There are thousands of islands scattered throughout the High Seas, but only a handful will cause the blood of any aspiring pirate to rise in anticipation of legendary battles, uncountable treasures and everlasting fame.
And nowhere is there a concentration of such islands as those in the waters surrounding the legendary Pirate's Cove. These legendary pirate hideaways include:
- The five outer islands: Tavern, Hull, Sail, Cannon and Crew Islands (# 1 - 5)
- Treasure Island (# 6),
- Pirate's Cove itself.
Each of these islands convey a special advantage to their occupant during the Upgrade phase.
Upgrade the ship's Cannon as many levels as desired and can be afforded. Play a Mastercraft card from hand, if desired.
Bury treasures from the ship's hold for 1 point of fame each. Bury gold, at the rate of 1 point of fame for 3 gold.
You may also upgrade any single section of your ship a maximum of 1 level, at double the normal upgrade cost. Thus, upgrading your sails on Treasure Island from a speed level of 5 to 6 will cost you 2x1 = 2 gold, and you will not be able to upgrade any other section, nor upgrade your sail section any higher this turn.
When upgrading, the small white number located next to the desired level of upgrade indicates the cost of the upgrade, in gold.
To upgrade the same section several levels at once, pay the cumulative cost of each individual upgrade.
To move your sails from a speed level of 5 to 7, for instance , pay 1+2 = 3 gold . No one is required to upgrade his ship (except for crippled ships on Pirate 's Cove. See Pirate'sCove, next page ). Whether you do, and how much, is solely dependent on your wealth and desire.
Upgrade the ship's Sail as many levels as desired and can be afforded. Play a Mastercraft card from hand, if desired.
Upgrade the ship's Crew as many levels as desired and can be afforded. Play a Mastercraft card from hand, if desired.
Collect 1 Tavern card and 2 gold, or 2 Tavern cards. If your ship was crippled during battle, you must repair it by paying 2 gold for each crippled section. Move the strength marker back onto the 2nd (second foremost left) level of the corresponding section.
If several sections of your ship were simultaneously crippled as a result of being on the receiving end of a Six-Gun salute or victim of a Powder keg explosion, you must repair all crippled sections at once.
If you cannot afford to do so, you are allowed to repair all crippled sections, but do not receive any Tavern card or gold from your visit to Pirate's Cove.
You may buy up to 3 Tavern cards at a cost of 2 gold each, during each visit to Tavern Island. Play a Mastercraft card from hand, if desired.
Upgrade the ship's Hull as many levels as desired and can be afforded. Play a Mastercraft card from hand, if desired.