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Hoist the Jolly Roger

Hoist the Jolly Roger

(Now Extra Card's)

 "Hoist the Jolly Roger" is our piratical participation game set somewhere in the Caribbean. The race is on between four pirate captains and their villainous crews to search for hidden treasure. All that stands in their way, apart from each other of course are, treacherous reefs, fierce storms, wild natives, the odd shark or two and a giant calamari (squid,to those who don't know), to name a few.
 Each player starts the turn randomly ~and has to organise his ship and Landing parties, a delicate balancing act is required. To further complicate matters there is always the danger of intervention from other European shipping, either as simple merchant vessels or even men-of-war.
The game lasts 90 minutes, no more or no less with approximately a 5-10 minute briefing.
The figures are from Peter Pig,Dixon and Hallmark. The ships and native huts are from S.D.D.,
The rules are now available from
Neil Morris write to him at
141 Rake Lane,
Clifton Swinton,
Manchester, M27 8RD
cost £10.00 with postage £8.00 at the shows.

The terrain was built by Ross and John Mears. The ships and figures are from the collection of Ross Rigby and were painted by Ross Rigby and John Mears.
We had a lot of fun designing this game over the last couple of years, and have wherever possible based the game on facts with a bit of Hollywood thrown in. Above all enjoy enjoy, and if you have any questions or comments then please ask.

Some Pirate Facts
Photo Jolly Roger GameThe origins of the name "Jolly Roger" are unclear. It is thought it derives from "joli rouge" as French sailors had flown a red flag. Another variation comes from an Indian pirate called Ali Raja. He flew a red flag which English pirates called Alley Roger's flag. "Ally" could have changed to "Jolly".Two other explanations are to do with the nature of pirates. "Old Roger" was a popular name for the devil. Also "Roger" was an old English word meaning vagabond or rogue.

In 1681 the Santo Rosario was bearded by pirates and her cargo of 400 silver ingots taken. It was later dumped overboard as it had been mistaken for tin. Robert Louis Stevenson based his book Treasure Island on a story of real buried treasure. Stevenson kept the location secret because he himself was going to search for it - at LA Plata, oh the coast ofEcuador. Stevenson never found it, but someone else did. The treasure, had been dropped by Sir Francis Drake into shallow water during a voyage in 1578, it was discovered in 1930.
In 1835, Captain Chad, helped capture pirates by disguising his ship as a floating zoo. They lined the decks with monkeys, bears and lions, which so caught the pirates' attention, they failed to notice the 28 guns that were shortly fired at them,.
 Woodes Rogers started his career as a pirate, but was made Governor of the Bahamas and told to convert pirates to Christianity and to reform. He arrived at Nassau, in New Providence in 1718. Word of his appointment had reached pirate ears before he arrived, along with news of the royal pardons that would be given to pirates who reformed. The pirates formed a guard of honour when he stepped down from his ship.
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