I had an idea for a variant for Merchants and Marauders. When Two players are in the same sea zone they can trade.
The player that starts the trade has to do a scout (if at sea) or spend an action if both players are at port.
Cargo, rumors, gold, or specialists can be traded.
Once trading begins either player can initiate Crew Combat (since you are already on the ship during a trade). Crew combat plays a normal. If the attacker was in port during this attack, they would gain 2 bounties. One for the nation of the other player and one for the nation of the port.
I do want some kind of reward for players that did a successful trade. Thinking a glory card or maybe some gold?
I was wondering would the trading be possible.
I agree that for trading at sea, players would need to roll "scouting".
And for trading in ports, there couldn't be combat.
I think trading is reward in it self. I was worried if that would make merchants more powerfull.
Although I like that idea that that could buy merchants "protection" from pirates for some time.