Among the user base, you see a myriad of references to pirate cliches and popular culture. I would venture to say that ‘pirates’, as a group, have one of the widest scopes of role play opportunity in the game. Here are a couple role playing stereotypes I’ve seen or can envisage being used in game.
- The Traditional - The is the epitome of pirate cliches. The Elizabethan pirate, if you will. Full of ‘Avast, me hearties’ and ‘Walk the plank’, this kind of role player harkens back to the Caribbean and pirate lore. From a realism point of view, this archetype actually makes very little sense. Why would a criminal in a spaceship talk like reject sailors from the 1700s? That said, pop culture quotes are fun and timeless. I’m sure we’ll see many Jack Sparrow quotes echoed in the pirate asteroid bars across the ‘verse.
- The Reaver - A savage, kill-first barbarian modeled after the namesake from Firefly / Serenity. There are lots of gradients here, but I hope to see at least some ship skins enabling the archetype.
- The Rogue - Your Han Solo / Captain Malcolm easy talking swagger with jets. Probably the loosest of definitions, but you’ll know it when you see it.
- The Gunslinger - Probably not that common, but the ‘old west’ bandit is another template that would be applicable. I doubt you’ll see many ‘stagecoach’ robberies, but quotes from The Duke may not be out of place.
Can you guys think of more? I’m not saying all role playing pirates would fit these molds, but I’d bet the game will see a few.
Lastly, quick update on the site and the fiction: “Real Life” (and a bit of writer’s block) has gotten in the way of new posts and January has been / will be tight for me. That said, I plan on getting up the first part of the new story in the next week or two and I have a few articles in the pipe. Thanks for reading. :)