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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought it for my daughter nice set don't know how fun the game is.Published 6 months ago by fairy whispers
My grandsons have so much fun with this game. They don't always play it as its suppose to be played but it's fun anyway you play!Published 12 months ago by Cheryl
This item made my husbands Father's Day. We have wanted the game for a long time. It came quickly and was even better then expected. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Linda Christel
I just had a 4 player game where I won most of my battles and so had triple the amount of treasures than compared to everyone else. Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Simon Park
Ahoy mate! Go back to the 1600's and enjoy areally nice adveture with this game! Nice fun specially when played in four people!Published on December 29, 2013 by Mauricio Martins
The family is back into playing board games. Dread Pirate is easy to learn and not complicated to play. Beautifully designed.Published on April 8, 2013 by David Midkiff
My husband played this game a few years ago with some friends and has been wanting to own it ever since. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Elizabeth
What a disapointment.
The packaging and production values suggest that whoever made this game cared a great deal about the look and feel of he game. Read more
This is one of the best games ever made!!! I have played it with two people and also with four and it is fun all around!!! Just get it and trust me you wont be let down!!! Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by david casey