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An exciting pirate-themed card game for 1-5 treasure-hunters aged 6+, with easy-to-learn mechanics and gorgeous, adventurous art!
The first project from Jellybean Games. An exciting pirate-themed card game for 1-5 treasure-hunters aged 6+, with easy-to-learn mechanics and gorgeous, adventurous art!
The first project from Jellybean Games. An exciting pirate-themed card game for 1-5 treasure-hunters aged 6+, with easy-to-learn mechanics and gorgeous, adventurous art!
3,696 backers pledged $87,796 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks to all our backers for supporting us! Get a copy of Scuttle! and keep updated at http://www.scuttlegame.com

Scuttle! is a quick and simple card game suitable for pirates as young as 6. Based on the classic card game Cuttle, the game has been updated with pirate-themed art and new rules - it takes 5-10 minutes to play and each game is totally different.

"Scuttle! is a fast-action game of piratey shenanigans, thievery, and backstabbing...Slap this down in front of your kids, and watch them teach themselves in one minute." - Geekdad.com

"The artwork is wonderful, the strategy is easy for kids - we really liked it." - Brian's Got Game

"It features interesting gameplay choices and legitimately fun interactions that will appeal to gamers of all ages! I can genuinely say that Scuttle! is the best pirate game I have ever played." - Christopher Badell, creator of Sentinels of the Multiverse

"A fun, fast, and very casual card game anyone can play." - Cyrus Kirby, Fathergeek.com

"A great addition to family game night. Fun and short enough that you’ll find yourself playing multiple games in a single sitting." - Board Game Authority

"It's a fun, cute game. Kids are going to love the art, and the gameplay is very straight forward." - Bearded Meeple

This is the first major project from Jellybean Games, a new company dedicated to creating games which both children and adults will enjoy!

Download a print-and-play copy of the game here!

Each turn in Scuttle! is simple - you either draw a card or play a card. That's it! Cards can be played as treasure or as an action, with each item of treasure having a different ability. The first player to reach 21 doubloons is the winner!

Play and steal treasure, and add crew to guard your ship or sneak onto another player's to steal theirs! The game comes with four Jokers - unique cards based on famous historical or fictional pirates. Long John Silver tricks your opponents into swapping hands with you, Anne Bonny lets you draw more cards than anyone else, Henry Morgan lets you see what's coming up next, and Madame Ching allows you to use the ability of any treasure card in play!

Everyone who gets the game through Kickstarter will also be sent six promo cards, including a new joker, Blue Beard the Pirate, who can give you a whole bunch of cards at once, and a new treasure, Jellybeans! These cards won't be available in the retail version, so back the campaign to get your copy!

For a more information on how to play, check out the Bearded Meeple video below:

Also check out this preview from Brian's Got Game (skip straight to 4:09 for Brian's review).

The game has been developed to be simple enough for young gamers to enjoy, while having enough strategy to engage grown-ups as well. If you rely too heavily on crew, a single Kraken attack can take you out...but if you don't have any, then your treasure is up for grabs!

Black Jack has been cursed to forever crave gold...but whenever he gains too much, his entire fortune disappears! This expansion adds even more diabolical ways you can amass wealth, including a new treasure of each value, three new crew members you can recruit, a Pirate Ghost, and Black Jack himself!

Scuttle! is a complete game in itself, but the expansion adds a whole new way to play the game - as an action, you can flip the top card of the deck. If it's treasure, add it to your stash! If it's not, discard it! But if your new bounty takes you above 21 treasure, you lose it all...

The Curse of Black Jack expansion adds the fourth suit to the game, which means (when combined with Scuttle!) the game can be used as a standard deck of playing cards. 

Scuttle! is the first game from Jellybean Games, and if you support us on kickstarter we'll send you Blue Beard the Pirate - an exclusive card which won't be available in retail copies.

As well as that, a number of other exclusive promos have been unlocked - more details in the Stretch Goals section, below.

Scuttle! is quick to set up, quick to pick up, and plays in under 10 minutes.

Scuttle! rules.

Thanks to the support of our backers, we've added a bunch of cool stuff to the game: more cards, more ways to play, more pirates - and more exclusives: cards which won't be available in the retail version of the game!

Scuttle! will also come with gold foil on the box, thanks to our backer stretch goal!

$4k - UNLOCKED! Scuttle! will now come with a 4-player mode, where players play in teams of two! More about this game mode in our first update

$5k - UNLOCKED! Scuttle! is now a 2-5 player game; details on how the 5th player works are in our second update

$6k - UNLOCKED! Scuttle! the game will come with a solo variant, codesigned with Christopher Badell, creator of Sentinels of the Multiverse. The player faces off against a pirate robot, racing to be the first to reach 21 doubloons! More details in Update #2

$7k - UNLOCKED! Another promo card has been added to the game: Jellybeans, the most delicious treasure of all! This card won't be in the retail version of the game, and has a unique ability - it's worth as much as the highest treasure in front of an opponent! More details in our third update

$8k - UNLOCKED! The box will be upgraded from a tuck-box to a telescoping, 2-part box for extra fancy!

$9k - UNLOCKED! The cards in Scuttle! (and the expansion) will now be thicker, nicer to hold, and harder to damage!

 $10k - UNLOCKED! A new joker will be added to every set of Scuttle!, based on famous Welsh pirate Henry Morgan. 

$12k - UNLOCKED! A whole new way to play Scuttle! More details in our fourth update.

$14k - UNLOCKED! Linen-press cards, for easier shuffling and a better tactile feel!

 $16k - UNLOCKED! A new card - Lifeboat - has been added to every set of Scuttle! - more about this in Update #5!

$18k - UNLOCKED! Madame Ching joker! We asked for backer suggestions of a cool historical pirate to add: more about this in Update #5!

$20k - UNLOCKED! La Capitán (from Sentinels of the Multiverse) has been added to the game as a promo card: more about this in Update #11!

$22k - UNLOCKED! The Jolly Roger, the famous skull-and-crossbones flag is going to come in every copy of the game as a 1-doubloon card! More about this in Update #6!

$24k - UNLOCKED! Backer's Choice card! We asked backers what they wanted to see for our next goal, and so The Plank has been added to the game! See Updates #6 and Update #8 for details!

$26k - UNLOCKED! The titular character from Catbeard the Pirate will be coming with Scuttle! as a special promo card! More details in Update #7

$28k - UNLOCKED: New card: Ghost Pirate! The expansion to Scuttle! will be coming with a new joker - the Ghost Pirate! See Update #8 for details!

$30k - UNLOCKED: New card: Ship's Wheel! Another one-doubloon card will be included in every copy of the game, a ship's wheel! See Update #8 for details

$33k - UNLOCKED: New card: backers to name! The above card will come as an exclusive promo, with an ability chosen by backers of the campaign! Entries close THIS FRIDAY! More details in Update #12

$36k - UNLOCKED: New card: Stowaway!The Stowaway will come with every copy of the game - play him on opponents to slow them down! See Update #11 for more!

$40k - UNLOCKED: Promo card - Ninja! You’ve asked for it, and we’ve listened - every backer will get a copy of the Ninja card, drawn in Kelly's unique style! More details in Update #12

$45k - UNLOCKED: Promo card - Vampire Pirate! This card will be drawn by Tania Walker, artist for the next Jellybean Games project, "Dracula's Feast"! It will not be available in retail copies of the game, and has a unique ability, draining your opponents' treasure value while boosting your own!

$50k - UNLOCKED: Free mini-expansion: Scurvy! Every copy of Scuttle! sent out as a part of this campaign will get a free 8-card expansion, Scurvy! These cute pirate disease cards will ensure that every game is totally different, and will be available as a separate purchase at retail.

UPDATE: 6 new cards have been added to Scurvy!, and it is now a full expansion! More details in Update #15 and Update #16

If you'd like a copy of Scuttle! or just want to support us, choose from one of the reward levels below!

$1: PARROT - Support the project! Once the Kickstarter concludes, your name will be read out with all the other Parrots in a video by Peter, creator of Scuttle! and founder of Jellybean Games.

Also, if any of us ever become real-life pirates, you'll be invited to join our crew!

NOTE: Add $1 to any other pledge to receive this level as well!

$9: LOOKOUT - Get a copy of Scuttle! mailed to you anywhere in the world! Additionally, you'll get the promo pack unlocked by stretch goals AND a copy of the mini-expansion Scurvy! Plus you'll get a print-and-play and several gorgeous coloring pages as soon as the campaign ends!

Shipping is $5 within the US, and $10 everywhere else.

$14: FIRST MATE - Get a copy of Scuttle! AND a copy of the expansion, The Curse of Black Jack! mailed to you anywhere in the world. When combined, these can be used as a standard deck of playing cards (as well as for Scuttle!

You'll also get the exclusive promo pack unlocked by the campaign's stretch goals AND a copy of the mini-expansion Scurvy!

Also, you'll get a print-and-play and several gorgeous coloring pages as soon as the campaign ends!

Shipping is $5 within the US, and $10 everywhere else.

$39: CAPTAIN - Get THREE copies of Scuttle!, THREE copies of the expansion, The Curse of Black Jack! and SIX copies of the promo pack unlocked over the course of the campaign AND three copies of the Scurvy! mini-expansion. PLUS you'll get a print-and-play and several gorgeous coloring pages as soon as the campaign ends!

This pledge level is perfect for group purchases, people who want multiple copies, anyone planning on using the game as a standard deck of cards, and those who want to give Scuttle! as a gift (it makes a great stocking stuffer)! 

Shipping at this level is $10 within the US, and $15 everywhere else.

$99: PIRATE KING - Get TWO copies of Scuttle!The Curse of Black Jack!, and the Scurvy! mini-expansion! You'll also get TEN copies of the promo pack, and both your copies of Scuttle! will be signed!

PLUS you'll get a print-and-play and several gorgeous coloring pages as soon as the campaign ends!

You'll also be a Jellybean Games playtester, getting a special advance copy of the next THREE games we release. This is a great level for anyone who'd like to be a part of the game-making process, and keep up to date with everything Jellybean Games is working on next! 

Shipping is $15 for the US and $30 everywhere else.

$299: GOVERNOR - Wow! This pledge level is for anyone who really believes in what we're trying to do here at Jellybean Games, and wants to help us continue making awesome games for many years to come. 

At the GOVERNOR level you'll get THREE signed copies of Scuttle!, The Curse of Black Jack!, and the Scurvy! mini-expansion. You'll also get TEN copies of the promo pack we unlocked over the course of the campaign, PLUS you'll get a print-and-play and several gorgeous coloring pages as soon as the campaign ends!

As well as all that, you'll get a copy of our next FIVE games, as soon as they're available! If they're created through Kickstarter, it will include all stretch goals and promo items. These might be card games, board games, video games - who knows what the future holds?

Most importantly, you'll really be investing in Jellybean Games as a company, and helping us fulfill our mission statement: We want to make your new favorite game

This reward includes free worldwide shipping.

UPDATE: This level ALSO makes you a Jellybean Playtester - you'll get advance copies of our next three games, and your feedback can help shape the games you'll be getting and making them better!

I love Kickstarter - I've backed many of my favorite games through this platform, and been able to get to know the creators and really feel like part of a community. Starting a company is expensive, and so I've already put a lot of my own time and money into getting Scuttle! ready to bring to the world.

Due to the success of the campaign, I've been able to get copies of the game into retail stores, and Jellybean Games is going to have a really solid foundation for future projects!

This project has been a collaboration between Peter C. Hayward and Kelly Jo for Jellybean Games.

Scuttle! is the first project from Jellybean Games. The company was formed to bring you awesome experiences for gamer kids (and their parents) which can also be enjoyed by the wider gaming community.

Our aim is to make games for kids that grown-ups will love.

This is just the first of the light, gorgeous, and thematic games that we're planning on bringing you for years to come! All the money we raise will go towards making Scuttle! even better, and furthering development on all our future games.

Peter C. Hayward is the founder of Jellybean Games and Blue Beard Entertainment, and has been playing card games (including Cuttle, the inspiration for this game) since he was a kid (pictured)!

He's a full-time author and game designer, and has been involved in the development of Sentinel Tactics, Story War, Traitor Mechanic: The Traitor Mechanic Game and many more upcoming games.

Kelly Jo is is a creative strategist, experience designer and illustrator. You can find her aggressively cute illustrations on idleafternoon.com

If you like the game, please support us (every dollar helps!) and tell your friends...especially if they have kids, know kids, love kids, or love great games and gorgeous art! 

Risks and challenges

This is my first project on Kickstarter, but I've been working creatively for over a decade now, and I have a lot of experience seeing complex endeavors through. The game has been extensively playtested, the art is complete, and so all that needs to happen once the campaign closes is for everything to be sent off to the printers and then mailed out!

Additionally, I'm friends with the Greater Than Games team, who have been responsible for many successful kickstarters - they've been invaluable in helping me prepare, and if I run into trouble they're available to offer advice and make fun of my Australian accent.

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    FIRST MATE

    1x the base game: Scuttle!
    1x The Curse of Black Jack expansion!
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    CAPTAIN

    3x the base game: Scuttle!
    3x The Curse of Black Jack expansion!
    3x any stretch goals unlocked over the course of the campaign!
    6x promo cards (Blue Beard, plus any others unlocked during the campaign)
    1x print-and-play of the game + several gorgeous coloring pages

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    PIRATE KING

    2x signed copy of Scuttle!
    2x The Curse of Black Jack expansion!
    2x any stretch goals unlocked over the course of the campaign!
    10x promo cards (Blue Beard, plus any others unlocked during the campaign)
    1x print-and-play of the game + several gorgeous coloring pages

    PLUS become a Jellybean Game playtester - as soon as we have playtest-ready copies of our next 3 games, we'll send you a copy!

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    GOVERNOR

    3x signed copy of Scuttle!
    3x The Curse of Black Jack expansion!
    3x any stretch goals unlocked over the course of the campaign!
    10x promo cards (Blue Beard, plus any others unlocked during the campaign)
    1x print-and-play of the game + several gorgeous coloring pages

    PLUS get a copy of our next 5 games as soon as they're available! If you want to invest in the future of Jellybean Games, this is the pledge level for you - whatever our next FIVE games are - card games, board games, computer games - you get a copy.

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