In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day; the topic for the 19 September 2013 Twitter #RPGChat was Pirates and Adventure on the High Seas.
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Tweets of Note:
You’re preparing a pirate-y adventure. What specific elements must be included to hit the right notes? (Other than pirates.)
@is3rith Sea Monsters and Rum.
@is3rith treasure maps, ships, and an authority chasing the pirates.
@Alpharalpha danger for sure and a worth adversary for second.
@is3rith Seedy ports, threat of the Navy, the hardship of long voyages, exotic islands, leaky wood, bad weather, port debauchery
@Alpharalpha swashbuckling action scenes as you fight between opposing ships
@Alpharalpha Chases, escapes, sinkings, acrobatics, broadsides, strandings, rescues, rammings, sharks, jungles, wrecks, storms.
@Alpharalpha an island with a skull shaped cave. :).
@is3rith A chase scene or moving battle.
One thing to note is that pirates work very well whether in sci-fi or on the ocean:
A lot of the pirate tropes can be translated into sci-fi, which I love. Adventuring the vastness via a vessel is timeless!
@Alpharalpha They’re basically just thieves. Hell, steal someone’s PDFs these days, and you’re a pirate!
We made up pirate PC or NPC characters on the fly:
Dread Robot Vector Sanchez, a warforged pirate with an actual heart of gold. Them that say it be gold-plated be walkin’ the plank.
In an early campaign, my best friend made a sailor who was cursed with living. His friends & shipmates would die but not him.
@is3rith Captain The Admiral Benbow, a warforged warlock made from the flinders of a destroyed in
@is3rith And his demonic familiar, Pieces of Eight.
@is3rith Red Carter,a pirate who is actually a double agent, undercover for the king.
Driftwood Sally, a hamadryad with kelp for hair and barnacles where the sun don’t shine. Shiver me timbers!
And we took suggestions for pirate-styled adventure hooks:
What are some specific premises for pirate-y adventures, e.g. “Obtain the Great Treasure and escape the cursed Island of the Frog.”
@is3rith finding the ship that is carrying the biggest haul of the kings’ treasure ever and capturing it intact.
@is3rith Rescue/kidnap the Governor’s daughter.
@is3rith or how about rescuing the governor’s daughter from the cannibals and ransoming her in return for a pardon.
@is3rith Two words: The Goonies
@is3rith Deliver/intercept a message.
Some good game systems for swashbuckling adventure:
what was the game that was popular not long ago, Seven Seas? that was a sailing fantasy based game that had lots of swashbuckling.
@Alpharalpha I heard good things about that and 50fathoms.
And lastly, do not forget:
I’d love to see badass female pirates like Anne Bonney and Mary Reid.
I like the idea of piracy being a last stop for the desperate, the unfortunate, the foolish, and the greedy.
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