From publisher blurb:
Avast there! There be grand adventure ahead, mateys! Where some other Game Captains be leadin' adventurous souls ta battles where there be nothing but blood, this 'ere game sets sail fer rich waters, where there be gold and glory awaitin' ye. The secret coves and rich cities charted in these 'ere books be a gamer's paradise. For this 'ere game won't be a tellin' ya ta be honorable or chivalrous while settin' ya up fer a battle where the brave be the first ta die. No matey, this 'ere game makes no bones 'bout it! If ye be wantin' ta cut some throats, pick yer friends' pockets and become the richest man in the world, this be the game fer ya! Pirates goes back to the basics of role-playing games for its fun. Its simple yet comprehensive rules maximize the opportunity for a "hack-and-slash" game while providing a fine opportunity to role-play in a New World of RPGs. Pirates as a role-playing game genre is ideal for those Players who want to gather power, or be a killing machine, or hoard gold, or have high-stakes adventures just for the hell of it. Its carefree rules blow rule-laden games out of the water with salvos of dramatic action that are hard to come by anywhere else.