Why did pirates use a plank? Why not just push the guy off the side?
Game Daily has posted an interview with Akella, the developers of Age of Pirates. We're pretty sure that they wrote this:
"...until E3 2005, when Akella, developer of the Sea Dogs game(s), announced Age of Pirates, essentially the next swashbuckling RPG in the Sea Dogs line. We had a chance to sit down with Renat Nezametdinov, project manager for Age of Pirates, to hear more about what gamers can expect from Age of Pirates, as well as what the team learned from its previous two outings about the pirate lifestyle and the power of its Storm graphics engine."
You can read the entire Age of Pirates Interview at Game Daily.