Tortuga 1667 is now available for Pre-Order!

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WELCOME TO TORTUGA

The year is 1667 and you are a pirate sailing the waters of the Caribbean. A Spanish Galleon floats nearby, and you’ve talked your crewmates into working together to steal all of its treasure. What you haven’t told your fellow pirates is that you have no intentions on sharing the treasure once you have it. Your crewmates have told you that they share your loyalty and that they’ll help you maroon the greedy pirates on your ship to the rocky island of Tortuga. But you’ve seen your friends’ loaded pistols and heard their whisperings of a mutiny. You know that nobody can be trusted.

For 2-9 Players. 20-40 minutes. Ages 12+.

GAME CONTENTS

  • 1 Faux book container
  • 1 Rulebook (includes character biographies)
  • 75 Cards (9 Brethren of the Coast, 24 Event, 32 Vote, 9 Loyalty, 1 Quick-Start Guide)
  • 1 Rubber playing mat
  • 1 Burlap pouch
  • 9 Wooden pawns
  • 8 Wooden treasure chests
  • 1 Wooden explosion token

THE GAME

The game is packaged in a faux book box. The box has 3 magnets to keep it closed when you're moving it to and from game night.
The game is packaged in a faux book box. The box has 3 magnets to keep it closed when you’re moving it to and from game night.

 

The game fits nicely inside the faux book box. The box is big enough for cards to be sleeved, if desired.
The game fits nicely inside the faux book box. The box is big enough for cards to be sleeved, if desired.

 

The game board is a rubber playmat. The board rolls up like a map.
The game board is a rubber playmat. The board rolls up like a map.

 

The 8 wooden treasure pieces come in a burlap bag.
The 8 wooden treasure pieces come in a burlap bag.

 

Each of the 9 wooden pawns matches with 1 of the 9 pirates you can be in the game. Each pirate is based on a real pirate who roamed Tortuga and the Caribbean seas in the year 1667.
Each of the 9 wooden pawns matches with 1 of the 9 pirates you can be in the game. Each pirate is based on a real pirate who roamed Tortuga and the Caribbean seas in the year 1667.

 

Each player has a secret loyalty: British, Dutch, or French. But be careful who you trust; someone claiming to share your loyalty may stab you in the back and steal your hard-earned treasure.
Each player has a secret loyalty: British, Dutch, or French. But be careful who you trust; someone claiming to share your loyalty may stab you in the back and steal your hard-earned treasure.

 

Use Event cards during the game to help your team get treasure, or to maroon members of the opposite team to the island of Tortuga.
Use Event cards during the game to help your team get treasure, or to maroon members of the opposite team to the island of Tortuga.

 

Use Vote cards during the game to secretly impact Attacks against the Spanish, Mutinies against your Captain, and Brawls against your fellow pirates.
Use Vote cards during the game to secretly impact Attacks against the Spanish, Mutinies against your Captain, and Brawls against your fellow pirates.

 

TESTIMONIALS

I don’t trust my friends anymore. But I love this game. -Tessa

Tortuga is a game full of surprises! Each round brings with it new and intriguing events that ultimately make you the master of the sea or scum of Tortuga. It all depends on how proficient you are at finding your team and making that knowledge count. -Alex R.

I have played this game basically every week for the last couple of months. I have loved it every single time and never been bored. It’s a great game to play with friends and really makes you think. -Abigail S

I love this game!!! No game is ever the same, and it’s always exciting. You never know who is going to do what or if you are trusting the right person. Everyone I have introduced to this game has loved it too. -Alex W.

Tortuga is a great social deduction game and it looks great on your game shelf too! Love the game even though sometimes it makes me question my friends and family. -Brett A.

A game where I can deceive and be called Captain is a very good game indeed.” -Derek H.

Tortuga is unique in the fact that it allows the perfect amount of deception for those that enjoy tricking and deceiving others, but it also provides the opportunity to work off of pure logic and reason for the other players that do not particularly excel in manipulation. I have had the opportunity of playing this game numerous times with many different crowds, and every game is completely different because of the different strategies and techniques that people can utilize. -Levi H.

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RULES OVERVIEW

 

Note: The video above gives a brief overview of the gameplay and rules. Complete rules, including tips & tricks, rule clarifications, advanced optional rules, event card descriptions, and character biographies are not shown in the video, but are all included in the game rulebook. If you’d like to look at the complete rules now please visit the links below:

Play the game as 1 of these 9 actual pirates from history. Biographies of each pirate are in the back of the rulebook.
Play the game as 1 of these 9 actual pirates from history. Biographies of each pirate are in the back of the rulebook.

 

Each player has a secret loyalty card. This is your team. Part of the game is deciphering who is your teammate and who is your enemy.
Each player has a secret loyalty card. This is your team. Part of the game is deciphering who is your teammate and who is your enemy.

 

The Tortuga playing board. Teams win if they have the most treasure in their team's treasure holds when the Spanish Armada card is revealed.
The Tortuga playing board. Teams win if they have the most treasure in their team’s treasure holds when the Spanish Armada card is revealed.

 

Players choose to perform one action on their turn. One potential action is to reveal one of five available Event cards.
Players choose to perform one action on their turn. One potential action is to reveal one of five available Event cards.

 

Be careful about which Event cards you reveal! Some may maroon you or your teammates to Tortuga.
Be careful about which Event cards you reveal! Some may maroon you or your teammates to Tortuga.

 

If you reveal one of the three treasure maps, you must give it to someone you trust. If you reveal the Spanish Armada, the game is over.
If you reveal one of the three treasure maps, you must give it to someone you trust. If you reveal the Spanish Armada, the game is over.

 

During the game, Captains can call for Attacks, First Mates can call for Mutinies, and the Governor of Tortuga can call for Brawls. When one of these votes is called for, use your Vote cards to secretly cast your vote!
During the game, Captains can call for Attacks, First Mates can call for Mutinies, and the Governor of Tortuga can call for Brawls. When one of these votes is called for, use your Vote cards to secretly cast your vote!

 

TORTUGA CREATION PROCESS

A great game (in our opinion), needs three things: solid mechanics, an awesome theme, and beautiful design.

1. Mechanics

Tortuga is all about the interactions you have with the other players. In some cases, such as when you and your shipmates are attacking the Spanish Galleon, you need to rely on your enemies in order to succeed. In the very next turn, however, your shipmates might stab you in the back with a mutiny in order to keep all the treasure for themselves.

Since nobody holds a “hand” of cards, this game is also about knowledge and communication regarding the community Event cards. Unless you are in desperation mode, it is not wise to reveal Event cards at random. Almost half of the Event cards can hurt your team drastically. It’s often in your best interest to use an action to view the cards first, or to rely on the knowledge of a trusted ally. Knowing where harmful Event cards are located allows you to force an enemy to reveal those cards and suffer the consequences. The most successful players are the ones who are able to discern who is on their team and then share vital information with them at opportune moments.

Vote cards also play a key role in the game. Each Vote card has three sections – one each for Attacks, Mutinies, and Brawls. Players must put themselves in the best position to use their Vote cards, since their hand of Vote cards may not always be ideal based on their pawn location. For example, sometimes it may be worth putting in Water, causing an attack to fail, in order to save a Crossbones card for when you want to Mutiny against your captain.

A game in progress.
A game in progress.

 

2. Theme

Tortuga, a small island off of Haiti, was an important pirate settlement and hideout during the golden age of piracy. British, French, and Dutch pirates lived together on the island in a loose alliance and formed a pirate government known as “The Brethren of the Coast.” Rich from its support of piracy and protected by the Brethren, Tortuga was full of taverns, gambling houses, and prostitutes.

The French and British governments, in an attempt to weaken the mighty Spanish, would often legalize piracy by giving pirates letters of marque. These gave pirates permission to unofficially plunder Spanish ships and towns. Many of the pirates on Tortuga chose the privateering life over full-blown piracy, which was illegal. Loyalty to country was fleeting, though, and pirates often walked the line between patriotism and rebellion.

Tortuga 1667 aims to capture the atmosphere of these loose alliances and shifting political loyalties.

All parts of the game were designed to bring the players into the canvas, wooden planks, and golden treasure world of the 1667 pirates!
All parts of the game were designed to bring the players into the canvas, wooden planks, and golden treasure world of the 1667 pirates!

3. Design

The illustrations from Sarah Keele and graphic design from Holly Hancock take players deep into the world of privateers and pirate life. We used textures consistent to what pirates would see on an everyday basis: wooden planks and tables, canvas sails, and weather-torn maps.

All pieces of the game were carefully chosen for their color and aesthetic contributions to the theme. The burlap bag conjures images of a pirate’s bag of possessions. Many of the cards use a canvas background like the sails on a ship. The playmat rolls out and looks just like an old treasure map. The faux book is worn and colored a piratey brown, dark maroon, and black.

Some of Sarah's initial sketches and process for creating the beautiful illustrations in the game.
Some of Sarah’s initial sketches and process for creating the beautiful illustrations in the game.

THE DARK CITIES SERIES

Tortuga 1667 is Volume 1 in Facade Games’ Dark Cities Series! Each game in the series will:

  • Be packaged in a faux book.
  • Focus on a particular city and year.
  • Include a dark, mysterious, or deceptive element in its gameplay.
  • Accommodate at least 4-9 players.

We know your game closet is a mess. Start your bookshelf collection of games with Dark Cities Volume 1: Tortuga 1667!