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Evasive Maneuvers
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:25 am    Post subject: Swashbuckler level in sword fighting Reply with quote

it is still beyond me but i tryed a game on the swashbukler level just to see how its like. my sloop engaged a merchantman. my crew boarded immediatly as normal. i found it odd that a simple merchantmans captain was as hard as montalban on apprentice or a city raider(not pirate or indian) in journeyman. i easily won it but if merchants are that strong how do you manage warships.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The speed of the captains is all random. Everything is harder at swashbuckler, sometimes you'll get a faster captain, sometimes slower.
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rupertlittlebear
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Swashbuckler level in sword fighting Reply with quote

Evasive Maneuvers wrote:
i easily won it but if merchants are that strong how do you manage warships.
covered in the thread "just keep thrusting"

1 - get all the fencing improving gear

2 - always use a rapier

3 - skill helps
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jeff204vk
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:19 am    Post subject: Re: Swashbuckler level in sword fighting Reply with quote

rupertlittlebear wrote:
always use a rapier


I don't think you have to use a rapier. I can beat any ship captain using a cutlass. I would say that on Swashbuckler level, use the sword that fits your style best.
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Speedgolxc
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A message that can benefit the many members.
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Sven Helgrim
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I play on Swashbuckler all the time and if I don't take fencing as my skill, then I have trouble with some of the faster captains when they use a rapier. I find that having the Perfectly Balanced Swords and the Fencing Shirt or Silk Shirt to be the best defense against these deadly swordsmen.

Also having a large crew can be helpful.

When I get old and slow, I try to get my hands on a nimble ship like the Royal Sloop, Sloop Of War, or anything in the pinnace class. You can chain shot a ship until you de-mast her and that ship will surrender. If it is one of the three Spanish Villains (i.e. Montalban, Raymundo, or Mendoza) you will still have to fight them. So use grape shot and circle around the ship until you can knock the crew down to a manageable level (i.e. crew of one), then board and fight. parry and use the Taunt if you can. This will disorient your opponant.

I have found that my crew dies faster if I use a rapier and slower if i use a cutlass. has anyone else experienced this?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am 65 years young now and cannot win at Swash Level at all. My reflexes are way too slow. 10 years ago I won several games at Swash level and called it quits. It is just too fast for older people. I have not noticed a difference in casualty rates bases on which sword you use.
Most of my career I used a cutlass and counter-punched. About 8 years ago I switched to the rapier and went on offense. Both work. Rapier is usually faster.
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Sven Helgrim
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cutlass is the weapon of a true strategist.
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