Ahoy matey!!! Arrrgh, it be a few weeks and I be stalling writing ye blog because I be having too much fun playing All Hands On Deck. Ok, not that great at talking like a pirate, but so far I have not had anyone that did not like playing All Hands On Deck. My copy is a playtest copy out for review. The final version of the game is not out yet. It will be coming to a kickstarter near you soon.
Set up could not be easier. Shuffle the cards and deal out 5 cards to everyone. Turn over the top card for the first auction. Each subsequent turn the dealer is rotated to the left and a new card is dealt to every player and a new auction is started.
Gameplay is pretty simple. You are a pirate captain who has to collect a crew “cards” to go get a treasure. Each card in the deck is either a pirate, or an action. There are 3 different pirate crews, and each crew has a position from 1-10. The object of the game is to collect a crew of pirates in a run of 7 from the same crew, or to gather a run of 3 pirates from all three crews. Runs are basically sequential numbers. I.E. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. You can pick up your run anywhere in the line for each crew.
Every turn there is a new card put up for auction. And you can “bid” on the card by discarding the cards in your hand face down in front of you. Each pirate has a value of 1-10, and when bidding, each pirates face value is also how much you are bidding. The only exception is when you are bidding on a pirate of the same faction as the pirate you are discarding, the point value of the card gets doubled. Action cards are also played at this time. You place your actions and pirates face down when you bid and after everyone has bid, you reveal your bid. Actions take place first and then bids resolve. Actions resolve from the dealers left in turn order. Many actions can change the outcome of the bid or steal the auction all together. It sure is fun to be a pirate!
All being said there are is a lot more to this game and it is a blast. I give it a 9.5 out of 10. (When I get a hold of the final version of the game, instead of just the playtest copy, I might have to give a perfect 10)
All Hands On Deck will come to kickstarter on Sept. 9th. Save your money you won’t want to miss it
Salamander games is the company thy makes All Hands On Deck. I just wanted to mention them because they are a local small independent gaming company and I think they should be supported by the community. You can visit them at salamander games.