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Yargo is a pirate strategy game for two players, designed with deluxe wooden game sets in mind. 1st ed. completed fulfillment in 2016.
Yargo is a pirate strategy game for two players, designed with deluxe wooden game sets in mind. 1st ed. completed fulfillment in 2016.
90 backers pledged $10,113 to help bring this project to life.

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YARGO: The Ultimate Pirate Board Game

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THANK YOU YARGO SUPPORTERS! 

"Full Sail Ahead" AND "Favorable Winds" stretch goals unlocked and we still have time to earn "Neptune's Favor"! (See "On the Horizon Section" Below)

Yargo is a high seas, take-no-prisoners adventure in a handmade wooden pirate chest.  If Chess and Battleship had a baby that was adopted by Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, all the old sailors would call it Yargo.

Yargo is a turn-based, strategic battle game for two players. Fight from ship to ship and find out who is the true master of the seas. Fate will tip the balance but cunning tactics trump all. Although you won't be needing to check the rulebook once you get the hang of Yargo, you'll need a deep level of strategy if you expect to win. Because there are so many choices, actions, and strategies, every game is different and exciting. 

Yargo is easy to learn and each game only takes about 20 minutes. Each player controls a pirate ship crewed by 1 Captain, 11 Pirates, and 1 cheeky Monkey. The last crew standing wins but there are several means to this end; you can sink your opponent's ship, disable their cannons, or board them for close combat. Basic turn structure is as follows:

  • Players start with 4 coins every turn
  • On your turn, spend your coins on actions from the action menu
  • Many actions require you to flip coins to determine outcome

What kind of actions you say? There's basic actions like movement, reloading muskets, and firing cannons... and then there's the advanced actions! To name a few: Mer-friends could save a pirate who would otherwise be eaten by a shark, Monkey Sabotage gives your monkey a chance to blow the enemy's powder stores sky high, and Captain's Orders allows a second chance at a failed action!

One of the most common concerns we've heard from people has been: "Why coin flips instead of dice?". The best proof is a live example: in this short (<2 min) video, we compare a turn firing cannons in a "Broadside" action (no flips required) versus firing cannons individually (max of 3 flips per cannon).

 You can see both tactics have there own advantage and coin flipping doesn't disrupt the flow of the game. Here's the flow chart showing how individual cannon fire is resolved:

The ship design is simple and elegant. Each ship's 4 cannons are in-line with the special spaces behind them: the Ammo Point (to reload cannons), the Crow's Nest (for sharpshooting), the Anchor Chain (climb aboard from the water), and the Treasure Chest (promote a new Captain). Disable any of these spaces with cannon fire and your enemy will be at a serious disadvantage! Whether you're a beginner or an advanced board gamer, you'll find what you're looking for with Yargo.

Since you'll be playing Yargo again and again, we built this game to last a life time. NO plastic, NO cardboard! The game box measures 10" (25.4 cm) long by 8" (20.3 cm) wide with a depth of 4 " (10.2 cm) when closed. At just over 4 lbs (1.8 Kg) Yargo is the #1 Pirate Game for Home Defense and it just might stop a musketball!

Want to try your hand at Yargo? $1 USD buys you a beautifully illustrated digital copy of Yargo you can easily print out and play at home.

The best deal? $5 USD gets you one of our awesome Yargo pirate coins and the print and play version of Yargo! Why coins? Because in Yargo, outcomes are determined by coin flips. You’ll love the feel of our big 1.25" (3.2cm) brass, custom-minted, flipping coins- bigger than a US Dollar Coin and perfect for any coin toss!

Already a pirate? You could be one of the 13 "Dread Pirates" who get the personalized, hand painted Deluxe Boxes. And don't worry, the Standard Boxes are beautiful too! For captains who want a custom ship, the standard box can be requested unstained (default is a rustic stain), or- for the skilled craftsperson, check out the awesome Shipbuilder's Special. We think you'll be glad you got in on the first edition of Yargo! 

This guide explains the various pledge level rewards:

We love this game and can't wait to play it with you!  Any over-funding will be used to get your orders to you quicker and to fufill these stretch goals:

Stickers!

 T-Shirts!

We're launching on Kickstarter because we want to share Yargo with as many people as we can. In the future, we'd like to see a second production run- with more box styles and in more languages!

Projected budget for a minimally funded ($8500 USD) campaign, given a worst-case shipping scenario:

Each element has been carefully researched to find the best value for our customers without sacrificing quality. We investigated outsourcing and different builds but were unsatisfied with what we found. This is why we're building these boxes ourselves right here in Portland, Oregon. If you have any questions on how the different budget categories break down, please ask! 

Thanks to everyone who helped us get here! Special thanks to our favorite pirate metal band, Alestorm, for use of their song "Keelhauled" in our video. These guys are awesome and they're currently touring in Europe. If you have a chance to catch them live, don't miss it!

Yargo Related Links: 

Official Yargo Homepage

Yargo Facebook Group

International Modern Pastimes Blog

*NEW* reddit.com/r/yargo

*NEW* @IntModPastimes #yargo

The Yargo development process:

A closer look at the box:

Yargo Makers- Andrew, "Shoppy", and Jaerod:

Risks and challenges

*PLEASE NOTE ALL IMAGES SHOWN ARE PROTOTYPES AND FINAL PRODUCT MAY VARY SLIGHTLY AS WE IMPROVE OUR PROCESS*

This is our first Kickstarter, our number one goal is to make certain that you're happy you chose to back this project! Here are some of the things we've done to ensure a successful and speedy delivery of Yargo:

* We've kept our initial launch small scale: a maximum of 100 wooden gameboards this round. With our experience in professional wood products manufacturing we have the utmost confidence we can deliver.

* We will be manufacturing the majority of our components ourselves. (The only outside manufacturing is our brass tokens and we have 2 suppliers arranged in case one fails.)

* We've done a ton of research (including watching similar projects and learning from their success/failure) and have made sure to account for all hidden costs.

If you have ANY questions or concerns please let us know right away. We will be keeping you constantly up-to-date on the latest Yargo tidings. Check out our blog and social media to see how we document our process!

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    "The Stowaway"
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    Hop aboard and test your tactics with the digital print & play edition. Share it with your mateys if you please, we want everyone to try Yargo!

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    "The Sailor"
    COIN + PDF

    Be part of the Yargo crew! You get a physical brass token in your hand (great for any coin toss) in addition to the print & play.

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    "The Shipbuilder"
    8 COINS + PLANS + PDF

    For the master craftsperson: templates and plans to build your own wooden Yargo box plus a full set of 8 tokens. We can't wait to see the beautiful gamesets you make!

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    "The Timber Baron"
    BOX + PIECES + PDF

    We love the awesome Portland gaming community so we're offering a handful of gamesets at below cost! Identical reward to "The Captain" without the shipping. (Pick up your order at a friendly local game shop.)

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    "The Scourge of the Columbia"
    BOX + PIECES + PDF

    Another opportunity for Portland-area pirates to get 1st edition Yargo in their hand! Identical reward to "The Captain" without the shipping- you will pick up your copy at the Portland Pirate Festival, meet the Yargo crew, and join in the festivities. Arrrr, ye won't be regrettin' it!

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    "The Captain"
    BOX + PIECES + PDF

    Every captain needs a ship and this wooden box comes with two of them! This basic edition of Yargo comes with a rustic finish, or unstained by request if you'd like to personalize your set. Includes everything you need to take command on the high seas.

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    "Dread Pirate"
    DELUXE BOX + PIECES + PDF

    You will live in infamy as one of the 13 founding Dread Pirates! Each of these sets will be unique: signed and numbered, your choice of stain, personalized inscriptions, all the deluxe trimmings, AND you will have your pirate name entombed eternally in the Official Yargo Rulebook for all to fear!

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    "Grand Admiral of the Pirate Armada"
    50 BOXES + FREE US SHIPPING

    Rule the seas and control the trade routes with a fleet of FIFTY first edition copies, specially packaged for retail and/or long-term storage. More significantly, you will gain the allegiance of the unwavering Yargo crew, be made privy to the inner workings of our plan for an economical 2nd edition, and have as much input and involvement as you desire. Your move, Commander.

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