Description: 1720, West Indies flourishing in a colonial paradise. Allied Navies and privateers fighting pyracy. Who will raise from the ashes of the war into a blooming colonial life? Raise to swashbuckling adventure, spending some time with us in the CARIBBEAN DAWN!
Category: Real Life Forum
Member Since: 2012-10-30
Average Rating: 3 / 5
Number of Ratings: 34
A good site no matter what people here say. The site is friendly.
I was a member of 'Before the Mast' for a month or so around 2011-2012, and ordinarily would not stop by to comment on a site I am no longer a member of. But seeing the negative reviews dragging down this site's rating has prompted me to leave my thoughts.
Before the Mast has never had flashy web 2.0 skin designs, but why does this matter when the forum is perfectly legible as it is? People complaining about 'noob' writing levels on the forum - Before the Mast is one of the very few forums in the mainstream roleplaying consciousness that is welcoming and open to writers for whom English is not their first language.
I joined having recently got into Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels and was hankering to write a little Age-Of-Sail - despite my severely lacking knowledge and slightly off the wall character request, the admin patiently lent me an ear and allowed me to join and play out my idea despite the fact I was a flakey, fair-weather member. I have no doubt she treats all her members with the same kindness and consideration - the site would not have existed for the best part of seven years otherwise.
So don't be quick to do down this site. I have had nothing but a positive experience from Before the Mast - this is a forum accepting of everyone, regardless of writing ability or permanence, and this is something we should celebrate.
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