Pirate Party 2017

I’ve hosted an annual party in celebration of National Talk Like a Pirate Day since 2008. Honestly, I think it’s been going on for longer, but that was the last time I blogged about it. I mentioned last month in my Randomized post that my personal goal for Pirate Party 2017 was to play more games and drink less rum, and I think I was pretty successful in my efforts.

How many games did I play?

I personally played only three games, but that was three more than I played at last year’s pirate party, so I’m counting it as a win. Here’s what I managed to get to a table in spite of all of the food and alcohol taking up valuable game space.

  • Tortuga 1667 is a game I just recently received in the mail from a successful Kickstarter campaign. It’s a really cool little memory slash voting slash partnership game. There’s lots of slashing because it’s a pirate game. Players jockey for positions on two pirate ships or on the island of Tortuga, trying to get the most treasure for the country to which they are secretly loyal. One of the best things about the game is that it plays up to nine people, so it was pretty fabulous to gather everyone around the table and have at it. To my fellocw British loyalists, I apologize for mixing up my memory of the two face down cards in the display. I had just finished a delicious hard cider and my brain wasn’t operating at full capacity.
  • Red Flags is a party game where players create potential romantic partners for a particular player using “perk” cards to make someone appear attractive while at they same time using “red flag” cards to make the partners that other players have proposed seem less enticing. Obviously this has nothing to do with pirates, but we had just played a game with nine players and needed something that would accommodate a lot of players and be easily explained to drunk people. It’s a fun game with the right group of friends. I had to give up on the pirate games only rule years ago.
  • The Magic Labyrinth was the winner of the 2009 Spiel des Jahres Kinderspiel award and like Red Flags has nothing to do with pirates. It’s a memory game where you guide pawns through a hidden maze, which can be challenging even when you haven’t been drinking. It was a big hit with some non-gamer friends of ours and I enjoyed playing again after having it sit on the shelf for a few years.

What other games were played?

The dreaded Pop Up Pirate continues to be a big hit. This adorable kids game became the pirate party drinking game of choice many pirate parties ago and I can’t imagine a pirate party without it. Tier Auf Tier found it’s way to a coffee table, which was a bit of a shock, but dexterity games are great for the intoxicated. I heard that Hey, That’s My Fish and some game with penguins balancing on a boat also got played. I’m sure it has a name but I’m too lazy to get up and go to the garage to find it. I’m the worst blogger ever.

Play more games and remember to drink responsibly. Yarrr.

5 thoughts on “Pirate Party 2017”

  1. Arrr! We’ve been hosting a Talk Like A Pirate Day Game Day for nearly as long, but the name has lost a bit of its meaning. No one talked or dressed like a pirate this year (not even me), and not a single pirate game got played — in fact I forgot to take out the pirate games for the game pile! Shame!

        1. Wot?! Excellent! I’ll be running The Quiet Year on Friday afternoon and 1001 Nights on Sunday afternoon. Might be running Battlestations in an open area as a pickup game on Saturday afternoon/evening if I don’t otherwise get in a game.

  2. I claim responsibility for Tier auf Tier. There’s a bird in that game. Parrots are birds. There’s an alligator in that game. Some alligators bite pirates. My logic was sound.

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