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A quick pirate dice game by Kris Gould, where you sail the seas, discover islands, dig up treasure, and plunder from your neighbors.
A quick pirate dice game by Kris Gould, where you sail the seas, discover islands, dig up treasure, and plunder from your neighbors.
1,018 backers pledged $18,602 to help bring this project to life.

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'Buccaneer Bones' is being published by Wattsalpoag Games, and is on offer here for only $9.  The game is currently under production and is expected to ship out to backers in late-November. 

Our company has been producing a wide range of high-quality board games since 2006.  Check out the Wattsalpoag website to get an idea of our commitment to excellent game design, artwork, and quality components.


We are producing 'Buccaneer Bones' with the help of Kickstarter in order to offer higher quality components at a rock-bottom price.  And remember, this awesome game and any unlocked Stretch Goals can be yours for a slim pledge of only $9!

-    4 Player Maps

-    4 First Mate Pawns (Plastic)

-    24 Ship Markers (Uria Stone Plastic, similar to Backgammon tiles)

-    12 Treasures (Uria Stone Plastic, similar to Backgammon tiles)

-    6 Bones (Dice)

-    Rule books in four languages (English, French, German, Spanish)

Check out some of the game components we're making for you!

Each player has a treasure map and six ships in the matching color.  The ships start on the six port spaces.

On your turn, roll four dice.  You have one chance to pick up and reroll any of these dice, if you wish.

A pair of matching dice will move a ship one space toward the corresponding island. (For example, a pair of fours will move the ship in lane four one space toward island four.)

Three of a kind will move a ship two spaces toward the corresponding island. (For example, three sixes will move the ship in lane six two spaces toward island six.)

Once a ship is on an island, three of a kind will dig up a treasure from that island.  The ship goes back to port, where it can sail again on a later turn.

While a ship is on an island, you get a special benefit from that island: extra rerolls, add or subtract one from a die, or extra dice to roll.

Even a useless roll lets you take an action: you can place your First Mate on an island as a Scout (you get that island's special benefit next turn) or put it on an opponent's treasure as a Thief.

The first player to accumulate three treasures wins the game!

*NOTE: The components used in the demonstration video are from an earlier prototype. The final game pieces will be different from those seen here.

Special thanks go out to Keith van Kirk, for the fabulous music he composed for our videos!

Click here to download the rule book in English, French, Spanish, or German.

Wattsalpoag has several styles of games, from quick party games to light family games, to deep strategy games.  'Buccaneer Bones' is the third Wattsalpoag Game to be centered around dice, so we thought we'd create some pledge levels that would give you a chance to try out our other dice games as well.

In addition to other Wattsalpoag dice games, we have some fantastic art works to hand out.  Our artist, Mike Raabe, is famous for producing art for many collectible card games, including Magic: the Gathering.  So, we are offering some unique pledge levels, including original sketch and line art from both 'Buccaneer Bones' and 'A Fistful of Penguins' (complete with Certificate of Authenticity), as well as limited edition prints from two 'Magic: the Gathering' cards Mike Raabe did the artwork for.

All shipping within the United States is included, except for the Essen pick-up level.  Please read the pledge description for shipping outside of the United States.

*NOTE: Because of the accelerated production schedule we are under with this game, some or all of the unlocked stretch goal items may ship separately from the game, at a later date.

We're dedicated to providing you with the best components we can produce.  Your pledges will be rewarded with special custom dice, ship tiles, and treasure pieces.  Take a look at what else might be coming your way:

 

 Show your support for this kickstarter with our 'Buccaneer Bones' avatar!

Our reason for this KickStarter - our first ever - is a simple one: to bring you the best possible game, with the best possible pieces, at the lowest price we can manage.

Wattsalpoag Games prides itself on producing games with high-quality components, but those components come with an equally high price. The costs associated with creating molds for custom dice, ship tiles, and treasure tiles is significant.  So we've come here to ask for your help in making 'Buccaneer Bones'.

Our own game designer, Kris Gould was the one who suggested trying our hand at KickStarter.  So far, the experience has been such a good one that our hope is to offer all of our future projects through KickStarter. With the help of our backers, we will not only be able to publish some of our more complex and expensive games, but we'll be able to bring you more games per year. In the end, your support will be the deciding factor.

Thanks to all of you - your help and support mean everything to us!

For more information about Buccaneer Bones, visit the Wattsalpoag website, the Buccaneer Bones page on BGG, our Twitter account, or our Facebook page.

Risks and challenges

There are numerous risks associated with the process of publishing games, but your investment will be safer with an experienced game company like ours. For many years Wattsalpoag Games has been developing close relationships with manufacturers and an intricate knowledge of the overall publishing process. 'Buccaneer Bones' will be our 8th title, and will be building on the experience we gained publishing our previous hit dice game, 'A Fistful of Penguins'.

We have taken steps to ensure that delivery will be on time. However, we acknowledge there are situations that can arise which may take control out of our hands. We promise timely communications on the process and appreciate your understanding should a delay occur.

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