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FRANCIS DRAKE

byEagle-Gryphon Games
players3-5
ages12+
$120.00

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Return to a bustling Plymouth Harbor in 1572 as an aspiring Elizabethan captain making preparations for three exciting voyages to the Spanish Main in search of fame and fortune! As captains, players will have to plan their missions and provision their ships accordingly.

Francis Drake is a race to see who can set sail and reach the Spanish Main first. The riches of the Aztec and Inca Empires await these swashbuckling captains. Many tough decisions must be made before each voyage:

  • How many crew members, guns and trade goods will be needed?
  • What supplies will be needed to reach deep into the Caribbean?
  • Will a stronger galleon be needed to attack the treasure fleets?
  • Can special charts from the Spanish Admiral and Governor help?
  • Will the Queen or rich investors back the voyage?
  • What information can the informer give?
  • Will Drake himself be available to guide the voyage?
  • Who will get the use of the Golden Hind?

Each new voyage has its own challenges to overcome, but the captured gold, silver and jewels should greatly please the Queen. Get ready for the voyage of a lifetime!

Customer Reviews

Very Polished Eurogame, wrapped up in a pirate theme Review by Tom
Rating
A very interesting game. In each of 3 rounds, players will be first recruiting crew and stocking their ships, then secretly planning their itinerary for raiding around the Caribbean. Each time the order of the recruiting phase will be different, with some tough choices to be made about what to go for and what to let an opponent grab.

There are different strategies to accrue points, and while it is possible to implement an overall points strategy, each round starts afresh - so each preparation phase involves different considerations and trade offs.

Then come the tricky bit - trying to figure out the order in which to visit different cities. Get there too late and your opponents may have already grabbed the booty. First stop on the journey is a strong play, so important to figure out how best to use it. It's also important to make sure one has enough cannons and crew to face the challenge level of the target.

This isn't a euro where you (just) build an engine and crank it. There are careful choices to be made in gathering resources, and a great bluff element. Combined with excellent components, this game is a winner. (Posted on 31/05/15)

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