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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


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: December Histories & 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.
Subforums: Past Chronicles

59 212 Dec 2 2017, 11:29 AM
In: December Histories & Ch...
By: Scribbling Scholar
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Subforums: Historical References, Writing References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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The lovely cast of Before the Mast
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126 58 Jan 13 2017, 11:53 PM
In: Pauwel (pâlarâvâyan)
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.
6 47 Oct 25 2016, 08:32 AM
In: Board Calendar 1720
By: Scribbling Scholar
No new posts Message in a bottle
Correspondence, journals, anything written in character
23 140 Jun 17 2018, 11:09 PM
In: Deed Poll For Name Change
By: Jack Kildare

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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.
68 909 May 29 2017, 11:12 AM
In: Healing Wounds
By: Santiago Moreno
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.
154 2574 May 8 2018, 10:16 PM
In: His Name Is Truth
By: Jack Kildare
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.
119 2304 May 27 2018, 09:19 PM
In: Farewell Time
By: Sol Galvez
No new posts Uncharted Seas
Anywhere else the story might carry you: Bahamas, Cuba, the Spanish Main and any other Carribean corner
29 543 Feb 1 2017, 02:59 PM
In: Mother And Son

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No new posts The Open Ocean
Sailing the open waters, the ships meet in peace, in storm or in war
11 745 Dec 5 2017, 08:22 PM
In: Doomsday
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. Sunk following battle damages, on 31-st of July 1720.
20 362 May 7 2018, 08:11 PM
In: Glory, My Brother.
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. Sunk in a battle with the pirates, on 30-th of July 1720.
21 224 Dec 2 2016, 10:44 PM
In: Punishment
By: Nathanial Bretagne
No new posts The "Rising Sun"
A 3-masted Bermuda sloop, catching good speed and able to enter shallow channels. Sunk in a battle, on 30-th of July 1720.
49 834 Jan 10 2017, 10:40 PM
In: Training On The Job
By: Casimir St. John
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.
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

51 104 Dec 2 2017, 01:46 PM
In: I Met Billie!
By: Elena
No new posts Cards and dice
IC and OOC games
12 501 Nov 28 2017, 09:19 AM
In: Temporary Theme Songs And D...
By: Monica Perez
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
24 99 Jul 28 2017, 09:14 PM
In: Barder Crows Origin Story
By: Barder Crow
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