Dead Men Tell No Tales Board Game
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- 2-5 Players
- 60-75 minute playing time
- Co-operative game using Action Point system
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Dead Men Tell No Tales is a co-operative game for 2-5 players. The game uses the common Action Point system to determine what a player does on their turn. With a twist. As players work together, they can pass their Actions on to their teammates in order to best utilize the assets that they have. Players will build the board as they play, ensuring that no two games will ever be alike. As they search the ship for the Treasure, they will encounter Enemies and Guards that they must battle, along with various items that will help them in their quest. all the while, battling the inferno that resulted when they took over the ship. Unique systems for tracking fire, enemy movement and a player's fatigue all combine into an interesting and unique cooperative gaming experience.
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|Item Dimensions||12 x 10.25 x 1.75 in||8.6 x 12 x 1.7 in||2 x 10.5 x 10.5 in||2.88 x 11.75 x 11.62 in||12 x 12 x 4 in||2.8 x 11.6 x 11.6 in|
|Item Weight||2.5 lbs||2.3 lbs||1.76 lbs||2 lbs||—||4.72 lbs|
Top Customer Reviews
Many have said this game is hard. I haven't necessarily had that same experience on the normal difficulty with 2-3 players, If you choose to add in the Captain as an enemy for the harder mode this can be much more difficult and the highest difficulty which requires getting all the treasure and killing all skeleton crew is very hard, I have not been able to do this as of yet, but I'm having a lot of fun trying to get there. Which says a lot because other co-op games can be down right frustrating.
So if you're worried about the difficulty, don't be; the game has a few difficulties which basically just change the requirements for winning like getting more treasure off the ship and the game is worth playing through many times so you can ramp it up as you get more familiar with how to play it. It's definitely not as difficult as Zombicide: Black Plague which I bought at the same time. I see this game getting played more often than that one in my future.
The combat I mentioned is single d6 combat. You roll your die, add your strength basically and compare to the skeleton crew you're fighting. Other games with dice rolling can really destroy you in one bad roll. This game gives you better odds I feel with how you can boost your attack with action points and earned weapons. You can see what the enemy is strength-wise before going into fight and can tell when ones you actually need to defeat to get your treasure so it's not a total shot in the dark and there's fair strategy. So combat in this game gets a big thumbs up for not being overly cheap randomness.
Dying in the game doesn't necessarily render a game over, depending how many players you have you get more chances. Once you die you can pick another character card and jump back in the game if there are any characters left (7 total).
I'm not going to go over all the rules, you can find some good videos online of game-play on this, which is what ultimately sold me (along with the theme and artwork). I was not a kickstarter backer, never even heard of the game until the week I bought it. I was looking for a good co-op that doesn't take a lifetime to setup and play, this game delivers!
The quality of pieces is about what I expected, the artwork is great on both the cards and the board tiles. The only thing that could make this game any better would be detailed miniatures, maybe plastic dials instead of cardboard, but for the $36 I was paying I don't expect all that.
Bottom line is: If you like cooperative games and pirates (heck even if you don't like pirates), this is one to make sure you buy. It's worth the money and you'll get a lot of replay-value out of it. If you hate co-ops this isn't for you.
The best solo and, one of the best multiplayer co-op pirate themed game out there - bar none! So much of this game reeks quality: cards tiles, spinners, dice, tokens, wooden skull deckhands, pirate meeples and a black cloth bag. Full-color 8 page manual is not too long or overly complicated. Solo? Yep, though it says 2-5 players co-op, you can either play multiple characters or there's a solo variant on BGG called "Solitary Tarry" complete with it's character card and token that you can download. There's three difficulty levels. It's a tough game, especially on the Buccaneer and Admiral levels. I've only touch on the finer points here but I can say Minion Games got it dead-on right with this game.
This notion of a cooperative game is really fascinating. Since its a cooperative game, it makes for a great solitaire game.
The overall simulation of the burning ship and skulking enemies works very well.
One other point that I liked was the fact that you can tweak the rules in dozens of ways to adjust the difficulty.
You will enjoy the game, i assure you! If you're thinking about it, go ahead and make the plunge. You won't regret it.
One thing that I wish they would do is develop some expansion packs. I think there are a number of ways that might be done.
If you answered yes to the above questions, this game was made just for you. If you've never played Pandemic, or any of the newer action based co-op games, this is another one of them. My wife and I regularly save the world in Pandemic, escape the Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert, but rarely do we get off the pirate ship with all the treasure. This game is challenging (may be just us) but also a ton of fun. The few victories we've achieved have felt more rewarding because of how many times we've burnt/sank/been overwhelmed by skeletons.
I really enjoyed the gameplay and the theming is great. The components are also solid and look nice on the table. The only downside to this game is the rulebook, which was just weirdly organized (to me anyway)--it took until the third playthrough to get all the rules down. It's not a super heavy game or anything, but it was more complex than I was expecting.
I definitely recommend this game--it's been a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to playing it with more people.
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