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So What's The Pirate Ship Like, Anyway?
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Rollme S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/22/2012 17:47:42

This file seems like mainly a random name generator for ships, and a random flag/figurehead generator. It also has some fun details that can be used to generate random histories to assign to ships and crews. I purchased this with Villainous Pirates, which I loved, thinking this would give me a little more than it did. The ship names are fun, and I like having the three general sailor/pirate npc stat blocks, but the captain's names (to me anyway) are all superseded by the fact that if I am going to use a pirate ship with material from a raging swan book, it will have one of the villainous pirates at the helm. That said, this is a good companion for that book. I would have liked to see more detail on the ships, like sets of various non-standard stat blocks (not everyone has a standard model 10kgp sailing ship in my game, and I would like to see some higher and lower value/power ships statistics), and maybe "cargo manifests" to use as player handout loot lists. Overall this is a fun random generator and I wouldn't say there is anything wrong with it, but it didn't cover as much as I had hoped it would for $2.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
So What's The Pirate Ship Like, Anyway?
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/08/2012 10:20:34

This pdf is 15 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank inside the front cover, 2 pages editorial and 1 page ToC and foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving 7 pages of content.

Seeing that 2012 will be a very piratey year for PFRPG, this pdf provides the beleaguered DM with tables to create pirate ships on the fly: We get 100 ship names, 1oo descriptors for ships, 50 sample ship names, 20 sample names for male captains and 20 names for female captains. We also get 2 tables (DC 10 and 20) on knowledge about the ship with 10 entries each. For a DC 15 or 20-check we get 10 sample pieces of information on crew and captain and even 2 lists on past exploits of the crew. The pdf does not stop there, though and adds 50 pirate epithets, 50 figureheads and 50 sample flags.

In contrast to most "So what's..."-pdfs, we get 3 sample statblocks for pirates - a CR 1/2, a Cr 1 Veteran and a CR 3 master-at-arms. Useful additional content!

Conclusion: Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to a 3-column standard for the tables and 2-columns for the more wordy sections. The pdf comes with a special version optimized for e-reader usage, but no collated statblocks in a single pdf - seeing that there are 3 and they take up one page, that's not too bad. There is nothing wrong with this pdf and I really enjoyed the statblocks. However, I would have enjoyed more of the knowledge tables and e.g. a "special"-table containing bits of information like "the ship's hull is plastered with sahuagin scales", "fire-proof", "crew-less golem-ship" etc.. That being said, this installment of the series is still a good buy and I'll settle for a final verdict of 4 stars - a good pdf that could have been a bit better.



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