Join the treasure-seeking pirates...

...or the French flagship helping the privateers in distress!


Peace with Spain was signed in February 1720. In late April its news arrived to the West Indies, so all the Navies got allied against the common foe – pirates, making their trade more difficult to survive. Which side are you on?

Be ye a pirate, a naval officer, a slave or a lady, you will find a place aboard one of our four ships or live on a paradise island. Men aboard any ship are strongly recommended as first characters, and civilians as secondary ones. No more female sailors are allowed.

We are not the usual sandboxy RPG, neither a narrative-driven one, but a story-focused writing community where each actively writing character can make a difference and an impact on the overall plot. We are writing collaboratively a coherent story with many sideplots aside of it. We also have guides to help you with the time setting, and are more influenced by historical events rather than following them by the history books!

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Elena - Fleet Admiral
Mascha - Fleet Admiral
Moru - Cartographer
Alecto - Pilot


French Privateers

The privateers of La Chanson, a French frigate, have been attacked by pirates and damaged severely. They will spend the whole month of June in Port de Paix, with their ship under repair. Time for everyone who happens to be in Port de Paix to know them better… and time for other existing members who don't have yet a privateer character to make one too!



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Before the Mast latest news: June Monthly Chronicles Of The West Indies
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Any announcements the Fleet Admiral has to make will be found here. Better pay close attention.
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In: General Plot Prompts
By: Elena
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Here any question or feed-back finds its place. Guest friendly for questions before joining.
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In: The Bear Of The Moors
By: Javert

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By: Elena
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129 60 Jun 23 2016, 10:27 PM
In: Moreau, Baptiste
By: Elena
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Want to be devious with the pirates or bring justice with the navy. Maybe you just want to live out your life in peace. Plot ads, plot pages and other character goodies can be found here.
Subforums: Plot pages, Wanted ads

13 46 May 17 2016, 03:49 AM
In: To Love, Honor, And Conspire
By: Alecto
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In: Letters Of A Free Man
By: Thanos Perivolakis
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4 7 Jun 8 2016, 05:01 AM
In: Let's Reminisce Together!
By: Miltiadis

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No new posts Jamaica
The jewel of the British Empire since 1655 and the main sugar-exporting, slave-dependent colony, everything of importance happens here. Its main town, Kingston, was founded in 1692. Port Royal, destroyed by an earthquake, is not quite a safe harbour anymore for privateers and for pirates plying the Spanish trade shipping lanes.
Subforums: Completed

63 782 Jun 22 2016, 09:39 PM
In: Ensnared
No new posts Hispaniola
The second-largest island in the Caribbean, divided between French rule (one third, the richest part) and Spanish rule (Eastern two thirds). French, English and Dutch pirates have stopping points in the uninhabited bays. The French part’s capital, Port de Paix, founded in 1665 by filibusters, just across Tortuga, is a flourishing town, surrounded by slave-dependent plantations.
Subforums: Completed

136 2111 Today at 04:56 pm
In: The Night Is Dark And Full ...
By: Louise Anne de Bourbon
No new posts Tortuga
A small island a little off the coast of Hispaniola, and any pirates’ idea of paradise, it has two main towns, Cayona and Basse Terre, where pirates meet, scheme and party.
Subforums: Completed

87 1622 May 30 2016, 02:47 PM
In: Belated Birthday Wishes
No new posts Uncharted Seas
Anywhere else the story might carry you: Bahamas, Cuba, the Spanish Main and any other Carribean corner
Subforums: Completed

28 461 Yesterday at 12:20 am
In: Pirates Or Merchant Sailors?
By: Sebastien Durand

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No new posts The Open Ocean
Sailing the open waters, the ships meet in peace, in storm or in war
Subforums: Completed

9 525 May 9 2016, 01:24 PM
In: Negotiating The Bounty
No new posts "Le Phenix"
The French flagship in the Caribbean is a third rate with 74 guns, ready to enforce law and order in the French seas
Subforums: Completed

16 272 May 18 2016, 09:43 AM
In: Doing The Right Thing
By: Raoul Duval
No new posts HMS "Sovereign"
A fourth rate ship of the line with 50 guns, having now Kingston as port of residence, is defending Jamaica and British merchant vessels from pirates and other enemies.
Subforums: Completed

17 174 Sep 12 2015, 05:38 PM
In: Final Stretch
By: Wesley Stewart
No new posts The "Rising Sun"
A 3-masted Bermuda sloop, catching good speed and able to enter shallow channels.
Subforums: Completed

49 823 Jun 14 2016, 05:36 PM
In: Aftermath Of The Investigat...
By: Sol Galvez
No new posts The "Twilight Shark"
This fast and easy brig, weighing 200 tons and carrying 14 guns, was a privateer ship, sunk in the Battle of Nassau, on 26-th of February 1720.
Subforums: Completed

15 259 Jan 22 2015, 12:41 PM
In: Patience Is A Virtue
By: Jack Kildare

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45 92 Jun 8 2016, 08:33 PM
In: Restoration Names (1660-1702)
By: Elena
No new posts Cards and dice
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No new posts A whale of a tale
A place for any other story you want to tell us - be it connected to our characters, to the Age of Sail or not at all
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In: Doomsday
By: Pieter de Wyntere
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