A Few Other Tips to Turn Our Game into a Swashbuckling Party (Music, Dance and Slang)
Avast: Sound Tracks to Set the Scene for a Pirating Party
Consider creating a soundtrack to play when guests are arriving, when guests are completing the Accusation Sheet and, optionally, during food breaks.
Sea Shanties include "What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?", "Ballad of Captain Kidd" and "Blow the Man Down". The most famous fictional sea song is "Fifteen Men on a Dead Man's Chest" from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" - different people have recorded versions of this.
Or include soundtracks from:
- "Pirates of the Caribbean" such as "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)", "Two Hornpipes (Tortuga)" or "Skull and Crossbones",
- "Our Flag Means Death",
- "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas",
- Disney's 1953 film "Peter Pan" - "The Elegant Captain Hook",
- "The Pirates of Penzance" such as "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General".
The Sailer's Hornpipe is a fast-paced, catchy, well-known orchestral piece.
Optionally ask one of your guests to give a display of the Hornpipe during a break betwen the rounds - or even to teach it to those wanting to learn!
Impress Your Mateys With the Right Slang
We've found that experimenting with slang and accents can really add to the fun of a party; as host, it is a good idea to encourage this.
However, not every guest wants to spend time researching their role. Therefore, we provide appropriate dialogue suggestions as part of the pre-party and party booklets. These are tailored to the background of each character.
- For those guests who are playing pirate characters, the party booklets give dialogue suggestions written with amusing slang insults such as "bilge rat", "scurvy dog" and "scabby sea bass" already included - not to mention a few well-known phrases such as "shiver me timbers", "Yo ho ho" and "savvy that". To ring the changes and keep guests interested, each pirate character has their own unique way of speaking. For example, One-eyed Shark insults people with fish names ("yer rotting catfish").
- For Lady Dorothy, Lady Desiree, Admiral and Parson, the party booklets are written with a few slang phrases common in the 18th century such as "blast your toplights" or "your evidence is enough to make a dog laugh."
- For Tempest and Torrent, the party booklets are written with a few suggestions of a Caribbean accent already included.
- In addition, as Captain Hugh is from Ireland and Maroon-'em Mary is from Scotland, their party booklets have the odd Irish and Scottish dialect suggestions.