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Year Published
2004
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2 − 10
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Best with 3–4 players
Recommended with 2–5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8+
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Primary Name
Pirates of the Spanish Main
Alternate Names
Piraten der Spanischen Meere
Piraten der Totenkopf-Küste
Pirates At Ocean's Edge
Pirates Constructable Strategy Game
Pirates of Davy Jones' Curse
Pirates of the Barbary Coast
Pirates of the Crimson Coast
Pirates of the Cursed Seas
Pirates of the Frozen North
Pirates of the Mysterious Islands
Pirates of the Revolution
Pirates of the South China Seas
Rise of the Fiends
Savage Shores
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Pirates of the Spanish Main is the world’s first constructible strategy game. In Pirates of the Spanish Main, players make fleets of ships to sail to different islands looking for treasure. This booty is obtained in one of two ways: commanding your salty dogs to dig it out of the ground or sending your opponent’s ships to Davy Jones’ locker! Either way, game play is fast and fun, and the built-in damage tracking system makes Pirates of the Spanish Main the game of choice of wannabe-buccaneers everywhere. (From the official press release)

Pirates of the Spanish Main includes numerous different collectible pieces, including ships, crew, treasure, and famous (and infamous!) personalities. It sells in booster packs that include all materials required for play ("A game in every pack"), which typically consists of two ships, an island, crew, treasure, a small six-sided die, and complete rules for play.

WizKids officially renamed the entire product line "Pirates of the Cursed Seas Pocketmodel Game" in 2008.

Topps officially shut down WizKids in November 2008, and put the property up for sale. In September 2009 NECA purchased WizKids and its properties from Topps, and began releasing new content for the game HeroClix.

Expanded by:

  • Pirates of the Crimson Coast (2005)
  • Pirates of the Revolution (2005)
  • Pirates of the Barbary Coast (2005)
  • Pirates of the South China Seas (2006)
  • Pirates of Davy Jones' Curse (2006)
  • Pirates of the Mysterious Islands (2006)
  • Pirates of the Frozen North (2007)
  • Pirates at Ocean's Edge (2007)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean PocketModel Game (2007)
  • Pirates of the Cursed Seas: Rise of the Fiends (2008)
  • Pirates of the Cursed Seas: Fire and Steel (2008)
  • Pirates of the Cursed Seas: Savage Shores (2008)
  • There are also numerous (unofficial) fan-designed sets.

Similar constructable ships were used for Pirates: Quest for Davy Jones' Gold.

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Awards

  • 2006 Origins Awards Winner, CCG or Expansion of the Year (for "Davy Jones' Curse").
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Pirates At Ocean's Edge
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WizKids Special Edition
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Year: 2007
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Topps / Wizkids 2-Player Mega Pack edition
Publisher: Topps, WizKids Games
Artist: Sandra Garavito
Year: 2007
Product Code: WZK6151
Size: 6.00 x 5.00 x 0.50 inches
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5 Pirates generic crew rule sheets
Whenever I give someone a pack of Spanish Main, one of their favorite parts about it is the generic crew keywords and point costs spelled out right in the Complete Game rules. Here are two files that recreate that on one small sheet. This is the original, where 9 crew sheets can be printed on one page. The "v2" one is to scale at 2.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches high, to conform to the size of the rulebooks from the packs. These can be great for new players. Enjoy!
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2015-12-14
4 Pirates CSG prices
Here is an excel file with average prices of various Pirates ships and packs. There is also a thread at Miniature Trading with even more info. I would estimate that these numbers start sometime in the second half of 2011. I've probably missed some auctions as well, or disregarded smaller auctions (such as 3 packs of a set) since I didn't want to crowd my eBay watch list. However, this can still serve as a rough guide for Pirates prices on eBay over the past 4 years and going into the future. For the first time, I've calculated the average prices for each individual listing. This is in bold after each section. I generally included punched copies or variations, but noted where I left them out for outlier reasons. Finally, the prices go in chronological order with the most...
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2015-09-27
6 Pirates generic crew
In teaching new players I've found a way to deal with the lack of generic crew available, especially in the case of captains, helmsmen, and explorers. Try printing this document and cutting out little crew chips for people to use!
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2015-09-05
5 Return to Savage Shores
Other checklists don't have the stats, abilities, and flavor text for the final unreleased set, so here it is in spreadsheet form. Big thanks to woelf for releasing the information over at MiniatureTrading.com.
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2015-04-26
4 Pirates of the Age of Sail - Custom Set
This is the custom set I made in 2011. I've made some changes since then and might make more in the future. Enjoy!
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2015-03-31
3 Pirates CSG and RISK
Custom rules to incorporate RISK.
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2014-11-08
3 Icebreakers 2
this is the seocnd set of icebreakers i said i would post.hope you enjoy them.
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2014-02-19
9 Tattered Sails & Shattered Gunwales
This is a variant ruleset I came up with to make PotSM a bit more interesting, a TINY bit more realistic, (including wind rules) without complicating it too much. I GM'd a game of it at Carnage Con 2013, and all the players liked it. The one comment that was universal in the After Action Report was that cannon ranges should be doubled. I've reflected that in this version with a side note. I'd love to hear any feedback on these rules.
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2013-12-18
6 icebreaker
As a fan of the pirates ccg i made this little icebreaker I consider it a fan work that i would like to share with others. this is not meant as a rival for the originals.All thanks go to wizkids for shuch amazing models. it was a pain. but hope you like it. i hope to post at least 2 other fan made models.
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2013-12-09
21 Pirates of the Spanish Main - Complete checklist with info
Checklist and guide for every card and item released for Pirates of the Spanish Main. Previously created under the name "Privateer Julez". Formated for printing on A4 paper.
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