Sail ho! Tabletop Pirates!

Avast! There be a giant crab on me ship!

This week, the family got back into a game called Pirates. It’s packaged like a collectible card game (Pokemon or Magic: The Gathering) but the styrene cards are punched out to construct unique 3D ships. Each pack comes with everything you need to play a simple game (two ships, an island, treasure, rules and even a little die).

With some help, the rules are simple enough for a five year old to understand. Pirates has been around for a few years and now comes in a variety of themed expansions. To get started, pick up three or four packs from the same theme. Our favorites are the classic Pirates of the Spanish Main, the more fantastic Pirates at Ocean’s Edge, and the Viking themed Pirates of the Frozen North.

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