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Pilots' Almanac: Maritime & Piloting Rules
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The vocation of pilot is a perfect career for roleplaying. It provides an excellent and natural rationale for travel, exploration, and adventure. With this module, it becomes possible for PCs to go to sea and follow a career as pilot, pirate, or maritime trader. Of course, the distinctions between these occupations may be academic, since many PCs will dabble in all three.

This module, a republishing of the 1988 classic, contains the following sections:

  • Pilot (16 pages): Pilots' Guild, vessel profile, piloting routine
  • Crew (10): Seamen's Guild, crew positions, crewing a vessel, life at sea, law at sea, crew list, crew routines, crew fatigue
  • Shipwright (12): Shipwrights' Guild, shipyards, ships (data on 12 types of ship), shipbuilding
  • Maritime Trade (6): Trade goods, maritime trade routine, buying and selling cargoes, longshore operations, port encounters, cargo manifest
  • Port Almanac (10): data on ports of Hârn, Ivinia, Shorkyne, and Trierzon.
  • Glossary of maritime terms (6)
  • Maps of Hârn, Ivinia, Shorkyne, and Trierzon regions

Although these rules are designed for HârnMaster, they can be easily converted to other systems. About all that will be necessary is to convert the HârnMaster skill system to your own system. Or convert to HârnMaster; you will not regret it.

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Jason W July 24, 2017 3:52 pm UTC
I have the original and I'm not quite sure what they are thinking at $40 for a pdf. The book is 30 years old! They seem to be going the Games Workshop model of pricing.
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Osku A June 24, 2017 2:35 pm UTC
Price might be little high but you should really support our troops!
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Mark J July 01, 2017 10:17 am UTC
Not at that price
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Jose F June 23, 2017 2:16 am UTC
Surely the price must be a mistake. You can buy hard copies for half this price.
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Andrew M June 23, 2017 8:51 pm UTC
No, of course it's not a mistake. This is Columbia Games, the patron saints of ludicrous pricing. Note that I have this in hard copy, and it's a great piece of work by the best duo Harn ever had -- the originator Crossby, and his main collaborator in the golden years, Tom Dalgleish. I recommend the content 100%, but this price is ridiculous. Forty dollars for a PDF supplement of super-specialized rules -- and I'd imagine that this is one of the items that they didn't even update at all; just a PDF conversion of the original electronic files from '92 or whenever, so there's not even any new content costs to recoup. What goes through their heads at this company?
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John M June 24, 2017 10:25 pm UTC
According to the post on the HarnForum, the document has high res scans of the four full-size regional maps plus two new ship types in addition to the original product. Whether that is worth $40 (less discounts) or not is up to you as an individual. I'll be buying it... and I'll be getting a discount....
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George F June 26, 2017 1:12 pm UTC
Pricing is the main thing that's kept me from getting me into HarnMaster. :/
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Andrew M June 26, 2017 10:25 pm UTC
The regional maps were part of the original package, and two new ship types is nothing. Anyway, to each his own. I've used the book many times, built and crewed ships and used them in Harn games, and I think this is one of the best items they ever published. And IMO they're charging double what they should, given the merchandise you can get here for $20.00 (including quality print plus PDF from established publishers).
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