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{"id":2000303873,"title":"Z-Man - Merchants And Marauders","handle":"z-man-merchants-and-marauders-board-game","description":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMerchants \u0026amp; Marauders\u003c\/strong\u003e lets you live the life of an influential merchant or a dreaded pirate in the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. Seek your fortune through trade, rumor hunting, missions, and of course, plundering. Modify your ship, buy impressive vessels, load deadly special ammunition, and hire specialist crew members. Will your captain gain eternal glory and immense wealth - or find his wet grave under the stormy surface of the Caribbean Sea?\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn Merchants and Marauders, players take on the role of a captain of a small vessel in the Caribbean. The goal is to be the first to achieve 10 \"glory\" points through performing daring deeds (through the completion of missions or rumors), crushing your enemies (through defeating opponents and NPCs in combat), amassing gold, performing an epic plunder or pulling off the trade of a lifetime, and buying a grand ship. While some points earned from performing various tasks are permanent, players earn points for amassing gold, which can be stolen or lost (or at least diminished) if their captain is killed. Points due to gold are hidden so there's some uncertainty about when the game will end.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA big component of the game is whether (or when) to turn \"pirate\" or remain as a trader or neutral party. Both careers are fraught with danger: pirates are hunted by NPCs (and other players) for their bounty and blocked to certain ports while traders are hunted by non-player pirates as well as their opponents and generally have to sacrifice combat capability for cargo capacity. Although players can kill each other, there is no player elimination as players may draw a new captain (with a penalty) so it's possible to come back from defeat.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ctable width=\"100%\" class=\"geekitem_infotable\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#FFFFFF\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDesigner\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"linkstatus_55ef338e4f2f7\" class=\"status\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgamedesigner\/7627\/kasper-aagaard\"\u003eKasper Aagaard\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"linkresults_55ef338e4f2f7\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"link39309\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgamedesigner\/7614\/christian-marcussen\"\u003eChristian Marcussen\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#E5E5E5\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eArtist\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"linkstatus_55ef338e56a36\" class=\"status\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgamedesigner\/9983\/ben-nelson\"\u003eBen Nelson\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"linkresults_55ef338e56a36\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"link1056998\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgameartist\/14057\/chris-quilliams\"\u003eChris Quilliams\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#FFFFFF\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePublisher\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"linkstatus_55ef338e5d9fa\" class=\"status\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgamepublisher\/15889\/asterion-press\"\u003eAsterion Press\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"linkresults_55ef338e5d9fa\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"link1811263\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgamepublisher\/5657\/filosofia-editions\"\u003eFilosofia Éditions\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"link1664990\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgamepublisher\/39\/pegasus-spiele\"\u003ePegasus Spiele\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"link2667918\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgamepublisher\/7466\/rebelpl\"\u003eREBEL.pl\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#E5E5E5\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eYear Published\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"edit_yearpublished\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"status_yearpublished_thing_25292\"\u003e2010\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#FFFFFF\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003e# of Players\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"edit_players\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"status_players_thing_25292\"\u003e2 ? 4\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#E5E5E5\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eUser Suggested # of Players\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003eBest with 4 players\u003cbr\u003eRecommended with 2, 3, 4 players \u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#FFFFFF\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMfg Suggested Ages\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"edit_minage\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"status_minage_thing_25292\"\u003e13 and up\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#E5E5E5\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePlaying Time\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"edit_playtime\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"status_playtime_thing_25292\"\u003e180 minutes\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#FFFFFF\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eUser Suggested Ages\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e12 and up\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#E5E5E5\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eLanguage Dependence\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003eExtensive use of text - 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Merchants And Marauders","public_title":null,"options":["Default Title"],"price":6399,"weight":5,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":0,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"deny","barcode":"681706070629"}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0848\/9716\/products\/pic738119.jpg?v=1441746261"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0848\/9716\/products\/pic738119.jpg?v=1441746261","options":["Title"],"content":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMerchants \u0026amp; Marauders\u003c\/strong\u003e lets you live the life of an influential merchant or a dreaded pirate in the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. Seek your fortune through trade, rumor hunting, missions, and of course, plundering. Modify your ship, buy impressive vessels, load deadly special ammunition, and hire specialist crew members. Will your captain gain eternal glory and immense wealth - or find his wet grave under the stormy surface of the Caribbean Sea?\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn Merchants and Marauders, players take on the role of a captain of a small vessel in the Caribbean. The goal is to be the first to achieve 10 \"glory\" points through performing daring deeds (through the completion of missions or rumors), crushing your enemies (through defeating opponents and NPCs in combat), amassing gold, performing an epic plunder or pulling off the trade of a lifetime, and buying a grand ship. While some points earned from performing various tasks are permanent, players earn points for amassing gold, which can be stolen or lost (or at least diminished) if their captain is killed. Points due to gold are hidden so there's some uncertainty about when the game will end.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA big component of the game is whether (or when) to turn \"pirate\" or remain as a trader or neutral party. Both careers are fraught with danger: pirates are hunted by NPCs (and other players) for their bounty and blocked to certain ports while traders are hunted by non-player pirates as well as their opponents and generally have to sacrifice combat capability for cargo capacity. Although players can kill each other, there is no player elimination as players may draw a new captain (with a penalty) so it's possible to come back from defeat.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ctable width=\"100%\" class=\"geekitem_infotable\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#FFFFFF\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDesigner\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"linkstatus_55ef338e4f2f7\" class=\"status\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgamedesigner\/7627\/kasper-aagaard\"\u003eKasper Aagaard\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"linkresults_55ef338e4f2f7\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"link39309\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgamedesigner\/7614\/christian-marcussen\"\u003eChristian Marcussen\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#E5E5E5\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eArtist\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"linkstatus_55ef338e56a36\" class=\"status\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgamedesigner\/9983\/ben-nelson\"\u003eBen Nelson\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"linkresults_55ef338e56a36\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"link1056998\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgameartist\/14057\/chris-quilliams\"\u003eChris Quilliams\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#FFFFFF\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePublisher\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"linkstatus_55ef338e5d9fa\" class=\"status\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgamepublisher\/15889\/asterion-press\"\u003eAsterion Press\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"linkresults_55ef338e5d9fa\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"link1811263\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgamepublisher\/5657\/filosofia-editions\"\u003eFilosofia Éditions\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"link1664990\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgamepublisher\/39\/pegasus-spiele\"\u003ePegasus Spiele\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"link2667918\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/boardgamegeek.com\/boardgamepublisher\/7466\/rebelpl\"\u003eREBEL.pl\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#E5E5E5\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eYear Published\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"edit_yearpublished\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"status_yearpublished_thing_25292\"\u003e2010\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#FFFFFF\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003e# of Players\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"edit_players\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"status_players_thing_25292\"\u003e2 ? 4\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#E5E5E5\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eUser Suggested # of Players\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003eBest with 4 players\u003cbr\u003eRecommended with 2, 3, 4 players \u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#FFFFFF\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMfg Suggested Ages\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"edit_minage\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"status_minage_thing_25292\"\u003e13 and up\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#E5E5E5\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePlaying Time\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"edit_playtime\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"status_playtime_thing_25292\"\u003e180 minutes\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#FFFFFF\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eUser Suggested Ages\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e12 and up\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr bgcolor=\"#E5E5E5\"\u003e\n\u003ctd width=\"150\" valign=\"top\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eLanguage Dependence\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003eExtensive use of text - 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Z-Man - Merchants And Marauders

Product Description

Merchants & Marauders lets you live the life of an influential merchant or a dreaded pirate in the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. Seek your fortune through trade, rumor hunting, missions, and of course, plundering. Modify your ship, buy impressive vessels, load deadly special ammunition, and hire specialist crew members. Will your captain gain eternal glory and immense wealth - or find his wet grave under the stormy surface of the Caribbean Sea?

In Merchants and Marauders, players take on the role of a captain of a small vessel in the Caribbean. The goal is to be the first to achieve 10 "glory" points through performing daring deeds (through the completion of missions or rumors), crushing your enemies (through defeating opponents and NPCs in combat), amassing gold, performing an epic plunder or pulling off the trade of a lifetime, and buying a grand ship. While some points earned from performing various tasks are permanent, players earn points for amassing gold, which can be stolen or lost (or at least diminished) if their captain is killed. Points due to gold are hidden so there's some uncertainty about when the game will end.

A big component of the game is whether (or when) to turn "pirate" or remain as a trader or neutral party. Both careers are fraught with danger: pirates are hunted by NPCs (and other players) for their bounty and blocked to certain ports while traders are hunted by non-player pirates as well as their opponents and generally have to sacrifice combat capability for cargo capacity. Although players can kill each other, there is no player elimination as players may draw a new captain (with a penalty) so it's possible to come back from defeat.

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Year Published
2010
# of Players
2 ? 4
User Suggested # of Players Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players 
Mfg Suggested Ages
13 and up
Playing Time
180 minutes
User Suggested Ages 12 and up
Language Dependence Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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Sku: ZMG7062
Vendor: Z-Man
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