Cartasiega - Example First Turn


For their first action, the blue team play a cap token and move a pirate on to the first cap tile of the passageway. In their second action, they play a dagger token and move a pirate to the first dagger tile. They decline to use their third action this time. [NB this is not a very good opening move!]
Example 1
Blue first action
Example 2
Blue second action


On their first action, green also plays a dagger token. As there is a pirate occupying the first dagger tile, they move the green pirate on to the second one containing a dagger. For their next action, they choose to move this pirate backwards to the first occupied space with fewer than three pirates, namely the dagger tile with the blue pirate. As there is a single pirate already on this square, they pick up one token (the westernmost) from the restock. For their final action, the team once again move their pirate back, this time to the cap tile where the other blue pirate sits, and pick up the next token from the restock.
Example 3
Green first action
Example 4
Green second action
Example 5
Green third action


Purple decide to follow a similar strategy to green. They begin by using a spyglass token to move a pirate on to the first spyglass tile, just ahead of the leading blue pirate. Next, they drop the pirate back a tile to the blue pirate and so claim the next token from the restock. For their third action, they drop the pirate back again. As the space they land on this time has two pirates on it, they pick up a further two tokens from the restock for a net gain of two tokens this turn. There are now the maximum three pirates occupying this tile.
Example 6
Purple first action
Example 7
Purple second action
Example 8
Purple third action


Red find themselves starting with three cap tokens, and they decide to play one for each of their actions. They begin by sending a pirate up to the second cap tile (the first being occupied by the blue, green and purple pirates) and then use the next to send another pirate up to the third cap tile (as the first two are now occupied).
Example 9
Red first action
Example 10
Red second action
With the final cap token, the red team notice that the yellow team, who will move next, possess a cap token themselves. The smart move may be to advance the pirate they moved on their first action up to the fourth cap tile, thus breaking the chain of occupied cap tiles. Instead, however, they chose to bring out a third pirate and move him to the fourth cap tile instead.
Example 11
Possible red third action
Example 12
Actual red third action


As mentioned, the yellow team have a cap token. Seeing that the first four cap tiles are now occupied, they see an opportunity to get a pirate all the way to the escape boat on their very first turn. To begin with, they play their cap token to bring a pirate out to the fifth cap tile.
Example 13
Yellow first action
Next, yellow play a necklace token and advance the pirate to the next necklace tile along.
Example 14
Yellow second action
Finally, yellow play a skull token. As there are now no tiles in front of their pirate that have a skull symbol, they can advance the pirate all the way to the escape boat. Just five pirates to go now!
Example 15
Yellow third action

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