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Cruising the sea lanes in search of loot, captives and reputation corsairs’ predations strike fear into the hearts of merchantmen and sailors alike. So often, though, the sea wolves themselves are little more than one-dimensional enemies that exist only to fall before the PCs’ blades.

Villainous Pirates banishes this problem by presenting 30 Pirates of Note and nine Pirates of Renown ready for the time-crunched GM to quickly and easily insert into almost any campaign. Each pirate benefits from an extensive write-up including notes on their background, personality, mannerisms and distinguishing marks as well as a fully detailed stat block. Pirates of Renown also come with plot hooks making it easy to insert them into almost any campaign.

Pirates of Note are moderately famous pirates (CRs 3 – 7) that could serve as a crew’s champion, first mate or even the captain of a small vessel.

Pirates of Renown are famed freebooters (CRs 9 -13) that captain their own vessel. Known for their seafaring skills, battle prowess and love of loot they make fearsome enemies.

“As you’d expect from the title, it’s not littered with goody-two-shoes, these are vile ready-for-slaying pirates your PCs will love to combat.”
DM Jeff (five stars)

“This is definitely worth the money invested! Give it a shot!…This is definitely a product that will continue to help GMs for years to come!”
Roleplayers Chronicle (five stars)

“This is an awesome resource for a GM running a pirate game, or even just for a bunch of NPCs to populate a dockside tavern with…There are some great characters in here and I look forward to running more of them!”
Rollme Somedice (five stars)

Qulerac, hands down, one of the coolest usages of a common run of the mill creature I have ever seen. A cloaker, a giant cloaker to be specific, who impersonates a sail on whatever vessel he hires on to. Talk about hiding in plain sight, that's genius! Following along the same vein, how about a kapoacinth impersonating a figurehead upon the front bow of a ship? Either of these creatures would seriously shift the tide of a battle quickly, and make any playgroup rethink their entire approach to a vessel, which is exactly what I, as a GM, am looking for in my NPC designs.”
KTFish7 (five stars)

“After the stellar "Scions Of Evil" I honestly didn't expect the pdf to live up to that standard. RSP listens, RSP improves. Villainous Pirates is a stellar selection of cool NPCs, that, while not an apex of complexity in their builds, shows that the respective characters are interesting, make for awesome weird crew-mates, enrich the settings into which they are introduced and may even spark off a campaign of their own. Were all NPC-books like this, I wouldn't have to write reviews at all. Final verdict? 5 stars, endzeitgeist seal of approval and congratulations to John Bennett, Andrew Glenn and David Posener for delivering an excellent resource that sets the bar very high indeed.”
Endzeitgiest (five stars)

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Designers: John Bennett, Andrew Glenn and David Posener

Art:  Larry Elmore, William McAusland, Dave Peterson, Claudio Pozas, Jeff Preston, Marc Rodskov and V Shane

Format: Dual Format PDF

Page Count: 46

Release Date: June 26 2012

GM’s Resource > Villainous Pirates

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