PDXYAR can trace it’s origins to a group of stout souls engaging in “naval combat” through the use of the miniature constructable sailing vessels of the WizKids “Pirates” strategy game. As their gaming group grew, so did their interest in the history and legend of the pirates, privateers and Golden Age of Piracy. This knowledge developed a practical side as period costumes were developed and the group began making appearances at gaming shops and the Portland Pirate Festival to demonstrate the game.
From these humble beginnings, PDXYAR has grown and evolved until in 2010 they assumed the mantle of “The Swashbucklers of Stumptown.” While pirate gaming remains an intrinsic element of the group, they have also become historical fictioneers. Providing services such as pirate appearances, staged combat, fire dancing, living history instruction and many others, they are performers who are dedicated to both educating and entertaining audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.