Blackbeard (2008)

Average Rating: 6.11/10
Board Game Rank: 2397
Thematic Rank: 421
Strategy Game Rank: 1004
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Year Published
2008
# of Players
1 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3 players
Recommended with 1, 2, 3, 4 players
(42 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
User Suggested Ages
14 and up
(14 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
(26 voters) [poll]
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Reimplements
Primary Name
Blackbeard
Alternate Names
Barbe Noire
Blackbeard: The Golden Age of Piracy
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One of the Avalon Hill games of the early 1990s was Blackbeard, a pirate game totally different from any others available because it simulated the actual life and careers of historical pirates, and how they went about their chosen professions.

Richard Berg has now taken the original and redesigned it, almost entirely, to bring it into line with what gamers like to see and play these days. All those pirates you loved - Black Bart Roberts, Long Ben Avery, Ned Lowe, L'Ollonais, and, of course, Edward Teach (Blackbeard) - 23 in all, are still there, as are the King's Commissioners sent out to stop them. However, the entire play system has been overhauled, and the result is a game that highlights and specializes in player interaction, with almost no down time for any players.

Players represent individual pirates, using them to gain Victory Points by amassing booty and, even more importantly, earning Notoriety for their dastardly deeds. Seizing merchants with cargo ranging from useless paper to the monumental treasure of the Mughal emperors, attacking and sacking ports, fighting storms and scurvy, seeking safe haven in infamous pirate ports such as Tortuga and Madagascar, and, hopefully, using Letters of Marque to retire successfully.

And while the player is doing this, all of the other players, at the same time, are playing their cards and seizing opportunities to stop the pirates. There is a constant interplay among players, and you never know what is going to happen when you set out to do something.

We've simplified movement (no more hexes) and ship battles, we've expanded the use of Royal Navy warships, we've even added individual hostages! (Yes, there is a "Governor's Daughter".)

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Components:

  • 1 thirty-two page illustrated rule booklet
  • 1 game board (34" x 22")
  • 2 sheets of counters
  • 2 folded charts and tables cards
  • 3 six-sided dice, two black and one white
  • 10 pirate displays
  • 110 cards, in two decks

Artists
Cover Design - Rodger B. MacGowan
Map, Cards, Counters, Aids - Mark Mahaffey
Pirate Portraits - Leona Preston
Cover Painting - Frank Schoonover
Ship Art - Mike Lemick

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Blackbeard
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English first edition
Publisher: GMT Games
Artist: Mike Lemick, Rodger B. MacGowan, Mark Mahaffey, Leona Preston, Frank Schoonovermore»
Year: 2008
Product Code: 0803-08
Size: GMT standard box
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10 Blackbeard Greek language Play Aid Cards
This is the Greek translation of the Play Aid Cards that came with the game.
Greek
2013-03-08
17 Blackbeard Greek language Rules
Revision of the Greek language rules (typos, translation errors etc)
Greek
2013-02-23
8 Solo non-graphical tables to replace map
I enjoy playing Blackbeard solo, but the map is very large and it takes a while to scan the entire thing to find how many merchants are on the board or where a pirate needs to go next. Solution: remove the map from the equation. These tables, in low ink and full colour provide a solo player a quick look at the entire playing area's ports and sea areas, without getting lost in the detail of the map. Print as is, without rescaling, for 8.5" x 11" pages.
English
2012-12-11
3 Blackbeard Charts Polish Translation version 01
Unofficial and unauthorized translation based on the GMT 2nd edition living game rules and charts
Polish
2012-05-29
0 Short summary of the game steps in Portuguese language.
Short summary of the game steps in Portuguese language. (four cards).
English
2011-09-23
1 Solitaire Blackbeard Rules in Russian
Russian translation of "19. Solitaire Blackbeard" from Rules.
Russian
2011-03-09
5 Event Cards in Russian (with explanations)
Russian translation of "17. Event Cards" from Rules.
Russian
2011-02-11
6 Event Cards in Russian
Russian translation of Event Cards.
Russian
2011-02-10
7 Reorganized Rules in Russian
Reorganized Rules in Russian, based on Reorganised Rules v1.2 by Steven McDougall, including corrections and additions.
Russian
2011-02-10
28 Blackbeard Living Rules Summary v2
Summary of the Living Rules major mechanics and player turn phases
English
2011-02-01
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 2397
Thematic Rank: 421
Strategy Game Rank: 1004
Num Ratings: 916
Average Rating: 6.11
Standard Deviation: 1.72
Num Views: 210034
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Avg. Game Weight: 3.3
Fans: 46
Personal Comments: 490
Users Owning: 2135
Users Wanting: 47
Users Trading: 214 [find trade matches]
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Total Plays: 1026
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Guns, Dice, Butter Episode IX: Nov 18, 2012
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Show #3.5 Session Report: GMT's Blackbeard
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