I played a game on the old TRS-80 back in the early 80's called Taipan. The player is the Captain of a ship trading goods from the Japanese city of Nagasaki to many ports all the way down to Batavia (know known as Jakarta). The game was inspired by the novel Tai-Pan and I am almost positive that the game inspired future games like Sid Meier's Pirates.
For years I thought Taipan meant Captain. But I just recently discovered that I have been wrong all this time.
tai·pan1 [tahy-pan] Show IPA
(in China) the head or owner of a foreign business establishment.
Because of this I am going to make some minor changes to the back story. Also, the Captain Cards I was working on will have a much wider variety of looks. Now I can have them be English, Russian, as well as any of the Asian nationalities from Japanese, Chinese, and Thai.
In addition to this I have decided to allow you to give me some feedback on what you think. I have created a Poll that you can add your voice to what themes are interesting to you. Feel free to select multiple entries.