Chronofus has written a set of free miniature wargames rules called Piracy, and also an amazing amount of supplemental and source material on pirate captains, pirate history, pirate flags, nations of the Caribbean, slavery, clothing, weapons, currency, towns and more!
Scuttle! is a print and play game where 1 – 5 players are pirates scheming to collect 21 dubloons.
Pirates anyone? Pieces of Eight is a set of free wargames rules from Andy Watkins portraying Hollywood pirate skirmishes. They are a relatively simple set of rules — but that’s a good thing! Who wants complications when you’re playing pirates.
Pirates are my next big project, so I was happy to find that Cianty’s Tabletop Wargames Blog has an article on sources for pirate ships for gaming.
Trevor Brabyn has posted The Galleon and The Flame, a Sword and The Flame variant for land and naval battles in the age of Drake and Hawkins.
This is just more evidence to support my contention that — if miniature wargaming has a standard — it’s Larry Brom’s The Sword and The Flame. There are more variants of this rules set than I can count.