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- Comes in magnetically-closing faux book box
- 20-40 minute strategy & social deduction game for 2-9 players
- Play as one of 9 characters from the historically-infamous Tortuga pirate island
- Raised $400,000 on Kickstarter in February 2017
- Includes 75 cards, 1 rubber playing mat (disguised as a treasure map), 9 wood pawns, 8 wood treasure tokens, 1 wood explosion token, 1 cloth bag, 1 rulebook (with character biographies)
Tortuga 1667 is a pirate game of mutiny, plunder, & deceit for 2-9 players. Each player holds a secret loyalty to the British or French and is trying to have the most treasure in their team’s holds before the Spanish Armada arrives. Use vote cards to attack the galleon for treasure, mutiny against selfish captains, or brawl against your fellow pirates. Reveal event cards such as the Letter of Marque, Black Spot, or Albatross to maroon your enemies and to help your friends. But be careful about who you decide to help – not all pirates claiming to share your loyalty can be trusted! Tortuga 1667 is Volume 1 in the Dark Cities series by Facade Games.
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.
TORTUGA CREATION PROCESS
A great game (in our opinion), needs three things: solid mechanics, an awesome theme, and beautiful design.
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.
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.
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.
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!