Choice of Broadsides


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DoraChoice of BroadsidesFrom the creators of the wildly popular Choice of the Dragon comes Choice of Broadsides, a text-based multiple choice RPG that puts you in the shoes of the greatest naval hero of all time... you!

The game is completely text based, and is played by selecting whatever you feel is the appropriate option or response for a given situation. You may find yourself dealing with a tense battle at sea where your choices could determine whether your crew lives or dies, or deciding how to treat captives you've brought on board. Depending on the type of character you want to play, the right answer to any situation is whatever you want it to be. Certain choices are received better or worse by other characters within the narrative, but if you want to be a cold, calculating officer who only cares about yourself... be one! If you want to be the hero who saves everyone... be one! Some paths are easier than others, and danger isn't always confined to the battlefield.

Analysis: Like its spiritual predecessor, Choice of the Dragon, Broadsides offers a lot of freedom in its well written narrative. You can be male or female, hero or scoundrel, Coke or Pepsi... it all comes down to you and how your actions affect the scenarios that unfold before you. The story here is a bit drier than the previous Choice of Games title, with more thought given to how people are going to react to your choices and think of you than where to fire. Diplomacy is important, and can mean the difference between a long and successful career, or one cut bloodily short. Of course, this isn't to say you should kiss everyone's boots or try to keep everyone happy; you'll get the most rewarding experience out of Broadsides if you approach situations by thinking the way your character would honestly react, rather than by simply picking the choice you think will get you the best boost within the game. In this, the game offers a nice chunk of replay value, so you can start over again with a different set of tactics to see how your attitude changes certain scenarios.

Broadsides is also exceptionally more complex in terms of statistics. Apparently, life is simpler when you're a dragon; all you have to worry about is picking bits of armor out of your teeth. Broadsides adds a multitude of new statistics to your character that need to be kept track of to keep your advantage, and as such puzzling out the best possible choice for a situation is harder than before. Arguably, this can be a point in its favour, since it forces you to roleplay more and really think about what your character would do. It winds up offering a deeper experience because of it, but also may scare off players who preferred the jump-in-and-go approach of Choice of the Dragon.

Surprisingly deep and well written, Choice of Broadsides is an ambitious adventure with a lot of twists and turns that should provide a lot of meat for fans of text RPGs to sink their teeth into. The lack of fangs and scales this time around shouldn't be a deterrent, since Broadsides offers a wealth of interesting characters to meet and tricky situations to resolve... and it's all up to you how you do it.

Those of you with an iPhone/iPod Touch or an Android phone will be pleased to learn that Choice of Broadsides is available on both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Android Games!

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Definitely more complicated than the last one. On my first playthrough, I played a gruff, unlikeable captain, but one who was unmatched in fighting, sailing, and intelligence. I royally messed up the mutiny sequence and most of the other social sequences, but managed to fight my way out of anything I talked my way into.

The main problem was the loads of different characters. When the game asked who I wanted as my first mate, I didn't recognize any of the names!

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This was a remarkably engaging text-based adventure, with great saving throws rolled in for bad choices (which is probably justified given its lack of saving), but still punishing you for them.

Very polished feel.

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tigrita Author Profile Page April 2, 2010 3:21 PM

I liked this one a lot. Definitely tougher than the dragon one (I loooooved the dragon one, though). This one didn't seem to keep track of your injuries like the dragon one did; by the end of the game I'd been slashed in the leg, shot in the shoulder, had my left hand cut completely off, and it didn't seem to phase me at all!

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That was very, very awesome. I played through once as a Captain Ahab type, once as a Frederick Wentworth, and they both worked out pretty much as expected. The one thing I'm not sure of is

why, in the climactic battle with Villeneuve, you still get the option to grieve "your friend"'s death even when all your previous interactions with them have been hostile.

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I love this type of game! It's just a shame that they are very rarely created...

My final statistics were:

Name Sir Kai Kolwaski
Rank Rear Admiral
Made Post-Captain 35 years old
Sailing
63
Gunnery
45
Leadership
44
Fighting
45
Patronage
27
Tact
50
Likeability
54
Honor
57
Courage
60
Bloodthirst
34
Intelligence
62
Wealth
39

I ended up losing a hand when I had to fight Villeneuve (or whatever his name was), since I decided to lower my sword, as he was quite a good friend, and had saved my life before, and he took advantage of that and attacked me and ended up cutting my hand off! I killed him in the end though, and got sent to the king as a hero when I got to Albion. ^-^

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Dreacos Author Profile Page April 2, 2010 4:22 PM

Although I'm not an expert on marine terminology, the game manages to instill a deep "Oh my god, I'm in command of a navy ship!" feeling through possible character actions and their consequences.

My final statistics:

Name Sir William Smythe
Rank Rear Admiral
Made Post-Captain 34 years old
Sailing
54
Gunnery
74
Leadership
80
Fighting
71
Patronage
53
Tact
55
Likeability
56
Honor
82
Courage
69
Bloodthirst
47
Intelligence
55
Wealth
58

Also, regarding to Villeneuve,

As he was a friend, I chose to disarm him, which resulted in minor wounds on both of us, but we both lived to tell the tale.

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Fun game. I liked this one better than the last one.

My final stats:

Name Sir William Smythe
Rank Admiral
Seniority 7 years
Age 32
Sailing
60
Gunnery
72
Leadership
68
Fighting
63
Patronage
55
Tact
51
Likeability
59
Honor
79
Courage
69
Bloodthirst
55
Intelligence
43
Wealth
62

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Buttons Author Profile Page April 2, 2010 4:36 PM

Um, so I clicked "About", and when I go back to the game all I see is my stats. How do I continue?

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Hey Button,

When you go click on "Show Stats," at the bottom of the window there's an option to begin from the beginning.

My final statistics:

Name Sir William Brown
Rank Rear Admiral
Made Post-Captain 33 years old
Sailing
52
Gunnery
76
Leadership
56
Fighting
71
Patronage
77
Tact
69
Likeability
54
Honor
82
Courage
68
Bloodthirst
46
Intelligence
50
Wealth
75

I ended up marrying Lady Musgrove (I'm a sucker for redheads).

I also noticed:

a) It doesn't matter whether you go out for a drink with Villeneuve after the tussle in the streets.

b) After playing several times I realized sailing is not as important as patronage or combat skills. Just opt not to sail when the Captain orders you to capture another ship.

c) Politely, then tactfully question Pigot during the storm. When prompted, do not pick a side. You avoid making Pigot and Jones your enemies this way.

d) Also, I'm not sure if the mutiny at the end can be avoided. I got my ship to the point where the crew was moderately happy and reasonably disciplined, but the whispers still started. Just remember, never give up!

e) Lastly, go after the Lynx, even if it means boarding/destruction. It will not bode well if you choose to sail away.

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chipmunk Author Profile Page April 2, 2010 5:14 PM

Tip: Don't enter "Jones" as your own surname. One of the main characters is named Jones, and it gets very confusing! :P

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When I played, I went for the wimpiest decision almost every time (because that's what I would do if I were really a navy captain) except:

When you fight Villeneuve, in which I somehow picked all the choices that let you kill him without meaning to. Darn. I really didn't want to kill him.


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Very, complicated game. Will play again probably after I post this. My stats first time around, playing the honourable and skilled seaman, but not really liked or politically linked:

Name Sir Horatio Smythe
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
67
Gunnery
75
Leadership
67
Fighting
70
Patronage
46
Tact
46
Likeability
37
Honor
84
Courage
81
Bloodthirst
55
Intelligence
34
Wealth
64

Regarding Villeneuve:

Was fairly fun to have an honourable friend on the other side of the war, treated him well, had fun, and ended up only disarming him so we both lived to tell the tale.

But next time around,

Will focus more on Intelligence so I can win the Anne Hawthorne (sp?) girl; I'd go for the flirty and fun one, but I have absolutely no idea what stats I'd need to be able to dance well. Likeability? Tact? I was already high in Fighting and Sailing so I definitely wasn't lacking in coordination. blah... (yes, I'm slightly bitter about ending up lonely...)

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Sparklify April 2, 2010 9:16 PM

I liked this game a lot, even better than the Dragon one, which I loved.

My only question is, am I actually able to get a love interest? My sailor preferred the company of other women, and I wanted to pursue a romance with Villeneuve. Did I make the wrong choices, or is there no way for my sailor to get a girlfriend? Would I have been able to get a husband if I so wanted?

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Second playthrough (sorry about the double post, don't know how to edit (or even if I can):

Name Sir Horatio Smythe
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
40
Gunnery
78
Leadership
60
Fighting
70
Patronage
65
Tact
57
Likeability
68
Honor
71
Courage
77
Bloodthirst
24
Intelligence
44
Wealth
66

Managed to get the Musgrove girl too; apparently I can dance now (I think the story mentioned something to do with Fighting).

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Sparklify: I thought the thing with Villeneuve was going to go somewhere too. :( Oh well, I guess.

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Brainstorm Author Profile Page April 3, 2010 1:41 AM

Fantastic game. I discovered that I'm rather skilled at avoiding mutiny, although apparently incompetent at sailing in general. But at least I ended up in a happy marriage with the shy brunette - this game really nailed the type of girl I like :)

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I'm not certain but it appears that if you take sides against Pigot

You have the opportunity to build Tact

by apologizing

, and the opportunity to build Courage

by saving his life

.

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I really liked this game. I tried to play it as honestly as possible, and I actually got mad about what happened to Carter (was that his/her name?). I really liked Carter.

My final stats:

Name: Dame Jamie Louise

Rank: Rear Admiral

Made Post-Captain 34 years old

Sailing

69

Gunnery

66

Leadership

66

Fighting

70

Patronage

27

Tact

56

Likeability

53

Honor

79

Courage

69

Bloodthirst

49

Intelligence

63

Wealth

51

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Sorry for the double post, but the mutiny can be avoided.

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V2Blast Author Profile Page April 3, 2010 4:03 AM

I liked this one more than its predecessor. It was deeper and more... well, human. :P

Final stats:

Name: Sir Viktor Shepard
Rank: Admiral
Made Post-Captain: 25 years old

Sailing: 54
Gunnery: 84
Leadership: 73
Fighting: 81
Patronage: 60
Tact: 48
Likeability: 46
Honor: 77
Courage: 69
Bloodthirst: 42
Intelligence: 58
Wealth: 66

Only played through once so far. As usual, I picked the choices that, if that was my life, I would probably have picked. Some decisions didn't have the effect I'd hoped, but overall, things seemed to go well. Though

my romance with Anne Hawthorne (or whatever her name was), while successful, was kinda boring. I expected her to be more on the "intelligent" side of things rather than just being "formal".

I'll probably play through again later...

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Anonymous April 3, 2010 9:44 AM

Blast.

Villeneuve chopped my hand off by accident and we ended up killing each other D:

Final stats-

Name Mr. Horatio Baker
Rank Post-captain
Seniority 0 years
Age 35
Sailing
76
Gunnery
54
Leadership
36
Fighting
50
Patronage
38
Tact
54
Likeability
59
Honor
69
Courage
62
Bloodthirst
32
Intelligence
52
Wealth
30

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myffical Author Profile Page April 3, 2010 10:28 AM

I liked this game for its immersion. The plethora of stats is a strength. After looking at my stat-sheet, I gave up puzzling out the relevant stats to the situation, and just played by character. Also, I felt the game rendered convincingly the challenges of being a military officer. (I've served two years in the Army.)

My stats:

Name Sir William Smythe
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
87
Gunnery
78
Leadership
56
Fighting
71
Patronage
46
Tact
25
Likeability
46
Honor
47
Courage
67
Bloodthirst
46
Intelligence
49
Wealth
64

Also I discovered a neat trick:

If you succeed in capturing the sloop with your prize ship in the first chapter, you automatically get promoted to Lieutenant.

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SteambotPengy Author Profile Page April 3, 2010 5:59 PM

Name Dame Annabelle Kowalski
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
70
Gunnery
76
Leadership
25
Fighting
73
Patronage
57
Tact
64
Likeability
31
Honor
72
Courage
77
Bloodthirst
52
Intelligence
60
Wealth
66

These are my final stats. This game was way more complicated that the dragon one. I hope they make an app for it too :D

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ergaster Author Profile Page April 3, 2010 8:45 PM

It is SO neat to see a game tribute (of all things!) to the best historical fiction novels evah, the Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. By the time I saw the name Christy-Palliere, I was definitely chuckling. :) :) A wonderful addition to my journey through the books--three Huzzays!!

So I just played as Jack Aubrey, trying to make the choices I thought he would.

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My Final Stats:

Name: Sir William Brown
Rank: Admiral
Made Post-Captain: 25 years old
Sailing: 55
Gunnery: 77
Leadership: 51
Fighting: 70
Patronage: 81
Tact: 74
Likeability: 56
Honor: 76
Courage: 65
Bloodthirst: 46
Intelligence: 40
Wealth: 79

Also:

Does anyone know how to prevent the mutiny from happening?

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Chiktionary Author Profile Page April 3, 2010 9:40 PM

Fantastic!

A lot of effort has obviously been invested in this game.
I particularly enjoyed being a swarthy Madame Horatio Chiktionary, with men knowing their place is in the kitchen...hah! But it also felt a little weird. Madame Villineuve and myself were getting just a little too close, and crews of women just seem so...petty...and vindictive...

5/5 'shrooms.

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Tried my best to raise dicipline and stop the mutiny from happening, but always ended up doing the wrong thing.

Final stats (not so pretty...)

Name Sir Nickyh Smith
Rank Rear Admiral
Made Post-Captain 34 years old
Sailing 44
Gunnery 65
Leadership 44
Fighting 71
Patronage 45
Tact 60
Likeability 53
Honor 74
Courage 63
Bloodthirst 44
Intelligence 67
Wealth 53

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The writing in this game is really good. I chose to be as bloodthirsty as possible, by focussing on fighting and killing whenever possible, and as severe to my men as would be allowed without them rising into open mutiny.

Name Sir Horatio Blood
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing 47
Gunnery 77
Leadership 48
Fighting 72
Patronage 64
Tact 46
Likeability 53
Honor 42
Courage 75
Bloodthirst 81
Intelligence 34
Wealth 66

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Katherine April 4, 2010 6:39 AM

Chiktionary "Madame Villineuve and myself were getting just a little too close, and crews of women just seem so...petty...and vindictive..."

It seemed pretty realistic to me, based on the few pirate/navy tales I've read; The men were just as petty and vindictive (if that's how you read it) in those books.

Just came to say that I definitely liked this one better than the dragon one. None of the dragon choices were at all the way I wanted to be, and I also found it really hard to win at anything. This time around it was easier to see what to do, or easier to not screw it up completely at least.

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Just found something neat for people who want to test absolutely EVERY option.

The game memory is based on your cookie and over-writes it each time you click a choice, so when you come to a point where you want to see all the results, keep that page there and open the same web address in another tab(s) (IE people, just press FILE, OPEN NEW WINDOW/TAB on the top left; might work for other software). After you've finished exploring the choices, close all the other tabs/windows and make the choice you want in the main page. Continue and repeat. Enjoy :)

Trick may or may not work for people.

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About the post on top: you need to refresh the new page first. So refresh ALL the new windows after opening them in case things go wrong.

If an admin will merge my two double posts together, I would be very grateful. Thanks.

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Whoo!

I loved the first one, and this one is just as good, if not better!

Name Sir talon Talmanaze
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
58
Gunnery
72
Leadership
29
Fighting
63
Patronage
40
Tact
52
Likeability
47
Honor
68
Courage
75
Bloodthirst
34
Intelligence
54
Wealth
64

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I found I reacted to the characters slightly differently when they were all men or all women - even though they were doing the same things.

This game is awesome, plus an experiment in gender bias ;-)

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meester man Author Profile Page April 4, 2010 3:54 PM

Final Stats:

Name: Sir Richard Baker
Rank: Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Married to Anne Baker
Sailing: 66
Gunnery: 75
Leadership: 54
Fighting: 70
Patronage: 54
Tact: 57
Likeability: 44
Honor: 76
Courage: 67
Bloodthirst: 55
Intelligence: 61
Wealth: 66


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meester man Author Profile Page April 4, 2010 3:58 PM

Also,

I ended up killing Villnueve. He got annoying by the end.

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Master of U Author Profile Page April 4, 2010 5:41 PM

Is it me or is William Smythe the most popular name(which I have also chosen)?

I found the romance the hardest part in both this game and the dragon one. It is quite easy to predict the outcome of choices in battle but the women are pretty much a mystery to me ^^

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nerdypants Author Profile Page April 4, 2010 5:43 PM

Wow, I liked this one even better than the dragon one! My final stats:

Name: Dame Horatia Winkles
Rank: Rear Admiral
Made Post-Captain: 32 years old

Sailing 80
Gunnery 83
Leadership 69
Fighting 81
Patronage 27
Tact 46
Likeability 54
Honor 78
Courage 60
Bloodthirst 43
Intelligence 59
Wealth 51

I tried to play as myself, like I did with the dragon one. It turned out much better in this game.

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These games are awesome! Here are my stats:

Name Sir Allen Ravi
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
43
Gunnery
72
Leadership
60
Fighting
73
Patronage
82
Tact
75
Likeability
85
Honor
84
Courage
81
Bloodthirst
46
Intelligence
21
Wealth
83

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StephenM3 Author Profile Page April 5, 2010 6:45 AM

I've tried three times now, and cannot get a good result on the mutinous sloop.

I said some not-very-kind things about the developers when I was asked where I left off in the firing sequence at the beginning.

I really, really enjoyed this game. Was pretty disappointed when it ended (all three times). First time played 'myself,' second time did the same but chose the opposite on anything I had a hard time choosing the first time round, third time chose options that I was curious about the result.

Looking forward to the next game a lot.

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taskforce58 April 5, 2010 9:22 AM

This really needs to be made into an iPhone app like Choice of the Dragon.

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arceus121121 Author Profile Page April 5, 2010 4:35 PM

wait wait wait, isnt albion the region in which fable 1 & 2 (and most likely 3) take place in?
well anyway i loved it.
(its just fun to imagine being a sailor while my mage rips apart all in his path XD)

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drywater Author Profile Page April 5, 2010 11:56 PM

For those having trouble with the mutiny,

doing the following with decent stats (I haven't exactly pinned this down yet, but high leadership and intelligence seem to be vital..I started with fighting and leadership as my two high traits, with sailing being my weakness, and not messing up from there) will avoid the mutiny altogether:

Clean the boat
Keep them working (Work on gunnery)
ID the worst and punish
Keep an eye on him
Whip him soundly, 10 lashes
Talk to Jones, drop the matter
It was a murder
Investigate
Imprison
Appoint Jones

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Thanks for the tip drywater.

I found that the four basic skills you are allowed to alter in the very beginning are all important.

A lack of skill in sailing will make it the choice of ambush by sailing around and flanking impossible, and if the skill is lower than about 35, you will fail to surprise attack the merchant ship during night in one of the chapters.

Not being good in combat will affect the results of you charging recklessly into enemies, but there are usually alternate choices, covered up by other skills.

Leadership can take effect when things are tough, e.g. when there is a potential mutiny, it will be a bonus on your side.

If your Patronage is low, you will fail during unexpected exams (one which I never saw comming, and never appeared when I had high patronage). It'll also give you potential trouble from higher ranks if you mess things up, and with high patronage you have the option to ambush while disguised as a ship wreck.

Last but not least, your skills affect your future, but your choices alter it even more. Have fun!

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I think the game was rather disappointing. It seems that you can be an idiot or a coward and get a better ending than smart or a good man.

To avoid mutiny, you need jones to see you give discipline throughout the game. Even for himself. If he thinks you unwarthy, he'll rebel. I found no way to furl the sails, which makes the dream redundant and annoying.

I realy thought some parts weren't thought to the end in this game. It was off in some parts as to the stats and progress. Maybe it was influenced by a book which made some resolvments pre-determind..

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vickchick Author Profile Page April 6, 2010 9:54 AM

I really enjoyed this game and it was fun to play it as a female character. Are there more multiple-choice rpgs out there? I have found the text-entry ones but those are a little more intense. Thanks for any recommendations.

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Anonymous April 6, 2010 2:36 PM

First time through and I must say I like it. The menu-driven interface is rock solid, but on occasion felt just a little *too* constraining. The one part of the game that was jarring were the various "how do you feel about such-and-so" choices. I'm sure they served a purpose, but I found they violated viewpoint, not egregiously so, but enough to remind me I was playing a game and thus detracted from an otherwise well thought-out storyline.

Even so, this is an excellent example of interactive fiction. The player's choices throughout serve to drive the story for the most part, and decisions made at or near the beginning do impact the story and thus gameplay further on to some extent. Players should heed well the game's advice about playing to your character's strengths and avoiding situations where your character is weak. There isn't necessarily one "right" way to work through any of the scenes presented. For example, an earlier post quipped that in order to avoid certain "exams" (not the dream sequence) you needed higher patronage. Trust me, it isn't so. I managed to achieve high rank with no patronage at all (and no exams - see spoiler). Look at the situation and the choices presented, and try to determine if one of the options favors one of your character's stronger abilities.

As you are piloting the first captured ship to port, you encounter a technically weaker but fully-armed ship. You can attack it, avoid it altogether or try some sort of ruse. Since my character's best ability was sailing, I tried the ruse of sailing astern after dark and managed to capture that ship as well. The Admirialty was so impressed they immediately commissioned me and I was spared the examination.

Stats from the first run-through:

Admiral Sir Edward McLellan

Made Post-Captain: 25

Sailing 79

Gunnery 68

Leadership 75

Fighting 50

Patronage 58

Tact 38

Likeability 41

Honor 65

Courage 64

Bloodthirst 58

Intelligence 64

Wealth 70

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Anonymous April 6, 2010 2:46 PM

As far as the mutiny goes: the best way to deal with mutiny is not to have one.

Keep in mind:

- A disciplined crew is a happy crew.

- The Captain is THE law aboard ship. Don't shirk your duty. Act decisively when events warrant.

- Be harsh, but not cruel.

- Even a Captain can forgive if necessary.

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excellentgal Author Profile Page April 6, 2010 4:05 PM

My final statistics are:

Name Dame Elizabeth Smythe
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
49
Gunnery
82
Leadership
72
Fighting
81
Patronage
77
Tact
66
Likeability
73
Honor
75
Courage
81
Bloodthirst
60
Intelligence
36
Wealth
79

How to be Post-Captain by 25 years old:

Do not avoid slope, use strategy to either ship close to it or use your gunnery, whichever is your advantage.

How to avoid mutiny:

Clean the ship completely would increase both discipline and happiness. Then you can pick another task. Just don't go easy.
Don't punish all of them but identify the worst. If you have a good leadership, the discipline would increase greatly. When Jones told a bawdy joke, just keep an eye on her.
Whip the one that fell asleep 10 lashes so she could go back to work and increases discipline and happiness. Now that the crew should be reasonably happy and well disciplined. Whoever you choose after Carter's death as the new mistress should be fine. But choosing Jones would give you a boost in courage.

About Marriage:

Apparently marrying the shy one would give you nothing but your marriage just works perfectly. To win her heart is quite easy, you just talk about your life in sea.
Marrying the redhead one, gives you a little bonus in patronage but would cost you quite a fortune, if you don't mind that. To marry her, you will need to have good fighting skills and a high salary.
The blond one gives you a boost in patronage but your marriage isn't that happy. You don't have to have patronage to win her heart as long as you are intelligent, but you will need a high patronage to impress her parents.

I like this game a lot. It's like a real adventure and choices need to be made. With bad choices, you could end up dying, but with the right ones, you will be able to get out of the bad situation and turn the table around. Good luck, everyone.

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Mine! I was married to the rich blonde guy.

Name Dame Anne Carver
Rank Admiral
Seniority 7 years
Age 32
Sailing 59
Gunnery 71
Leadership 72
Fighting 70
Patronage 49
Tact 44
Likeability 34
Honor 68
Courage 76
Bloodthirst 71
Intelligence 73
Wealth 66

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How do you keep your intelligence up? It seems no mater what I do, intelligence ends up being among my weakest skills, and I have no idea which choices affect it.

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I always enjoy these games! Here's my first runthrough:

Your final statistics are:

Name: Sir Conan Edogawa
Rank: Admiral
Made Post-Captain: 25 years old
Sailing: 78
Gunnery: 85
Leadership: 62
Fighting: 80
Patronage: 56
Tact: 51
Likeability: 41
Honor: 81
Courage: 77
Bloodthirst: 49
Intelligence: 53
Wealth: 66

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I quite liked the game. It added a lot of depth and improvement to the already good dragon game, but Felt a little too complected at times. Also, I got some of the characters confused which led to some complications. I can't wait to see the next Choice of Game.

My stats:

Name: Mr. Duppy Meloy
Rank: Post-captain
Seniority: 0 years
Age: 37
Sailing
 83
Gunnery
 52
Leadership
 49
Fighting
 55
Patronage
 7
Tact
 42
Likeability
 38
Honor
 42
Courage
 61
Bloodthirst
 46
Intelligence
 58
Wealth
 23

I was a friend of Villeneuve and avoided fighting him. This eventually led to my death in front of a firing brigade.

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Looove this series, looove this one, but I don't like it as much as Choice of the Dragon. You need less prior knowledge about the topic! I didn't like the parts where I was like "OK, I'm only PLAYING as a sailor!" Also, there were TOO MANY STATS! I can't seriously keep an eye on ALL that! Even though everything turned out OK, it felt too, well, hopeless. As far as I can tell, the only spouse you can get is the shy one. Anyway, my stats:

Name Dame ^-^ ;p
Rank Admiral
Seniority 7 years
Age 32
Sailing 66
Gunnery 78
Leadership 30
Fighting 72
Patronage 46
Tact 41
Likeability 68
Honor 55
Courage 72
Bloodthirst 45
Intelligence 59
Wealth 55

Love this series, but this was overall less good.

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Interesting. In the mutiny sequence, you can treat your crew badly, get overthrown, jump on a lifeboat, survive, and get hailed as a hero back on land.

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brokenrecord Author Profile Page April 13, 2010 5:48 PM

I am definitely in the mood for some Horatio Hornblower :)

Ending Stats:

Name: Dame Horatia Smythe
Rank: Rear Admiral
Seniority: 2 years
Age 35
Sailing: 70
Gunnery: 44
Leadership: 66
Fighting: 52
Patronage: 37
Tact : 55
Likeability: 74
Honor: 80
Courage: 64
Bloodthirst: 36
Intelligence: 48
Wealth: 58

I was really kind of hoping for an ending where I ran off as pirates with Villeneuve (we ended up really good friends). Oh well. This was still a blast to play.

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Just so everyone knows, a new version was uploaded recently in which the programmers added an option to pursue a relationship with Villeneuve.

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My ending stats:
Name Sir Adeleid Kirkman
Rank Rear Admiral
Made Post-Captain 36 years old
Sailing
43
Gunnery
84
Leadership
51
Fighting
80
Patronage
61
Tact
57
Likeability
54
Honor
65
Courage
57
Bloodthirst
52
Intelligence
75
Wealth
63

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Wisedude Author Profile Page April 21, 2010 9:21 PM

Nice. I really liked it, a lot more than Dragon, seeing as this seemed to have a constructed plot. I can't remember my final statistics, but Villvenue:

I treated him honorably and we were friends. At the end I tried to disarm him, but he wasn't having that, so I ended up killing him, but not before he cut off my left hand.

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These are my stats if anyone is interested, I tried to play a selfless captain expert at sailing that gave more importance to his crew's safety than his own.

Name Sir Matthew Roke
Rank Rear Admiral
Made Post-Captain 32 years old
Sailing
86
Gunnery
73
Leadership
37
Fighting
70
Patronage
50
Tact
64
Likeability
58
Honor
73
Courage
70
Bloodthirst
32
Intelligence
62
Wealth
58

Next time I will try to be as cruel and reckless as possible

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great game.
I didn't have a mutiny, but I couldn't save the carter character from death either.

I think hanging allen and green is enough

here are my stats after my first run through:

Name Sir Henry Brown
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
45
Gunnery
72
Leadership
76
Fighting
64
Patronage
72
Tact
64
Likeability
84
Honor
62
Courage
75
Bloodthirst
57
Intelligence
19
Wealth
71

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Just as awesome as Choice of the Dragon. It's so much fun! And it's so cool that you can have the choice to be Villeneuve's "partner".

Name Sir Horatio Baker
Rank Admiral
Seniority 7 years
Age 32
Sailing
86
Gunnery
82
Leadership
66
Fighting
70
Patronage
46
Tact
30
Likeability
22
Honor
71
Courage
66
Bloodthirst
65
Intelligence
77
Wealth
55

I was a girl the first time I played, but for some reason I prefer to be a dude.

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I love this! I've played it quite a few times.

My final stats:

Name Dame Heidi
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
87
Gunnery
62
Leadership
77
Fighting
52
Patronage
43
Tact
33
Likeability
63
Honor
62
Courage
80
Bloodthirst
41
Intelligence
46
Wealth
64

I made passionate love with Villeneuve and tried to avoid killing her in the end, but alas, she died. I thought we had something special...

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Savantis May 10, 2010 6:38 AM

How do you get the shy brunette as your girl/boy? I always fail!

I got the redhead and Hawthorne before though, the redhead's a nice wife to have, but you really need to be rich by the end of the game to have Hawthorne happy...

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I'd like to say how much I enjoyed this game, maybe even better than CoDragon, though that's good too. Perhaps play CoD first, then this. CoBroadsides just has so much more depth to it, more choices, more stats, more outcomes. It has much higher play-time value (it takes longer to play, meaning enjoyment lasts longer) and replayability.

I'd also like to note how in both Choice games, you can pick both your sex AND your sexuality. This may seem a meager thing, but to equality-minded people such as myself, this means a lot. For example, when Bryce asks you about a--

wife (or husband if you're female), you can state that you don't care for the opposite gender. Then you can still choose to agree that a wife/husband will further your career, or to say not interested. I chose to imply I was gay, then say it would benefit my career. I proceeded to have a hot, passionate, raunchy gay romance with Villneuve.

Also, the only way I could avoid the mutiny was to balance happiness with discipline:

I think it depends on your stats whether or not the walkthroughs of the mutiny sequence will work towards non-mutiny. For example, better fighters can avoid wounds in the mutiny, highly likable people can tell their own bawdy stories, high-leadership people benefit more (better discipline gain) when identifying the worst.

My stats before the first choice given to you as post-captain were:
Sailing 44
Gunnery 39
Leadership 78
Fighting 33
Patronage 66
Tact 71
Likeability 46
Honor 64
Courage 75
Bloodthirst 48
Intelligence 78
Wealth 68

I could only avoid mutiny by two methods, none which matched the previously given action lists. The main difference is whether or not to keep working them after cleaning the boat, and whether or not to punish them. If I chose to keep working AND punish the worst, I get mutiny. If I just choose one over the other, I avoid mutiny.

Thus the courses of action are either:
(and this is what I follow)
Clean the boat, keep them working, gunnery
Don't punish
Chastise Jones / Keep an eye
Put him on double watch, and forbid him from rum, whip him, ten lashes
Take Jones aside, drop the matter / Loudly ask, threaten to whip, let them go, use a spy to find out more
Absolutely not, this was a murder; investigate the murder, imprison them
Appoint anyone (Jones is the best bet)

--OR--
Clean the boat, then take it easy
Identify the worst
Chastise Jones / Keep an eye
Put him on double watch, and forbid him from rum, whip him, ten lashes
Take Jones aside, drop the matter / Loudly ask, threaten to whip, let them go, use a spy to find out more
Absolutely not, this was a murder; investigate the murder, imprison them
Appoint anyone (Jones is the best bet)

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There seems to be no way to edit comments, so I'll edit here: Correction, I use the SECOND strategy I gave rather than the first, as the first gives less happy, less disciplined crews.

Also: Savantis, look for a post by excellentgal further up, she seems to know how to woo the wives.

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Savantis May 13, 2010 2:47 AM

Hi Zucabr,

About wooing the shy gal:

I tried to talk to her about sea life as excellentgal suggested, but she got scared and moved away from me. I tried this 2 or 3 times, and she behaved the same way, which is why I think its somehow related to stats.

I didn't record my stats though, so it would help to know what stats help...

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Dueler96 June 1, 2010 4:17 PM

For the shy girl I think you need low blood thirst and to have avoided as much hand to hand combat as possible

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this was a fun game...my name was captain sparrow!!

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Admiral Amos Wilde June 18, 2010 4:32 PM

Is there any way to go back and look at your stats from past games??

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Savantis,

In order to get the shy girl, your bloodthirst must be lower than 50.

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Overlord July 6, 2010 3:17 AM

This was my first try:

Name Horatio Lionheart
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 29 years old
Sailing
53
Gunnery
71
Leadership
82
Fighting
74
Patronage
51
Tact
58
Likeability
26
Honor
31
Courage
54
Bloodthirst
43
Intelligence
86
Wealth
72

I only learnt about these games recently looking at this very website :D and so far i love them ive also played the dragon one which was fun but not so good with the skills, I was so sad this game ended and they just skipped the last chapter of this game and i eagerly look forward to the next game!

I did badly on the exams and became sworn enemies with Villeneuve who i was able to injure severely at the duel and later killed after successfully boarding the ship.
I did good with the mutiny and was glad letting that officer who disliked me was killed didnt come back to haunt me. Never got married though, didnt find a mate in the dragon one either - thats me i guess :S

Just a fantastic game.

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Hagamablabla July 11, 2010 11:16 AM

Brilliant game. Makes me want to play it again with different options.
Name: Sir Horatio Smythe
Rank: Admiral
Seniority: 7 years
Age: 32
Sailing: 75
Gunnery: 83
Leadership: 60
Fighting: 80
Patronage: 43
Tact: 42
Likeability: 41
Honor: 82
Courage: 77
Bloodthirst: 46
Intelligence: 34
Wealth: 62

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kotoktet Author Profile Page July 16, 2010 9:51 PM

My final stats, second time through:

Name - Sir William Smythe
Rank - Admiral
Seniority - 7 years
Age - 32
Made Post-Captain - 25 years old
Sailing - 81
Gunnery - 58
Leadership - 73
Fighting - 52
Patronage - 62
Tact - 36
Likeability - 46
Honor - 70
Courage - 73
Bloodthirst - 41
Intelligence - 56
Wealth - 71

I guess I'm a bit tactless. But better than the last time!

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My final stats:

Name Sir Richard Smythe
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
61
Gunnery
78
Leadership
80
Fighting
70
Patronage
62
Tact
53
Likeability
46
Honor
74
Courage
68
Bloodthirst
37
Intelligence
51
Wealth
71

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Brilliant i died when i tried to avoid venulllesssse?venulesesele?vanisulee? well that guys ship it sucked but the second time i disarmed him and i was married and had no wounds! :D

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Old thread, yes, but I noticed that there were some people lamenting on the lack of further plottage (romantically) with V.

That's NOT true. If in the scene where you can decide, you choose the option of "not... erm... it's not the women I prefer, if you know what I mean" option (I don't know if it works otherwise) then

after the card-playing game, you need to fight off the footpads, and then say that you need a drink to steady your nerves.

V. Touches your hand and you can choose whether or not to interpret it romantically or not. If you do, you can... uhh, spend the night in his quarters, if you get my drift. And then you can pursue the relationship further, although nothing else really comes of it.

Yep. That's it XD

^^

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Peacock Dawson February 1, 2011 5:31 PM

What I really want is a choice-by-choice guide to the outcomes of every option. I've already played several times and now I want to play it for my ideal ending. Does such a walkthrough or guide exist?

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Lukas Sullivan February 9, 2011 4:42 PM

Ending stats:

Name Sir Richard Scallywag
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
57
Gunnery
88
Leadership
44
Fighting
80
Patronage
64
Tact
56
Likeability
50
Honor
65
Courage
72
Bloodthirst
61
Intelligence
56
Wealth
66

Fun game!!

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Name Sir Benson Ryan
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
 86
Gunnery
 75
Leadership
 58
Fighting
 74
Patronage
 43
Tact
 28
Likeability
 46
Honor
 66
Courage
 60
Bloodthirst
 53
Intelligence
 52
Wealth
 55

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I found this game really enjoyable, like the other Choice of Games I've played. I didn't face mutiny but that guy did die, sadly.

Final Stats on 1st playthrough:

Name Sir Henry Smythe
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
 83
Gunnery
 73
Leadership
 59
Fighting
 70
Patronage
 54
Tact
 54
Likeability
 55
Honor
 84
Courage
 77
Bloodthirst
 40
Intelligence
 44
Wealth
 70

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Anonymous March 29, 2011 1:11 AM

I really really enjoy this game. Someone should make a proper walkthrough with what each (significant) action will net you so you can get the highest or most out of the game.
I like to come back to this game every few months (mostly when I forget how to get the awesome results).
Speaking of results, mine were:

Name Sir William Leighton-Pierce
Rank Admiral
Made Post Captain 25 years old
Sailing 69
Gunnery 38
Leadership 54
Fighting 30
Patronage 88
Tact 80
Likeability 53
Honor 69
Courage 82
Bloodthirst 85
Intelligence 63
Wealth 80 (this is the highest of all results I saw here :P)

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Bleu de lune May 10, 2011 12:08 PM

This here's a great game. I couldn't remember a time I didn't play this game after a few books.

I've been having some trouble courting the shy girl.(Beatrice West) I do know to be sussessful with her, I have to put down my blood thirst

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Anonymous June 26, 2011 9:52 AM

My Final stats:

Name Dame Gráinne Ní Mháille
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing 66
Gunnery 84
Leadership 71
Fighting 81
Patronage 46
Tact 36
Likeability 59
Honor 50
Courage 67
Bloodthirst 39
Intelligence 36
Wealth 64

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Anonymous June 28, 2011 3:31 PM

Name Sir benson ryan
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing 72
Gunnery 75
Leadership 53
Fighting 75
Patronage 43
Tact 42
Likeability 51
Honor 75
Courage 67
Bloodthirst 40
Intelligence 49
Wealth 62

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Wyrmspawn August 7, 2011 10:42 PM

I found a way to prevent the final mutiny from happening. Not soon enough to save Carter's life, but soon enough. The trick is to have really good leadership skills (70 or above) and when som of the crew behave badly, choose: identify the worst sailors and punish them. That will greatly increase discipline. Oh, and at first, when you get a choice as to what you want the crew to do first, choose clean up the ship. that will increase both happiness and discipline.

Another thing: if you just keep increasing happiness as much as possible, and don't care about discipline at all, and you sided with Jones against Pigot once, you get to go pirate with him when the m utiny happened. That just happened once with me though. Only a hunch of what I did to go pirate.

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If you've picked the option for marriage that says "It's not men/women I'm interested in...", you can

have a "night of passion" with Villeneuve, provided you win the fight against the footpads and go out for a drink

.

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my stats

Name Sir Horatio Brown
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
68
Gunnery
85
Leadership
28
Fighting
83
Patronage
81
Tact
50
Likeability
20
Honor
66
Courage
79
Bloodthirst
67
Intelligence
63
Wealth
80

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Just started and got my beginning ranks! Posting here so I can see the comparison at the end of the game. Here we go!
Name: Madam Midshipwoman Chelsea Baker
Age 19
Sailing 76
Gunnery 59
Leadership 78
Fighting 50
Patronage 30
Tact 25
Likeability 35
Honor 55
Courage 50
Bloodthirst 43
Intelligence 56
Wealth 10

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FINAL STATS:

Name Madam Chelsea Baker
Rank Post-captain
Seniority 0 years
Age 32
Sailing 78
Gunnery 60
Leadership 54
Fighting 50
Patronage 26
Tact 51
Likeability 41
Honor 52
Courage 55
Bloodthirst 40
Intelligence 59
Wealth 30
___________
Guess I didn't do as well as I could have. I ended up dead from loss of blood.

Villneuve ended up cutting off my hand before I killed her

I found it really interesting being a woman in this game! EVERYTHING is reversed in terms of gender from the norm. Men stay at home and are considered more "delicate" than women. The ships are refered to as "he" instead of "she". The woman proposes and takes the lead in the relationship, and is the "caller". My last name didn't change after I was married either, but I don't know about my husband! The way the men said their lines... I was surprised that it didn't say anything about the men wearing ball gowns! I found it unique and different, even kinda fun, but I also feel it was rather lazy compared to the other "Choice of" games. Just because I am a woman means the whole crew has to be women? All roles have to be reversed? Why couldn't I be a woman commanding a male crew, or even a co-ed crew?

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littlemskina Author Profile Page May 24, 2012 2:20 PM

Name Dame Mary Leighton-Pierce
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing 73
Gunnery 59
Leadership 77
Fighting 57
Patronage 58
Tact 53
Likeability 49
Honor 84
Courage 73
Bloodthirst 42
Intelligence 53
Wealth 70

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BlueCarrots Author Profile Page January 1, 2013 5:41 PM

my stats

Name Sir Edward Baker
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old

Sailing 81
Gunnery 72
Leadership 69
Fighting 70
Patronage 46
Tact 39
Likeability 63
Honor 80
Courage 72
Bloodthirst 39
Intelligence 42
Wealth 64

the game was real fun just like all others, but its annoying that all new games cost money.
i love these games but not enough to pay for each new game.

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sydneyshearouse Author Profile Page August 12, 2013 5:54 PM

A very interesting and challenging game.

Your final statistics are:

Name Dame Katherine Pierce
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
49
Gunnery
82
Leadership
64
Fighting
70
Patronage
87
Tact
68
Likeability
37
Honor
81
Courage
77
Bloodthirst
39
Intelligence
54
Wealth
84

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tristan.d.norman Author Profile Page September 22, 2013 2:55 AM

I got realy good all around stats from my first try!!! Final stats:

Your final statistics are:

Name Sir William Tullev
Rank Rear Admiral
Made Post-Captain 34 years old
Sailing
50
Gunnery
83
Leadership
42
Fighting
80
Patronage
78
Tact
81
Likeability
71
Honor
71
Courage
71
Bloodthirst
29
Intelligence
59
Wealth
77

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tristan.d.norman Author Profile Page September 22, 2013 3:21 AM

Almost my entire story was happy! No cannon Mis fire, no mutiny, a happy marriage to Ms West, and I disarmed Vinelleuve. Only real bad things that happened was that Pidget hated me, I failed the test, and Carter died. But all in all it was a pretty good game and story. (Sorry about the double post)

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timmymccabe12329 Author Profile Page January 14, 2014 10:18 PM

Wow that was really good! I'm glad it was so long and wasn't like 'here is a 20 text adventure story'
I was able to marry Miss Anne Hawthorne, which apparently is hard to do, as far as Villeneuve,

I had regarded him as my friend and was able to disarm him thusly we both survived.

My Final Stats

Name: Sir James Anderson
Rank: Admiral
Made Post Captain: 22 years old
Sailing: 65
Gunnery: 77
Leadership: 80
Fighting: 75
Patronage: 65
Tact: 30
Likability: 56
Honor: 85
Courage: 88
Bloodthirst: 51
Intelligence: 80
Wealth: 76

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