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Exciting card game where 2-6 players embark on adventures, expand their fleet and battle other players to become the ruler of the ocean
496 backers pledged £16,555 to help bring this project to life.

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Pirates! is a fun and engaging card game created by geeks, illustrators, designers and engineers. 

It took over 4 years to develop - from creating the first prototype, painting all illustrations to designing a well balanced gameplay.

Pirates! is uses an exciting combination of cards, tokens and dice. The playing cards (in contrast to a board) make of every turn an unexpected adventure, just like a real pirates’ life. The customised dice and crew tokens bring fun and excitement to the battles.

With your help we will get Pirates! into production and make it accessible for people from all over the world.

 Sharing = caring! One of the most critical aspects of making this project a success is getting the word out to everyone that might be interested. But we need your help to do it.

If you help us out by sharing the project URL on Facebook or including it in one of your Tweets, we'll reward all of our backers by unlocking the new stretch goals!!

Pirates! is a card game where (2 to 6) players embark on an adventure as a young pirate captain. By winning battles and conquering merchants, sloops, galleons and monsters, players gain their fortune to become the master of the oceans!

 Gameplay video by Pirates!

 Review by Nox' Spellenzolder (Dutch):

Review by The Dice Tower (ENG):

Other reviews:

"The game is tons of fun, easy to grasp, and very worthy of a play through." - Sleuth of a Seuthe

Click here to read the review of Sleuth

"Pirates! toes the line well between being a casual game and one which requires some slightly deeper, forward planning, giving an enjoyable experience without becoming too taxing." - Rob Hall, Games & Tea

Click here to read the whole review of Games & Tea

Click here to read the review of Frank Kulkmann

Click here to read the review of Vasco

Content

  • cardboard box (fits sleeved cards)
  • 6 starting sloops
  • 41 (blue) adventure cards
  • 39 (red) pirate cards
  • 1 fame card
  • 100 crew tokens
  • 6 battle dice
  • 4 personal rule cards
  • 1 set-up card
  • 1 rule book
Note: Content & design may vary slightly

Download the rulebook (ENG) in pdf 
Download the plain rulebook (ENG) in doc
Download the plain rulebook (FR) in doc

NB: Dropbox is working on a security bug. Until that time the links above might not work.

Note: Content & design may vary slightly during production.

The expansion 'Harbours and Castles' gives players the possibility to conquer and acquire different (land based) assets through battle, trading and politics.

Players will be able to win the game by discovering the 'The Lost Valley' through acquiring and solving different sets of related adventure and pirate cards.

Harr matey! You'd help us a bunch if you'd raise our flag as your profile picture!

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Mass production (as the name implies) is about numbers. The larger the production run, the cheaper it gets. That’s where the stretch goals come from; more games = lower production costs = more money to spend on extra’s.

The chart below illustrates where the funding goes.

Risks and challenges

The Pirates! team consists of an industrial designer, two illustrators, a graphic designer and a production manager who all happen to be game geeks. The artwork is ready to be printed and different professional production companies within Europe are competing to become the producer of Pirates!

The total production process is expected to take between 2-3 months. From there we just need to send it out to you guys (or you can drop by in Amsterdam to pick up a signed copy yourself).

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    Pledge £2 or more About US$ 2.50

    Support Piracy - Harr! Join our band and get a digital copy of full HD hand illustrated Pirates! wallpapers and our do-it-yourself eyePad!

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    Pledge £17 or more About US$ 21

    Pick-up party Amsterdam - Ye gunna be invited to our official launch event in Amsterdam where ye'll receive one signed copy of Pirates! the card game (and an awesome suprise!).

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    Pledge £20 or more About US$ 25

    Early Bird – Next to our warmest gratitude, eyePad and wallpapers, you’ll be one of the first to receive the first edition of Pirates! the card game. Let the adventure begin! Shipment included for UK, EU & US. Add extra 6,- GBP for other regions.

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    Pledge £23 or more About US$ 29

    The real deal – Next to our warmest gratitude, eyePad and wallpapers, you’ll receive the first edition of Pirates! the cardgame. Let the adventure begin! Shipment included for UK, EU & US. Add extra 6,- GBP for other regions.

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    Pledge £39 or more About US$ 49

    Double Treasure – Next to the digital goodies, you just got yourself two editions of Pirates! the card game. Let the adventure begin! Shipment included for UK, EU & US. Add extra 6,- GBP for other regions.

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    Pledge £75 or more About US$ 94

    Quarterdeck - You just got yourself four editions of Pirates! the cardgame. Let the adventure begin! Shipment included for UK, EU & US. Add extra 6,- GBP for other regions.

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    Pledge £83 or more About US$ 104

    Amsterdam by sloop – In the summer of 2014 you (and a friend) are invited to a wonderful tour on our pirate sloop through the canals of Amsterdam, including drinks, bites and a personally signed Pirates! game. Ship Ahoy!!

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    Pledge £167 or more About US$ 209

    Shop Owners - Get yourself 10 games and be the first shop in the world to offer Pirates! to your customers! Let the adventure begin! Shipment included for UK, EU & US. Add extra 6,- GBP for other regions.

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    Pledge £750 or more About US$ 938

    Become a legend - Mail us your photo and we'll turn you into an awesome card (within every single Pirates! game). And you'll get a signed game! Shipment included.

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Funding period

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