Wow, $10 on eBay for just one crew? Impressive.
Imagine the gaming experience a player would get if they received an RV pack with Banshee's Cry, Santa Isabel, and Don Pedro Gilbert!
They would forever be disappointed with everything else...
If I had to pick "my" flagship, it would have to be HMS Lord Walpole
. HMS Lord Algernon
is technically my favorite ship, but more because I wanted it so bad back in the day. That being said, HMS Birkenhead
was always right up there with the Lord Walpole, while La Magnifique
or the Broken Key
would be my top non-English flagship back then.
I've posted this before, but there they are... the Lord Walpole and Birkenhead in the foreground, with the Lord Algernon and Magnifique behind. This is my "shrine" I suppose - all 4 ships have been unofficially retired from active duty.
@Xerecs: Your post reminded me of something I meant to put in my first post of this thread.
How could I forget the "lost 3"?
La Belle Etoile
The Belle Etoile was simply lost as far as I know. I believe L'Eroica was lost as well, though she may have been badly damaged during construction, after which point I may have thrown her out.
The Straw Man was not so fortunate... I had a really
bad day and decided to take out my wrath on what I considered my worst ship (from a gameplay, HFS, and
artwork perspective). I crushed it in anger, sitting and possibly stomping on it, which I later regretted. I have since acquired another one, but I don't think I've used it and I don't think I will.
With those 3 it would have been 52 ships.
Also, we have some similarities - we both got a Santo Columba, Swamp Fox, and others very early on. I've talked extensively about how my collection has grown in a Pojo thread
. Ironically that thread was posted 5 years ago yesterday. It also confirms that I did indeed come back from my long hiatus in 2010 rather than 2011. I may have lurked here longer than I thought (perhaps more than the month that I recall), but I don't remember much of it haha. I bought 55 ships from Strikezoneonline for $10 (+ $10 shipping) in order to get as much quantity as possible. This was literally just to have as many ships as possible for my Historical Fantasy Scenarios.
That purchase is also where my 8 Mayfair's
To think I played HFS's for almost an entire year (on and off of course) before I joined Pojo... you should have seen it. My room was completely different back then, between then and Century of the Empires (2013 - the first game I took pictures for). There was a lot of what do you call them... "natural obstructions" which made for deep harbors and interesting interactions between fleets. The only thing I specifically remember is a very low circular table that made for a sort of cave/overhang with at least one or two harbors attached to the supports beneath it. Ships would sail from these harbors in lines of battle to engage each other in epic battles on the high seas... it was only around 6 years ago, but when almost everything in your Pirates CSG career has happened since then, it becomes quite nostalgic.
For a week or two now I've been thinking about recreating that atmosphere for another "flashback" opportunity... I don't know how epic I can make it, but it will certainly shed light on the sheer scale of it all...