Thursday, February 23, 2012


Belatedly it occurs to me that I haven't made a decent compilation of materials available to support a Skull & Bones campaign. To remedy that, please refer to the following list. These are items that I've purchased, and I can attest to the quality of the different products.


Skull & Bones Rulebook

This is, in my opinion, the best set of rules for a historical pirate campaign available.

Corsair Supplement

This book presents more detailed rules for ship-to-ship combat; one of my favorite elements is a detailed set of deck plans for a brigantine.

Buccaneers & Bokor E-Zine

I'll admit a bias in favor of these issues, given that I had articles in issues six and seven. Still, I loved the fact that all content was OGL, and they presented a lot of useful material

Issue 1

Issue 2

Issue 3

Issue 4

Issue 5

Issue 6

Issue 7

0one Games presents some excellent maps, including the two listed below.

Pirate Island

Pirate Ship

Also, it's been brought to my attention that Dragon Magazine Issue 318 has articles about pirate-themed campaigns and the city of Port Royal, with the latter featuring a nice full-color map.

The Cabin Boy's Pocket Pirate Hand Book is a nice PDF packed with information about life aboard a pirate ship.


  1. indeed, the article in Dragon Magazine was short, but useful, the part about Port Royal more so than the general advice. A copy of the map from the article is online at the artist's website:
    I thought the Buccaneers and Bokor Port Royal information was better.