Pirates of the Western Sea is inspired by Pirates of Dark Water, Galtar and the Golden Lance, maybe a bit of Thundarr the Barbarian, video games like Joust... a kind of cartoony Sword and Sorcery thing. Hell, maybe even Thundercats! As for the rules, I'm leaning towards either Rising Forces or Savage City as the base (meaning: something in the vein of Street Fighter's rules), but fleshed out into a fantasy RPG system. This means serious consideration of styles, weapons, armor and magic. I have ideas here that have me kinda excited about it.