Friday, November 22, 2013

Interlude 52: The Circumnavigation

This post is, admittedly, a work in progress. As I've been preparing various material, I've been wanting to put together a map of the world for use in a campaign. My problem is that I don't know if I can ever reach a point at which I'm satisfied that it is comprehensive in covering piratical possibilities around the world. To that end, I've decided to post it now, and then update it as new ideas come to me.


Interlude 52: The Circumnavigation
At some point during their piratical careers, the PC's could find themselves in a position to try circumnavigating the globe. Although this is a daunting task, it carries a certain amount of prestige for those who do it. It also, needless to say, presents many good opportunities for exotic encounters and other challenges.

Making the Trip
When it comes to outfitting for a voyage such as this, the GM would do well to consult the article "Dehydration and Starvation" to find guidelines for monitoring a vessel's supply of food and fresh water. Should the crew run short of these provisions, they begin to suffer the ill effects detailed in that article. What is more, this gives them excellent incentive to make landfall in strange, unknown places in order to resupply.

Navigation is also an important concern. Refer to page 22 of the Skull & Bones rulebook to find guidelines for using the Knowledge: navigation skill.

Locations, Locations, Locations
Presented here is a key with details regarding the areas noted on the map.

1. Refer to the Skull & Bones rulebook, along with the article "Settlements of the Spanish Main" in Buccaneers & Bokor Issue 6, for more information regarding the Caribbean Sea and the Spanish Main. Moreover, any of the adventures not mentioned below are set in this region.

2. Refer to the article "The Mediterranean Sea and Algiers" for more information about this area; additionally, the scenarios "Treacherous Waters" and "The Eye of the Storm" take place here.

3. Suggested hazards and encounters for the Cape of Good Hope are presented in the scenario "The Ends of the Earth."

4. The adventure "Above and Below" presents a long-lost Chinese treasure cache and a tribe of natives that can be found here.

5. The article "London Town" provides an overview of that famous city.

6. Refer to the article "Cape Coast Castle" and the scenario "Into the Shadows" for details about the outpost to be found here.

Links to Other Interludes
For one thing, the GM could easily drop other interludes on the party during this lengthy voyage. Good options here include "The Hazards," "The Shipwrecker," "The Timingila," "The Storm" and "The Storm 2." Members of the crew might create some of the actions, such as is described in "The Competition 2" or "The Jonah." There could always be an unexpected passenger aboard the ship, too, such as in "The Stowaway."

Finally, it should be noted that characters who successfully perform this task should be granted the benefits of the Been-Round fortune--that is, a +2 insight bonus to all Knowledge (sea lore), Profession (sailor) and Swim checks.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Three Quick Updates

Here are a few items that I think might be of interest.

First, Adamant Entertainment, who produced Skull & Bones via Green Ronin Publishing, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. As part of that, the company has made the first issue of Buccaneers & Bokor, the e-zine that inspired this blog, free from RPGNow. Check out the link below.

Adamant Entertainment Blog

Thanks go to EnWorld for the news.

Second, the game publisher Ubisoft, in conjunction with Vice Media, has produced a series of videos in anticipation of releasing Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Here's a link to it on Youtube.

Assassin's Creed 4 Video

The pirate-related website Under the Black Flag gets credit for this one.

Finally, while checking out the above-mentioned video, I found a documentary on the Golden Age of Piracy from the BBC that clocks in at nearly two hours.

BBC Documentary