Pirate’s Cove

I finally got the chance to play Pirate’s Cove again tonight. I’ve only played a few times but it’s been pretty fun so far. I don’t typically like the same old board games I played as a youth so when I get the chance to play something that’s new and exciting, it’s a good day. Pirate’s Cove is a rather simple concept, be the pirate with the most fame. But how you earn (or lose) fame is where this game gets interesting. You can earn fame in battle, or from plundering various islands or simply buy it through the wealth of your treasure and gold.

Take to the high seas in search of plunder and fame! As the Captain of your own pirate ship, explore dangerous islands, bury treasure, fight the Royal Navy, and brag about it all at the Tavern to your fellow buccaneers. At the end of your voyage, you’ll either be doing time in Davy Jones’ locker, or you’ll be the most feared reaver on the High Seas. Pirate’s Cove is a fantastic family game that brings a mix of adventure and resource management to game nights.

Every player can modify their ship as they visit the various islands, with each facet of the ship being important to overall game-play. Your basic goal is to attain the greatest fame over a number of turns that evokes a twelve-month period. By burying treasure, winning battles, and bragging about your feats in the Tavern, you attain greater and greater fame, but fame also draws greater threats to you from both other players and other famous pirates. Other games you might like: Pirateer, Dread Pirate, Morgan’s Revenge. Pirate’s Cove from Days of Wonder.

This game is on par with Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne which are also awesome games to play. One thing though. Each of these games and most reviews say these are one-hour long games. But with my group of board gamers, they always last a couple of hours. I think that’s because we take so much time in deciding our various moves. We’re never rushed which can drag the game out quite a bit. But other than that (and in spite of that) we usually have a wonderful time.

Settlers of Catan
Settlers of Catan

One of the most successful games of all time, Settlers of Catan is a trading and building game set in the mythical world of Catan. Players roll dice to determine which resources are generated each round and then must strategically trade those resources with other players to get what they need to build their settlements, cities, and roads. With multiple ways to gain victory points and a board that changes in every play, Settlers of Catan is a game that can be played hundreds of different ways. The base of a hugely successful franchise, with multiple engaging expansions, Settlers is the core game of many collections, and is a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends.

carcassonne board game

Carcassonne is a clever tile-laying game. The southern French city of Carcassonne is famous for its unique roman and medieval fortifications. The players develop the area around Carcassonne and deploy their followers on the roads, in the cities, in the cloisters, and in the fields. The skill of the players to develop the area will determine who is victorious. The game is for ages 8 and up and 2 to 5 players.

Both of these games offer expansion packs – some add more players while others add new dimension to the game. After playing each game once or twice, you quickly want to upgrade from the standard set so you may consider getting the bundled versions and save time and money.

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