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Commodore Hornblower
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Exellent Two-player variant! Sun, 24 February 2008 18:18
Here is a variant that my Girlfriend and I have devised.

We have tried the variant of Joe Casadonte, however we found it too time-consuming and quite confusing managing two ships at the same time. So we set out trying to find an alternative.

This is what we did:

You play with only one ship each and two Legendary Pirates (as per 3per play)

The difference is that you use two Captain's Wheels instead of one!
You plot your destinations on these two wheels in secret as you do normally, only these destinations must be two different from one another.

The idea is that during a round of play, you visit not one but two Islands. This is done as usual, you show the first destination, fight and plunder and upgrade your ship.

When the first Island visit is complete, you reveal your second destination, fight and plunder and upgrade your ship.

The only exeption to the second navigation is this:
-You do not get the full plunder on the second Island!
Instead you will only receive D6 (one die) worth of plunder, in gold and/or treasure.
(ie. if you roll 4, you can choose to pick up 2 gold and 2 treasure)

This makes for a fast-paced, balanced and interesting game.

We have tried other variants, like full plunder and half (rounding down) plunder also on the second Island.
But we found it vastly unbalanced and thoroughly unenjoyable.

At last: A pair of cards that raised a few questions when played with the rules above!


*Secret Map: We agreed that this cards effect would only work in the first navigation.

*Crow's Nest: We agreed that this cards effect would only work in the first navigation.

-Enjoy!
Commodore Hornblower
      
Taylor
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Re:Exellent Two-player variant! Sun, 24 February 2008 22:04
I'll give it a try sometime and see if it works for me

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brasspigeon
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Re:Exellent Two-player variant! Wed, 10 September 2008 11:01
Hello all,
I've tried this version and I must say it's quite fun.
Treasure is indeed the weak point. We didn't roll for treasure because luck is already too much of a factor, instead we used half treasure for both islands. First time rounded up, second time rounded down.

      
K_I_T
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Re:Exellent Two-player variant! Mon, 02 March 2009 22:12
Thank you for this!

I purchased Pirate's Cove yesterday at a board game auction.

I didn't realize it was meant for 3 to 5 players.

So, when my girlfriend and I were about to play it, we were disappointed.

We'll definitely try this 2-player variant.
      
rasmussen81
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Re:Exellent Two-player variant! Mon, 23 March 2009 21:00
Nice! I kind of want to get this game but would most likely play it mostly with my wife. This might make it worth getting sooner than I had planned. Thanks for the idea! Very Happy
      
Hugin
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Re:Exellent Two-player variant! Thu, 30 April 2009 19:15
K_I_T wrote on Mon, 02 March 2009 16:12

Thank you for this!

I purchased Pirate's Cove yesterday at a board game auction.

I didn't realize it was meant for 3 to 5 players.

So, when my girlfriend and I were about to play it, we were disappointed.

We'll definitely try this 2-player variant.

The wife and I usually just play with two pirates each and one legendary pirate. Works fairly good but it is nice see (and try out) other variants as well because you never know which one you'll like best until you experience them.
      
    
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