Thursday, July 1, 2010


I'm a sucker for discounted games. It's a thrill to walk into a store and see a game that you we're interested in practically being given away for free. Adding to it all is my love of gaming. Really, I'll try and play anything. Nearly no game in a game store is off limits.

So you can imagine my thrill when I walked into Target and saw the Pirates Constructible Strategy Game by Wizkids on a big time sale.
Here is a close up of that price

That is just the tip of the iceberg of the treasure trove of packs I bought. With the packs being only a dollar it was easy to get a sizable collection of this game for dirt stinkin cheep. The game is simple too. All you do is go around getting more booty than your buddy.

It reminded me of college :)

Since my best buddy lives with me now it was even easier to dive right in to the high seas.

JubieX and I each formed a fleet of 40 points (a standard game). We were off and set sail in less than 10 minutes. It wasn't stated really well in the rules but we found a 4X4 area with the aid of a blue bed sheet did the trick for a game table. Check out the pics below and see just who has the better booty grabin skills!

The table mid game.

Nearly right away JubieX set a destroyer to interrupt my treasure hunting activities. He found out the hard way of what happens when you go up against a 5 mast ship.

My Schoener racing his Junk ship to get the last of the gold on an island.

Near the end of the game you can see my gold count was 15. In order to win you have to have 16, which is more than half of the starting gold that is randomly distributed to the islands face down so we can't see em. I had no choice but to hunt down the rest of JubieX's fleet. With my 5 mast ship fully repaired I set out to sink the scurvy dog!

With JubieX down to one ship I set up a blockade in front of his home island. I was prepared to chase him down but the bloody pirate did something brave...


In a desperate attempted to tie up the game he went toe to toe with my 5 mast. I knew he was hoping a bad round of rolling would save him...

It didn't.

I blew him right out of the water, sending him to meet Davy Jones!

The game was fun and just after one session you can see all the different ways to play it. The tactical approaches a player can take are nearly limitless and what's most important, the game only took about an hour which my feet really appreciated.

So if you have a Target around you go check out their collectible card section. You may be surprised what booty you find for dirt cheep :)


sonsoftaurus said...

I foresee a trip to Chez Target in the near future!

blang86 said...

This game does look fun. I'll keep an eye out for it next time I go to Target.

Gyro said...

Holy crap, good find! I got a promo pack of these a while back and loved it, but we never played it. I remember the rules being pretty solid though and the ships were cool.

The same thing happened with us and Mage Knight a long time ago. The LGS had them marked down to 65% off on everything, then went to buy-one-get-one free on top of that! I built my entire collection in that one weekend.

John Lambshead said...

Neat. Unfortunately, I live in the UK. :)

sonsoftaurus said...

Back from my local Target. Cleared out the remaining boxes (3) and got five booster packs. There were a few more boosters left, but for $20 I think I'm happy.

John - if Target is discounting them, then it's likely other retailers will too - if some big stores in the UK carry them it might be worth a look!

sonsoftaurus said...

I haven't read through the stuff yet, but I'm pretty impressed for the (discounted) price. Not only do you get all the cards for the various ships and crew, there are some cool sea monsters, islands and other things, as well as the rules and dice (normal sized in the boxes, itty bitty in the booster packs).

FYI, the booster packs ($1.99) also each seem to come with one of the "super-rare" cards.

Looks pretty cool. Even if I never play the actual game (though I expect I will) the ships and monsters will come in handy for RPGs, and the ships might also see use for other games like Ironclads.

While you're at Target, check out the GI JOE toys too - I picked up a drilling machine toy for $10.50 that with a little repainting will serve well as an IG Termite or a pulp vehicle.

Thanks for the heads up!