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Aerden [userpic]
Scurvy and Rum

I should not have bought this book on the history of scurvy and its cure. I'm in an RPG called The Other Pirates of the Caribbean, which takes place in the same era as the movie, but with original characters.

I can see now that my character, just to satisfy my demand for historical accuracy, is going to have the grossest, most medically accurate pirate ship in the game. *buries face in hands* Ewwwww.

On the other hand, since he's supposed to be the villain, maybe that will simply add to the ambience.

Current Mood: amusedamused


Probaly one reason I resist playing in that era.

You could, of course, make your villain a discharged and disgraced Royal Navy officer - the Aubrey/Maturin novels would be a bit late period for your game, but The Reverse of the Medal is a neat view of a tight-run privateer. And my understanding is that O'Brian's research is damn near impeccable.

Heh...He is a disgraced Royal Navy officer. He struck a superior officer (which resulted in the officer's death when he hit the back wall of his cabin) and decided to jump ship before he could be hauled off to a court-martial and execution.

I haven't read any of the O'Brien novels yet, but my husband says they're great, so I'm looking forward to reading them. He likes the Aubry/Maturin novels, too. So far, I've only read the Hornblower ones.


You should, of course, read them all, and preferably in order as they form a continuous narrative. The Reverse of the Medal is the 10th or 11th in the series, IIRC. But if your officer took pride in a well-run ship, you might want to give that one a look-over as an interesting example of a Navy officer going private.

Great! I'll see if Mark can find his O'Brien books for me, then. :)

Have a good time at Fortfest!


Oh, if only I could. I won't be there.

Historically accurate gaming . . .

On the one hand, I love it when people recreate eras so that you can practically experience what life was like back then. On the other hand, I like to keep my fantasy that deoderant, toothbrushes, and Listerine existed for centuries too. ;)

Good luck!


Kris--LOL! I know what you mean! Even my character, Captain Ratheleigh, is saying in my head, "Do we really have to have slush (rendered fat from salt pork) rubbed into my crew's clothing to waterproof it? I am sure that must smell noxious."

Me: "Would you prefer that they have damp, moldy-smelling clothes, instead?"

Captain Ratheleigh: "Can't we just pretend my ship does not take on water that badly?"

He might persuade me; I don't know...


ROFL . . .

I remember working on my Roman manuscript and realizing that the Romans also used chamber pots . . . and that summers are humid in Italy . . . so sleeping in a room with a used pot would be this side of unbearable. My characters are getting up to use the latrines at midnight, thankyouverymuch!