The smell of the salt breeze. The creak of rigging in the air. You’re in sight of the port of Tobago, when you see a ship off in the distance, on an intercept course. Word from the crows-nest is that the ship has run up the fleur-de-lis. The French Navy! You order the crew to man their stations and load the cannons. As the larger ship draws closer, volleys of fire are exchanged, shattering masts and shredding sails. All at once, grappling hooks sail from the enemy ship. They’re trying to board! As the enemy pours onto your ship, your crew fights to the last man. Will you survive long enough to protect your precious gold and valuable cargo? - Nate Owens
Merchants & Marauders is considered by many to be the definitive pirate games. It was even among the games included in the article Top 5 Adventure Games here on TWBG. Some players, however, find the multiple systems of Merchants & Marauders cumbersome, and have sought out more recent titles such as Black Fleet for piratey fun.
What do you think? Love it or hate it? Do you still play Merchants & Marauders?