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PIRATE BORG is a scurvy-ridden, rules light, art heavy tabletop RPG. Inspired by history, fantasy, horror and rum.
Your cutlass & flintlock won’t save you from the hordes of skeletons, the Kraken, or even your own crew.

Sunset in the bay with a pirate looking out across the sea.

PIRATE BORG is a complete game based on and compatible with the award winning doom art-punk RPG Mörk Borg using their incredible 3rd party license. But it’s also a tool kit. Most of the tables can be hacked and used with any tabletop RPG.

This game is about being a greedy, filthy, scoundrel. Find a ship. Recruit some crew. Raid, pillage, plunder, and otherwise pilfer your weasley black guts out. Get a bigger ship. Kill some things. Upgrade your ship. Sneak into a fort. Raid a port. Acquire treasure. Bury said treasure. Become infamous. Search for someone else’s treasure. Flee in terror from unfathomable creatures from the deep. Drink all of the rum. Die on the high seas. Roll a new character and do it all again.

Buccaneer class spread

Included in the 166 page book are:

  • complete rules based on and compatible with the award winning doom art-punk RPG Mörk Borg
  • 8 character classes
  • easy-to-learn naval combat rules
  • stats for 18 vessels
  • 80+ NPCs & monsters
  • 90+ system agnostic tables
  • “The Curse of Skeleton Point”, a sandbox style adventure with 11 pirate-themed locations. 

The Kraken attacking a ship

The game is written and illustrated by Luke Stratton, also known as Limithron, who is known for his pirate-themed battle maps. The game will be printed and distributed by Free League Publishing (Mörk Borg, ALIEN RPG, Tales from the Loop RPG, The One Ring RPG) under the Free League Workshop sub-label for independently designed games.⁠

Monsters of the deep


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Tony M April 02, 2024 11:30 am UTC
Any plans to issue errata/correct pdf for stuff like machete damage?
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January 08, 2024 3:11 pm UTC
Chef Kiss for Pirate Borg. As a Solo player who uses Mythic GME, Pirate Borg was the perfect scenario book for me. So many plot hooks! So many tables! Fantastic art to set the mood. Not bogged down with walls of text. I hope Pirate Borg becomes the template for other RPG scenarios.
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Jabberwocky M October 23, 2023 2:17 am UTC
I love it, but unfortunately can't leave a review as a publisher. Will most likely run this as my next con event. But I do have a question:

The Buccaneer is supposed to be an expert marksman but has a -1 Agility. Is that a typo? It seems rather odd.

Also, are landlubber's out of luck concerning Class Features when gaining experience?
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Luke S November 13, 2023 12:27 am UTC
Pirate Borg PCs use presence to shoot, not agility. In fact, buccaneers are less mobile as they need to hold still to shoot and reload.

Landlubbers aren’t out of luck, they just require GM intervention. I let my landlubber players gain class abilities as they level up.
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Theódór T July 18, 2023 5:21 pm UTC
Came to say the same about the yellow/pink text obscuring text.
How can I get rid of it?
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Andreas S July 04, 2024 9:47 pm UTC
Big yellow blocks with completely different text, that obscured much of the other text? Had the same when I opened the pdf on my phone.
But it's gone when I use Foxit Reader on my desktop computer. Weird.
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thomas B July 04, 2023 10:36 am UTC
Looking forward to playing this! Skimming through the rules...I can't seem to find how to calculate a crews skill level is. Can anybody help clarify?
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James S June 27, 2023 6:11 pm UTC
You guys need to do a Space BORG....hard scifi theme with Cosmic Horror.........that would be beyond metal......
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James S June 27, 2023 6:39 pm UTC
Never mind...I just found and bought (both the PDF on Drivethru and hard copy on Amazon) DEATH IN SPACE...

GrimDark Scifi is awesome.
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George H June 28, 2023 2:47 am UTC
Death in Space is awesome, but Vast Grimm is more explicitly MORK BORG in SPACE!
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Luke S June 29, 2023 4:27 pm UTC
Check out VAST GRIMM as well!
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James S June 30, 2023 11:15 am UTC
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Ruben Z June 26, 2023 8:07 pm UTC
I'm a backer too and even claimed it through drivethru, but the product I claimed is no longer available. Will there be a free copy of this version?
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John P June 23, 2023 3:00 pm UTC
I was a Kickstarter backer and received my copy on DriveThruRPG with Limithron as a publisher. It appears this is an entirely different copy of the game. Is the Limithron version going to receive updates or only this one? If it's only this one, backers should receive free copies of this one on DriveThruRPG as well.
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Robert P June 22, 2023 11:13 am UTC
I was a backer but can't rate this on DT. :( Anyway, I think this is a fantastic setting - Highly recommended.
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thomas B June 21, 2023 10:30 pm UTC
The obscuring text is also appearing on a generic PDF reader on ipad
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Adam H June 21, 2023 5:58 am UTC
v2 and v2 Spreads have yellow/pink text spread across pages obscuring information when viewing on Kindle
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