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Tabletop Spotlight: Tortuga 1667

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Sep 7 2017

Spanish gold is up for grabs in this pirate’s themed game of secret identities – trust no one in Tortuga 1667!

We love a good pirate themed game here at BoLS and our friends at Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy know this. When they showed up with Tortuga 1667 I wasn’t sure what to expect – but that’s the pirate’s life for me!


In Tortuga 1667 a Spanish Galleon loaded with gold is sailing off the coast of the island of Tortuga. You and your crew mates have decided to steal all the treasure you can from the ship, however, there is another ship off the coast and their are ALSO a crew of greedy pirates. Here’s the catch – you’re not sure where everyone’s loyalties lie. In fact, you might even be a spy for the OTHER ship yourself…the only person you can trust is yourself! Get the gold, get on the ship you have loyalty to, and get away with your haul or get stranded on the rocky island of Tortuga!

Tortuga 1667 is a social game for 2-9 players of hidden identities – those identities just happen to be pirate themed. There are two ships, one British and one French and you’re goal is to load up your ship with as much Spanish gold as you can get your hands on. However, the other pirate ship might go for the Spanish gold on the Galleon or they might try to attack your ship directly. If an attack happens then the crews will toss in cards in a collective pool to determine the outcome. If the attack is successful then the attacking crew gets gold. If they fail, then they lose their turn and a chance for booty!

This voting mechanic and the hidden identities make for a very sneaky game – if you captain calls for attack is he just seeing if you’ll join him or is he setting you up to get exposed? On top of that, there is one more thing to worry about. If you’re playing with an odd number of players there is one other faction to worry about – the Dutch have a secret spy in the area and they are a third faction. They win by causing a tie! So keep an eye out for someone trying to play both sides of the conflict…


There are also other mechanics to the game that involve the number of pirates on a ship as well as getting marooned on the island of Tortuga and becoming it’s Governor. So even if you get kicked off the boat(s) you’re still in the game. If this sounds interesting to you, do yourself a favor read-up on how to play the game HERE.

If you enjoy pirate themed games and are looking for a game that will have you guessing at everyone else’s loyalty then check out Tortuga 1667! It’s super simple to learn, plays fast, and will have you losing friends faster than you can shake a saber at them! Hey – It was just a game guys and I won. I’m not going to apologize for backstabbing the crew – Viva La Dutch, suckers!

Tortuga 1667

The year is 1667 and you are a pirate sailing the waters of the Caribbean. A Spanish Galleon floats nearby, and you’ve talked your crewmates into working together to steal all of its treasure. What you haven’t told your fellow pirates is that you have no intentions on sharing the treasure once you have it. Your crewmates have told you that they share your loyalty and that they’ll help you maroon the greedy pirates on your ship to the rocky island of Tortuga. But you’ve seen your friends’ loaded pistols and heard their whisperings of a mutiny. You know that nobody can be trusted.


It was our last, best chance for gold. The year was 1667. The name of the place was Tortuga.


Author: Adam Harrison
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