When I first started designing a card game, a pirate theme seemed like so much fun!
Pirate Party card game has been through numerous playtests and revisions but has always featured a historical pirate captain for each suit in the deck. As I started reading up on the history of pirates of the Caribbean and Barbary Coast corsairs, I discovered some of the most powerful and successful real-life pirates were women!
As I dug a little deeper, I discovered several books, articles and fan fiction about historical women pirates and this really intrigued me. I imagined there were probably a few women pirates, such as Anne Bonny, who dressed and acted like men to sneak by. Just like there were women soldiers who disguised their gender and fought in wars.
Powerful Pirate Captains
There are accounts of very powerful and successful female pirate captains who did not hide their gender throughout history. Famous woman pirate captains, such as Ching Shih, ruled the seas.
Historical accounts vary and some facts may have inaccuracies, but there were female pirate captains spanning different eras, coming from regions around the world, representing many races, religions, and socio-economic levels.
Sayyida al Hurra was a Queen of Morocco and also a pirate captain. She raided Spanish and Portuguese ships to fight against the colonialism of North Africa and the forced religious conversions of Muslims.
What circumstances would cause a woman to choose the life of a pirate? Considering that many civilizations did not allow women to have any power, independence, or inherit wealth, how did famous female pirates become leaders of fleets of ships and command hundreds and even thousands of men? What were the political or economic motivators?
Pirate Party: Women of the High Seas
I quickly realized these courageous women need to have their stories uncovered and uplifted!
The Pirate Party card game now features six historic women pirate captains – one for each suit.
Pirate Party: Women of the High Seas from Seaport Games is coming soon to Kickstarter.
I’ll be posting sea stories about these these legendary women pirate captains in the future. Which pirate captain would you like to hear about?
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Marge is a game designer and owner of Seaport Games, an indie tabletop game design studio and publisher.