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Year Published
2002
# of Players
3 − 5
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Best with 5 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Primary Name
Pirate's Cove
Alternate Names
La Crique des Pirates
Merirosvopoukama
Piratenbaai
Piratenbucht
海盜灣
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Come aboard and sail to Pirate's Cove... the legendary hideaway of thieving pirates and cutthroat buccaneers. The tales of those legendary pirates of old who've fought and survived these mysterious waters still haunt all those who yearn for a life at sea. Armed with a secret map and starting with a modestly outfitted sloop salvaged from last winter's storm, you set sail to Pirate's Cove - your eyes filled with visions of treasure and fame, your lungs filled with the salty air of the High Seas.

Your objective: to battle for the rights to plunder and become the most famed and feared Pirate the world has ever seen. To do so, you will need to navigate shrewdly, fight recklessly and pillage mercilessly. You will gain fame by winning battles; burying gold and treasure; and bragging about your exploits at the Tavern. At the end of twelve months, the pirate with the most fame will be declared the most fearsome Pirate of the High Seas!

The game has 12 turns and at the start of every turn, each pirate must decide (secretly) which of the 6 islands they will visit. All players reveal their navigation directions simultaneously and then the turn is resolved. If any two or more pirates end up at the same island, Combat ensues.

Combat resolution is determined by the strengths of your ship and the results of cannon fire (dice). The goal of combat is to scare away rival pirates so that you are the only pirate left at the island. If you stay in combat too long, your ship will suffer and make subsequent turns more difficult, so there is a fine balance of when to stay and fight and when to let the bigger ship have its booty. If you flee from combat, you end up at Pirate's Cove where you receive a small compensation for the turn. Once all conflicts are resolved, then the bounty for each island is given out.

Each island (except Pirate's Cove and Treasure Island) offer various amounts of Fame, Gold, Treasure or Tavern cards. The bounty is skewed so that some Islands are clearly better choices than others, so it can force you to decide (or bluff) if you think you can take the island should other pirates go after the same bounty. Once you have your bounty, you can purchase upgrades for your ship. Each Island offers a different ship component. The four parts of your ship are: Sails (determines speed and initiative in combat), Hull (how much treasure you can carry), Crew (needed to man the cannons), and Cannons. (The lower number of Crew and Cannons determines how many dice you roll in combat).

There is also an island with a Pub that offers useful strategy cards to help you in all aspects of the game. The last island is treasure island which offers no real bounty other than the chance to bury treasures that you have in the hull of your ship. Buried treasure is converted to Fame (which is the ultimate goal of the game).

Other random elements of the game include the dreaded Legendary Pirates who are highly dangerous ships that patrol the islands in order. One of 5 different Legendary Pirates (which include famous names like Blackbeard and The Flying Dutchman) is drawn at the beginning of every game, and stays until defeated. If you end up at the same island as one of them, you had better have a strong ship and helpful allies or they will blast you with their powerful cannons. However, if you can manage to sink their ships, you can score a good amount of fame! But beware, once you defeat him/her a new Legendary Pirate will appear to wreck havoc in the islands.

At the very end of the game, there is a chance for everyone to tell "tall tales" about themselves to increase their final fame standings. These tall tale cards are gained at the pub and offer yet another fun "pirate" mechanic. In all, Pirate's Cove offers you the chance to truly play like a pirate where you can fight and plunder your way to victory.

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Components

  • 1 Board map
  • 7 Pirate ship miniatures
  • 5 Pirate Ship Mats
  • 5 Captain's Wheels
  • 5 Wooden Fame markers
  • 20 Strength markers
  • 112 Illustrated cards:
    • 60 Treasure cards
    • 6 Legendary Pirate summary cards
    • 42 Tavern cards
    • 4 Blank cards
  • 44 Doubloons
  • 50 Treasure chests
  • 6 wooden dice
  • 1 Rules booklet
  • 1 Summary Card
  • 1 Days of Wonder Online access number (see back cover of rulebook)

Awards

  • 2003 Tric Trac d'or (France), Game of the Year, Tric Trac d'argent (2nd place)
  • 2002 Schweizer Spielepreis Strategy Game 2nd Place (Tied with Nautilus).
  • 2002 Spiel der Spiele Hit Games with Friends Winner.

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Pirate's Cove
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Days of Wonder Edition 2012
Publisher: Days of Wonder
Artist: Julien Delval
Year: 2012
Product Code: LFCABC121
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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Release Date: Sep 2012
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Publisher: Days of Wonder
Artist: Cyrille Daujean, Julien Delval
Year: 2007
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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Publisher: Lautapelit.fi
Artist: Julien Delval, Swen Papenbrock, Markus Wagner
Year: 2006
Product Code: 082496871521
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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Publisher: Days of Wonder
Artist: Cyrille Daujean, Julien Delval
Year: 2005
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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1 Piratenbucht en español sin cartas
Reglas para jugar a Piratenbucht (no Pirate´s Cove!) sin cartas. Ideal para jugar con niños. He añadido la variante La Venganza de Barbanegra que le da más emoción. ¡Ah, de regalo una carta de ayuda al jugador! ¡Hi, ho, ser pirata es genial! :D Luc Hamill Spanish rules to play Piratenbucht (not Pirate´s Cove!) without cards. Ideal to play with children. I added variant "Barbanegra's Revenge" to get more thrill. ¡Oh yes, like bonus an Player Aid Card! ¡Hi, ho, be a pirate is genial! :D Luc Hamill
Spanish
2014-12-16
1 Carta de ayuda en Español
Tradumaquetado por Luc Hamill... y una botella de ron! :)
Spanish
2014-11-30
7 Phase of Game Track (Know when to Play Your Cards!)
Since many cards are played only in certain phases, this phase track sheet will keep the game organized. This is very helpful for new players. Simply use a ship not in play as a marker to move down the phases of the game. Laminate for a cooler look!
English
2014-04-07
2 Памятка (перевод Shinner)
Русский перевод
Russian
2013-09-21
8 Pirate's Cove Card Reference Sheet
For new players to keep in front of them to better understand what each card does and when it can be played. The text is from the rulebook with minor editing.
English
2013-02-28
3 Islands in the Mist, a two-player variant
Islands in the Mist is a two-player variant of Pirate's Cove that allows each player to play one ship, keeps all of the islands in play with their typical functions, but still increases the likelihood of battle between the players. This is accomplished by having some islands “fogged in” during each round. The islands and available resources change each round. This forces the players to compete for available resources, and to develop strategies for dealing with resource shortages.
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2013-01-14
0 Carte promemoria per il regolamento in solitario.
Ho creato delle carte promemoria di aiuto per il divertente regolamento in solitario creato da Marco "Normanno" Signore. Le singole carte devo essere posizionate sulle rispettive isole come promemoria delle azioni da svolgere. Nel file trovate le carte pronte per la stampa (Fronte e Retro) per fogli 10x15. Per decomprimere il file utilizzare il programma 7-zip. Il regolamento di Marco lo trovare al seguente indirizzo: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/29949/regole-in-solitario-2-0 Esempio delle carte: http://boardgamegeek.com/image/1265415/pirates-cove Nota: Fate attenzione, non tutte le mappe di Pirate's Cove hanno la quadrettatura che è necessaria per il movimento.
Italian
2012-03-16
1 Pirate's Cove chinese rules
Pirate's Cove chinese rules
Chinese
2012-01-19
3 Samenvattingskaart
Herhaling van de spelregels
Dutch
2010-11-17
17 2 Extra Pirates- Download Black Bart and Captain Kidd
Here are 2 pirates I made for Pirate's Cove. They are somewhere deep and hidden on the Days of Wonder site.[b] Download includes detailed rules [/b] on how to use the 2 cards and the card images. [img]http://images.boardgamegeek.com/images/pic401394.jpg[/img] [img]http://images.boardgamegeek.com/images/pic401396.jpg[/img]
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