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Link now dead One of the first entries:"Avast, Matey, Thar Still Be Pirates
on the High Seas Today"
by Mark G. McLaughlin A Brief History of Piracy Under Sail
Piracy has been a way of life and commerce since the “Sea-peoples” ravaged Pharaoh’s trade routes over 3,000 years ago. Those peoples and their descendants and emulators dominated the Mediterranean trade routes until Pompey and Caesar eradicated them in the last century before the birth of Christ. Although there were always brigands afloat, large, organized pirate fleets disappeared from European history for nearly 800 years. When they did return, they returned with a vengeance.
Mark G. McLaughlin is a war game designer who has published through GMT Games
board and card games. Most are of the Napoleonic Era. Another, Rebel Raiders on the High Seas
, is a comparatively short and simple game of the naval conflict at sea and on the great rivers in the American Civil War. Easily playable in less than three hours, Rebel Raiders on the High Seas
is a strategic contest between two players, one seeking to reunite the Union by force, the other to maintain its new independence in the face of the escalating industrial might and resolve of its northern brother. More of a representation than a detailed simulation of that conflict, the game is intensely engaging, highly interactive and moves along quickly, with players constantly responding and reacting to their opponent’s moves.
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