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Preston Fuller
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I have been on BGG for several years and I know most of the pirate games out there (and played several). What I want to know is, what is your favorite pirate game (pirate theme) and why? Don't worry about ratings and what other folks think, just tell me your favorite pirate game.

Thanks ahead of time.
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Lords of the Spanish Main, by Phil Eklund.

GREAT game about the economics of trading and piracy in the age of the Spanish Galleons...Its essentially a 'sandbox' game- you create the world with the tools that the game gives you. Its up to you to find the best way through a world that is constantly changing.

Its a brutal game though- the economic model is great, but VERY strict- you don't get any 'free money' into the system. What happens is that as more people come to the Spanish Main, there is more OPPORTUNITY- but you gotta hustle for cash.

Great, great game. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Darilian
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Darilian wrote:
Lords of the Spanish Main, by Phil Eklund.

GREAT game about the economics of trading and piracy in the age of the Spanish Galleons...Its essentially a 'sandbox' game- you create the world with the tools that the game gives you. Its up to you to find the best way through a world that is constantly changing.

Its a brutal game though- the economic model is great, but VERY strict- you don't get any 'free money' into the system. What happens is that as more people come to the Spanish Main, there is more OPPORTUNITY- but you gotta hustle for cash.

Great, great game. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Darilian


How many players would you recommend for it?
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I suppose I shouldn't reply to this thread since the only pirate themed BG I ever owned and played was Blackbeard. Although I thought the game was entertaining in itself with the historical backgrounds and history of the real-life pirates that it provided, the gameplay was slow and very much not for everyone, as I remember. I still liked it but, then again, any game that invests some energy into giving a history lesson is a winner with me. I still play the PC game Sid Meier's PIRATES! from time to time, too. Love it! I'll keep a close eye on this thread. Argh! arrrh
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Howitzer_120mm wrote:
Darilian wrote:
Lords of the Spanish Main, by Phil Eklund.

GREAT game about the economics of trading and piracy in the age of the Spanish Galleons...Its essentially a 'sandbox' game- you create the world with the tools that the game gives you. Its up to you to find the best way through a world that is constantly changing.

Its a brutal game though- the economic model is great, but VERY strict- you don't get any 'free money' into the system. What happens is that as more people come to the Spanish Main, there is more OPPORTUNITY- but you gotta hustle for cash.

Great, great game. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Darilian


How many players would you recommend for it?


I find its not the QUANTITY of players, its the QUALITY of players.

If your group is a bunch of people that have
-Serious AP problems
-Can't deal with random events beyond their control
-Aren't able to think about thier move when other people are doing their turn

(Or any combination of the above)
I would recommend 3 players. Otherwise, if you've got a lot of cool friends who 'get' the game, I recommend playing with the full Six.

But I find that my enjoyment is tied to the number of players, but whether or not the people playing 'get' the game.

(This is true for every game I play, I find....)

Darilian
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Cartagena, because it's the vastly underrated, worlds-most-perfect gateway game.
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tommynomad wrote:
Cartagena, because it's the vastly underrated, worlds-most-perfect gateway game.


It is indeed underated and a fun game.
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I haven't played many pirate board games, but I have had much success with Plunder. The game play feels to me like Sid Meier's Pirates PC game. Plunder is better than it initially appears to be.

Unfortunately it's one of those games (like Betrayal at House on the Hill or Return of the Heroes) that requires a compilation of errata to make it work. But when it works, it is quite good.
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Yes. I received the game as the result of winning a contest, but, Pirate King I have found is a fairly good little game. I had a copy of Dread Pirate collecting dust on the shelf and thought its components would compliment those of Pirate King (which are not bad by my standard). If you've got a spare copy of Dread Pirate-- pimping Pirate King is a great use for a game that otherwise wouldn't even make a good boat anchor.

Pirate King is a medium-light pirate game that doesn't take all night to play with fantastic art design (in my opinion). I've really wanted to review this game but have held back (for various and stupid reasons). Maybe it's time to get to work. I think it's gameplay is great for getting those non-gamers to sit down for a game that feels similar to something they know, yet, it makes for a much better gaming experience for all involved.
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Der schwarze Pirat is fun with kids and adults and you get to ram other boats and steal gold and...well it's just fun.
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I thought old crusty guys didn't care what anybody else thinks!
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I like Jamaica. It is somewhat pirate-y, it is fun to play and the artwork is great!
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I enjoy Pirate's Cove for some lite pirate-y fun, although I haven't played any others for comparison. Even more important for me, the wife likes it as well.
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Pirateer

It's a nice little filler game with a bunch of variant rules that really add a lot of replayability. It's good for gamers and non-gamers alike.
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I'd have to go with Blackbeard.



While it may not be for everyone, my group has enjoyed it. A re-print of the AH version, the changes are an improvement over the original game. The game is still fun and helps provide that piratey feel. Game play is fairly fast and isn't that difficult to learn. In our case, it sees the table more often than the original...

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The OP's right. I do wanna know your favorite pirate games... arrrh
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I've got to go with Winds of Plunder. It's got a wonky set of rules that manage to capture the theme amazingly well. Plus it's very cut throat.
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There is only one true pirate game: Blackbeard

And not that errata'd to hell and back, living rules nightmare from a couple years ago. I am talking the O.G. Blackbeard.
 


Plays well with 1-3 players. I haven't tried 4.
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Dead Man's Island



This is a fast, light little pirate game for 2-4 players.

See my review for full details:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/427796

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Swashbuckler

Ancient now, but still one of my all-time favorites.
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I gotta go with Rum & Pirates.

I haven't played that many but Rum & Pirates has been a lot of fun. Some nice strategy, thrown in with some push your luck elements and a bit of luck in dice rolls.

Plus it has RUM in the title. Gotta have RUM if you are talkin about pirates!

I would give a second nod to Cartagena, but it is fairly simple yet great for a gateway game. I would also put a nod in the direction of Pirate King as it is kind of fun, especially with the variants provided by the designer. And it's got some cool bits that come with the game and designer also helped with modding the game by providing a template for stickers to put on the flags:


But my first vote goes to Rum & Pirates. Plus for $1.50CDN (at Michael's) each you can get some cool treasure chests to use in the game:

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There's nothing better: Lords of the Spanish Main
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clearclaw wrote:
There's nothing better: Lords of the Spanish Main


There don't seem to be any reviews of this game and it's the second time it's been recommended. I have played pirate king, although not with the cutthroat rules (which look like they will make the game a lot more fun) and I have the new Blackbeard sitting there taunting me, waiting for the rules to be read, but this game looks really interesting. I guess if I'm looking for an interesting game, J.C. is the expert. If I'm looking for a game I think will be fun for the people I play with, I may need some more information.

Can someone post a review of this game?

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