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What is Pirates of the Dread Sea?

Pirates of the Dread Sea is a set of rules for fighting skirmish level battles between pirate and privateer crews in a fantasy world populated by men, elves, dwarves, orcs, goblins, trolls and other fantasy creatures. The game is fast paced, simple, fun and full of piratey goodness. Or badness. Depending on how you feel about pirates. Although a single skirmish of PODS will provide entertainment and fun on its own, the real satisfaction will come from forming a crew who grow in talent and experience, amassing treasures, sailing the 11 seas, vanquishing foes and becoming the subject of shanties of about their adventurous endeavours for years to come. 


This Kickstarter campaign allows you to pledge for the game rules, human and skeleton pirate crews, extra components or all of those things! 



The Rules

Pirates of the Dread Sea is a fast playing, fun skirmish tabletop game. The rules describe how to play the game including making and customising characters and crews, playing single games, campaigns and upgrading your crews as you continue to play.

The rulebook will also include the background and history of the Dread Sea, artwork and photographs all bound in a beautiful, hardback, full colour A4 book.

You can download the Beta version of the rules RIGHT NOW by joining the beta group here:  

  Pirates of the Dread Sea Facebook Group 

where you will find them in the FILES section

Or here:  https://www.deadearth.co.uk/product/pirates-of-the-dread-sea-beta-test-rules-pdf/  if you don't use Facbooke or would rather not join the group. 

Cover Artwork for the Rulebook
Cover Artwork for the Rulebook

The Miniatures

The Human Pirate Crew
The Human Pirate Crew

Captain Thornback's Human Crew is made up of 5 exquisitely detailed miniatures. Backing the Kickstarter campaign for the Human crew not only adds a flying Parrot for no additional charge, but also the Kickstarter Exclusive Chef variant of Juan de Silva. 

Chef de Silva
Chef de Silva

This is the CAD sculpt of our Kickstarter exclusive variant 

3d CAD Parrot from above
3d CAD Parrot from above
The Undead Crew
The Undead Crew
Bombs away!
Bombs away!

Above is the Kickstarter exclusive variant skeleton. 

Killed and resurrected and killed again., the Skeletons which make up Epiphanie's undead crew are relentless. Comprising the 4 skeletons pictures above with their necromancer, plus the Kickstarter exclusive skeleton variant, these gorgeous miniatures will make a fine crew.


ALL MINIATURES ARE SUPPLIED UNPAINTED. SKELETON MINIATURES CONSIST OF 2 OR 3 PARTS AND REQUIRE ASSEMBLY. MINIATURES ARE MADE OF METAL AND NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.

EXTRA STUFF

Treasure Chests

If you're using the Pirates of the Dread Sea rules, you'll need something to represent treasure chests. We have sets of 6 for £5, handily designed with a number on the base which corresponds to which/what treasure your crew has located! 

Cards

All the cards you need to play Pirates of the Dread Sea will always be available for free. Right now you can already download draft versions of the Character Cards, Event Cards and Legendary Items Cards from our Facebook Group and in the future they will be available from our website. You an also order high quality printed "poker deck" style cards from us.

Character Cards front and back
Character Cards front and back
Legendary Item Card Back
Legendary Item Card Back

A set of 10 Character Cards and Decks of 20 Legenadry Item Cards and 20 Event Cards is  £10

Coins and Tokens

You absolutely do not need anything more than paper tokens which will be printable from our website or other tokens and chits to play the game. But if you WANT them,we will provide. 

Add a set of 6 Pieces of  Coins and 10 each of Reload, Acted and Wound token  £5  

Playmat

Our 4x4 play mat designed by Tinywargames
Our 4x4 play mat designed by Tinywargames

Add £40 to you pledge for a cloth mat or £57 for a mat printed on neoprene (the stuff mousemates are made from). Please consider that this will impact on your eventual shipping costs, especially neoprene mats. 

The Dwarf Crew/Wave One Miniatures 

The Dwarf Crew
The Dwarf Crew

Add the Dwarf Crew to your pledge for £21

Mermaids. They aren't all nice.
Mermaids. They aren't all nice.

Add the Mermaids to your pledge for £7


Chef
Chef

Add Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE Chef for £4

All the miniatures from our first campaign
All the miniatures from our first campaign

Or add the Complete Wave 1 collection for £34 - 6 dwarf pirate crew, chef, an orc pirate, an elf pirate, 2 mermaids. 

Dice

Available in black on white or white on black!
Available in black on white or white on black!

Pirates of the Dread Sea uses a 2D6 system. Sometimes, for example during hand to hand combat, it would be quicker and easier if both players roll at the same time. To make sure there is no confusion, we therefore recommend that players use different coloured dice. We are well aware that there are a lot of dice out there. You probably own ONE or TWO already. But these have our orc-skull and crossbones on instead of the 6, so you probably need them.

£1 each. 

What am I backing?

As you can see from the rewards section - we will deliver to you at least two fantasy pirate crews, fantastically sculpted with a fantastic level of depth, detail and character  and a fun, fast playing game presented in a high quality book.

In addition to this, put simply, you're enabling a tiny company to build, deliver and expand upon this game and universe without having to give up their day jobs and starve their children!

We're creating further miniatures to enrich our world - although it can be played with any, we're not fussy. We've created a solid, well tested, fun ruleset with a wicked sense of humour - we encourage you to contribute to the beta rules already available (for free) in our Facebook Group which you can join right now to download the rules . We're then committing to build a community of players, around the world and support them with updates and resources and... well, more minis as you can never have too many minis.

Anyone that tells you that you already have too many minis? Off the end of the plank they go. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life!

The Undead Crew
The Undead Crew

When do I get the goodies?

The Beta rules are out now. Backers will get the Beta and final drafts and we encourage you to use them with any minis you have (or buy some of the ones we already launched.... pretty please?) and feedback.

The final rules along with your minis should start shipping in October.

We say should simply because sometimes delays happen, and sometimes they are completely out of out control.

What's the plot then, give me an excerpt of this world?

The Dread Sea lies a long way beyond the safe and cosy underground Jarldoms of the Dwarfs, beyond the furthest borders of the many warring realms that make up the great empire of Men, beyond the stinking pits of the loathsome and argumentative Goblins and Orcs, and beyond even the ancient and mysterious lands of the Elves. 

Once, the thousands of islands that make up the Archipelago of the Utterly Damned* were occupied by the various races of the world; indeed it appears that the races even lived side by side in harmony with each other. Legend tells of a truly cosmopolitan city, the heart of a thriving multiracial empire, long since swallowed up by the waves. Or a giant squid. Or possibly a sea dragon. What’s for sure is that the souls of those who lived there never made it to Valhalla, nor The Great Gold Mountain, nor The Place With Endless Chicken and Beer, or any other of those peoples’ afterlives. 

This is known because the dead, or at least a good number of them, are still there, in the Dread Sea. Some on great hulking, fearsome blackened ships, sailing forever across the Dread sea, sinking any vessel they find and feasting on the flesh of the living, others marching in armies across the sea bed in an endless campaign to invade the prosperous lands of the modern races, many thousands more slowly dragging themselves around the islands of the archipelago, hoping to bump into any living soul foolish enough to have entered this cursed place, to steal their life, their body, to return themselves to life… 

…of course, no one would be stupid enough to enter such a place. Would they? 

The thing about the Dread Seas is, of course, that the long lost civilisation which left a somewhat problematic infestation of the undead covering significant parts of the thousands of square miles the area covers also left behind…everything else. Gold. Jewels. Learning. The secret, somewhere perhaps, of their peaceful and harmonious existence. Also, did we mention Gold? 

And where there be Gold … tharr be pirates! 

Of course there are easier pickings sailing along the edges of the Dread Sea as well, and sometimes even through them (if brave captains have been paid a high enough bounty to risk saving time by crossing them) and the Pirates of the Dread Sea occasionally supplement their treasures and adventuring with attacks on the merchant fleets of the races of the explored world. This is what makes them pirates to their own governments and wanted to a man (/dwarf/elf etc). That said, many merchant Captains are little more than less-well-armed pirates themselves, and many is the Captain of any race who is willing to trade with the Pirates of the Dread sea in the ports at Chapelton, or even meet them in secret elsewhere. Their safety, in such decision making, is never certain… 


* it has been, cynically, suggested that the person who coined this name did not want others to attend the Archipelago, perhaps to seek it’s treasures themselves. Or, alternatively, because they had been there.  


How do I know you'll deliver?

This isn't our first rodeo, check our history and you'll see we have always delivered.

We've been a little late (see Risks) but we've never failed and we know what we're doing. This time, all the miniatures are already sculpted (excluding any we add in stretch goals) and that cuts down the possibility of delays at significant parts of the chain, which is why we've set a delivery target of only 3 months this time. This does include some contingency.


Why Kickstarter, if you've done this before?

Honestly? We don't sell enough and we don't charge enough to quit our jobs and just do this.

Maybe one day, but until that day we're using Kickstarter to do what we think it's for. Help us to realise great ideas and build amazing things with a supportive community.

This isn't a pre-order gig though. We do need your money to get things made.

Risks and challenges

As we say, we've done this before. We have been late. That, therefore, is a risk. We've tried to manage that risk by getting all the (non-stretch goal) miniatures made before launch, so we can move swiftly to manufacture. There *might* be delays along the way, we won't pretend things don't occasionally go wrong, but we're happy that with our trusted partners, we will deliver the products we promise in a satisfactory timescale.

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    Pirates of the Dread Sea Rulebook

    Gorgeously illustrated and published in hardback, in A4 size, the rule book will not only provide you with everything you need to enjoy adventuring on the Dread Sea, it will also be a lovely book simply to own. Approx 100 pg TBC
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    The Human Crew

    7 finely detailed metal miniatures comprising Captain Thornback's Human crew and the exclusive Chef De Silva. And a parrot.
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    The Skeleton Crew

    6 finely detailed multi-part metal miniatures in 35mm scale. The Undead Crews includes the 4 Skeletons + Voodoo Priestess Epiphanie that make up the Undead Crew PLUS a Kickstarter exclusive additional Skeleton variant.
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