Rating: 7.2 Good
Popularity:5
Difficulty:Easy
Year:2017
Players: 2-9 players
Playing time: 40-477 minutes
Age:12+

Official Site: Tortuga 1667 Website


Created by: Travis Hancock, Sarah Keele

Published by: Asobition (アソビション), Facade Games

Alternate Names: トルトゥーガ1667

Description:

The year is 1667 and you are a pirate sailing the waters of the Caribbean. A Spanish Galleon floats nearby, and you've talked your crewmates into working together to steal all of its treasure.

What you haven't told your fellow pirates is that you have no intentions on sharing the treasure once you have it. Your crewmates have told you that they share your loyalty and that they'll help you maroon the greedy pirates on your ship to the rocky island of Tortuga.

But you've seen your friends' loaded pistols and heard their whisperings of a mutiny. You know that nobody can be trusted.

Tortuga is all about the interactions you have with the other players. In some cases, such as when you and your shipmates are attacking the Spanish Galleon, you need to rely on your enemies in order to succeed. In the very next turn, however, your shipmates might stab you in the back with a mutiny in order to keep all the treasure for themselves.

Since nobody holds a "hand" of cards, this game is also about knowledge and communication regarding the community Event cards. Unless you are in desperation mode, it is not wise to reveal Event cards at random.

Almost half of the Event cards can hurt your team drastically. It's often in your best interest to use an action to view the cards first, or to rely on the knowledge of a trusted ally. Knowing where harmful Event cards are located allows you to force an enemy to reveal those cards and suffer the consequences.

The most successful players are the ones who are able to discern who is on their team and then share vital information with them at opportune moments.

Vote cards also play a key role in the game. Each Vote card has three sections - one each for Attacks, Mutinies, and Brawls. Players must put themselves in the best position to use their Vote cards, since their hand of Vote cards may not always be ideal based on their pawn location.

For example, sometimes it may be worth putting in Water, causing an attack to fail, in order to save a Crossbones card for when you want to Mutiny against your captain.

Prices:
Retail Price:$25
Ebay:$25
Awards:
Golden Geek Best Party Game Nominee 2017

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Players are divided into teams of British and French pirates. In games with an odd number of players, there will also be a Dutch pirate. You will begin the game on either the Flying Dutchman or the Jolly Roger, but the other players on your ship will not necessarily be on your team.

Components

  • Faux Box Box
  • Rubber Playing Mat
  • 8 Wood Treasure Tokens
  • 75 cards
  • Linen Bag
  • 9 Wood Pawns
  • 1 Wood Explosion Token
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

During the game you will use Vote cards to participate in Attacks to get treasure from the Spanish Galleon, in Mutinies to maroon selfish captains, and in Brawls to control the two pieces of treasure on Tortuga. …



In the descriptions below, "any player" includes yourself. "Another player" does not include yourself. All card resolutions are mandatory when revealed.

Helpful Cards (6)

Letter of Marque (3)

Revealer moves any player currently on Tortuga or a Rowboat to the back of the line of either ship. Revealer may also save this card and use it as a future action.

Using it as a future action costs that entire future turn. In 2-player games (where you get 2 actions each turn instead of 1), if you reveal a Letter of Marque and immediately use it, that counts as 1 action. …



  • For a longer, more chaotic game, groups may place 4-8 starred Event cards in the Event deck during set-up instead of the usual 3.

  • For a shorter game, after you've built the Event deck remove any number of Event cards from the top of the deck and place them back in the box without viewing them.

    The more Event cards you remove, the shorter the game will be. You also won't know how many of each card is available in the game. Another way to shorten the game is to use a 30-second timer. …



Tortuga, a small island off of Haiti, was an important pirate settlement and hideout during the golden age of piracy.

British, French, and Dutch pirates lived together on the island in a loose alliance and formed a pirate government known as "The Brethren of the Coast". Rich from its support of piracy and protected by the Brethren, Tortuga was full of taverns, gambling houses, and prostitutes.

The French and British governments, in an attempt to weaken the mighty Spanish, would often legalize piracy by giving pirates letters of marque. These gave pirates permission to unofficially plunder Spanish ships and towns. …




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