Nautical Nonsense

Notes on all things nautical.

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Weapons for a D&D 5e Pirate Campaign Setting

Ahoy! This week on the Campaign Trail we set sail on a journey to hunt down Weapons for a D&D 5e Pirate Campaign Setting. As my seafaring campaign nears its end, I’ve been taking a look back at all the ...
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Naval Encounters for D&D 5th Edition

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Ahoy lubbers! Part 1 of this series covered basic naval combat, Part 2 looked at some more advanced options and Part 3 provided more ideas on how to run ...
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Bard College of the Shanty-Master

Arrrh Mateys! This week we have a guest post from Mark Cookman of Black Shark Enterprises. If you ever wanted a sea shanty singing bard, then you best be checkin’ out this homebrew for D&D’s 5th edition.
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Unearthed Arcana: Character Options for a High Seas Campaign

As some of you might know, I run a waterborne campaign of my own in my Vodari setting. In the latest Unearthed Arcana, Mike Mearls has provided some great options for your seafaring adventures. I actually set-up Minotaurs and Swashbucklers ...
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And Hang the Musikers, Too – Even More Roles on ...

Here is the final post in this series by guest poster Mark S. Cookman. Previously in this series I looked at command officers and mid-grade officers on a pirate or privateer vessel. In this article, we will be looking at ...
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Creating an Archipelago World

It’s been a crazy week and I’m only about 50% done my the second entry in the Adventure Building series. I thought this guest post by Ben Latham would be an excellent replacement for me this week and my series ...
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The Next in Line to Hang – More Roles on ...

Here is another guest posting by Mark S. Cookman for our Nautical Nonsense column. In the first part of this series, I looked at Officer Roles on a Pirate Ship. In this second part of a three part lesson dealing ...
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Officer Roles on a Pirate Ship

Here is another guest posting by Mark S. Cookman for our Nautical Nonsense column. If you are running a game with pirates in it, then you should know what the job entails. It’s not all boarding ships, counting booty, and ...
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6 Kinds of Waterborne Cutthroats from History

I thought this guest post by Mark Cookman might be interesting to listeners who caught my spot as a guest on the Dungeon Master’s Block podcast. In the episode we talked about pirate campaigns and this look at the different types ...
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Pirate Campaigns – Tribality Writer Shawn on Dungeon Master’s Block

I had a blast being a guest to talk about pirate campaigns with DM Mitch and DM Chris on the Dungeon Master’s Block podcast. We discussed everything from history, themes, monsters, weapons, eye patches, peg legs and more. “This week ...