The board game world is certainly not hurting for another pirate game. Even less is it hurting for a social deduction game. However, it might still be wanting a pirate game that makes players truly feel like pirates, with a decent dollop of thematic double-think. Could the key be traveling to Tortuga to battle Spanish Galleons and placate mutinous crew mates?
Tortuga 1667 pits 4-9 players, each embracing the identity of a famous historical pirate with a secret loyalty, against others in a battle of wits and treacheries for the most gold. Each team of pirates is moored at the pirate haven of Tortuga, and based on their loyalties, is trying to retrieve the most gold from a circling Spanish Galleon onto their pirate ship at the expense of the other pirate crews. Not only that, one player on each team is the Captain, with the ability to attack the Galleon or a rival pirate ship to steal its treasure. Captains have to watch their First Mates, though, who can call for “Mutiny!” and banish their Captains to Tortuga if they can convince the other crew members of their ship to abscond with the treasure instead.
Tortuga 1667 is already funded on Kickstarter as of this writing, having acquiring more than 10x its requested goal with 23 days to go. The game comes packaged in a beautiful fake book case, with a rubber mat, lovely illustrated cards, and wooden tokens fitting inside. According to the design duo, Travis and Holly Hancock, Tortuga 1667 is also the first in a series of similarly styled games focusing on different locales and time periods. Head over to the Kickstarter page to check out the project, anticipated to release in August 2017.