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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.

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Apr 29 2017, 05:39 PM

MAY


“Before the Mast” is over six years and a half old - and counting! To many more together! Warm thanks to all the crew, to everybody who has made it possible for our writing community to flourish and for the story to get further.

You are invited to join our next volume, Caribbean Dawn, and bring there the characters you want to survive the Doomsday (and all the land-based characters you want to keep). The only effort required from you is to make sure you update the character bios not only in form, but also in contents with everything which had happened in 1720 Before the Mast.

The circumstances of the move have been discussed here as extensively as you wished. The discussion is still open for all of you to mention any concerns, suggestions or comments regarding the new volume, the new possible plots, the ways to strengthen our community and anything else related to our story and community. The floor is yours!

As per the 1-st of April 2017, statistics show that we have 36 male active characters and 24 female. For the purpose of the statistics, only the writers who have posted in February are counted here. However, if they have posted only with one character out of several they have, all their characters are counted as active.)

Active members: 11
Active characters: 60, out of which:

Pirates = 12
English Navy = 4
French Navy = 11
Privateers = 5
Civilians = 28

There are plenty of new things “Before the Mast”, looking forward to your participation, as they give opportunities for more characters than they actually seem to join. There are new and already ongoing threads which would welcome your participation. We are now in the process of exchanging prisoners between the French Navy and the pirates. There is also a big battle, which has also been opened for the pirates, the French and British Navy too, as shown here. It will end apotheotically the month of July 1720, making way for a Caribbean Dawn bright for the survivors.

As for thread/ quote spotlight, the pirate first mate Anani Fireflint/ Cacica, played by Alecto, deserves highlighted for the the most suspenseful quote from the thread Doomsday:



" They were in no shape to fight, especially not the Rising Sun’s crew. They had just witnessed the loss of their ship, their home. If their rage would drive them, so too would their despair. It was a cornucopia of negative feelings, and when one went into a fight with that it made one so much more satisfied with receiving a sword through the gut, ending it all. It was no way to fight and no way to die.

Yet Sol and Johnson were right: they could not avoid this battle, and like hell would Anani allow herself to fall into the hands of any Navy again. The newly arrived British ship was bearing down on them and the wind showed them little favor. It all felt rather like an omen, the way things had all played out. What a terrible way the Rising Sun had died—under a false flag with a false name, with a false captain and crew. It felt like a punishment, or a scolding. "


It is most beautifully written, reflecting well the spirit of the pirates' ingrate situation. Congratulations!

You know also that we need fresh blood of the history-loving, writing and dedicated kind… I am making an appeal to all of you to bring other friends of yours who are into writing swashbuckling adventures, because the word of mouth is the most powerful way of advertising. In addition to this, the ones who have blogs, MySpace, LiveJournal or InsaneJournal accounts, please advertise “Before the Mast” and try to bring new members. Those who have Facebook accounts – please “Like” our page and spread the word! Those with Twitter and Tumblr, follow us and retweet/ reblog some of our messages! We have the site’s Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Deviant Art group links in the sidebar, just a click away – but how successful can they be if even some of the members ignore them?

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We wish you happy writing and a happy month of May!
Mar 21 2017, 12:00 PM

APRIL


“Before the Mast” is over six years and a half old - and counting! To many more together! Warm thanks to all the crew, to everybody who has made it possible for our writing community to flourish and for the story to get further.

You are invited to join our next volume, Caribbean Dawn, and bring there the characters you want to survive the Doomsday (and all the land-based characters you want to keep). The only effort required from you is to make sure you update the character bios not only in form, but also in contents with everything which had happened in 1720 Before the Mast.

The circumstances of the move have been discussed here as extensively as you wished. The discussion is still open for all of you to mention any concerns, suggestions or comments regarding the new volume, the new possible plots, the ways to strengthen our community and anything else related to our story and community. The floor is yours!

As per the 1-st of April 2017, statistics show that we have 36 male active characters and 24 female. For the purpose of the statistics, only the writers who have posted in February are counted here. However, if they have posted only with one character out of several they have, all their characters are counted as active.)

Active members: 11
Active characters: 60, out of which:

Pirates = 12
English Navy = 4
French Navy = 11
Privateers = 5
Civilians = 28

There are plenty of new things “Before the Mast”, looking forward to your participation, as they give opportunities for more characters than they actually seem to join. There are new and already ongoing threads which would welcome your participation. We are now in the process of exchanging prisoners between the French Navy and the pirates. There is also a big battle, which has also been opened for the pirates, the French and British Navy too, as shown here. It will end apotheotically the month of July 1720, making way for a Caribbean Dawn bright for the survivors.

As for thread/ quote spotlight, the former pirate Sabelline Durand, played by Sabe, deserves highlighted for the most suspenseful quote from the thread Over you:



"Prison has no escape from your thoughts. There is no leaving that cell, no work to lose yourself in. What I would have given many nights for exhaustion so I didn't have to dream. That's the real torture. Moments stretch into eternities with nothing but...visits from the guards to break the long stretches of nothingness."

It is well written, reflecting well the spirit of a character who had spent three years in prison and catching the whole essence of the ordeal. Congratulations!

I would also want to highlight the Whale of a tale section, where there are lots of interesting stories to read when you are waiting for your partners’ replies, as well as the Message in a bottle, where some journals start to contour!

You know also that we need fresh blood of the history-loving, writing and dedicated kind… I am making an appeal to all of you to bring other friends of yours who are into writing swashbuckling adventures, because the word of mouth is the most powerful way of advertising. In addition to this, the ones who have blogs, MySpace, LiveJournal or InsaneJournal accounts, please advertise “Before the Mast” and try to bring new members. Those who have Facebook accounts – please “Like” our page and spread the word! Those with Twitter and Tumblr, follow us and retweet/ reblog some of our messages! We have the site’s Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Deviant Art group links in the sidebar, just a click away – but how successful can they be if even some of the members ignore them?

Voting daily in the topsites also helps… You can find them below the affiliates, under the heading "Vote for us!"

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Help us be seen and grow with gaining new valuable members! You can give your contribution to our site’s growth, and you’ll have more people and characters to write with! Each person’s effort counts in making our writing community better, sounder or bigger!

We wish you happy writing and a happy springtime!

Feb 17 2017, 02:00 AM

MARCH


“Before the Mast” is over six years and a half old - and counting! To many more together! Warm thanks to all the crew, to everybody who has made it possible for our writing community to flourish and for the story to get further.

You are invited to join our next volume, Caribbean Dawn, and bring there the characters you want to survive the Doomsday (and all the land-based characters you want to keep). The only effort required from you is to make sure you update the character bios not only in form, but also in contents with everything which had happened in 1720 Before the Mast.

The circumstances of the move have been discussed here as extensively as you wished. The discussion is still open for all of you to mention any concerns, suggestions or comments regarding the new volume, the new possible plots, the ways to strengthen our community and anything else related to our story and community. The floor is yours!

Like all the past beginnings of March, our site has again a good luck March amulet at its lapel - may the lucky chimney sweep and the happy Romanian couple in folk costumes offered hereinafter to all our Chronicle readers, be they fans of "Before the Mast" or members, help us being the strong writing community we are striving to remain across the years!



As per the 1-st of March 2017, statistics show that we have 36 male active characters and 24 female. For the purpose of the statistics, only the writers who have posted in February are counted here. However, if they have posted only with one character out of several they have, all their characters are counted as active.)

Active members: 11
Active characters: 60, out of which:

Pirates = 12
English Navy = 4
French Navy = 11
Privateers = 5
Civilians = 28

There are plenty of new things “Before the Mast”, looking forward to your participation, as they give opportunities for more characters than they actually seem to join. There are new and already ongoing threads which would welcome your participation. We are now in the process of exchanging prisoners between the French Navy and the pirates. There is also a big battle, which has also been opened for the pirates, the French and British Navy too, as shown here. It will end apotheotically the month of July 1720, making way for a Caribbean Dawn bright for the survivors.

I would also want to highlight the Whale of a tale section, where there are lots of interesting stories to read when you are waiting for your partners’ replies, as well as the Message in a bottle, where some journals start to contour!

As for thread/ quote spotlight, the former pirate turned tavern maid, Yazmin "Mini" Martinez, played by Mascha, deserves highlighted for the most scandal quote from the thread Several celebrations in one:



‘I’ve been hurt worse!’ Mini replied, likening her condition with the only other thing she knew to cause bleeding: Battle damage. The came a surprising question from the innkeeper. That child that Mini had nearly forgotten about since yesterday was brought up in conversation and Mini shot Maribel a look and sighed. ‘If you are so concern for that… thing… Why don’t you take it to the doctor?!’ she sneered and turned away from the innkeeper..

It is well written, reflecting well the scandalous behaviour of a mother who doesn't accept her child. Keeping in mind that the writer isn't a native English speaker, this deserves more praise!



Many thanks to Mascha for her work on the new look of Caribbean Dawn, our story's next volume.

The “Histories and Chronicles of the West Indies” are the whole site’s, not anybody’s monopoly, and I really appreciate when people get involved and show that we are a community! Taking part in the community, giving feedback, talking about your characters is also important, and spending a few idle moments on a game while waiting for an answer is never a bad idea. The discussion about characters and you and characters and time is also interesting, and the dare game is meant to bring more lively and interesting scenes for our story and for our writing community.

Many of our crewmates haven’t ever posted in the introduction thread, and nobody except their immediate writing partners know them. This is something to remediate, as we have also changed the former introduction thread into an introduction forum, which would enable a new thread for each member, to welcome them, to discuss with them and help them get acquainted with our writing community. This forum comprises also a questionnaire meant to find common points between newer and older members, and facilitate discussion subjects. So, please open a thread where answering to the introduction questionnaire, and browse the other replies, looking for people sharing any common interests with you. Now the introduction threads can be an open discussion with the others, for strengthening community and friendship among writing partners!

You know also that we need fresh blood of the history-loving, writing and dedicated kind… I am making an appeal to all of you to bring other friends of yours who are into writing swashbuckling adventures, because the word of mouth is the most powerful way of advertising. In addition to this, the ones who have blogs, MySpace, LiveJournal or InsaneJournal accounts, please advertise “Before the Mast” and try to bring new members. Those who have Facebook accounts – please “Like” our page and spread the word! Those with Twitter and Tumblr, follow us and retweet/ reblog some of our messages! We have the site’s Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Deviant Art group links in the sidebar, just a click away – but how successful can they be if even some of the members ignore them?

Voting daily in the topsites also helps… You can find them below the affiliates, under the heading "Vote for us!"

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Help us be seen and grow with gaining new valuable members! You can give your contribution to our site’s growth, and you’ll have more people and characters to write with! Each person’s effort counts in making our writing community better, sounder or bigger!

Happy writing and… a March amulet for each of you – namely Owly, our mascot!

Feb 16 2017, 09:13 AM
May all your wishes come true!



You have a cake from Maribel,



a balloon



and a serenade medley,
lacking only Sol's dedication for Cacica
and Leftheris' for Adrien.


MANY HAPPY RETURNS!
Jan 28 2017, 12:20 AM
May all your wishes come true!



MANY HAPPY RETURNS!
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