Golden Age Games, a relatively new publisher from the Netherlands, is currently running a Kickstarter project to fund a game that has been 8 years in the making: Captains of the Golden Age. This game boasts a 0% luck factor and is themed around the golden age of piracy and shipping, where players are working to trade the most pepper (worth more than gold in this setting) in the fictional East Indies.
Captains of the Golden Age is set in a fictional ‘East-Indies’ where pepper is worth more than gold. Four competitive captains seek to control the Mighty Trading Company. You sail around the globe in search of cargo to upgrade your precious ship. Add sails to travel far and wide, expand your cargo-hold to earn and carry more cargo, upgrade and fire your cannons to damage other ships, or board other ships with your crew to steal their cargo! Wherever you go and whatever you choose; the captain who controls the pepper trade controls the Mighty Trading Company!
The game features a circular game board that represents the map of seas and islands through which players are adventuring. Each turn is made up of the following steps:
SAIL: Move your ship across the board based on the amount of sails you have on your ship.
LOAD: Load cargo depending on the size of your cargo-hold.
TRADE: In the trade phase you may trade cargo, buy shares for pepper in the Republic, and upgrade and repair your ship. When you buy your 4th share of pepper you win the game!
COMBAT: If you sail to a tile with the ship of another captain on it, you may decide to attack with your cannons or board with your crew.
CARDS: Earn reinforcement cards.
Captains of the Golden Age is for 2-4 players ages 11 and up and plays in 1-3 hours. For more information on this project, visit the Kickstarter page.