Monday, September 06, 2004


High Seas Adventure

SHIP'S LOG - Aboard the Festering Boil
Ol' Chumbukcet recording
Sept. 6, 2004

The cannons were roaring off to the north, but my ships ignored the fracas. There was gold to be gathered! And we didn't need the inconvenience of a sea battle.

The action took place Sunday at Fantasy Knights, a gaming center in our home port of Albany, OR. The store was holding a tournament for Pirates of the Spanish Main and invited Cap'n Slappy and meself. Under the circumstances, we had to say yes.

Now, Slappy and meself are not gamers. We don't play the role playing games so much. Poker with cigars and beer and many a bawdy song are more our style, with Mad Sally, the Official Lusty Pirate Wench, leading the chorus and Lieutenant Keeling usually raking in the winnings, since he doesn't drink, the sneaky bastard. But we took a hand in the opening round, before we had to dash off for another appearance.

I don't like to brag, but I think I'd have won had I not had to leave. While a good cannonading of the opposition looked fun, and the other three players were lining up their shots one at another, I read the instructions closely and they said nothing about points for sinking the enemy. All it said is the winner is the one with the most gold. Cap'n Slappy laughed at me later for getting so into it – but I'm convinced that in three more moves I'd have won because I was after the gold! Well, we'll never know now, will we, but it was fun.

We just want to thank all the guys at Fantasy Knights for inviting us, for making us feel welcome, buying more than a few copies of our book, and teaching us the rules and letting us play for a while. We had a good time!

Remember - 11 days til Talk Like a Pirate Day Weekend begins Sept. 17. 13 days until Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Dear Ol' Chumbucket:
I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your gaming experience. Many first-timers are scared off by obsessive players and overly complex rules. It was in the playing of such games ( modified for our enjoyment) that me brother and I created our own nom de pirates. We have had fun with them for years. I hope you get to try your hand at it again when you have more time.
Have a great TLAPW and I'll talk more later.
Black Butch
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