Welcome to Beat to Quarters, a Play-by-Post Text Roleplay set in 1741. It's the Age of Sail, and also the Age of Piracy here in the West Indies. Will you fight for King and Country and uphold the law here at the edge of colonial civilization? Or will you pillage and plunder to your black heart's content? The wind's a-blowin' and the sea awaits, so prepare for adventure...

The Tale So Far

September, 1741:

Madre de Dios, a Spanish galleon loaded with gold, is on her way back to Europe with her convoy. But an ambush lies in wait for her in the Inaguas the Sea Hound is planning a bold assault on the larger ship, her pirate crew willing to risk it all for gold and glory. But Sea Hound is both predator and prey, as the HMS Steadfast closes in for another encounter with her quarry. The deadly showdown between the three forces is fast approaching...

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After "Beat to Quarters" closed, "Before the Mast" is the site leading the stories in the West Indies... but in 1720. Active since August 2010.

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Ship Captains:
Jonathan Silas Thorne
Captain of the Steadfast
Rodrigo Sol Valera
Captain of the Sea Hound

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Featured Player:
Daniel Hedge, Annette Williams

Liz's enthusiasm, dedication, and talent all make her an invaluable member of the BtQ community! Her recent character, Dr. Daniel Hedge has proved to be a fine addition to Steadfast's crew, and a source of brilliant posting. Her commitment to character development makes each of her posts a joy to read.


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The Articles of War
And no, they're not more like guidelines. If you've been freshly press-ganged, here's where you begin.
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Character Creation
Make a name for yourself. Post your character profile here according to the given format; when you've been approved, you are free to enter game!
Sub-forums: characters pending/approved/temporary/NPC.
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Out of Character discussion for In Game things Join a crew, find connections, and talk plot with other players.
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By: Rodrigo Sol Valera
Collection of resource threads and links.
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In: Last PostAy, Scurvy!
By: Annette Williams

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The Sea Hound
A Sloop-of-War with three masts, 24 cannon and two mounted guns, The Sea Hound is strong and swift, though she has sacrificed speed for a re-enforced hull that renders her a powerful skirmisher. At present, she is the terror of the Caribbean.
Captain: Rodrigo Sol Valera
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In: Last PostA light to guide the way
By: Rodrigo Sol Valera

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The HMS Steadfast
A Frigate with three square-rigged masts and 20 guns, the Steadfast is a sixth-rate warship, known for her agility and speed. Occasionally assigned duty as an escort vessel, she is primarily a pirate-hunter.
Captain: Jonathan Thorne
12 236 Jun 2 2011, 06:13 PM
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By: Graham Moore

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The Caribbean Sea
Warm blue waters from one horizon to the next. Who knows what lies beneath these waves?
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The Bermuda Triangle
Heed these four words: Ye Shall Never Return
4 46 Sep 3 2011, 03:09 PM
In: Last PostCrimson night
By: Marina Costa

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Another sugar-producing British Colony, Jamaica was under Spanish rule until the mid-1600's.
Capital: Kingston
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An island under British colonial rule, Barbados is the heart of the sugarcane industry, with flourishing slave-powered plantations that produce frequent valuable shipments.
Capital: Bridgetown
1 0 Nov 23 2009, 04:21 AM
In: Last PostThread Overview
By: Percival W. Legge
Divided between Spanish rule in the east and French rule in the west, two-thirds of the island serves as a haven for unsavory characters and Spanish privateers, while the remaining third - the French colony of Saint-Dominque - is the highly prosperous "Pearl of the Antilles"
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An island off the northern coast of Haiti, overlooking the Windward Passage; Tortuga is home to buccaneers, criminals and all sorts of sea-scum.
5 50 Jun 20 2011, 07:13 PM
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Other Islands
Assorted other islands of British, French, Dutch, or Spanish colonial rule.
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Shore Leave - OOC
Get to know your fellow conspirators! And have some Grog, while you're at it.
Sub-forum: diversions and games.
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By: Annette Williams
This Ship has Sunk
Archives of closed and dead threads.
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