Pirate Games for Family Game Night

Thinking of having a family game night? Why not make it a night full of plundering pirate fun! From the 1911 vintage board game of Pirate and Traveler to the Best Toy Award game of Dread Pirate or to other games of bluffing, looting or searching for treasure, a family can enjoy a game night themed with pirates.

During the night of family fun, snacks can be served in style of pirates at sea. ‘Gold’fish will certainly be tasty treats while looting gold from other player’s ships, and mugs of root beer will be enough to refresh any young or old pirate.

pirates of the caribbean dice game

Pirates Dice Game

A quick round or two of Pirate’s Dice can start the evening off. This fast paced dice game has players bidding and challenging each other rolls. Suggested game tactics are “invoke the pirate within, deceive, double cross and con your fellow players. Be bold. Arggh!”

Pirate’s Dice begins by each player rolling five dice and keeping them secretly hidden under their own dice cups. Bids are then made based on the rolls. Challenges arise when a player feels someone is bluffing. To declare a challenge a player states, “Never trust a pirate.” With then the uncovering of dice under cups, the truth is revealed and the pirate in the wrong loses a die from that round. The winner of the game is the last pirate left with any dice.

Lego Board Game

Lego Pirate’s Treasure

Moving on, players could then search for treasure in the board game created by Lego called Pirate’s Treasure. For two to four players and ages 4 and up, the object of this game is to be the first player to reach the center boat with 6 or more gold treasure coins. Depending on which spaces a player lands on will determine whether a player finds or loses the gold coins from his pile of treasure.

Maybe a game of cards would suit a family of pirates on game night instead. A pirate themed card game called Loot by Gamewright has players in competition for collecting gold coins also. The game can be played with 2 to 8 players and is recommended for ages 10 and up.

In Loot’s deck of cards are 25 merchant ships, 48 pirate ships, 4 pirate captains and 1 admiral. Players try and capture merchant ships with pirate ships. Captain and Admiral cards can help strengthen or fend off attacks. Merchant ships are marked with gold coins which indicate the value of their cargo. The best player at looting and capturing merchant ships at sea will determine the winner in this game.

The ultimate pirate game for a family game night may be Dread Pirate. This game is purchased with the all the pieces needed for play packaged within a beautiful wooden treasure chest. Placing this ‘game box’ on the table instantly starts the night off in the pirate mood.  It’s beautiful! From raiding jewels, stealing gold doubloons, and sailing die-cast ships across a cloth treasure like map game board, the game offers a family game night filled with adventure.

dread pirate board game

Dread Pirate

Making family game night into a pirate family game night can add to the fun and enjoyment of the evening. Gathering around a table while acting like pirates will create wonderful memories for years to come. Go ahead and plan a treasure filled night!

Jenny Kile

Admin. of All About Fun and Games. Along with being an avid collector and player of table top games, I am a writer, researcher, treasure hunter, and Founder of Kardtects ( kardtects.com. ) I believe fun is everywhere and you are welcome to visit my other sites: mysteriouswritings.com (which explores mystery, adventure and the search for treasures) and kardtects.com (which takes building card houses to completely new levels. Kardtects is the next generation of card house building!) Email: Jennykile@outlook.com

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