How it works

Players start the game on smuggler's cove as one of the four competitive captains. Each captain owns a small ship with a tiny crew, one cannon and an empty cargo hold. Over the course of the game, each captain gathers resources to upgrade their ship at the shipyards of the Orient and the Republic or trades its cargo for valuable pepper in the Orient to get shares in the Trading Company and ensure their victory.


The amount of sails determines how far you move per turn. Crew is used for boarding other ships and plundering cargo. Cannons shoot and damage other ships and the size of your cargo hold determines how much cargo you can load and carry. Besides all this players can hire the notorious pirate at Smugglers Cove, to secretly ambush other captains.Whatever your strategy, always keep one eye on the captain with pepper in his cargo hold."

The story of the game

Upgrade your ship

Each captain owns a small ship with one sail a tiny crew, a single cannon and an empty cargo hold. Over the course of the game, each captain gathers resources to upgrade their ship at the shipyards of the Orient and the Republic.

Hire the pirate

Each captain can hire the notorious pirate in Smuggler's Cove. The pirate secretly ambushes unsuspecting captains, and steals the cargo they are trying to load.

Use temporary buffs

Each player holds a hidden hand of cards from his own deck that can be used as temporary buffs to sail further, carry more cargo, or change the tide of battle with more crew or cannons.

What’s in the box

4 wooden ships and 4 ship cards: Your ship is your home, your castle, your floating city. It’s where your captain and crew live and where you store your pepper and resources.

17 shares of the Trading Company: In the game, shares are the only way to be victorious; the first player to own four shares immediately wins!

80 ship upgrade segments: There are 4 segment types: sails, crew, cannons and cargo holds.

75 wooden cargo items: All off these resources can be used to trade for pepper or upgrade your ship.

80 Playing cards: There are 4 types of reinforcement cards: Sail, Crew, Cannon, and Cargo Hold.

1 Pirates' Looking Glass: The notorious pirate can be hired at the Smuggler’s Cove Inn.

1 Round Game Board: During the game you’ll sail across this game board, which depicts parts of Europe and Asia during the 17th century.

1 Rulebook: This book contains the rules in the following 5 languages: English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish.