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Rough Seas Ahead. Pirate Attack! Board Game Review

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24 Oct 2019 01:00 #302726 by WadeMonnig
In Pirate Attack, your goal is to be the last...

My Pirate Attack! review copy arrived and, upon opening the package, I dumped the base game out of the envelope and then the “expansions” came pouring out. One, three, five, six expansions! Holy cow, this game must be a smash hit to warrant six expansions. Then I start opening the expansions: 50 more cards, 100 more cards, 50 additional cards, 100 cards and a couple of dice. Oddly, they all fit perfectly into the base game because space has be made for them. Hmmm, that is some Kickstarter “stretch goals” type of shenanigans. Going by the MSRP on Whatthefungames.com that means the “Full” version of Pirate Attack! With all the “expansions” costs....$140.00. *looks at Gloomhaven's MSRP of $140.00 * Hmmm. This is going to be rough.

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24 Oct 2019 10:54 #302727 by Jackwraith
Um... wow? This sounds like Games Workshop's halcyon days of "Randomness is FUN!" but, even then, the odds of doing something so horrible you'd regret playing in the first place were usually something like 1 in 6. What this also sounds like is: "Hey. People back ANYTHING on Kickstarter! Let's get in on it."

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24 Oct 2019 11:21 #302731 by WadeMonnig
Prepare for a phrase I never thought would come out of my mouth: In defense of Kickstarter, it looks like the entire KS campaign had 9 backers.

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24 Oct 2019 12:00 - 24 Oct 2019 12:00 #302735 by Gary Sax
THOSE ART SAMPLES

Wade, consistently doing the hard work so we don't have to.
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24 Oct 2019 12:26 #302738 by Shellhead
I find it interesting that certain subjects that seem suitable for boardgaming don't seem to actually result in good games, at least so far. Pirates, superheroes, and martial arts, for example.

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24 Oct 2019 12:56 #302742 by Sagrilarus
Just curious -- is the thieving monkey an actual monkey? It appears to have a tail.

So Wade, I appreciate the art could use a little work. But is there enough material here to house-rule your way into a playable game? If the Play Immediately cards become holdable and you add a way to discard your junk does a better came come into the picture?

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24 Oct 2019 13:09 #302743 by WadeMonnig

Sagrilarus wrote: Just curious -- is the thieving monkey an actual monkey? It appears to have a tail.

So Wade, I appreciate the art could use a little work. But is there enough material here to house-rule your way into a playable game? If the Play Immediately cards become holdable and you add a way to discard your junk does a better came come into the picture?

If by house rule you mean removing Over powered cards, revamping pretty much the entire card play system, broadening the tit for tat fortune teller/ witch doctor shop, building a reward based victory system that uses earned gold to upgrade ships or gives purchasable higher powered ships in the market... then I can definitely say "Maybe."
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