Blackbeard (1991)

Average Rating: 6.33/10
Board Game Rank: 1805
War Game Rank: 676
Thematic Rank: 358
Strategy Game Rank: 882
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Year Published
1991
# of Players
1 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
(Not best with any number)
Recommended with 1, 2, 3, 4 players
(26 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
180 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Primary Name
Blackbeard
Alternate Names
Barbe Noire
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Introduction (from the rule book):

BLACKBEARD recreates "The Golden Age of Piracy" at the turn of the 18th century. Each player becomes one or more pirates and attempts to amass a fortune and retire before a King's Commissioner tracks him down, a Warship stumbles across him, or his own crew cuts his throat! Merchant ships plying the trade routes are the targets. Prizes range from near-worthless supplies to the fabulous Spanish and Mogul treasure ships. Luck, skill and cunning all play a part as you comb the Seven Seas (well ... at least three of them) for fame and fortune. Players should be aware that the game simulates 18th century piracy and therefore features random happenstance. Little can be planned. Players who are ready to strike when opportunity presents itself and are wily and aggressive without being rash will fare best in the long run.


Players take up the roles of famous pirates navigating the major sea lanes during the golden age of piracy. Plunder and pirateering await as each player moves about on the map in a variable system through a deck of cards. Rather than the normal turn order in games, players move when their designation is drawn in a deck. When not in the role of their pirate they can take on the role of one of the English military ships hunting the sea for pirates. By making shrewd choices and having some luck the player can end the game a wealthy and retired pirate with a large fleet of ships that have been accumulated over the years.

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Barbe Noire
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Descartes French Edition
Publisher: Descartes Editeur
Artist: Charles Kibler
Year: 1994
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
2.69 pounds
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Blackbeard
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Avalon Hill English Edition
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Artist: Dave Dobyski, Charles Kibler, George I. Parrish, Jr.
Year: 1991
Product Code: 887
Size: Avalon Hill Bookcase
2.69 pounds
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8 Blackbeard Variants including Jack Sparrow
A Document of Blackbeard variant rules I use when I play plus a Jack Sparrow Pirate Card.
English
2013-09-28
7 Player Order Turn Cards
Use these cards as a replacement for the original turn order rules. Use as many cards as there are players. Pass them out and once all have been used, shuffle and pass them out again. This eliminates the frustrating feature of the original game where a player could get multiple turns in a row while another player could get none. This way all players will get a turn and the worst that can happen is the player who goes last in one round might end up going first in the next.
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2012-04-05
27 Mike's Boiled Down Rules for Blackbeard
I really enjoy this game, but the rulebook seems very poorly organized, and I find it difficult to find the rule that I'm looking for. I created this "Boiled Down" version that an experienced player can use as a play-aid, with the rules in a (hopefully) more intuitive order, with references to the specific rule included. This may not be the best way to organize it, but I think it's better organized than the original.
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2011-09-18
28 Blackbeard Solo Player Log
Perfect for solo players like myself. Laminate it and you're good to go.
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2010-04-15
22 A blackbeard play aid
A blackbeard play aid
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2009-12-09
4 Blackbeard (1991) Tuckboxes
Tuckboxes for this classic game.
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2009-09-30
5 Cards,merchants and warships
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4 Diario.jpg
DIARIO DE A BORDO DEL BALANDRO por Felipe Santamaría
2007-03-19
4 BLACKBEARD PIRATAS.pdf
PIRATES' CARDS IN SPANISH - CARTAS DE PIRATAS EN ESPAÑOL por Felipe Santamaría
2007-03-19
6 BLACKBEARD TABLAS.pdf
TABLES IN SPANISH - TABLAS DEL MAPA EN ESPAÑOL para imprimir y pegar por Felipe Santamaría
2007-03-19
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 1805
War Game Rank: 676
Thematic Rank: 358
Strategy Game Rank: 882
Num Ratings: 1189
Average Rating: 6.33
Standard Deviation: 1.57
Num Views: 132268
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 3.2
Fans: 51
Personal Comments: 550
Users Owning: 2254
Users Wanting: 46
Users Trading: 153 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 2
Want Parts In Trade: 9
Price History: View
Total Plays: 650
Plays This Month: 3
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