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Front Porch Classics Dread Pirate Bookshelf Game


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  • Journey back in time for a treasure-hunting, pirate-plundering adventure on the high seas!
  • Comes in a beautiful wooden Bookshelf box
  • Features detailed pirate ships, authentically aged doubloons and glass jewels
  • Game board is made of heavy cloth that is a wonderfully illustrated and aged treasure map
  • Pirate battles, exciting missions and buried treasure await you in this game!
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  • Item Weight: 5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002KVI5Y
  • Item model number: BS02035
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,001 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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From the Manufacturer

Imagine the fun and adventure of Pirates of the Caribbean® condensed into a swashbuckling board game! Dread Pirate comes complete with cast metal doubloons, glass jewels, and pirate ship playing pieces. Stores in a beautiful wooden bookshelf box. Fun for 2 to 4 player, ages 8 to adult.

Customer Reviews

It is high quality and beautiful.
Steven Heilman
I highly recommend this game to those who are looking for family games that are both educational and entertaining.
Catrina Thomas
It is easy to understand and play, not too complicated.
J. Vasquez

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Brian Dowrick on March 16, 2006
I like pirate games, and one of the parts that are always overlooked is the sea battles. This game Rules!

The fun of this game is in it's simplicity. You can explain the rules to anyone in just under a minute. I

have plenty of games that are fun, but many take too long for anyone with a short attention span (kids)

to get the rules. Every player starts in a port. They roll dice to move. If you land next to another port or

another player, you can roll for a "skirmish" The highest die roll wins. you take their gems if you win.

When you have one of each color gem, you can land on Dread island and get free treasure (it's like

Free Parking in monopoly). the first there gets the Dread Pirate flag, which gives them an extra die to

roll for moving. When all the gems are removed from the islands, the game is over, and each player

counts their treasure. The highest wins.

Parcheesi, Trouble, Life, Yahtzee, etc all have similar aspects of rolling dice and dealing

with the results.

The whining about dice rolls seems childish. It's a game. It's not educational, but it IS very interactive.

We always have people bargaining and pleading with each other to shift the game play. There are also

areas you must pass through (like Bermuda Triangles) and you draw a chance card. You can also

add the WIND die into your dice rolls. This can greatly shift the outcome of the game.

This can also be a very good drinking game, where... if you loose a battle, you drink.

The cool metal ships, the strong wooden box, the cloth board, the glass Gems, and METAL

Doubloons, make this game a MUST buy.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Catrina Thomas VINE VOICE on August 21, 2006
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This game is of the highest quality and we were quite pleased with every aspect of it. The wooden dice, pewter ships, velvet treasure bags, cloth map, plastic gems and hefty metal doubloons...everything is just so "neat". We all enjoyed checking out the details of it all.

As far as the gameplay goes, I don't understand why some people would have a problem with the dice rolls. That is one aspect of the game play we truly enjoy. It is exciting to try to outroll your fellow players, if you're lucky enough to be the dread pirate you get to add +1 to your roll, and it brings some educational value to the game. Another part of the game that we found both educational and fun was the cards that come into play when you land on certain spaces of the map. The cards have directions for you to follow, and they also have tidbits of historical facts on them.

Our entire family loves this game, it is enjoyable for all ages, from our 5 year old all the way up to us 36 year olds. It is very easy to learn to play, even for the younger children. There are basic game rules and there are also advanced rules for the older crowd who've gotten used to the gameplay the first few times around.

I highly recommend this game to those who are looking for family games that are both educational and entertaining. I also recommend it to those who are fans of all things pirate.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By RI Deb on January 4, 2007
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The game is very well made and fun to play, however the outside of the box indicates that it is for 2-4 players. The instructions say that it is a game for 4 players. We only have 3 in our household and could not complete all the moves on the game board with less than 4 players. There was no modification in game rules to accomodate less than 4 players.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Cott on December 31, 2006
We thought this game was a bit pricey, but you get a much better-made game than plastic-and-cardboard ones for nearly the same price. Glass 'jewels', metal dubloons, metal ships, velvet purses, and a cloth gameboard all stored in a very well-made wooden bookshelf case with a strong magnetic latch.

The game play is not limited to a preset course or path, but up to the player to determine direction and route. Treasures can be gathered by raiding, trading, or attacking other players. Extra powers are received by becoming the "Dread Pirate," but this can be lost in combat with another player. The rulebook includes basic rules and advanced variations to keep play interesting.

Like all games, die rolls and luck can sometimes play a large part but that always changes. I expect that it will eventually become monotonous, but long after most other games would have become excrutiatingly boring. Rules are easy to alter (such as more or fewer jewels to gather) to experiment with other variations and keep it interesting.

Bottom line: Much more - in both fun and (especially) quality - than other games of the same price. We have had no 'buyer's regret' from purchasing this game at all. Top-notch all the way; we could (and have) gotten far less for the same price. Highly recommended.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Vasquez on July 3, 2006
I usually hate games like this such as Settlers, Risk, etc. But this game was absolutely wonderful! My friends and I had an amazing time playing this game. It was so much fun. The game has a little something for everyone. The set-up is very cool, cloth gameboard, nice and sturdy game pieces. You also learn sweet pirate facts in the Lore and More on the cards. It is easy to understand and play, not too complicated. It is fun, because there is a lot of chance (dice determines a lot) and you can go from having no money to dominating the board. Very fun, I would recommend it to anyone.
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