Avast ye! Another game about pirates dead ahead, me hearties! But this one’s got an interesting pedigree. Pirate Loot, out today, was designed by Jason Bulmahn, notable for creating the Pathfinder roleplaying system. It was published by Bulmahn’s own Minotaur Games.
Pirate Loot’s cannons are not aimed at deep, strategic simulation a la Merchants and Marauders. The game is instead frenetic and jocular: perfect for raucous, rum-guzzling buccaneers. The base set includes 108 cards, and 54 more are available with the addition of the Pirate Loot 6-Player Expansion Pack, also available today.
“Betray your friends and steal their loot!” Bulmahn said. “Pirate Loot is a light-hearted game with plenty of twists and turns to keep things exciting. This is exactly the type of game you would expect from a band of ridiculous, cutthroat pirates!”
Gameplay centers around conscripting your own scoundrel crew of pirates and plunging daggers into your friends’ backs whenever possible. The game plays two to four players (up to six with the expansion) in an hour and features toonish artwork by Scott Kurtz, creator of the webcomic PvP, and Dylan Maconis (Family Man).