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Year Published
2010
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
(194 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
13 and up
Playing Time
180 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
(49 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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Primary Name
Merchants & Marauders
Alternate Names
Corsari dei Caraibi
Fortunes de Mer
Korsaren der Karibik
Kupcy i Korsarze
Merchants and Marauders
Piraten & Kooplui
商人與掠奪者
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Merchants & Marauders lets you live the life of an influential merchant or a dreaded pirate in the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. Seek your fortune through trade, rumor hunting, missions, and of course, plundering. Modify your ship, buy impressive vessels, load deadly special ammunition, and hire specialist crew members. Will your captain gain eternal glory and immense wealth - or find his wet grave under the stormy surface of the Caribbean Sea?

In Merchants and Marauders, players take on the role of a captain of a small vessel in the Caribbean. The goal is to be the first to achieve 10 "glory" points through performing daring deeds (through the completion of missions or rumors), crushing your enemies (through defeating opponents and NPCs in combat), amassing gold, performing an epic plunder or pulling off the trade of a lifetime, and buying a grand ship. While some points earned from performing various tasks are permanent, players earn points for amassing gold, which can be stolen or lost (or at least diminished) if their captain is killed. Points due to gold are hidden so there's some uncertainty about when the game will end.

A big component of the game is whether (or when) to turn "pirate" or remain as a trader or neutral party. Both careers are fraught with danger: pirates are hunted by NPCs (and other players) for their bounty and blocked to certain ports while traders are hunted by non-player pirates as well as their opponents and generally have to sacrifice combat capability for cargo capacity. Although players can kill each other, there is no player elimination as players may draw a new captain (with a penalty) so it's possible to come back from defeat.

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Components

  • 1 game board
  • 4 player boards
  • 100 coins
  • 26 plastic ships
  • 24 demand tokens
  • 17 merchant tokens
  • 16 ship modification tokens
  • 12 special weapon tokens
  • 20 bounty cards
  • 254 cards
    • 34 event cards
    • 70 glory cards
    • 16 captain cards
    • 64 cargo cards
    • 20 ship cards
    • 25 rumor cards
    • 25 mission cards
  • 29 wooden cubes
  • 4 naval tokens
  • 10 custom dice
  • 4 treasure chests
  • 2 player aid sheets
  • Rulebook

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Piraten & Kooplui
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Dutch first edition
Publisher: White Goblin Games
Artist: Ben Nelson, Chris Quilliams
Year: 2011
Size: 11.70 x 11.70 x 3.00 inches
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Korsaren der Karibik
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German first edition
Publisher: Pegasus Spiele
Artist: Ben Nelson, Chris Quilliams
Year: 2011
Product Code: 51920G
Size: 11.61 x 11.61 x 2.76 inches
5.30 pounds
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Fortunes de Mer
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French first edition
Publisher: Filosofia Éditions
Artist: Ben Nelson, Chris Quilliams
Year: 2011
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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Corsari dei Caraibi
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Italian first edition
Publisher: Asterion Press
Artist: Ben Nelson, Chris Quilliams
Year: 2011
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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Kupcy i Korsarze
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Polish first edition
Publisher: REBEL.pl
Artist: Ben Nelson, Chris Quilliams
Year: 2011
Size: 11.80 x 11.80 x 3.00 inches
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4 Tuckboxes for Base and Expansion
These tuckboxes are ok for unsleeved cards. This can be used with sleeved cards also. Just tweak around test printing in draft monochrome mode with the scaling commands until you are satisfied. I used this with unsleeved cards and they are ok.
English
2015-06-13
9 The Black Spot Variant Sheets
This is a visual incarnation of the fantastic and simple variant idea put forth by Ade Lewis (BGG ID: necker) in the following thread: http://geekdo.com/thread/1371110/black-spot I take no credit for the creation of the variant idea. This file is simply intended to offer a clean implementation of the proposed variant for those who lack the artistic skill to create sheets from scratch.
English
2015-05-16
33 Captain Card Photoshop Template
Here is a Photoshop Template to create your own custom Captains! [ImageID=2494391 medium]
English
2015-04-19
15 Captain Choice Aid
For new players - Gives simple descriptions how Captain and Ship attributes affect gameplay. Hand this out after the rules are read and players are choosing their ships (and possibly Captains). I printed 2 per page.
English
2015-03-10
8 Condensed Tuckboxes
Here are my custom tuckboxes that I use to store all the cards. I've groups some of the smaller decks of cards together so that all cards fit in 4 nicely sized tuckboxes. (No sleeves) [ImageID=2357275 medium]
English
2015-02-08
4 Variante Tagliagole
Versione tradotta e impaginata (da me) della variante Cutthroat (Tagliagole) rilasciata dalla Z-Man. Tutti i diritti sono dei rispettivi proprietari.
Italian
2015-01-22
2 FAQ in italiano impaginata
Versione tradotta e impaginata (da me) delle FAQ. Si tratta della versione 1.0 del documento e fa riferimento alla prima edizione della Z-Man. Tutti i diritti sono dei rispettivi proprietari.
Italian
2015-01-22
80 Merchants & Marauders - SOLO RULES
A set of solo/solitaire rules designed to provide a compelling challenge while keeping the number of extra/changed rules to the absolute minimum. The difficulty level can be easily scaled to accommodate anyone from the most experienced to even first-time players by simply changing the number of Event cards. These rules are fully compatible with the Seas of Glory expansion.
English
2014-10-09
3 Samenvattingskaart
Als het een lange tijd geleden is, kan deze samenvattingskaart je helpen bij het spelen van Piraten & Kooplui! Zo moet je niet hele tijd grijpen naar de spelregels!
Dutch
2014-09-23
1 Piraten & Kooplui Minigids faq sheet 1
Handige dubbelzijdige sheet (a5) met de belangrijkste punten uit de handleiding die niet 123 in de spelerhandleidingkaarten staan. Deze sheet is bedoeld om erbij te houden tijdens het spelen en geeft als het goed is antwoord op al je vragen :).
Dutch
2014-04-26
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 139
Thematic Rank: 33
Num Ratings: 7507
Average Rating: 7.46
Standard Deviation: 1.43
Num Views: 859884
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Avg. Game Weight: 3.2
Fans: 800
Personal Comments: 1861
Users Owning: 9768
Users Wanting: 921
Users Trading: 218 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 5
Want Parts In Trade: 4
Price History: View
Total Plays: 13179
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Num Ratings 157
Average Rating 8.48
Average Weight 3.38
Num Owned 977
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For Trade 6
Want in Trade 156
Wishlist 618
Comments 68
Year Published 2015
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Episode 26 - Scoville One Year Anniversary
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ET88: Merchant & Seacabó, esto es tó
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Episode 8 - Merchants & Marauders
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Episode 1 Remastered - Sentinels of the Multiverse
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Episode 45 – Merchants and Marauders
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Episodio 12 – 24 horas de Sabadell: 8o maratón de juegos de mesa
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ET51: Yarrrr!! Pirata yo soy!
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OBG 93: The Game Remains the Same
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