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The best pirate themed board game I ever played is Blackbeard by Avalon Hill.

I'm not sure if it's easily available anymore but it's a great pirate game. It's a little more historical sim (GMT after all) than game, but could be quite good if you have 4-5 that are really into it, but not as great solo (that is why I didn't bite).
And if I recall it can actually be played solo as well.

Black Fleet (2014) by Sebastian Bleasdale.

  • Mechanics: Area Movement, Pick-up and Deliver, Variable Player Powers
  • Average rating is 7.1125; rated by 2802 people. Weight: 1.9608
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Port Royal : push your luck card game with pirate theme.
It's easy to explain, with quick turns and expansion which adds contracts cards as additional things to compete for (that even makes game playable solo or cooperatively), without adding complexity.
Its designed by (Alexander Pfister: Mombasa, Broom Service, Isle of Skye, Great Western Trail).
Another big plus for this game is that it has active participation for all players during every turn.
Highly recommended (both the base game and the expansion)

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I am planning a wedding at the end of October, so this will be a tradiational fall wedding, but the things is I hate the color orange. It is a long story. But northern Massachusetts will be awash in color I truly dislike, orange.

Just because your wedding is in the fall, doesn't mean it has to be fall colors!

While I can't get around what it looks like outside, I would like to have more control of the way the colors look at the reception. I had a girlfriend who used deep cranberry red chocolatey brown for an October wedding, and it was really beautiful, though I don't want to just take her colors.

We want to pay homage to the season but not necessarily have it be the theme.

I really love browns/tans, reds and greens but I don't want to look too much like a Christmas wedding. I've been scouring Pinterest and other blogs but I can't seem to find a happy medium between the stereotypical Autumn and Christmas theme.

I am leaning toward a shade of purple, which looks great for weddings in fall in my oppinion. But some people have been telling me it isn't a wedding color.

My fiance tells me to have purples if I want purples!

He just doesn't want it to overwhelm the rest of a more neutral contrasting color palette.

We're doing purples, cream, green, and gold. I, too, didn't want a "purple wedding" (honestly I usually don't even like purple!) so most of the decor will be gold and cream, with a lot of greens from the florals. The purple will come from some of the flowers (going fairly neutral with pops of purple jewel tones) and the uplighting.

The bridesmaids aren't matching, so this is a nice palette for the girls minus the gold; each one gets to pick a different color.

I wanted to avoid feeling too "seasonal." Picking colors is hard! Seriously, it was the most difficult decision we've made so far. I think having a "Fall" themed wedding because it's Fall is just not creative - of course if that's what your into, that's fine - and there are so many ways to make your wedding unique.

I really enjoy the elegance that I feel Autumn has without looking like pumpkins and apples threw up all over the décor.

Right now my favorite color combo for a fall wedding are still the colors that fall in the range of cranberry and dusty light blue which combines a lot of aspects that I like.

No matter what colors you decide to go with for your fall wedding, I should note that one very important piece of information to keep in mind is that you're going to be in the midst of the fall leaves remember that yellow/orange/red's complimentary colors are purple/blue/green respectively.

Any of those colors pop and can contrast well when put up against their complimentary color.

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There wasn't any fixed food or so and most of it varied according to the seas in which they were sailing in.

Anyone who was on the seas (be it for trade or pirating) always made it a point to stop somewhere where citrus fruits could grow so they could stock up and eat as many as they could during their voyage. Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes) have Vitamin C, which is necessary to prevent getting scurvy.

This is why a "scurvy dog" is a popular pirate lingo thing to say.

This is also why the British are often called "limeys." During the peak of all the British trade routes, the go-to citrus fruit to gather and have on board were limes, so it became common to see and thus associate British sea-farers with eating limes.

In the Caribbean, for fresh meat, sea turtles were the main choice.

They were fast in sea so they were a bit harder to catch while sailing but once the pirates stopped at land, they would just hunt some to eat and turn the rest on their backs and come back later to carry them to the ship's hold where they would be kept alive. Furthermore, soft shelled turtle eggs were also pretty popular amongst the pirates.

Fish was the other source and was plentiful in the Caribbean but there were actually a lot of times when none would be caught. Other than that, sometimes when pirates came upon uninhabited islands, they would club the tame turtle doves and store them to eat as well. In the 17th and 18th century, hens were also kept sometimes for eggs and meat but they mostly finished after the start of the voyage.

As for the more sustainable food, hardtack biscuits were the main choice but many of them would become filled with worms and weevils so that wasn't very good food.

A favourite story of mine is how Henry Morgan thought he could just live off the land and did not load food onto his ships.

When the time came, his crew were so starved to death, they would start eating their leather satchels. A recipe was to slice the leather, soak it and then beat and rub between stones to soften it up. Scrape off all the hair and grill it upon fire, and then try to eat the pieces by making them small and with lots of water.

The term buccaneer derives from the Caribbean Arawak word buccan, a wooden frame for smoking meat, preferably manatee.

From this derived the French word boucane and hence the name boucanier for French hunters who used such frames to smoke meat from feral cattle and pigs on Hispaniola. English colonists anglicised the word boucanier to buccaneer.

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I don't see as much info on them because they aren't big in the box office I guess but what are the best romantic films of the past decade.

I'm guessing it's mostly low grossing ones that normally you wouldn't hear about?

The ones below are the only ones since 2005 that I like and most of them not that much not to mention that I think Her, 500 Days of Summer, and Before Midnight were the only three pure romantic movies on the list. If it helps, my all-time favourite romantic films are The Apartment, Before Sunrise/Sunset, Groundhog Day, Say Anything, and Breakfast At Tiffany's.

  • 500 Days of Summer
  • Frances Ha
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Before Midnight
  • The 40 Year Old Virgin
  • Her
  • Adventureland
  • Up In The Air
  • Just Like Heaven
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Knocked Up
  • The Invention of Lying
  • She's Out of My League

As far as dumb rom-coms go, Leap Year was delightful. It was light, funny, and didn't completely fall to pieces at the end.

I also liked Letters to Juliet. This was another dumb-ish rom-com that just knew what kind of movie it was and excelled at it. You want beautiful people? Got it. Gorgeous travel photography? Got it and good. A simple story that leaves you feeling a-okay about love and life? Right here. The romance going on between the older couple (whose real life story seems to be the basis for the movie) is actually much sweeter than the youngsters. Anyway, it's just a simple pleasure.

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I had everything: Ship Maps, Naval Combat System, An Archipelago, Plot points. My party didn't like the idea of being "trapped in a boat" "Boats should be means to go somewhere, not the adventure" it was a matter of personal taste you know.

Here's what happened so far and what will happen.

The PCs sided with their captain during a mutiny and were left for dead stranded on the coast of the mainland after the first mate successfully killed the captain. They managed to gain a ship after winning the favor of a local noble, and set off after their old ship to seek revenge against the first mate.

Hearing rumors that the first mate has headed off towards an island chain with the goal of reviving the captain as a zombie, the crew has set sail.

On the way to the islands they encounter a crazy storm and end up stranded on an unmapped island.

This is where we are now.

The plan is for the island to be the lost capital of an ancient sea empire which was wiped out when the volcano on the island killed all the inhabitants, Pompeii style.

Knowledge of the island has been lost since the magical defense that sprung up when the volcano erupted have kept the island from being rediscovered and nobody has been alive on the island to turn off the magical defenses. The only reason our PCs end up on the island is due to the freak storm that basically whirlpools them through the defenses.

I'm planning a super dungeon here in the lost capital.

The capital city is a series of concentric rings with each layer being guarded by tougher and tougher enemies which will be described as being part of the magical defenses of the city.

The only intelligent entity on the island will be the spirit of a mad wizard who was the only person to predict that the island would be wiped out by a volcano.

He fused his essence into an eternal flame that he kept in his mansion outside the city. He can't leave a small radius around his eternal flame and has slowly been going crazy and losing his memory after the last 1000 years of isolation.

I'm planning for the PCs to meet the wizard, who will help them after much craziness. The wizard will explain that magical items can feed his eternal flame and they can find items in the city. They will explore the first couple levels of the city and find items and possibly some form of magical boat.

The magical items that the PCs gain from the city can be sacrificed to help the wizard gain some of his memory. The wizard will ask for help to find the elements of a super weapon called "The Tear of Sea" which this ancient sea empire was in the midst of constructing when they were destroyed. This super weapon had the power to control the sea after being soaked in sea water.

The longer the Tear was allowed to sit in the ocean the more power it absorb to the point where it could cause things like tsunamis.

Anyway it turns out the the first mate at the the very beginning, the one they have been chasing is after the same thing. The captain actually had royal blood from this ancient sea empire and he is the key to unlock some of the components of the sea weapon.

I'm planning for this island they are stranded on to become their home base. The capital city will have many levels so that it's impossible for low level characters to fully clear. I imagine the the PCs will go off on adventures, chasing after the back-stabbing first mate, getting clues towards the Tear of the Sea and getting stronger along the way.

Then they can return to their home base and clear out some more levels of the capital, gaining some more magical items from this ancient sea empire.

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This is my secretest guiltiest pleasure. Seriously. Some people go to comic cons.

I marathon BBC.

I am crazy for this shit. I am totally normal 90% of the time. The rest of it goes into this insanity. Most of these are on youtube under some obscure abbreviation. All of these I love.

P&P, North and South are the classics. Any fool knows this. (I kid, I kid!)

Other well made ones are :

  1. Wives and Daughters
  2. Our Mutual Friend (aaaahhh)
  3. River Queen (if you haven't seen River Queen go see River Queen!)
  4. Lorna Doone

Jane Eyre 1983, 2006 and 2011 (Now, at first glance, the 1983 one may appear dull as dirt. It's one of those Masterpiece Theatre ones where they film it like it's a play. But never have I seen as much passion in a movie such as this. Mr. Rochester is DEFINED by Timothy Dalton's role. All other Mr. Rochesters' pale in comparison. He is a madman with an intense, almost abusive, passion for Jane, and one scene in particular is just riveting. He said this was the best bit he's ever acted)

  1. Ruby in the Smoke
  2. Emma 2009 and 1996
  3. Little Dorrit (Dickens was the king at making fun of bureaucracy)
  4. A Town Like Alice 1956
  5. Sense and Sensibility 1995 & 2008
  6. Under the Greenwood Tree (a bit... more provincial than usual)
  7. Northanger Abbey
  8. Persuasion 1995 and 2007
  9. Daniel Deronda
  10. Bleak House
  11. The Legend of 1900 (the first period drama I got into. I love the scene where he first falls in love.)
  12. Secret Garden both 1986 and 1993. (The 1993 is better, but the 1986 has amazing surrealistic cinematography of India and soundtrack. God I'm going to die alone.)

  13. A Little Princess

  14. A Room With a View
  15. Mansfield Park 1999 (The new BBC one is good too, but for some reason the main character bugs me)
  16. A Royal Affair
  17. The Outsider 2002
  18. Lillies

Low budget but I still love them:

  1. Far from the Madding Crowd 1998 (SO excited for the remake. While my sister thinks this is boring, I love love this version They follow John Hardy's book to a T. Even the part where she wakes him up by sprinkling goat milk on him, it was interesting to see a small, irreverent detail like that copied into the movie).
  2. Falling for a Dancer
  3. The Winslow Boy (Romance is subtle, but perfect)
  4. Firelight

Everybody seems to be making fun of Catherine Cookson, apparently the only people allowed to like her stuff is old english nannies with curlers in their hair.

My fav CC movie versions are 'The Fifteen Streets', 'The Moth', 'Wingless Bird', 'Glass Virgin', and 'Tide of Life'. Avoid the 'Dwelling Place', unless you like watching the protagonist fall in love with her rapist. I said it, I LOVE Catherine Cookson.

  1. Sweet Land
  2. Passchendaele
  3. Random Passage
  4. Swept from the sea
  5. Tipping the Velvet
  6. Lost World 2001 (Are Victorian-era dinosaurs allowed?)
  7. Berkeley Square
  8. Snow Walker (well this was set in the 1940's, but so so beautiful)
  9. For Love Alone (Sam Neill, amiright? This movie is actually impossible to find, I had to buy a VHS copy from New Zealand)
  10. Cold Comfort Farm ("I saw something nasty in the woodshed")
  11. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  12. The Magic of Ordinary Days
  13. Middlemarch

Some super popular, expensively-made period dramas that everyone's already likely seen:

  1. The Piano (Beautiful).
  2. Last of the Mohicans (will always be a fav)
  3. Roan Inish
  4. Possession
  5. Count of Monte Cristo
  6. Little Women
  7. The African Queen (The ending made me so happy)
  8. Girl With A Pearl Earring
  9. The Illusionist
  10. Gosford Park
  11. Hope and Glory
  12. Black Beauty
  13. Dr. Zhivago

I, I have to admit, I love Robin Hood movies... Including the Errol Flynn one...

Oh god I hate myself right now. No regrets!