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The Kaiser's Pirates

German Surface Raiders of World War I

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Ages Players
12+ 1-4

Designer(s): James M Day

Manufacturer(s): GMT Games

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Product Description

In 2007, StrikeNet Games produced a very limited print run of The Kaiser's Pirates, an exciting 1-4 player game of the commerce raider battles at sea during WWI. The game was quite successful and quickly sold out the initial print run. Because we all want to see this excellent game reprinted and made available to a broader group of gamers, Designer Jim Day and GMT Games have agreed to create a GMT version of The Kaiser's Pirates.

The Kaiser's Pirates is a fast paced card game of gripping adventure on the high seas set during World War One. Players control some of Kaiser Wilhelm's ace German converted commerce raiders and light cruisers. Air Patrols were in their infancy and it was still easy to disappear into the vast expanses of the high seas only to re-emerge on another key sea lane. Players use their raiders in the traditions of the privateers and pirates of old to sink or capture as many Allied and neutral merchantmen as possible. Danger lurks everywhere but, in a desperate pinch, these ships can shoot it out with the British hunters.

In its unique game play system each player commands both the German and British Forces as they scour the sea-lanes in search of their next merchant prize. The game rewards cunning strategy, and fast-action card play.

Solitaire players, Rejoice! The Kaiser's Pirates has been crafted to make solo play every bit as challenging and engaging as the 2-4 player version. So if you have no opponent available or are just looking to sharpen your game play strategies, try it solo. The Kaiser's Pirates solitaire version has everything needed for a game session of nail-biting fun!

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Product Information

  • Designer(s): James M Day

  • Manufacturer(s): GMT Games

  • Year: 2009

  • Players: 1 - 4

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 872 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is a domestic item.


  • One 20-Card German Raider/Warship Deck: Historic German Commerce Raiders
  • One 60-Card Merchantmen Deck: Historic victims of the German raiders
  • One 100-Card Action Deck: Action cards used to attack and defend the ship cards
  • One 20-Card Solitaire Deck (Solitaire Play Option)
  • Dice (2 x 4 Sided, 2 x 6 Sided, 2 x 8 Sided, 2 x 10 Sided)
  • 16 Markers
  • 38-page, full color illustrated manual

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.5 in 1 review

by Jayman
Quick fun play with naval adventure in WWI!
October 06, 2007

This game is a fast moving straightforward card game of WWI naval war that I was introduced to at WBC this year. Each player plays raiders and Royal Navy with a lot of non-stop action. The game is easy to learn (and has good, plain speaking rules) so you're up and playing quickly. I travel for work and one thing I like a lot is that you can play solitaire without losing any real oomph from the original game play. It's great for boring hotel rooms, long flights - or nights when no one is around to play. Also this is a subject matter that hasn't been done to death - the art on the cards is incredible, and if you're interested (as I am) in historical ships, the game company who publishes the game has a lot of great ships articles about the ships on the cards on their site.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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