Pirate Game Start Location
Is the starting location for a Pirate intended to block players even before the game has started? It appears to be active, so even prior to a 7 rolling, no ships/boats can be placed adjacent to it. Is the game designed to start like this? Can the starting location of the Pirate not be moved out of the main play area and then activate once someone moves the Pirate into the play area the first time?
Yes, that's the way it is supposed to work.