Small Sundays: The USS Constitution in pursuit of the pirate ship Sea Nymph

Posted: April 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »


USS Constitution and the Sea Nymph
(laminated foamcore game pieces from Pirates of the Spanish Main — Crimson Coast and Revolution expansions)
Acquired: Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy (Austin, TX)

Note: When Pirates of the Spanish Main was released in 2004, I was super-excited by it. Not only was it centered on pirate ships and other sailing vessels , it scratched that model-making itch by giving players cards to punch out so you could build the ships yourself. The game mechanics made for fast-paced, table-top play with easy movement, but more importantly provided what players really wanted — an easy way to pretend to blow the hell out of each other with booming cannons. Sadly, the model boat version was discontinued after a few years, and then later relaunched as a card-only game.

And hey, kids! Did you know the USS Constitution is a real ship? And a pretty famous one, at that. I got to see her during a trip to Boston, and I’d recommend it if you ever have the chance to take a look at Old Ironsides yourself. (If you just can’t wait, there’s a virtual tour available, too.)

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