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"Psst! At the upper end of the river there's said to be incredible treasure. I'm going to get some!"
"I've heard that too, but there's no way to get there."
"Oh, that's no problem, I can row."
"But you'll never make it against the strong current."
"Not alone, but I will find myself a buddy who'll row with me. We'll make quite a pair!"
"And have you figured out that you'll have to split the take with a stranger? You can't expect me to believe that."
"Well, listen. The current gets weaker near the treasure. After the two of us get past the hard part, I'll just throw him out of the boat. I'll row the last bit without him and the treasure will be all mine. Har har har..."
"Just make sure he doesn't throw you from the boat first, you wise guy!"
The mechanic that matters in Flußpiraten is that two players must cooperate in order to move boats up the river to score points. When, in your turn, you suggest to a player whose pawn shares a boat with one of yours that you'd like to move, you each take one die and one 'oar' into your hands. Hold one below the table, and come up with it in your hand. They are both then revealed.
If both players show a die, they cooperate and the boat moves. If one player shows the die and one an empty hand, the empty hand player tosses the cooperative one out of the boat, and it moves backward. If one has an oar and the other an empty hand, the fist player is knocked out of the boat. If one has the oar and the other the die, the OAR player is knocked out and the cooperative player still gets a chance to move forward! If both have fists or both have oars, various other mayhem results.
The rest of the game is cute (players score different amount of points for reaching the end of the river, so some cooperative teams make sense and others don't, and this changes during the game) or average (you roll dice to move your pawns around, and sometimes you wait for an exact throw to get you where you need to go), but it's the above mechanic that will make or break the game for you. If it sounds like fun, you'll love Flußpiraten. If it sounds silly, then this is probably not the game for you.
Simple, fast-moving, and funny. Our gaming group loved it!