Swashbucklers of the Seven Skies (S7S) is a game of action, adventure and (wait for it...) swashbuckling in a fantastic world of floating islands, sky pirates, dashing princes, nefarious courtesans and much danger. It is a wonderful setting, evocatively painted through the text, illustrations, and rules design. Think Errol Flynn, the Three Musketeers, and all those thrilling adventure tales of yore, mixed with a healthy dash of the fantastic.
The game itself is based on a streamlined version of the PDQ system, which uses short statements to describe your character and a very simple die mechanic to resolve action.The PDQ system is certainly on the "light" end of the rules spectrum, but covers everything you expect it to. My favourite part of the system is how damage (physical, mental or otherwise) can affect your other "descriptors". This means getting beat up in a duel can later influence your ability to influence someone in a social situation, or even the other way around!
If you have ever fancied yourself the captain of a magnificent flying galleon (accompanied by your crew of cutthroats, courtesans, explorers, noblemen, or savages), traversing the seven skies in search of adventure, glory or treasure, then you should check out this game!
[5 of 5 Stars!]