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Sword & Skull Board Game


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  • Sword & Skull is suitable for 2 to 5 players
  • ages 10 and up
  • playing time 20 to 40 minutes.
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  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 10.5 x 3 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0007KT23E
  • Item model number: MLB96879
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,249 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Ahoy, mateys! That scurvy villain, the Pirate King, has stolen the Sea Hammer - the pride of Her Majesty's Royal Navy - and taken to the seas like the dog he is! It's up to you to commission a brave Officer of the Royal Navy to pursue that black-hearted cur, catch him, and turn him into shark bait. But he's a rascal, that Pirate King, so you'll need to recruit one of the dregs of the Queen's dungeons - because sometimes it takes a Pirate to catch a Pirate. Iffn' you discover where that swab is hiding, you'll need to beat the Pirate King in a duel or acquire enough Gold to buy back the ship. Act with haste, because you're not alone in this hunt, me bucko. Whoever saves the Sea Hammer first wins the Queen's undying gratitude - and the game!For 2 - 5 Players, Ages 10 and Up. Contents: Game Board, 5 Pirate Plastic Figures, 5 Officer Plastic Figures, 36 Crew Cards, 16 Enemy Cards, 33 Fortune Cards, 20 Item Cards, 5 Player Cards, 80 Gold Tokens, 2 Dice, and Rules Sheet.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Cordeiro on March 23, 2009
Sword & Skull is a great family game - it's colorful, it can be played in less than an hour, and it has an even balance of luck and strategy. The object of the game is to be the first player to defeat or pay off the pirate king. In the dozen or so times I've played, nobody has ever reached the payoff amount, and the game has always ended with someone taking their chances in battle.

The game board reminds me a lot of monopoly. The players move in a clockwise square around the edge, collecting crew cards that are grouped into different locations. Some of the crew cards improve your fighting ability, some allow you to collect gold from other players, and some do both. Other spots on the board force you to do battle with other pirates and monsters (and sometimes other players), collect treasures, or pay penalties.

Each player controls two characters - a naval officer and a pirate. Each turn, the player moves one (or sometimes both) of the characters around the board, collecting crew cards, gold, and treasure. The strategy of the game is really just the classic "guns vs. butter" economics dilemma. If you focus entirely on fighting ability, you'll run out of gold; if you focus entirely on gold, you'll win very few battles. The same rule applies when focusing on one character over another.

The luck of the dice plays a significant part in winning the game. Moving your players around the board is determined by a dice roll. All battles are a combination of fighting ability plus a dice roll. Ultimately, the strongest or richest player doesn't always win. The winner is often the first competitive player to get a good roll against the pirate king. While this isn't necessarily a "fair" end to the game, it definitely keeps things interesting.

All in all, Sword & Skull is great for casual gamers with a fondness for pirates and an hour to spare.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Dodson on May 13, 2010
I don't even know how many times I've played this game. It's extremely fun and has high replay value. It's not as complicated as it looks at first, but has enough different components to keep things interesting. It also has a built in drinking game if you're into that (tavern space). I really can't recommend this one highly enough - it's my favorite board game!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Gray on February 2, 2010
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What makes this board game so delightful is that every player has two pieces to move, a crown officer and a pirate. The outcome of the roll of the dice dictates if you get to decide which one to move or if you have to move both. Very very fun. The coinage is flimsy, though, so we made up our own. GET THIS GAME!!!!
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