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A strategy game simple enough for kids and enjoyed by all. Become the most dreaded pirate by sailing the seas and building reputation.
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We are now fully funded and working towards our stretch goals.  Thank you so much for your support.

STRETCH GOALS

  •  $5,000:   Decorated jewel bag (for your Dread Points)
  •  $6,000:    Custom Dice
  •  $7,000:   Enhanced game box
  •  $8,000:  Games upgraded from 5 to 7 players

Hi, I’m Todd Cooper.  My job is boring so I spend my time thinking about other things like riding manatees, making games, and space.  Fortunately for you, I created an awesome strategy game that’s challenging enough for really smart people, yet simple enough for people like you.  And it’s full of pirates!  

You’re vying to become the “Most Dreaded” Captain of the seas.  Dread points are earned by spending booty at ports and by returning alive. 

It’s quick to learn, challenging for adults, simple enough for kids, and takes about 25 minutes to play. I'd call it a family strategy game.

Look, because I lost all my money investing in Manatee saddles, I need your support *(money) to raise $4,000 to produce the first 100 copies.  So to reward (bribe) you for backing my game, I’ve got some really cool rewards, (bribes)…

Prototype Board
Prototype Board
Cutthroat Captains Game Board/Map
Cutthroat Captains Game Board/Map
Rule Book
Rule Book
Proposed Game Box for "Enhanced Game Box"
Proposed Game Box for "Enhanced Game Box"

The Box

We are working on designs and box types.  Should the box be a printed cardboard tube to fit the rolled up map?  

REWARDS

For every person who doesn't support this kickstarter campaign, a baby kraken loses a tentacle.  

My Promise: I hope and think you're going to enjoy this game.  I've spent a lot of time improving and developing it with the help of others.  If within 3 months you play this game 5 times and hate it, I mean truly hate the game, you can return the complete game to me with a one paragraph letter explaining why you hate it, and a drawing of a kraken.  In return, I'll send a hooded sweatshirt to you and reinstate the curse.

I own and run an apparel decoration shop in Beaverton, Oregon.  So I wanted to incorporate some of the cool decoration methods into both the game board and the rewards. 

We will have two different game sets:

1. Game Set

I wanted to make the game board unlike any I’ve seen or used before. Each game board will be hand crafted.  We'll sublimate the fabric, screen print highlights, and then add some embroidery and chain stitch.  We'll also add some features, like a tie to keep the map rolled up, and wear the edges of the map. 

2. Budget Game Set: 

For the Budget Game Set map, you will still get a playable map, but it will not have screen printed highlights, embroidery, or additional features.  

Baby Kraken stickers: 3 inch vinyl stickers

Baby Kraken t-shirts will be hand screen printed and have a soft water based print.

The Hooded Sweatshirts will have a print that runs under the pocket with printed highlights of super gel to give it texture.   

Maybe you’d like to become a permanent part of our Kickstarter game release.  An artist will draw you as one of five pirates which will be included in all Kickstarter sets.   In addition, you'll receive a one of a kind sublimated t-shirt with your pirate it.

Want to have me come to a Local Game Night? You probably don't, but maybe?  You can fly my anywhere in the world to host your game night.  

Prototype Cards
Prototype Cards
Prototype Player Pieces. Final pieces will be different
Prototype Player Pieces. Final pieces will be different

THE GAME

Each Captain commands five pirates.  When pirates meet up in the seas, they form a crew (place your pirate on top).  Any time a pirate sets sail, he takes his crew with him (any piece above in the stack).    Sailing into a Whirlpools causes mutiny. Gather cards to control the winds and the seas and start mutinies. Plunder treasure, avoid the kraken and spend your booty at port on Rum, supplies, and “entertainment” *(which all earn you dread points),   

Objective/Scoring

Earn Dread Points in two ways:

1. By spending treasure at port on supplies, rum, and entertainment.

2. When crossing the scoring line, the pirate’s stack that is crossing receives 1 Dread Point per piece in his or her stack.  Other pirates along for the ride receive 1 point per piece of their own.   

If you land on an occupied space, stack your piece on top, you’re along for the ride until you jump ship or get dumped.     

There are six types of spaces: 

Cards, Whirlpools, Treasure, Ports, Shipwreck, and Open Seas.     

Each player piece that lands on a card space is awarded a card. 

Whirlpools flip the stack.   

Pick up a gold piece by landing on a treasure space. 

Landing on a Shipwreck/Kraken space, sends your piece or stack to the previous port for repair, and any treasure in the stack is lost.  

Cards:

Ship cards allow you to move your own pieces or stacks.

Sea cards: Control the tides to move your own or opponent's pieces or stacks.  

There are also Flip any stack cards.  

Components List:

25 Player Pieces *(5 per player, total will increase to 35 total pieces if stretch goal of $11,000 is reached. 12 Treasure (Gold) pieces, 60 Cards, 2 Dice, 50 Jewels (Dread Points), Game Map, 5 Player Indicator Cards.

Facebook:

Take a look at our Facebook page  for more images.   

Prototype on "Elephant Suede"
Prototype on "Elephant Suede"

If you've made it this far,  if this Kickstarter campaign fails, for reals, I'll be really sad and I may just give up on all the other projects I have been working on.  You won't get to read my books, play my other game, eat breakfast chips, watch my tv show, wear my t-shirts based on bowel movements, play with my dangerous plush toys, or read the kids books I'm working on.  None of it.   Or, this could be the start of something wonderful.  I guess we'll see.  

And if you're still with me, take a look at a couple clips of making the board/map.



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 Thank you for your support!  Todd Cooper

Risks and challenges

We are going to create the boards/map in house at my shop. Since the boards will be hand made, they will take some time to sublimate, screen print, and embroider. The other pieces, dice, cards, and rules will be sourced from other companies, so we should be able to meet our delivery times and stay within our budget.

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    Avoid the curse / Baby Kraken Sticker

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    Budget Game Set

    Budget Game Set includes player pieces, cards, dice, and rules. Everything you need to play.
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    Game Set

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    Game: Local Pick Up Beaverton OR

    After the campaign is successful, and believe me... it will be. You can pick up your full game set in Beaverton, Oregon. I wanted to make the game board unlike any I’ve seen or used before. We will sublimate fabric, add some screen printed highlights, and add some embroidery highlights. Set also includes player pieces, cards, dice, and rules. Everything you need to play.

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    5 Game Sets: I wanted to make the game board unlike any I’ve seen or used before. We will sublimate fabric, add some screen printed highlights, and add some embroidery highlights. Set also includes player pieces, cards, dice, and rules. Everything you need to play.

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    Become a Dreaded Pirate

    An artist will draw you in as one of the 5 pirates of the game and we'll give the pirate a name based on yours. Your pirate will be on 5 player pieces and player card. You'll also receive a "One of a Kind" t-shirt with your custom designed pirate on it. You'll receive a Game Set, Hoodie, Baby Kraken T-shirt, Baby Kraken Sticker, and you'll of course avoid the curse of the Kraken. If we reach our stretch goal of $11,000 - the limit will be raised to 7, as there will be 7 pirates/players.

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    Game Night

    Maybe you've seen this and you're thinking... I've got to have Todd show up to my house/store/cave/ship and do a game night with my family/customers/posse/crew.

    I'll personally fly out to your location with 5 game sets, 10 t-shirts, 5 hoodies, 50 stickers, and a few pizzas *(depending on availability).

    Shipping costs are estimates, the final cost should cover my flight to the nearest airport and transport to your location.

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