The Pyrates Way
The Pyrates Way – A Magazine FOR Pyrates Created BY Pyrates!
So claims the cover of The Pyrates Way premiere, Autumn 2006 issue. The cover features a pirate wench with a cork in her teeth superimposed over what appears to be Greece (probably somewhere quite different, but it looks like Greece.) The cover text boasts articles on many piratey subjects, from tattoos to Bartholomew Roberts. Overall the cover is a bit congested, but hopefully you’re not buying it for the cover. Let’s talk innards, mates…
I think it best to examine The Pyrates Way from two perspectives – content and presentation. Starting with content, this issue has several feature articles. First is an interview with Brad Howard of the band Pyrates Royale. I’m not very familiar with this particular group, and found the article quite interesting. The interviewer did make some odd comments (suggesting that a band “rehashes” the same material seems a harsh choice of words), and the writing is at times a little raw and awkward, but by and large I found it an interesting and enjoyable read. I can easily say the same of the next two features, Continue reading
by Tanith Lee
I liked the swears, in particular. Wonderfully creative, g-rated swears. Swears such as “dastardly custard!” and “by the Sacred Golden Pig of Eira…”
Artemesia is a restless young girl trapped in a boarding school that’s hellbent on making her into a proper young lady. Her life prior to the school is a mystery to all, especially herself, as she’s afflicted with amnesia. But this changes drastically when a whack on the head brings back memories of her late mother, Piratica, and their adventures together on the high seas during Art’s youth. Determined to recapture her former life, Art escapes her boarding school to seek her mother’s old crew and once again pluder the seas of the world. Through luck, determination, and guile, Art seizes her new (old?) life and claims her mother’s identity as Piratica for herself. But while pirating is all she’d remembered, her own past isn’t, so to speak, and Art learns that her memories might not be quite what she, er, remembers. Continue reading
I hate to be so blunt, especially with a game that I had hoped to love:
Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales is an uncut diamond buried deep within a bottomless dung heap. It could have been great, it should have been great, but for whatever reason it was sent to market incomplete in most every respect, and is therefore not worth your hard-earned doubloons.
I’m an enormous fan of the original Seadogs. For all it’s quirks and bugs, it was still wonderfully fun, and easily set the standard for 3rd person pirate adventure games. Pirates of the Caribbean (Seadogs 2 before jumping on board with Disney) was also flawed – the last minute Disney changes seemed half-baked and disrupted the original intentions of the developers. But just the same, it was quite the improvement over Seadogs, and with the various mods created by fans it soon evolved into an ever-growing pirate world of near infinite options. Continue reading
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Matt Stone – proprietor of Sea Wolf Clothing, and pirate-afficianado – in which we discussed several of the ways in which he indulges in piracy in his daily life, as well as the roots, soul, and future of his pirate business. Continue reading
Swashbuckling Faith: Exploring for Treasure with Pirates of the Caribbean
by Tim Wesemann
A book that claims to use lessons hidden within the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl to teach morale truths? How could I not check this out?
In Swashbuckling Faith, author Tim Wesemann endeavors to utilze the plot of one of our favorite pirate movies to demonstrate Christian teachings. And by and large, he does exactly that. Each chapter begins with an account of a movie scene, which is then followed by an applicable lesson. As the title claims, the lessons are largely geared towards faith – pursuit of grace and steering clear of the devil – rather than the more mainstream sort of “be nice to each other” life skills.
Chapters read very much like a preacher’s sermon, although certainly an interesting sermon (far more than many I’ve sat through, I’ll grant.) However, they don’t so much disect Pirates of the Caribbean for their faith conclusions as utilize the scenes as springboards into larger, tangential discussions. Continue reading