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Pirate's Cove

English language edition of Piratenbucht

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

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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


  • 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

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Best Days of Wonder Game
January 24, 2010

Ticket to Ride is a great game, but Pirate's Cove is better. How is that possible, you ask? This game is short-ish (less than 2 hours) loaded with variables that makes each play unique.

You can play this game in an aggressive style, vindictive style, passive style or just totally random style and have a lot of fun. Should you go on the offensive, attacking the legendary pirates and other players? Or slip around the crowd going from island to island collecting your booty.

There's a good dose of both luck and strategy in this game, and you need to watch what the other players are doing, so you can best guesstimate which islands to avoid or sail toward.

It's fun because all players are engaged at the same time and there is no time element to be aware of. Everyone makes a decision, for better or worse, collects booty, upgrades their ships and best of all: Fires cannon balls at each other! Bombs away!

If you've played this game too many times and want a slight variation, have the movement of the legendary pirate be random. Roll a d6 to see where they will end up. Or if you're really feeling like an adventure, have two legendary pirates on the board with one going clockwise and the other movements random.

by Centrella
Pirate's Cove is fun for some.
July 02, 2008

This game in a nutshell is easy in concept. It is all the little rules and details that make this a game that is hard to teach. This is definitely not a game for 8+ as the box says. I tried teaching this to some young teens and they were lost.

The components I think I are great and a good value for the money. The game play is a bit unbalanced. If you get knocked down in one category on you ship people know what you need and where you need to go. If they want to mess with you they can keep you down. It can be frustrating for that player. I find the customization and mix of luck this game provides to be a fun mix. It is one of my favorite the last few weeks. Do I think this will be my favorite game of all time? No, but for an occasional game with a lot of the pirate feel it is a good game to play.

I recommend it as a fun game that isn't meant to be taken as too competitive. The luck aspects in the game I feel take the game goal off of strategy and more on fun.

I give the game 4/5

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.

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