It's tough sailing the high seas while trying to secure a life of splendor and riches. First, you've got rats in the cargo deck that are always getting in the way and eating you out of ship and sails. Second, you've got to hope that you get the right crates full of shiny gold, explosive cannons, and illicit contraband. Er, wait. Stolen goods!? No, that's not what we meant at all. Those barrels way in the back? Umm. Yeah, that's just... rat food!
Alright, so maybe it's more fun to be a smuggler. Nobody will judge you for that when you're playing Ship Shape. In this game, 2-6 players will get together and take to the seas. Over about a half-hour, you'll play three rounds with three turns, each. In each round, you'll claim a cargo hold numbered 1-6. The higher numbers are a little older and have a few more rats running around. Then, stack up the crates and peer down to see what goodies await you. By bid of card, players claim crates in order and position them however they like in their cargo hold... ideally getting rid of those rats in the process. After three turns, each player calculates their total gold, cannons... and the contraband they've gained. The cards indicate how to rack up your points and those who are the furthest ahead have the toughest cargo holds next round. After three rounds, the richest smuggler—er, sea-traveling tradesperson—wins the game!
Crate Up Your Booty!
Set sail for glorious fun with your friends. Just make sure you don't have more contraband on your deck than they do or you're going to be bailing out more than just water to get back to the game!