Review: Greenbeard the Pirate Pig

Posted at 6:18 pm in Books

20140204-1Rating: ★★★★☆

All educational and child-rearing specialists agree on the importance of reading to your kids about pirates from an early age. But they sometimes forget to mention that sharing the true exploits of François l’Olonnais with an impressionable toddler can lead to less-than-desireable results. This is why we need books like Greenbeard the Pirate Pig to ease our youngsters into the basics of high seas shenanigans without prematurely exposing them to more advanced subjects (like cannibalism.) [read more »]

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Written by Bilge on February 4th, 2014

A Pirate’s ABC Adventure on Kickstarter

Posted at 9:02 pm in News

Hoist a mug for Kickstarter, once again giving another ambitious pirate the chance to make his salty dream a reality! Luke Ahearn’s own dream is to influence younker to a life a piratin’ and spellin’, which seems a fine start to me. Check out his video, and if yer so moved, drop a coin or two!

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Written by Bilge on July 24th, 2013

Conquering Online Poker to Anime

Posted at 11:05 am in News

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The New Generation’s Interpretation of Pirates
Despite zombies, vampires and werewolves taking over many movies and television series, pirates still remain a favorite theme across all types of entertainment. Kids still enjoy their fair share of swashbuckling action.

With the advent of the internet, many have grown to love even foreign interpretations of our beloved buccaneers. From online games to Japanese Anime, here are some of the popular new interpretations of pirates:

Pirates Poker
Poker has undergone a major shift after experiencing an online gaming boom during the mid-2000s. Since then, a steady increase of card gaming fans now enjoys poker games via the internet. Following the format of Facebook’s popular social game Texas Hold’em Poker as well as leading online gaming community bwin. Party’s, a new social game has emerged taking in a pirate theme and story. Pirates Poker is the new game to be introduced by developer Geewa. The game developer has had success with its previous work, Pool Live Tour which ranks in the Top 25 games of Facebook according to Experience how to become the most feared pirate by conquering your opponents in a game of Texas Hold’em and other versions of the beloved card game. [read more »]

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Written by Bilge on July 12th, 2013

Review: Caliche Rum

Posted at 5:25 pm in Rum

Rating: ★★★★☆
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calicheA sippable white rum – rare, but not unheard of. But even on the shelf, Caliche stands apart from its pale brethren with its mottled glass bottle, neck wrapped in hemp. It gives a rustic, tropical appearance usually reserved for aged rums, and makes this the only white rum I can think of that indeed looks piratey (a necessity for those of truly distinguished taste.)

While white rums generally equate to un-aged, Caliche is in fact a blend of aged rums using the Solera system. This results in a rather layered flavor profile. To the nose you’re met with fruit, while on tasting a creamy vanilla sensation dominates. The finish lingers and warms with alcohol burn that’s surprisingly gentle yet persistent.

Caliche is a class act, no doubt. It’s quite excellent straight up, and when sipped in moderation is damn near refreshing (not a quality I generally equate with rum.)

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Written by Bilge on May 19th, 2013

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Bestselling author Keith Thomson is looking for a few good pirates, artists preferred.

Posted at 5:16 pm in News

Just sharing a press release/opportunity for any fellow pirates/artists! ~Bilge

The author of the New York Times bestseller Once A Spy, is asking readers to submit their original photographs, paintings and drawings for a chance to be featured as the cover image for the digital edition of his modern-day pirate adventure Pirates of Pensacola.

How to enter: If you haven’t already read the book, you can sample the first fifty pages for free at and Next, send your original artwork in high resolution jpeg to by May 24. Full cover designs using original artwork will be accepted. Keith and crew will review the entries and choose three images that best capture the spirit of the book. These three finalists’ work will be showcased at and on the Official Keith Thomson Author Facebook Page ( during the week of May 27th. With the help of his pirate fans Keith will then choose the grand-prize-winner whose artwork will be used as the cover image. The grand prize winner and first runner-up will each receive a genuine piece-of-eight coin and the second runner-up will receive a signed first edition of Keith’s next novel, 7 grams of lead.

Keith hopes that his fellow pirate fans will enjoy contributing their swashbuckling images and that the contest will give readers a way to join the pirate adventure and possibly find some treasure along the way.

Keith created the current cover image for Pirates of Pensacola. It was used for the digital edition that Thomson donated to the Worldreader organization, a U.S. and European nonprofit that makes digital books available to children and their families in the developing world. Keith subsequently published the e-book on Amazon and Kobobooks.

Contest details and a complete list of the official contest rules are available at

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Written by Bilge on May 12th, 2013

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Black Sails Trailer

Posted at 12:00 pm in News

I’ll just come out and say it – when it comes to pirates, Disney has run its course. They kicked serious ass with Curse of the Black Pearl, but it’s been in decline ever since (first gradual, and then with On Stranger Tides damn near freefall.) If pirates are going to level-up in the near future, it’s going to be up to someone other than the mouse. And this new trailer for Black Sails… I’d say we have a contender in the running.


Written by Bilge on April 16th, 2013

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NorCal Pirate Fest – Lend a Hand!!!

Posted at 5:54 pm in News

NorCal Pirate Festival – my home away from home each June – is looking to expand. And add shade (it does get sunny and hot.) Lend a hand through Kickstarter and help this brilliant festival become even brillianter!

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Written by Bilge on April 13th, 2013

Hoist a Grog to Guybrush and Gang…

Posted at 4:59 pm in News

So Lucasarts is shutting down. The same gang that brought us LeChuck, Guybrush Threepwood, Elaine Marley, Murray, Herman Toothrot, Stan, Kate Capsize, the Cannibals, a three headed monkey, that Scottish barber guy, Fester Shinetop, Meathook, Walley, the sword master, the guy that taught you how to fight the sword master, and the pirates you fought to learn your insults before you could fight the sword master. And that’s all just off the top of my head.

So long, Lucasarts – you done good!

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Written by Bilge on April 3rd, 2013

Dreadcrew of Oddwood Winter Tour

Posted at 12:10 pm in News

Winter Tour flyer oddwoodLooks like we’re all in for some relief from the winter doldrums. Wait, did I say “all”? Scratch that – just the lucky bastids on the west coast – the rest of us will continue to enjoy our weekly “blizzard of the centuries.”

I haven’t seen Dread Crew perform in several years, but as I recall they were FACEMELTINGLY AWESOME! So, yeah… catch a show if you can.

For more info on Dreadcrew, I bet their website is all sorts of useful. It’s Buy some of their genius albums while you’re at it – they’ll rock your stripey socks right off and then scrape the barnacles from your gums like a sonic laser of pirattitude.

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Written by Bilge on March 5th, 2013

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Review: Dance Macaw

Posted at 5:11 pm in Music

Rating: ★★★½☆
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Dance MacawIn the world of pirate music, Marooned has always seemed to me a band apart. Neither in-your-face pirate-core (too soft and subdued in nature) nor background easy listening (too stand-out in its sharply contrasted male and female vocals), their music is at once understated yet domineering – somewhat like a passive-aggressive pirate captain with a penchant for morbidity. [read more »]

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Written by Bilge on February 17th, 2013



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