Ghost Pirates is a sweet little card game from Tim Rodriguez of Brooklyn Indie Games. Ghost Pirates is a quasi card board game mashup that is packed with strategy in a nice simple set of rules.
The basic idea of Ghost Pirates is to board or blast your way across the enemy ship in order to force the enemy captain to the front to walk the plank.
Key things to note:
- The blank colored dots represent crew who are you basic soldiers.
- The dot with the captain hat is…a captain. He doesn’t get to move unless he loses a combat and then its forward.
- The dot with the anchor is the loyal matey who comes back to life every round since he only gets thrown over board.
- The ship pieces are interchangeable through play with special effects and a set number of crew to add to your units.
- The center section is the current which controls which direction the ship moves to fill gaps as parts are destroyed.
Play revolves around each person trying to mount boarding planks and expand their ship (to a maximum of 5 parts) in order to mount a grand assault on the enemy and force their captain to walk the plank. Aside from the ship parts that you will randomly draw their are also bits of equipment to help modify your results on the table.
There are 4 major ways to attack your opponent:
- Move your crew to attack your enemies crew and captain.
- Move your crew to loot the enemy ship and get special treasure cards.
- Use canons to try and blast away the enemy crew (or even entire ship components) from the safety of your ship.
- Use special cards to turn enemy pawns into your own or even push them overboard.
Ultimately a game should really only take you around a half hour of play and with four distinctly different captains there are lots of different styles of play supported.
For a fair $25 you can’t go wrong. I strongly suggest checking out the Brooklyn Indie Games Site and picking yourself up a copy.