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Tortuga was created by Travis and Holly Hancock of Facade games. Travis grew up playing games with his family with Mafia being one of their favorites. He loved the design of the game and would play it with friends, eventually coming up with his own version that turned into the game Salem. He launched the game Salem with Kickstarter as a fun side project in spring 2015, hoping to produce a few hundred copies for friends and family. Although the response that they got on kickstarter was not what they were expecting. They received overwhelming support and were able to raise $103,000.

In 2017 they decided to create another game. Tortuga 1667 was released and able to raise $403,000 on kickstarter making it possible for them to quit their jobs and become full time board games creators. They have been able to release 4 games in total: Salem 1692, Deadwood 1876, and Tortuga 1667. Salem and Tortuga, have both been able to sell nearly 30,000 copies. And Tortuga 1667 went on to be nominated for best party game of 2017.

Facade games are known for their use of history, creative game artistry, and unique style of gaming. Their game Tortuga has a rubber playmat map that is rolled out for players to use as the board for the game. On this map are ships and an island that players can use to fulfill their purposes in the game. There is a bag of gold that can be used by the players. The game comes in a box that is disguised as an old book that can be stored on your shelf with other books and no one would be the wiser.

The storyline behind Tortuga 1667 allows you to abandon your present and become completely wrapped up in a world of historic pirates, treasure, mutiny, and varying loyalties. “Tortuga, a small island off of Haiti, was a pirate settlement during the golden age of piracy. It was a place full of taverns, gambling houses, and prostitutes”. The game is fictional but based off of factual people, places, and events. 9 of the wooden pawns match up with pirate profiles that you can be in the game. Each of the profiles were created from pirates who really existed in 1667 such as Johnson the Terror, Charlotte de Berry, Lawrence Prince, etc. You can view the game Tortuga 1667, or visit the kickstarter campaign that Facade games launched by visiting the links below.

Game Information:
Number of player: 2-9
Suggested Play Time: 20-40 minutes
Suggested Age: 12+

Included in the box:
1 Faux book container
1 Rulebook (includes character biographies)
64 Cards (9 Brethren of the Coast, 16 Event, 30 Vote, 9 Loyalty)
1 Rubber playing mat
1 Burlap pouch
9 Wooden pawns
8 Wooden treasure chest

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: January 18, 2017
Ship Date: August 2017
Website: Facade Games