Posted: Dec 24 2017, 11:59 AM
Welcome to a new year, and, with it, to the official opening of “CARIBBEAN DAWN!” After seven years and a half BEFORE THE MAST, we are turning the page to a new chapter of our story. To many more years together! Warm thanks to all the crew, to everybody who has made it possible for our writing community to flourish and for the story to get further.
First of all, we want to wish you all
And plenty of inspiration in 2018, besides good luck, success, love and prosperity.
Given that our "CARIBBEAN DAWN" story has shyly started already, join us in discussing and finetuning the plots. The floor is yours, let us mention any plot ideas, suggestions or comments regarding the new volume, the ways to strengthen our community and anything else related to our story and community. Also here is an attempt at structuring the new plot – I would like ideas for improving it.
Since the first day of the New Year 2018, "CARIBBEAN DAWN" is officially open.
Please, keep an eye to the c-box, if we have guests at hours I can't be online!
The start of a new year and of a new site is a good time for some statistics as well.
For the year 1719 we wrote 18,251 posts in 705 threads, out of which 31 (i.e. 4.4%) abandoned threads. For Before the Mast 1720, until 1-st of January 2018 we have written almost 14,000 posts in 530 threads, out of which 504 completed, 9 ongoing and only 17 (3.2 %) archived threads. Since we have started writing on Caribbean Dawn, our new, freshly opened site numbers already almost 600 posts in 17 threads, out of which 9 completed and 8 ongoing. To many more!
Overall, in seven years and a half of writing actively, we have written almost 32,800 posts in 1,252 threads, out of which 1,187 completed, 17 ongoing and 48 (3.83%) archived – a good score, given that in most RPGs, unfinished threads are more common than finished ones. We do finish the stories we start, unless exceptional circumstances!
As per the 1-st of January 2018, statistics show that "Caribbean Dawn" has:
Active writers: 10
Active characters: 47 (21 male, 25 female and 1 non-binary), out of which:
Islanders = 27
Seafarers = 19
Wanderers = 1
There are plenty of things to do in order to end the story “Before the Mast” and to give it a new "Caribbean Dawn", looking forward to your participation, as they give opportunities for more characters than they actually seem to join. There are new and already ongoing threads which would welcome your participation. The victorious French flagship, "Le Phenix", is sinking, ending apotheotically the month of July 1720 “Before the Mast” and making way for a bright Caribbean Dawn for the survivors. The first sets of survivors are already swimming on a Caribbean Dawn, and one of them told already the sad news to the Rear-Admiral Duval. News spread on the docks as well...
We warmly welcome among us Sherryl, who brought to us the young Jamaican farmer James Redman, and Mimi,who brought us the general shop owner Fabienne Girard, new in Port de Paix. We also salute the return of Ghostie, who caught up successfully with Pauwel's story.
As for thread/ quote spotlight, the pirate powder monkey Pauwel, played by Ghostie, deserves highlighted for the most suspenseful quote from the thread Victory a la Pyrrhus:
"Your prayers would sooner reach the Kuḻantaikaḷ atarmattin, friends, your devils. Good gods do not care for theives and kacāppu."
Pauwel paused before he added the words in his own tongue. Now was not the time to ask the names of those who sliced meat, regardless of whether it was human or sheep. Men had died at the hands of other men. If that was not similar enough to the bloody scene of a kacappu katai, the "gallows" certainly would. Dead men strung up to rot like the dismantled carcasses strung along a wall. The Tamil barely noticed as the trembling of his hands crawled through his veins until his whole body shook. Absorbed in fear of death as he was, the sound of the french creating a commotion scared him more. He didn't know if it meant another ship or if they always ran like chickens, but it was not a good sign.
"Four ships, dead. We did not go easy on the ship we sit in now. Death is very close by your shoulders."
It is well written and showing well the way of thinking of a pariah in the Hindi castes, who had seen death for several times. Congratulations and way to go!
At the beginning of a new year, I am offering my warmest thanks, indiscriminately, to all the crew of “Before the Mast”, and now "Caribbean Dawn", who had been sticking with us and actively writing, so that our story had advanced. I hope to see a more active and tighter community in the next year.
You know also that we need fresh blood of the history-loving, writing and dedicated kind… I am making an appeal to all of you to bring other friends of yours who are into writing swashbuckling adventures, because the word of mouth is the most powerful way of advertising. Also, I'd like you to tell me which other ways of advertising you consider efficient and how we can get new members, because the truth is that, due to the site becoming way slower, we have remained only the core members writing together for 4+ years. We would need also new blood of the writing and staying kind, and this transition to the "Caribbean Dawn" is the best moment for others to join!
In addition to this, the ones who have blogs, LiveJournal or InsaneJournal accounts, please advertise “Caribbean Dawn” and try to bring new members. Those who have Facebook accounts – please “Like” our page and spread the word! Those with Twitter and Tumblr, follow us and retweet/ reblog some of our messages! We have the site’s Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Deviant Art group links in the sidebar, just a click away – but how successful can they be if even some of the members ignore them?
Voting daily in the topsites also helps…
Help us be seen and grow with gaining new valuable members! You can give your contribution to our site’s growth, and you’ll have more people and characters to write with! Each person’s effort counts in making our writing community better, sounder or bigger!
Keep writing, have fun and a wonderful new year!
Posted: Dec 24 2017, 12:52 PM
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Before going to the market place, to hear more of the gossips, the chronicler is letting the readers know the latest news.
In Kingston, a noble boy was disrespectful towards a young farmer. Would anyone be punished?
In Tortuga, a big party is the opportunity for people of different allegiances to mingle, dance and be happy for the newlywed couples. A newly arrived healer is encouraging pregnant women and treating wounds of the soul. A newly hired sailor discovers Tortuga for the first time.
In Port de Paix, a father is bonding with his son over a swim in the sea, before finding a job opportunity for both of them (and a few more crewmates). A former privateer finds employment aboard a smuggler ship and therefore has to part with his lover.
Can a birthday dinner between a Rear-Admiral and an assassin end well?
A little boy sings nicely and receives the promise of music lessons. Will he become a great singer? The tutor says he has potential…
A ship captain meets a lonely lady on the docks and they have lunch together. A week later, he finds himself invited to her homecoming party. What new friends is she going to make?
For further news and gossips, don’t miss the next issue of the “Histories and Chronicles of the West Indies”!
Posted: Dec 30 2017, 09:36 PM
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In the open seas, the pirate ship sank, while the French Navy flagship fished out the survivors as trophies to bring to justice. A few had succeeded to escape, though. One of the escaped pirates found at the other end of the mast piece the man he was seeking for. They got saved by an allegedly privateer ship. The pirate got reassured by his friend that he had good acquaintances there.
A few hours later, the French flagship is heavily taking water. A sailor has saved a ship boy from drowning, finding in the process that he wasn't quite a boy.
A pirate and a British Navy man arrived on Curacao and were promised a waggon ride to the main port, where they could find a ship towards Port de Paix, Nassau or other destination closer to Tortuga.
Other pirates had arrived on a Spanish-speaking island. One of them thought he had been embraced by mermaids. Which kind of mermaids had he seen? And would he survive meeting them?
For further battle survival stories, don’t miss the next issue of the “Histories and Chronicles of the West Indies”!