Top 10 Pirate Games – with Tom Vasel

Tom Vasel takes a look at his top 10 games with a pirate theme!

0:00 Intro
1:02 #10
1:58 #9
2:32 #8
2:59 #7
3:39 #6
4:27 #5
4:58 #4
5:37 #3
6:09 #2
7:05 #1

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113 Comments

  1. If it had ever become more widely available/marketed, SHIVER ME TIMBERS would def be on any "Best Pirates" game.

  2. My favourite is still "Blackbeard" a Richard H. Berg design. I have, but have not played it yet, "Pyrates" the new game from White Dog games. Several pirate games do not make any of my lists as I do not like the Eurotrash type games.

  3. Jack Sparrow fan. My list ๐Ÿ™‚
    Merch&Marau should be the king. But needs serious rule development. WIP.
    Sea Rovers (has never come out/ Villain author/ too bad ๐Ÿ™‚
    Captain's Log (overpriced/ bad-looking/ Merch&Marau spin-off)
    (Its rulebook will be used to rebuild M&M though)
    Dead Reckoning: incredibly overpriced/ merchants win-pirates enjoy game/ Merch&Marau knock off in its expansions.
    (Its rulebook will also be used to rebuild M&M though)

    Games like:
    – 21 Mutinies
    – Dead Man's Doubloons (Jamaica on steroids)
    – Tortuga 1667 (a good party game with min. 3 players)
    – M&M Broadsides (with rule-development)
    – Extrao. Adv: Pirates ( good no-three-big-things-in1time life-like lesson ๐Ÿ™‚
    – Libertalia (1st Ed. kinda piratey trickster game ๐Ÿ™‚
    – Letter or Marque (with rule-development)
    – Plunder: very good base of a big pirate game with rule development
    – Francis Drake (seabattle will be built in)
    – Dutch Golden Age (on the shelf, haven't tried yet)
    – Mutiny! (on the shelf, haven't tried yet)
    – Pirates Cove (got a complete graphics/ components redesign)
    – Blackbeard: Golden age of Piracy (HC)
    – Colonial (HC)
    – Winds of Plunder (HC)

    No.1: Black Fleet (The most fun ๐Ÿ™‚ 30% rule-developed/ graphics-redesigned. And 40+ additional development cards made.
    Hope it helps you, mateys ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Being forced to use an app to play a board game is just so off-putting. Sad to see that as a component of any board game, especially one that would otherwise be amazing to play

  5. Plunder: A Pirate's Life. Came out last year, nobody talks about it! Gorgeous board, fun components, gameplay is great especially with a bunch of people playing.

  6. Has to be Merchants & Marauders, even better with the Seas of Glory Expansion

  7. I still love Pirates of Nassau. Very thematic and lots of customization.

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