Here is another great board game, from the UK game manufacturer Waddington’s, this game is still available on EBay (in particular the UK site ebay.co.uk).
I spent many a happy hour playing this game with my family, which conveniently consisted of 6. If you enjoy board games then add this to your collection, with the other recommendations I write about. Also let me know, in the comments, if you have played this or similar board games.
Waddington’s version of buccaneer is so much superior to the modern Pirates of the Caribbean type of race games that you will see today. The original Buccaneer game from Waddington was first produced in the 1930′s. I used to play, as a child, with a 1970′s version although the game is basically the same no matter which version is used. That said I would always check that the version supports up to 6 players (some only had 4 ships) and all the pieces are present in the game as buying replacement game parts is extremely difficult.
The game can be played with 2 to 6 players and from ages 8 to adult.
What I like about this game is the freedom of movement, in that the player points his or her ship in the direction they want to go and sets off. The destination can be treasure island or a trading port or to battle with another pirate ship. The number of moves (squares) a player can make is determined by the players sailing strength and the players fighting strength determines the outcome of battling another pirate ship. Both sailing strength and fighting strength are calculated from cards that are given out at the start but can be changed during the game.
This game allows for multiple strategies, collecting treasure as well adding to fighting or sailing strength. The basic idea is to collect a certain amount of treasure but there are various ways this can be done, including taking it from other pirates during a battle, which of course is the most satisfying way to get your bounty.
Overall this is one of the most enjoyable board games I played growing up and I would recommend it, especially for 4 to 6 players. The game can be played in around an hour.