and a designated gold-runner. There is usually a third ship that serves a special purpose, whether it is to support either or both the gunship and gold-runner, or has its own purpose entirely.

2. Swarm
The idea behind this fleet is to use a bunch of small, fast ships to get out to the...

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Report: Sea Wars: A New Group

Posted by Captain Salem Vendari on January 17, 2015 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This was the first game of what will hopefully become a regular Pirates group. The two that joined Captain Vendari in this battle were Captain Caveman, and his wife the Black-eyed Pea. The build total was 80 points. As it was more of an introductory game to new players who do not have fleets of their own, Captain Vendari built the fleets that were used:


Captain Vendari:

San Cristobal - Spain; Points: 17; Masts: 5; Cargo: 5; Base Move: S+...

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Pirates Review Format

Posted by Captain Salem Vendari on November 19, 2014 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The two reviews I posted on this site are copies of reviews I have posted on another site, and as copies they follow the format suggested there. However, I have decided to create my own format to review game pieces. In general, I will be reviewing ships, so I will change the format as necessary for other game pieces such as crew and equipment. The new format:

This will include all information found o...

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