But the map is old and torn.
The paths are marked, but which way is the true way?
You're probably facing the wrong direction.
You're probably lost.
And you're certainly not alone.
Other pirate crews are searching for treasure and could be lying in wait.
Will your crew be first to gather your gold and leave?
In X Arrr!, 2-4 pirate crews compete to gather all their pirate treasures and be first back to their ship. X marks the spot. Arrr!
The journey isn't easy. Players twist the ripped up pieces of island map searching for the true path to take them to their treasures. Get it right and you can journey far on your turn. Get it wrong and you could end up unconscious at the mercy of another pirate crew.
On your turn, you can twist a fragment of the map (the disks), or move one of your crew onto a new path, and if you extend the path you are on you follow it for free. Pass over one of your treasures and it's yours, but each crew member can only carry two treasures before returning to their ship.
X Arrr! requires thought and planning to navigate the island while avoiding the enemy pirates. Can you be the one that safely makes it back to your ship and leaves the island far behind? Find out with X Arrr!
X Arrr! is a game in development. It has appeared and will appear at UK board game expos throughout the year. X Arrr! is still being playtested and the rules are still being tweaked.
If you see me at an expo, ask to play X Arrr! Your comments can make a difference.
I playtested X~Arrr! over both days of Tabletop Scotland where it got played by 32 players (28 unique players) in 17 games. Some players returned for more!
I was especially interested in feedback on a few areas, which were all well received.
Shortest Game: 20 minutes
Longest Game: 45 minutes
Average: 33 minutes (2-player: 27 minutes; 3-player: 34 minutes; 4-player: 44 minutes)
The Bands of Marauders have generally increased the play length by a few minutes but all players reported that the game length was good.
X~Arrr! made an appearance at the first ever Glasgow Games Gathering and got played by 7 players over 4 games.
Shortest Game: 26 min
Longest Game: 50 min
Average: 34 minutes
It was great to meet Jon and Rory of the Polyhedron Collider podcast at the UK Games Expo Press Preview. Polyhedron Collider is one of the tabletop game podcasts that I regularly listen to because of its mix of fun and informative discussions.
At 1hr 45mins into their UKGE Roundup podcast Jon and Rory chat about X~Arrr!
I was video interviewed about X~Arrr! by Justin for OnTabletop at the UK Games Expo Press Preview.
This was my first ever video interview so I stumble a bit at times, but it's not too bad.
I playtested X~Arrr! for three days at my UK Games Expo stand and got some great quotes from my players.
Shortest Game: 18 min
Longest Game: 36 min
Average: 25 minutes
“Enjoyed that! Like games my husband has to think about to win!!!”
“You can see an opponents proposed path + try to delay them getting to their ship.”
“Simple but engaging. I lost but I enjoyed it. Short but excellent game.”
“I really like the ‘chess-like’ long-term strategy, and the ability to try and meddle with the attempted win of other players.”
“[Particularly Liked] Being able to change the port to stop your opponent from winning!”