Blackbeard - The Golden Age of Piracy (2nd Printing)

By: GMT Games

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Non-Series War Games - Pre-1800

(unpunched, cards sealed)

Product Info

Title
Blackbeard - The Golden Age of Piracy (2nd Printing)
Publisher
Category
Sub-category
Author
Richard Berg
Publish Year
2008
Dimensions
9x12x2"
NKG Part #
2149206763
MFG. Part #
GMT0803-08
Type
Boxed Game
Age Range
12 Years and Up
# Players
1 - 5 Players
Game Length
120 Minutes

Description

One of the most popular, and successful, Avalon Hill games of the late 1980's was Blackbeard, a pirate game totally different from any others available because it simulated the actual life and careers of historical pirates, and how they went about their chosen professions.

Richard Berg has now taken the original and redesigned it, almost entirely, to bring it into line with what gamers like to see and play these days. All those pirates you loved - Black Bart Roberts, Long Ben Avery, Ned Lowe, L'Ollonais, and, of course, Edward Teach (Blackbeard) - 23 in all, are still there, as are the King's Commissioners sent out to stop them. However, the entire play system has been overhauled, and the result is a game that highlights and specializes in player interaction, with almost no down time for any players.

Players represent individual pirates, using them to gain Victory Points by amassing booty and, even more importantly, earning Notoriety for their dastardly deeds. Seizing merchants with cargo ranging from useless paper to the monumental treasure of the Mughal emperors, attacking and sacking ports, fighting storms and scurvy, seeking safe haven in infamous pirate ports such as Tortuga and Madagascar, and, hopefully, using Letters of Marque to retire successfully.

And while the player is doing this, all of the other players, at the same time, are playing their cards and seizing opportunities to stop the pirates. There is a constant interplay among players, and you never know what is going to happen when you set out to do something.

We've simplified movement (no more hexes) and ship battles, we've expanded the use of Royal Navy warships, we've even added individual hostages! (Yes, there is a "Governor's Daughter".)

Blackbeard is designed for 2-5 players, along with specific rules for solitaire play. Playing time, as noted above, for a full game has been three hours.

Game Components:

2 Decks of 110 marvelously illustrated cards
One 33"x22" era-evocative game-map
One sheet of counters, including doubloons
Rules
Ship Log Sheets
Play Aid

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