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Dread Pirate Signature Edition
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- Roll The Dice Set Sail And Collect More Treasure Than Your Opponents
- Features Cast Metal Ships Doubloons Glass Jewels And A Cloth Treasure Map
- For 2 To 4 Players
- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2003
- 2003 Gold National Parenting Publication Award Winner
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First of all, it is awesomely beautiful with doubloons that shine, have heft and go CLANK when you play with them. The game board is a cloth `treasure map' and the ships are elegant. The dice are wooden and each player gets their own velvety bag to hold their plunder of jewels and coin. All this fits nicely into a wooden treasure chest. It's well worth the price by my book.
There were even some intriguing game play elements to the game, especially the `blind draw' for treasure. You can actually download the rules to the game in PDF form from their website so you can see what I mean.
Fair winds and a following sea ... and a must-see-to-appreciate game for the entire family.
The game does not come in a cardboard box, rather, it is in a beautiful wooden treasure chest. The game "board" is actually a large pirate's map, printed on a piece of fabric. Each player gets a solid metal ship (which are large-about 2 inches tall and an inch and a half wide from stem to stern!) which they move around the playing board by rolling the wooden dice or drawing a pirate card.
The object of the game is to collect doubloons and treasure by moving around the board, raiding other pirate's ships and ports. The treasures are small jewels, much like those which often come with mancala sets. The doubloons are real (and heavy!) golden metal coins which look quite like what one might imagine pirates' booty would actually look like. Each player keeps their collected treasures in gorgeous velvet bags as they play the game.
In addition to being a beautiful and fun game, Dread Pirate is also informative. The instruction booklet includes excerpts from the 1691 journal of Captain Arthur Howell, and each "Dread Pirate" card lists a fun fact about pirates.
Any avid game collector who appreciates attractive games that incorporate real materials and who enjoys clever strategy games will love Dread Pirate.
The cloth board is a little stiffer then you'd think, but that's so it's more durable and maintains its shape when stored in the surprisingly heavy wooden chest, complete with metal handles on the side for easy carrying. Heavy metal ships and dubloons give that extra feel of genuine quality, accenting the cards, wooden dice and jolly roger with metal pole. Felt-like sacks, perfect for other game uses besides this, house the vital "jewels" of the game in the most neatly tied way I've ever seen.
The rules take a little of review, but not overly complicated, save for the advanced trickery in the game that really brings the pirate spirit to the table. The advanced rules add extra consideration to what direction you should go by putting into play a realistic wind factor, based on the enlarged die included.
Only a couple minor things didn't hold together well, but that was primarily a moving factor and was absolutely nothing to compromise the key components. Only the baggie holding the dubloons and the foam keeping the chest in the box was slightly damaged when unveiling the final product to my gaming friends.
If you are into Pirate lore, you owe it to yourself to spend the extra money and get parts that will last for a long time. Make sure you keep it in a level spot when moving it around, as the latch in the front of the chest does not lock and is primarily for the authentic look and feel of opening one.Read more ›
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I had one of these games when I was a kid back in the 1970's, it was my favorite game, I was looking for another one and couldn't seem to find it anywhere, then on amazon I find... Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by customer
My son saw this game on a store shelf when he was eight years old, and instantly wanted it sooooo bad. Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by Gary Finseth
With great reviews I thought this vendor would be totally reliable. I was so excited to receive this item. Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by tho
My huband and I won a copy of this game while performing at a pirate festival in Florida. Since then, we've bought copies for friends and family, and I've lost track of how many... Read morePublished on March 31, 2011 by Darragh V. Metzger
This is one COOL game, like monopoly it is not a fast game to play, however it is a excellent and fun game to play on a weekend or on a cold winter night. Read morePublished on October 13, 2010 by j.j.wal
All I can say is WOW! Although it may seem this game is bit pricey, I am so glad I spent the dough to get it. Read morePublished on February 18, 2009 by Ulara
When my game arrived, one of the wooden dividers between the ship pieces was broken loose - probably during shipping. (The ships are heavy duty, let me tell you! Read morePublished on October 3, 2008 by Margot
BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT!!! You will absolutely LOVE this game! I have 6 nieces and nephews ranging from 8 to 17, and EVERYONE ABSOLUTELY LOVES IT! Read morePublished on January 4, 2008 by Daniel Hall