WizKids’ Pirates hit the streets, search for rum

Today’s the street date for WizKids‘ latest innovation, Pirates of the Spanish Main, designed primarily by Mike Selinker and James Ernest. I’ve managed to get my hands on some packs of the game, and yes, every $3.99 pack has at least two ships, some crew members, treasure, an island, and a tiny six-sided die. The ships are a little more difficult to snap together than I’d like, but it gets easier with practice. Besides, how can you not be enthused by all those sweet ships in the figure gallery?

WizKids press release follows:

WizKids Releases Pirates of the Spanish Main

July 28, 2004 (SEATTLE) — WizKids Inc., makers of the best-selling HeroClix®, Mage Knight™ and MLB™ SportsClix™ collectable miniatures game (CMGs), announce the release of Pirates of the Spanish Main, the world’s first Constructible Strategy Game™ (CSG).

Pirates of the Spanish Main captures the swashbuckling fun of a Hollywood pirate movie in a game that anyone can play,” said Jordan Weisman, WizKids® CEO. “A game takes about 20 minutes to play and about five minutes to learn.” In Pirates of the Spanish Main, players build ships from components punched out of styrene cards, create their own little corner of the Caribbean with islands full of treasure, and then compete to acquire the most loot — by any means necessary.

Everything one person needs to play, including rules, a die, ships, an island, and treasure, comes in one Game Pack, which retails for $3.99. Players can expand their collections by purchasing additional Game Packs. The game is fully supported by in-store demonstrations and organized play. For more information, visit wizkidsgames.com/pirates.

Founded by 20-year game-industry veteran Jordan Weisman, WizKids is a Seattle-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating tabletop games driven by imagination. Its Mage Knight, MechWarrior®, MLB™ SportsClix and HeroClix CMGs are among the most successful games on the market today, and the company has sold hundreds of millions of figures worldwide. WizKids’ games are fully supported with organized play at conventions and retail venues. For additional information, visit wizkidsgames.com.

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