Reveals Production Philosophy
Posted by ICv2 on May 29, 2019 @ 8:09 pm CT
Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates is a race game set during the golden age of piracy in the Caribbean Sea. Each player commands a trio of pirate ships making their way across a map of the sea, trying to be the first to reach a Spanish treasure galleon anchored off Trinidad. The game features a deck builder mechanic, with each player’s deck of cards representing the crew of their ship. As they make their way across the board, they have the option of taking detours to plunder merchant ships, earning cargo that can be cashed in at any of the towns to purchase famous treasures and improved crew cards for their decks.
Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates was created by Glenn Drover (designer of Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery and co-creator of Railways of the World), who described the game as "Very streamlined, fairly easy to teach, but the depth of the game is in all the different cards which basically have either movement or a special power. You’ve got lots of little strategies and tactics in the game, but it’s very easy to learn and teach. You can get non-gamers involved, casual gamers, and play with heavy gamers. Everyone can play together."
The game will premiere at Gen Con this summer, and will be included in the "Pop-Up Gen Con" program (see "‘Pop-Up Gen Con’ Brings Convention to FLGS").
Production of Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates was funded through a Kickstarter campaign that attracted $94,493 in pledged support from 1,487 backers (an average of $63.55 per backer) last November. Drover explained that Kickstarter was a cornerstone of the company’s planning, including for its two earlier projects, Raccoon Tycoon and Railroad Rivals, stating that "Our strategy is to Kickstart always, then bring it to the hobby channel, then bring it more mass channel. This game [Raccoon Tycoon] will actually be going in a lighter version into Barnes & Noble for Christmas."
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