Arrrgh, mateys! Be there any good pirate games ashore?
Christopher Halbower
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I've been looking for a good pirate themed game. I'm sure I'm not the only one. What are the best ones on the geek?
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1. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1032]
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A nice theme with some nice bits. My main gripe: the combat is so prohibitive even for the winner.
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2. Board Game: Fruit Spy [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:6214]
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Reiner Knizia's entry into the pirate theme. Nice blind bidding mechanism. But this game doesn't scratch my pirate itch.
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3. Board Game: Jamaica [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:405]
Nick Fisk
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It's a race game really, but with a great pirate-y feel.

And it looks superb.

And it plays 6 !

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4. Board Game: Treasure Fleet [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:9623]
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A bidding and bluffing game with a really piratey "screw-your-neighbor" element to it. Easy to learn, easy to teach and great, great fun. Yo ho!
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5. Board Game: Loot [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1633]
Royce Hix
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Loot has become one of our favorite filler games. It takes no more than five minutes to teach, no more than thirty minutes to play, and can accommodate a large range of players. For how basic it is, I'd highly suggest it!
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6. Board Game: Rum & Pirates [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1943]
John Earles
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This game gets a TON of flak, as it was published by Alea (and relies heavily on dice). But for Pirate theme it has few peers.

Avast!

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7. Board Game: Blackbeard [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:3262]
John Earles
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This recent reprint also got a ton of flak, although for different reasons.

If you are looking for a game on the opposite end of the complexity scale from most other pirate games you've come to the right place.
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8. Board Game: Pirate King [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:11379]
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The movement takes a bit to get used, and I'd like a bit more conflict, but I've had a lot of fun with this game. There are all kinds of bits that cover the table and give the impression of an up-turned treasure chest. Play with the cut-throat rules.

I did a review, here:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/325036
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9. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:847]
Jon Enns
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Pirate meeples, endless board variation, and nice art. And plays in 30 minutes.
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10. Board Game: Caribbean [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2554]
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Bribe the pirate captains with rum and steal treasure!
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11. Board Game: Skullduggery [Average Rating:4.90 Overall Rank:14011]
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It has wonderful playing pieces and I found the one time I've played it to be quite fun.
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12. Board Game: Dread Pirate: Buccaneer's Revenge [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:8709]
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I enjoyed this game a lot but it is a little long for what it is. Still. I would add it to my collection if I could.
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13. Board Game: Winds of Plunder [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2753]
Klaus Brune
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Torrance
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Pirate themed games aren't exactly my "forte" so I'm not saying this is the creme of the crop over the other selections, none of which I've played.

It does have an interesting mechanic for choosing wind direction each round via a blind bidding process. Might be worth a look.
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14. Board Game: Buccaneer [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2211]
Jeff Binning
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Another fun pirate theme that has worked well as a gateway game for me.
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15. Board Game: Mutiny! [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:8316]
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A pirate bidding game to keelhaul the Captain.
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16. Board Game: Munchkin Booty [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:2541] [Average Rating:6.28 Unranked]
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For the sake of completeness, this light and humorous plundering of Munchkinland is good for a laugh or too. The game gets old and luck of the draw is a huge factor.
 
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17. Board Game: Corsair! [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Corsair be a better game to play with yer shipmates.
 
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