Libertalia Board Game
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- Innovative game play
- Different character actions changes the strategy through each phase of the game
- Special action tiles add an interesting twist to the game play
- And, of course, beautiful artwork, Arrgh
- A 2 to 6 player game, 45 minutes playtime
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Top Customer Reviews
In Libertalia, two to six players scheme to earn the most doubloons. Players have pirate crews represented by cards, and for 3 weeks, 6 days a week, choose pirates to send out to collect booty. Each player picks from the same crew members, but tends to play differently. Booty is revealed a week at a time, so planning ahead is key to success.
Pirates are played face down, then revealed together and put on the day's pirate ship in rank order. Each pirate has a unique ability and rank. For instance, the Beggar is of rank 3 (out of 30) and takes 3 doubloons from the highest-rank pirate played that day. Pirates of low rank execute their abilities earlier, while pirates of high rank are last to act, but first to collect treasure. Pirates, and thus players, often interact with each other. Expect shocking reveals, triumphs of foresight, and furious recalculations when things go wrong.
This is a very solid, tight design. It's highly interactive and balanced, so outwitting your opponents is key. The rules are easy to pick up, and doubloons focus the game sharply. The pirate theme is light, but well-done.
Playtime is roughly an hour. All players think and play in parallel, so adding a player doesn't slow things down.
Replayability is immense.Read more ›
I love the quality construction. The board, the tokens and the cards all are well made. The colors are vivid, the cardboard is thick and well cut, and the cards have a great feel to them.
There's some great art on the cards and tokens. The board itself is well done, but a little empty feeling. Part of this is that there's not a lot of interaction with the board, its more akin to a mat for CCGs, with outlines for where to place the cards and tokens. That's one thing to keep in mind, this is definitely a card focused game. Not a negative, its just closer to a game like Dominion, where you barely need a board.
This is the where I was a little disappointed, only because of my expectations. The gameplay is super fun, but not incredibly deep. First of all, everyone starts out with the exact same cards, which makes up your "crew". One player selects 9 cards out of the deck, and the other players draw the exact same ones. There are three rounds, each new round you carry over 3 cards, so variation between player's hands can come from which cards you don't play in the previous round, but I thought there'd be more of a chance to customize your crew. Each "pirate" you play as (represented as a large token) differs only in color and name. Once again, I had imagined there might be different perks or variation between them.
On the other hand I understand the need to create homogeneity, because it puts focus on the strategy each player comes up with, which ends up being all kinds of fun.Read more ›
Artwork - I think the artwork is fantastic. It is very "Pirates of the Caribbean" feeling and I really like that and think a lot of people can easy get into the theme because it's very accessible. I wouldn't say it's trying to play off the success of the movie however, just using a similar style which I think fits the game.
Components - Nothing too special here. It's mainly a card game where each pirate crew member is a card in your deck. The playing board is a ship and it is nothing special, but fits the game just fine. What's probably the most special part of the components in a nifty velvet bag that you keep the treasure in for drawing randomly to see what plunder a ship will have. No miniatures, but that really wouldn't fit this game at all. Box is also really nice. After several play through nothing is really showing much wear and tear, but I'm careful to tell people not to aggressive shuffle their cards. I can see "that guy" who bends his cards when he holds them damaging these just like a normal playing deck.
Game Play - It's actually a very simple game when it comes down to it. The base of the game is that everybody has the same 30 pirate crew members in their deck. One player randomly draws crew members from the deck (7) and all other then collect those same 7 cards from their decks as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i love this game. it relies heavily on strategy and outplaying your opponents. every player will have the same cards, and so gameplay will rely on how you play them and carry your... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Akirax187
The concept of this game is really fun, but we find the characters in the game leave something to be desired. They just didn't do a great job with them. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Matthew
Easy to teach, set up and play. The play time is perfect for our group, being around an hour, we can get multiple games played in a night. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Invisible Space Hermit
Brought this over to a friends house as soon as i received it and as per usual we miss some rules on our first play through. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ghadfort
First; game play. Not awesome. The strategy elements in it were pretty low. Its a very random game. You can somewhat plan down the line for how to play out the round, and picking... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Madeline Brodt
Not that great of a game to me. Getting everything set up, explaining the rules and putting everything away is just too much of a hassle. I rarely play this game because of that.Published 2 months ago by Izzy
Libertalia is one of the best Pirate themed games out there. I have played this with 3, 4, and 6 players and every time was a blast. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Todd Jones
Light game. Good for gamers and non gamers. highly recommended. Plays quicky and scales from 3+ well. The 2 player game mode is somethingI would not personally recommend. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Finally got around to playing this with some friends and I'll say that it's a very enjoyable game. It's not overly complicated, the rules are straightforward, and the strategy... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Reeder.MG