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The Kaiser's Pirates

In 2007, StrikeNet Games produced a very limited print run of The Kaiser's Pirates, an exciting 1-4 player game of the commerce raider battles at sea during WWI. The game was quite successful (see reviews below) and quickly sold out the initial print run. Because we all want to see this excellent game reprinted and made available to a broader group of gamers, Designer Jim Day and GMT Games have agreed to create a GMT version of The Kaiser's Pirates.

Note to P500 Customers: Most of the art for this game already exists, so we are in a position to move to production very quickly once the game receives sufficient P500 orders.


  • One 20 Card German Raider/Warship Deck: Historic German Commerce Raiders
  • One 60 Card Merchantmen Deck: Historic victims of the German raiders
  • One 100 Card Action Deck: Action cards used to attack and defend the ship cards
  • One 20 Card Solitaire Deck (Solitaire Play Option)
  • Dice (2 x 4 Sided, 2 x 6 Sided, 2 x 8 Sided, 2 x 10 Sided)
  • 16 Markers
  • 24-page, full color illustrated manual

EDITORS Kevin Duke & Michael Craighead
CARD ART Ward Morgan
PRODUCERS Gene Billingsley, Tony Curtis, Andy Lewis, Rodger MacGowan, Mark Simonitch

Price: $49.00 

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Product Rating: (4.67)   # of Ratings: 12   (Only registered customers can rate)

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1. Andrew on 11/28/2013, said:

As a solitaire game it is great, love the artwork and information on the cards about a little explored area of WWI. That said I think the rules could have been presented in a more coherent fashion and there is apparently a conceptual barrier on how to interpret/use the cards. Once you are past that it plays well and is a light weight war themed card game.
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2. Kenneth on 7/30/2011, said:

Great solitaire play! Tops in quality and goes along with the other naval card game, Pacific Typhoon. The period is great, too.
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3. Michael E. on 7/14/2011, said:

Wanted to like this game more but it just didn't turn out to be what I was looking for. That said, it is a lot of fun particularly when playing with a few folks who know the game well.
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4. Arkadiusz on 3/31/2010, said:

Fantastic game! Lots of fun! This is the biggest positive surprise from GMT ever. I've played with several persons and everybody shared that opinion.
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5. MARIE on 7/22/2009, said:

Très bon jeu sur un thème hélas trop souvent ignoré. Les cartes sont superbes et le système de jeu très bien fait. Un must !
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6. Joseph on 12/2/2008, said:

When will the new rules be posted? The previous rule book was problematic to say the least and required the designer to do much clarification at WBC 2008.
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7. Michael T. on 3/28/2008, said:

The game is solid and plays as well solitaire as it does with 2 or 4 players. 3 can be awkward as usually 1 person gets ganged up on. A solid game that is fun and quick to play. Interseting period as well.
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The Kaiser's PiratesTM is a fast paced card game of gripping adventure on the high seas set during World War One. Players control some of Kaiser Wilhelm's ace German converted commerce raiders and light cruisers. Air Patrols were in their infancy and it was still easy to disappear into the vast expanses of the high seas only to re-emerge on another key sea lane. Players use their raiders in the traditions of the privateers and pirates of old to sink or capture as many Allied and neutral merchantmen as possible. Danger lurks everywhere but, in a desperate pinch, these ships can shoot it out with the British hunters.

In its unique game play system each player commands both the German and British Forces as they scour the sea-lanes in search of their next merchant prize. The game rewards cunning strategy, and fast-action card play
Solitaire players, Rejoice! The Kaiser's PiratesTM has been crafted to make solo play every bit as challenging and engaging as the 2-4 player version. So if you have no opponent available or are just looking to sharpen your game play strategies, try it solo. The Kaiser's PiratesTM solitaire version has everything needed for a game session of nail-biting fun!
Here's what the reviewer for The Armchair General says about the solitaire version of the game:

The solitaire version is where this game really shines. The solitaire deck imitates the decisions of a phantom player, leaving virtually no difference between the solitaire and multi-player game. This point alone makes this game worth every penny.... The phantom player in the solitaire game was just as ruthless and clever as a real opponent.

The word on the street ...

To quote:
“ … The Game has a surprising depth and strategic feel not normally associated with card games. …Obviously designed for plain old-fashioned fun, the game succeeds.”

To quote:
“ With this ingenious card game, you can roam the high seas during the Great War - and challenge other players or even the mysterious phantom player in solitaire mode...”

Click HERE for the complete review ...

Download a Copy of The Kaiser's PiratesTM Rule Book (Near-Final GMT Version, March 2009)

Game Play:
Each player has three merchantmen and three converted German raiders and/or light cruisers laid out
in front of them. Using the Action Cards in their hand the players are able to attack their opponents ships ...
but knowing exactly the best ones to use at the opportune moment is key to a strategy that will ultimately
win the day!

Game Features