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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!
|By||Loughborough Gamer||From||Leics in UK|
|All I can say is wow!
This is perhaps the most fun 4-5 player game I've ever played. It's full of swash-buckling encounters, has simple yet interesting rules, enough strategy to keep your brain working, but not too much to bore those who don't go for that, slices of fortune and a lot of laughs.
The idea is to be the most famous pirate on the seas. To that end, you collect fame points through a variety of actions. You have to sail to islands hoping that you won't meet the legendary pirates before you are strong enough to beat them. Thus, at the start of each turn, each player sets his compass to go to one of 6 islands (a seventh one is a safe-haven for repairs to battle damaged ships). Sometimes, you want to take on your fellow players and sometimes you want to avoid them, but second guessing where they'll be is not easy! Battles can be influenced by a variety of cards and if you flee before combat you run the risk of a mutiny.
The board, cards and pieces are beautiful. There are a ton of variations that can be used from the PiratesCoveGame.com site...I've sent some of my own legendary pirates in. The Drunken Pirate and Blackbeard variations are recommended.
Shiver me timbers - you gotta buy it!
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