Happy sixth birthday Before the Mast!

Join the celebrations&keep writing our West Indies epic saga!


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
Alecto - Pilot


Port de Paix dwellers

The inhabitants of Port de Paix, a French colony, are now busy with celebrating Saint Jean d'Ete and a wedding among the highest nobility. Time for everyone who happens to be in Port de Paix to know them better… and to add your personal flavour to the holiday!



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Before the Mast latest news: What's Next?
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Any announcements the Fleet Admiral has to make will be found here. Better pay close attention.
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48 177 Oct 19 2016, 03:24 AM
In: What's Next?
By: Elizabeth
No new posts The Articles
All you landlubbers need to know about the site. Rules, plot and various other information.
Subforums: Historical References, Writing References

63 51 Sep 28 2016, 01:36 PM
In: Once Upon A Time At A Party...
By: Elena
No new posts A helping hand
Here any question or feed-back finds its place. Guest friendly for questions before joining.
18 47 Oct 19 2016, 09:36 AM
In: Age Limit
By: Elena

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No new posts Letters of Marque
This is where you can find the application, and the face claim!
Subforums: Unfinished, Finished

13 6 Yesterday at 11:46 am
In: Aimhirghin Mcgrath
By: Frigate
No new posts Crew manifest
The lovely cast of Before the Mast
Subforums: Main characters, Temporary Characters, NPC bios

132 64 Oct 10 2016, 06:21 AM
In: Heinrich Sommer
By: Elena
No new posts Making your mark
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

16 72 Oct 11 2016, 06:17 AM
In: Friend Or Foe? Plot With El...
By: Elena
No new posts Message in a bottle
Correspondence, journals, anything written in character
21 140 Sep 23 2016, 01:41 PM
In: Two Can Keep A Secret If On...
By: Raoul Duval

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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

67 876 Oct 7 2016, 06:41 AM
In: Surprise! You Married A Mur...
By: Aine Stern
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

149 2369 Yesterday at 10:45 am
In: Sentimental Regrets
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

95 1825 Yesterday at 11:24 pm
In: Midnight Wedding
No new posts Uncharted Seas
Anywhere else the story might carry you: Bahamas, Cuba, the Spanish Main and any other Carribean corner
Subforums: Completed

29 533 Sep 1 2016, 03:54 PM
In: Pirates Or Merchant Sailors?
By: Sol Galvez

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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

11 545 Oct 18 2016, 08:32 AM
In: Making It Official
By: Santiago Moreno
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

18 282 Oct 19 2016, 10:12 AM
In: A Foggy Mirror
By: Thierry Vounos
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

21 207 Oct 18 2016, 03:06 PM
In: The Necklace Affair
No new posts The "Rising Sun"
A 3-masted Bermuda sloop, catching good speed and able to enter shallow channels.
Subforums: Completed

50 829 Oct 15 2016, 07:29 PM
In: More Stitches
By: Sara Mitchell
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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No new posts Parley
OOC discussions
Subforums: Introductions

53 113 Sep 26 2016, 12:33 PM
In: Hello, Everybody!
By: Elena
No new posts Cards and dice
IC and OOC games
12 499 Aug 29 2016, 03:01 PM
In: Interview
By: Louis Quinault
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
23 99 Jul 5 2016, 08:28 PM
In: Bounty Hunting
By: Pieter de Wyntere
No new posts Sailing off
Leaves of absence
13 19 Oct 15 2016, 08:36 AM
In: Life Intervenes
By: Elena
No new posts Archives

Subforums: OOC topics, Deceased characters, Inactive characters, Unfinished characters, Unfinished stories

342 695 Jul 26 2016, 10:32 PM
In: Vote For The Best Character...
By: Elena

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No new posts Landlubbers
First time advertising
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In: Tempest Harbor [jcink]
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Linking back advertisements
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