Scourge of the High Seas


Scourge of the High Seas is a competitive pirate game with unique diceless combat where each successful attack places a bounty on your head. For 3-6 players, fight the wind, avoid the navy and bury your gold before you get caught in the open waters.

Scourge of the High Seas is played over 5 rounds where players will move their ship to attack merchants, islands, navy, or other players in order to gain supplies to sell at market in trade for money. Once sold, bury the money and treasure to keep it safe for the end of the game. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins.


  • 3-6 players
  • 90-120 Playtime
  • 200+ Pieces and Tokens
  • Chunky wooden pieces
  • Deck of treasure cards


Three to six players can set sail on the ocean to try and gain the most money. Players will search out merchant ships or royal held islands and plunder them for supplies, treasure and money. With the supplies, the players can deliver them to nearby markets for selling to further increase their money. However, a captain's fortune is not safe until they can successfully bury it on the hidden island. Do not hold onto too much loot or another player may decide you are an easier way to grow their fortune.

Each player will have crew tokens to assign positions on their ship board in secret. When all players have made their assignments, everyone reveals their choices and whoever has the most speed will move first. Assignments depend on many factors including wind direction, nearby targets to attack, other players and the navy ships out on patrol.

Each round the merchants and navy move around on trade routes, while the King's islands produce more supplies to be sold at market. Each market has its own demands for the four different types of supplies and it changes as player's sell their ill-gotten goods. In addition, every round has shifting winds making every decision in every round impactful.

Will you go for the island that has a bunch of one resource in hopes the market demand is high? Or will you risk confrontation with the navy to steal from the merchant ships? Perhaps that other pirate ship is too encumbered by its own fortunes and is ripe for the taking. The choice is yours and each game has a different starting layout giving unending variety.

Join The Mailing List

Scourge of the High Seas Mailing List

Fill in your information below to get updates on the game's progress and get a chance to test the prototype.

* indicates required

We currently use MailChimp to deliver our newsletters and other communications with our subscribers. Your information will never be sold or given out.