The game may be played either by 2 to 5 individual players or as a partnership game for 4, 6, or 8 players. The rules for partnership play are explained at the end of the standard rules.
25 merchant ships The number of gold coins on each card indicates the value of its cargo. The combined value of all merchant ships is 100 gold, divided as follows: 5 twos, 6 threes, 5 fours, 5 fives, 2 sixes, 1 seven, and 1 eight.
48 pirate ships 12 each in 4 different colors - blue, green, purple and gold. The twelve ships of each color are divided into varying levels of attack strength, measured by the number of skull-and-crossbones on the card. The breakdown is as follows: 2 ones, 4 twos, 4 threes, and 2 fours. â€¦