Ahoy, I'm kinda new to pirate games, so far I've only played Port Royale and that was years ago. Recently I found AoP2:COAS on GOG, then learned about the whole Sea Dogs series, and finally stumbled upon this forum. I read some threads to figure out which game is best for me but could only narrow it down to four options: AoP2:COAS + GOF 2.0 (is there a newer non-beta version?) AoP2:COAS + ERAS (which is the latest non-beta version?) SD:TEHO (don't need mods here, I think?) PotC:NH (this is the "Build" mod, right?) It would be great if someone could tell me a bit about what the key differences between the various games and mods are, and also what the mods actually do. E.g. the GOF 2.0 release thread doesn't tell me anything about why I should play GOF rather than the vanilla game. Really this is all quite confusing and I would appreciate it if someone could share some wisdom. I also have some more specific questions for which I'm hoping to get answers: Which game has the best sandbox-style exploration (like in Bethesda games)? Which game has the best aesthetics? I.e. not the highest-def textures, but the nicest and most immersive visuals in general? Which game is the most stable (on 64-bit Win 7)? Which game has the best character customization? Can you play as either gender in all games, and does this have consequences or is it merely for appearance? Which game has the best player animations and camera? Which game has the most interesting and varied ships? Also, larger mods of other games I play are often of significantly lower quality than the respective base game (e.g. having spelling errors or lacking voice acting or whatever) and if a mod reminds me every 5 minutes that I'm playing a modded game, then I'd rather play the vanilla game instead. So if you could tell me a bit about how 'professionally made' these mods are that'd be great. Thanks!