A total of 43 swashbucklers and two bucklerettes scurvied
their way through the WBC high seas for the coveted title of
'most notorious pirate' during the debut of Pirate's Cove. The
first heat had 15 pirates in three 5-player games. The winners
were Chris Striker, Paul Weintraub and legendary Dan Hoffman
[who had the coolest pirate outfit .... not cool enough to best
the GM in a mock swordfight before heat 2 though]. Denny Culhane
won honors as the worst pirate, the land lubber having been sunk
The second heat drew five 4-player games from which emerged
victorious Jm Castonquay, Greg Gerenza, Tom Pavy, Bob Jamelli
and Stephen Fitchett - a lad with a truly fetching handle for
a buccaneer. Vnny Sinigaglio won hdisonor as the most sunk pirate
of all, sinking seven times in 12 turns.
The third heat drew a like number of players but they were
forced to play four 5-player games when only four of these worthies
brought their own shipping (that's copies of the game to you
landlibbers). The victors were Bill Crenshaw, Brandon Bernard,
Chris Gnech and Eric Wrobel.
The semifinals were as cutthroat as one would expect from
this scurvy crew of worthies. Everyone was sunk at least twice
by Turn 4. Jm Castonguay went on to sink several more times just
for the heck of it. Paul Weintraub had his parrot killed on the
first turn, costing -2 fame. He had a golden shovel because he
buried lots of chests to end up on top. Bob Jamelli sailed into[inadvertently]
legendary pirate and was promptly sunk without a shot. Stephen
Fitchett was a solid second until the last turn when Bob played
lots of fame cards to sneak into second. The scores were Paul
35, Bob-34, Sephen 32 and Jim dead last.
The other semifinal Tom Pavy [the only worthy to sail in all
three heats], against Chris Striker, Eric Wrobel and Chris Gnech.
In a very close game, Striker scored 42, Pavy 41, and Gnech 35
with Wrobel fertilizing the Dead Man's chest.
The motley crew moving on to the Final were Chris Striker,
Paul Weintraub, Bob Jamelli and Tom Pavy. Chris had Long John
Silver's parrot and was still sunk on the first turn, as was
Tom. The lead staggered back and forth until last the turn when
Chris held onto a slim lead. Tension was high as tavern cards
were played for that elusive last fame point. "Tastes Great"
proved better than "Less filling" as Chris scored 34,
Tom 32, and Paul and Bob walked the plank with 28.
In 2006, we will probably go with favorite variants. Vote
by email to GM with your preferences. The best choices are: roll
for location of legendary pirate every turn and unknown pirate.
[Flip card when you attack them. This means 20% card will be