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Pirate's Cove

English language edition of Piratenbucht

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Product Awards:  

Ages Play Time Players
8+ 60-90 minutes 3-5

Designer(s): Paul Randles, Daniel Stahl

Manufacturer(s): Days of Wonder

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Product Description

Come aboard and sail to Pirate's Cove... the legendary hideaway of thieving pirates and cutthroat buccaneers. The tales of those legendary pirates of old who've fought and survived these mysterious waters still haunt all those who yearn for a life at sea. Armed with a secret map and starting with a modestly outfitted sloop salvaged from last winter's storm, you set sail to Pirate's Cove -- your eyes filled with visions of treasure and fame, your lungs filled with the salty air of the High Seas.

Your objective: to battle for the rights to plunder and become the most famed and feared Pirate the world has ever seen. To do so, you will need to navigate shrewdly, fight recklessly and pillage mercilessly. You will gain fame by winning battles; burying gold and treasure; and bragging about your exploits at the Tavern. At the end of twelve months, the pirate with the most fame will be declared the most fearsome Pirate of the High Seas!

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Family Strategy Game Nominee, 2005
Deutscher Spiele Preis
9th place, 2002

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Paul Randles, Daniel Stahl

  • Manufacturer(s): Days of Wonder

  • Artist(s): Julien Delval

  • Year: 2003

  • Players: 3 - 5

  • Time: 60 - 90 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 1,383 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are printed in English. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.


  • 1 Board map
  • 7 Pirate ship miniatures
  • 5 Pirate Ship Mats and Captain's Wheels
  • 5 Wooden Fame markers
  • 20 Strength markers
  • 112 Illustrated cards:
    • 60 Treasure cards
    • 6 Legendary Pirate summary cards
    • 42 Tavern cards
    • 4 Blank cards
  • 44 Doubloons
  • Treasure chests
  • 6 wooden dice
  • 1 Rules booklet
  • 1 Summary Card
  • 1 Days of Wonder Online access number
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 18 reviews

A game of high seas adventure
May 22, 2007

If you like pirates, you'll love Pirate's Cove. Pirates Cove is a beautiful theme game that allows for you to live the Pirate life while you play. A great game that is fairly easy to learn and always fun to play. This is great for family game night or an evening with some friends. Never the same, always a little bit different and always a fun challenge. For added fun check out the game designers’ website to find custom cards and added pirates.

by Ryan B
Excellent thematic game
August 31, 2004

A lot has already been written to the mechanics of gameplay, so we won't discuss that. But we will discuss how this game offers so much in the way of theme. Days of Wonder games are so much like playing with toys. They're great. There are plenty of strategic elements and just the right amount of luck for this game to appeal to all types. Decent interaction and a game that really gives you a sense of place make this a must have for your casual game collection.

This game is worth plundering, mates.
May 15, 2004

Solid mechanics, superb production value and high fun factor are this game's strong points. There's nothing like sailing a tiny ship about an archipelago of islands collecting gold and treasure, upgrading ships and blasting cannon at every other ship that comes within range. I play this mostly with my 8 and 6 year old and they adore it, but every adult I've played with really likes it too, especially the guys. The dice-rolling battles are not pure strategy, OK, but there's plenty of other tactical options, mostly in the form of cards purchased at the tavern. This is essential to good strategy! Collect lots of those tavern cards! There is something for almost every situation: extra points, ship upgrades, many different bonuses, last-ditch ploys and help from some crusty old parrots who have a word or two of wisdom to share. The variable turn order and design of rotating legendary (i.e. nearly unbeatable) pirates keep things mixed up. There are many ways to customize your ship, from a cannon-laden tank to a fast-hulled freighter, and this is a fun outlet for creativity and roleplaying. My youngest always picks green, and calls himself 'Captain Acid'...he goes for big crew and cannon and never runs from a fight. My older son goes for speed & hull strength so he can outrun fights and collect massive stores of treasure. There is several opportunities for game tweakability, always a plus in my book; and I have already downloaded several new cards from the Days of Wonder website; you can play this game online at the website as well.

I used my blank cards to produce 'Captain Blood' a new legendary pirate who will steal some of your gold each turn you fight him, but gives a hefty booty if defeated, and a ballista that fouls rigging and slows down an enemy ship when fired during a volley. My telescope enables a player to wait until all destinations are revealed and then decide which island to raid. Other variants are on the website, such as wenches on Sail Island! The graphics, bits and board go a long way to bring you into the spirit of the game, and I've never played a game where the winnwer was more than 5 points ahead of the runner-up, so the balance is there. Regarding some of the other player's reviews listed here, I spotted several faulty rule interpretations. The rules are lengthy and detailed, but the game plays SO much better if they are well-understood (imagine that?) You can't skim the rules and then play, so take some of the comments with a grain of salt. If played correctly, many of the problems (e.g. running out of tavern cards) cannot happen! I highly recommend this game to family gamers, especially with kids, or for gamers that don't need to play El Grande or Puerto Rico to feel that a game is worth their while. 9 out of 10!

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