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The Pirate GM's Essential Nautical Charts and Tables

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This GM Accessory is compatible with the 5th edition of the World's Most Popular Fantasy RPG.

Are you looking for simple yet detailed rules for ships of all sorts?

Congratulations! You've found them.

The Pirate GM's Essential Nautical Charts and Tables Includes . . .

Rules for both Simple Ships and Sailing Ships

27 Different Tables and Charts

2 Different Ship Critical Hit Tables

Rules for Ship Speeds and Travelling Times

Rules for Sighting and Encounter Ranges

Rules for Ship Weapons

Rules for Repulsing Boarders

And Much More.

If you are taking your campaign to sea, then you need this supplement!

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Sebastian T July 08, 2018 1:44 am UTC
Were any of the issues below addressed?
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Dylan L January 24, 2020 4:45 am UTC
A few years later is better than not hearing anything back, I hope?

- I did not encounter any black boxes overlapping any of the text
- The tables have a lot of information in them, and there is quite a variety of information, but I don't think half the information in the pdf is really useful unless you're really looking to have an incredibly granular game. Lots of Wind Speeds, how long changing a sail takes, what kinds of sails mean what to your speeds, how effective you skeleton crew is, what kind of captain is aboard, how barnacle buildup will effect speeds.
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James W June 27, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Great resource for those wanting to integrate sailing ships into your game. The book has information for the mundane things you need to know to create the feel for a swashbuckling adventure - distances you can see while at sea, rate of speed of sailing vessels, rules for boarding vessels, giving stats for NPC crews and how their experience and numbers influence the ships performance.

Layout of the book is clean and clear and the author uses good examples to show how the tables would be used to arbitrate an action. Worth the $4 if you want to integrate rules for ship engagements in your game without adopting rules that are overly complex or burdensome. Maintains the 5e approach to rules being just chewy enough so DMs are not making it all up as they go along. Allows DMs to be consistent in their world.
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Leon P May 25, 2018 12:29 pm UTC
could you clarify what the 27 different tables and charts are? Because many Tables and Charts always sounds good but sometimes has nothing to it
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John R November 27, 2016 7:57 am UTC
There are strange black boxes overlaying some text throughout the pdf and I can't get them to go away.
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Mark C November 27, 2016 1:14 pm UTC
Honestly, I don't know what the problem could be. Contact me via Black Shark Enterprises webpage (, explain the problem again, make sure to leave your drivethrurpg (or whatever) email, and we'll get the problem fixed. Sorry if this seems like a run-around, but I just want to track the problems on my own website as well as the drivethru sites. Thanks.

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Mark C July 03, 2016 8:31 am UTC
The quick preview does work, but the main preview does not. I have a support ticket submitted. Thank you.
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Nina B July 01, 2016 3:33 pm UTC
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