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Compete with unique battle mechanics on a dynamic canvas board to pillage, plunder, and pilfer your way to be the most renown captain!
Compete with unique battle mechanics on a dynamic canvas board to pillage, plunder, and pilfer your way to be the most renown captain!
56 backers pledged $4,046 to help bring this project to life.

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Sea Shanties: A Pirate-Centric Board Game

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Sea Shanties is an ever-changing strategy board game where 3-5 players compete to be the most renowned captain to ever sail the Kanvus Sea. To do so, players must plunder islands for precious loot, cleverly manage their crew, and pillage resources from other players using a unique sea-battle mechanic. Players will go head-to-head as they complete objectives to craft their own shanty that will ultimately become their legacy after their bodies have failed their souls. 

"I've been working hard to bring the world a game that is immersive, complex, and all around fun. After two years of changes, hundreds of hours of play-testing, and much valuable feedback, I feel that this game has landed on an experience that is unlike any other board game." - Andrew X. Hunter, Designer

What's stowed away?

Box Contents
Box Contents

During your voyage...

Although pirates can be crude and the sea a treacherous place, the captains of the Kanvus Sea take turns building their sagas in an organized clockwise manner. 

Becoming the most renown pirate to ever sail the Kanvus Sea is as easy as A-B-C.  

During Your Turn
During Your Turn

Play continues until all Ballads and Verses have been claimed (approximately 45-60 minutes). The captain who earns the most renown during the game will be forever known for their triumphs within The Kanvus Sea!

 What will the shanties say about you once your body fails your soul? Will they sing about your riches? Will they brag of your empire? Or will they lament about the dastardly deeds and lives you've stolen? The choice is yours.  

For more information about how to play the game and to watch an instructional video, please visit the Sea Shanties website.

What's in it for you?

Our backer tiers
Our backer tiers

*NEW TIER* $99 - Create a card! You'll create a lore or melody card that will ultimately be in the final production of the game (with approval). You'll work personally with the developer of Sea Shanties to create a new experience. Immortalize your own personal shanty into the final production!

Stretch Goals

$2,500 - Goal - FUNDED!
$2,500 - Goal - FUNDED!
500 Likes - Original Soundtrack
500 Likes - Original Soundtrack

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$5,000 - Artwork Upgrade
$5,000 - Artwork Upgrade
$7,500 - Piece Upgrade
$7,500 - Piece Upgrade
$10,000 - Map Upgrade
$10,000 - Map Upgrade
$15,000 - Box Upgrade
$15,000 - Box Upgrade

$25,000 - Locked until $10,000 goal is met
$25,000 - Locked until $10,000 goal is met

There will be more goals unlocked as previous goals are met. 

What people are saying

Anticipation Review by g33k-hq.com
Anticipation Review by g33k-hq.com

Go ahead and read what g33k-hq has to say about Sea Shanties.

Captains playing an early version of Sea Shanties
Captains playing an early version of Sea Shanties

Production Timeline

End of May - Put final order into distributors and fulfillment. Backers will get their digital art and advance rulebook during this time. 

June - Record soundtrack with artists. 

July - Quality check, prepare for final shipment. Backers will receive the advance soundtrack during this time. 

Beginning of August - Shipments start. Depending on your location, you should receive your package by the end of August. 

September 19th - Talk Like A Pirate Day! The perfect opportunity to play!

Risks and challenges

Being that this is our first Kickstarter, there are obvious risks. From funding to fulfillment, this is our first time completing a project of this magnitude. On top of that, this game is created in some very unorthodox ways: we have a dynamic canvas-printed board instead of traditional cardboard tiles, custom wooden ship pieces instead of mass-produced plastic components, and several different card types instead of one type of card.

We believe these manufacturing challenges are worth the quality and thematic immersion that our fans will grow to expect from Pleiades Games. Our games revolve around an immersive experience for our fans and their family and friends. We want to help transport your gameplay to a completely different environment by more than just sight -- through sound (our original soundtrack) and feel (our canvas and wooden materials).

Manufacturing of our components has already been settled. The only thing we are waiting for is a final quantity to put on our order forms. We are confident that we will meet our shipping deadlines and bring you this unique immersive experience by September.

Thank you for your support!

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    High-Quality Wallpaper Images

    Just for pledging this amount, you will receive high-quality images of the legendary captains of The Kanvus Sea! Five digital paintings to do with as you please. It's our way of saying thanks for your support!

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    Advance Rule Book

    You'll get an early digital copy of the rule book! Additionally, you will receive an advance digital copy of the Sea Shanties soundtrack, if the stretch goal is met.

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    Sea Shanties

    Your very own copy of Sea Shanties! This is the special limited Kickstarter price, so claim your discount while you can. Additionally, backers at this tier will receive a shout-out in the rule book (if desired)!

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    • Advance Rule Book
    • Sea Shanties (Standard Edition)
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    Sea Shanties - Kickstarter Edition!

    You will receive your own copy of the game with additional Kickstarter-exclusive content! Five custom bandanas and a "Special Thanks" shout-out in the rule book (if desired). Stay tuned for more additional exclusive content.

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    Create A Card!

    *NEW TIER!*
    At this tier, backers will be able to create a new lore or melody card that will make it to the final production of the game (with approval). Work directly with the creator to make something amazing. Limited stock!
    (Yes, you'll also get a Kickstarter edition version of the game and all of the digital goodies!)

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    • Advance Rule Book
    • Rulebook Special Thanks
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    3 Game Bundle

    Have friends that love games? Sell games? Love hoarding? This tier is for you! You will get three copies of the game: two standard editions and one Kickstarter edition.

    Includes:
    • Digital Captain Portraits
    • Advance Rule Book
    • Sea Shanties (Standard Edition)
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    Retail Bundle

    This is our tier exclusively for retailers. Get five copies of Sea Shanties for the Kickstarter price! Backers at this tier must have a retail presence, whether it is online or physical. Retailers will be contacted to arrange specific order sizes.

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    Become the Lore

    Backers of this tier will get to name a legendary captain with approval. This will appear in the rule book as examples and be part of the lore of the game.

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    • Digital Captain Portraits
    • Advance Rule Book
    • Rulebook Special Thanks
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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Name the Tavern

    For pledging this much, you will get to name the Tavern, which is a central mechanic in the game. The Tavern is where weary pirates refresh themselves after a hard battle and where potential pirates congregate looking for work. Your name as a tavern has a nice ring to it, right? This is subject to approval.

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